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Art of Songwriting (Paperback) (Andrew West)
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How do you turn songwriting talent into a professional, and paying, career? This essential guide takes songwriters through all the developmental phases and commercial experiences along the way. From offering a thread of guidance to beginners to providing a fresh and lucid approach to the art for those with greater experience, key terms and concepts are explained in a clear and accessible style, in order to inspire and encourage the reader to find their own voice and write successfully within their chosen genre. Ideal for students in formal songwriting education, this guide takes an academic approach to the art of songwriting, while drawing on examples of universally popular and successful writers across the globe.
Collating the best available expertise with fresh ideas about the industry, Andrew West equips the reader with what every productive songwriter needs to know: how to write communicative songs that express meaning and convey individuality; how to develop songs into records; how the writer can function as a marketer and seller of original work; how domestic and international markets operate; and how to act and interact meaningfully within the culture of those markets. Armed with this knowledge, the songwriter is able to engage creatively and financially to make the most of their potential.