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How to write songs on guitar
Rooksby, Rikky.
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Publication Information:
[San Francisco, Calif.] : Miller Freeman, [2000]

Physical Description:
192 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
General Note:
"A guitar-playing and songwriting course"--Cover.

"A Balafon book"--T.p. verso.

Includes indexes.
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Central Library MT67 .R815 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Now anyone can write and play their own songs on the guitar - with no prior training! This inspirational handbook teaches readers how to play guitar, while providing a solid foundation in songwriting techniques, using well-known songs as examples, easy-to-follow text, and graphics that explain and demonstrate lyrics, melody, harmony and rhythm. This book's straightforward style will have even those who've never played a guitar or written a song making music with ease.

Author Notes

Rikky Rooksby is a guitar teacher, songwriter, and music journalist

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Library Journal Review

Deemphasizing theory and composition, this guide encourages readers to think and create like professionals. Musician/ journalist Rooksby discusses song structure, lyrics, melodies, and creativity. Over 1400 popular songs written by some of the best- known artists are cited to explain a tune's building blocks and how to combine them into a whole. With hundreds of color graphics and a discography, this is recommended for all public libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 4
Introductionp. 6
1 Songwriting Methodsp. 10
2 Chord Dictionary Part 1p. 13
3 Chord Sequencesp. 30
4 Developing Sequencesp. 56
5 Song Structuresp. 64
6 Rhythmp. 74
7 Melodyp. 83
8 How to Write a Lyricp. 91
9 Chord Dictionary Part 2: Advanced Harmonyp. 107
10 Keys and Key Changingp. 124
11 Guitar Resources Part 1p. 135
12 Guitar Resources Part 2: Altered Tuningsp. 142
13 Making a Demo Recordingp. 153
14 A Gallery of Songsp. 160
15 Famous Songwriters on Songwritingp. 169
16 Recommended Albums for Songwritingp. 174
Index of Songsp. 178
Index of Artistsp. 188
General Indexp. 192

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