How to Write Songs on Guitar

You want to write songs, and you want to write them on guitar. This updated 20th-anniversary third edition of the bestselling songwriting handbook How to Write Songs on Guitar, by Rikki Rooksby, shows you how. Learn the techniques and tricks used in two thousand great songs by everyone from the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and David Bowie to Kings of Leon, U2, Amy Winehouse, and Ed Sheeran.

Explore and understand the four main elements of a song—melody, harmony, rhythm, and lyrics—and learn how to use them in exciting new ways. Master song structure, intros, bridges, chord sequences, and key changes. Make the most of your guitar, with innovative chords, scales, modes, tunings, and recording techniques. Use the skills and insights of the great songwriters to create better, more memorable songs.

The book gives many examples of classic chord sequences that can be used straight off the page. It explains the basic architecture of most songs, and contains an effective two-part chord dictionary for guitar, providing a set of basic shapes. A second section provides some chords for altered tunings.

Other features include:

  • Examples of finger-picking patterns and strumming rhythms.
  • Chapters on lyric writing, rhythm, melody, and making a demo recording.
  • Inspirational quotes from famous songwriters.
  • Gallery of 30 notable albums from which much can be learned.

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