Songwriting and the Guitar

Before you write another song, make this book your guide. One of the most powerful mediums of self-expression is the song, conveying thoughts and feelings through carefully crafted words and music. And for today's musicians, the most powerful and versatile songwriting partner is a guitar.

Whether you want to write your first song or improve your existing skills, Songwriting and the Guitar is your complete guide to the art of writing great lyrics, melodies, and chord progressions. Renowned singer-songwriters Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Gillian Welch, the Indigo Girls, and others offer invaluable advice, techniques, encouragement, and inspiration through their reflections and personal experiences. Expertly designed workshops on expanding your chord vocabulary, using alternate tunings, editing your lyrics, and other subjects will have you well on the way to putting your own ideas into song. Includes:

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

  • James Taylor
  • Richard Thompson
  • Paul Simon
  • Indigo Girls
  • Jules Shear
  • Gillian Weclh and David Rawlings
  • David Crosby
  • Joni Mitchell
  • David Wilcox

WORKSHOPS

  • Writing Your First Song - Elizabeth Papapetrou
  • Luring the Muse - Patty Larkin
  • Listening to Your Guitar - Don McLean
  • The Melodic Journey - Steve Seskin
  • Lyric Lessons - Sam Shaber
  • Songwriting Traps and How to Avoid Them - Jamie Anderson
  • Editing Your Songs - Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers
  • Expanding Your Chord Vocabulary - Gary Talley
  • Understanding Chord Progressions - Stephen Dick

TOOLS AND RESOURCES

  • How to Find the Right Guitar - Richard Johnston
  • Recording Yourself While You Write - Stephen Dick
  • Using a Capo - David Hamburger
  • 25 Tunings to Try

"It's hard to imagine an aspiring or practicing guitar-based songwriter not having his or her creative horizons expanded on several fronts by thumbing through this nicely assembled anthology."

—Dirty Linen