The Complete Singer-Songwriter

A Troubadour's Guide to Writing, Performing, Recording, and Business

Second Edition

Series: Book
Publisher: Backbeat Books
Format: Softcover
Author: Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

The Complete Singer-Songwriter is the ultimate guide for the modern performer, chock-full of tips, tools, and inspiration for both aspiring troubadours and those looking to take their craft and career to the next level. Author Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers draws on firsthand interviews with songwriting legends and rising stars; expert advice from managers, agents, lawyers, and publishers; and his own experiences as a performing songwriter. He offers this invaluable companion for singer-songwriters on their journey from idea to song to the stage, studio, and beyond.

New in the second edition:

• A songwriter's guide to chord progressions

• Understanding song form and rhyme

• Dozens of songwriting games and exercises

• Essential info on copyrighting your songs, music publishing, and digital royalties

• Online companion at with playlists and additional resources

Songwriting tips and techniques from more than 100 artists, including Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Paul Simon, Rosanne Cash, Jewel, Jeff Tweedy, Ani DiFranco, James Taylor, John Fogerty, Brandi Carlile, Richard Thompson, Jason Mraz, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Garcia, Dar Williams, and more.

$19.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00145576
ISBN: 9781495019913
UPC: 888680066239
Width: 6.0"
Length: 9.0"
248 pages


“Jeffrey's conversations with songwriters over so many years have resulted in the most creatively valuable book on the subject.” – Ben Harper

“A lucid, well-written, fact-stuffed work. If your dream is to be a songwriter, and if ever a book could help you realize that dream, this is the book.” – Bruce Cockburn


“If you are a club performer, a newcomer in a troubadour world, then this could be an essential book for you...This book can be a good basic instruction manual for entering the fantastic world of being an active musician, the one that writes songs and performs live.” – Soundbytes Magazine

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