The Elements of Song Craft

The Contemporary Songwriter's Usage Guide to Writing Songs That Last

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Series: Music Pro Guides
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Format: Softcover
Author: Billy Seidman
Release Date: Wed Jun 12 00:00:00 CDT 2019

The Elements Of Song Craft does for songwriters what William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White's The Elements of Style did for English language students and writers alike; gives an all-in-one definitive manifesto for contemporary songwriters in every genre to organize, understand, and practice the rules, principles, definitions, forms, and song craft needed to create good songs, songs of undeniable creative power and beauty, songs that last.

The Elements of Song Craft beelines directly to the most important aspect of writing good songs – identifying the key emotion living at the heart of the song – then offers a step-by-step process to harnessing that singular emotional power. Additionally, a dozen other strategies, formulas, perspectives, and exercises are offered in the book.

The Elements of Song Craft introduces, for the first time to a general songwriting audience, an effective new songwriting vocabulary utilized by songwriters taught in the SONG ARTS ACADEMY method and supported by ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC, the world's leading Performance Rights Organizations at the heart of the songwriting business, as well as at NYU Steinhardt's and The New School's songwriting programs, for over sixteen years. Thousands of song arts participants, including hit songwriters and The Voice and American Idol contestants, have been trained in this method.

$19.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00281713
ISBN: 9781540033338
UPC: 888680786236
Width: 6.0"
Length: 9.0"
208 pages


“His expertise on the do's and don'ts, in's and out's, and up's and down's of the songwriters craft is formidable. Writers always leave his workshops as better and smarter writers.” – Frank Filipetti, multi-Grammy winning producer

“I send all of our promising young songwriters to Billy's SSA workshop, which gives them a strong foundation and the tools they need to craft a hit song.” – Samantha Cox, BMI VP of Creative

“Billy has a knack for helping students look at songwriting through a different lens. They come out with a different perspective and a fresh approach to their craft.” – Jamie Dominguez, Senior Director SESAC

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