Webb brings his insider’s knowledge, experience, and star power to the ultimate guide for aspiring songwriters. With a combination of anecdotes, meditation. Buy Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting 1st Pbk. Ed by Jimmy Webb (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free. Buy By Jimmy Webb Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting (1st Pbk. Ed) 1st Pbk. Ed by Jimmy Webb (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store.

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Webb’s best contribution is his simplification of complex music theory for use in the popular song, and his ideas, while not new, are amusingly presented and convincingly articulate. Add chords to a melody, or a melody to chords.

Comment Name E-mail Website. I got a deal because we played all the time … and after we played enough, we got tundsmith and the musicians themselves started talking, and sooner or later someone from a publishing company came to see us. Don’t have a Kindle?

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Sing along with your melody constantly and avoid writing anything that is unsingable. At the same time, it’s readable and humorous enough that non-musicians will get a kick out of the anecdotes and dissections of songwriters from Gershwin and Porter to Cobain and Corgan.

Also unnecessary, blaming rap for the downfall of songwriting. Jimmy Webb is one of the greatest songwriters of the last 40 years, and he’s a pretty good book author too. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Great look at songwriting from one of the more successful ones.


The lyric writing and music industry insights are much more entertaining. The sign of a great song is that you can hear the words and remember its music, or hear the music, and remember its words. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Writers who are flush and experienced enough to be jaded, are bound to get it. Guitar players be prepared to transpose the piano references to guitar. Inside the Art of Songwriting.

I do like that he is a stickler for putting effort into lyrics. With a combination of anecdotes, meditation, and advice, he breaks down the creative process from beginning to end–from coping with writer’s block, to song construction, chords, and even self-promotion. Smoke gets in your eyes Chorus: Hachette BooksSep 22, – Music – pages.

The good parts are excellent: So, the rules are really guidelines. Jimmy Webb lives in New York State. But it’s doubtful anyone would tundsmith King Harvest ‘s medley of the two songs the most definitive interpretation, or Stevie Wonder ‘s “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” as memorable as Hayes ‘ take on the tune, or R.

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As far as the biggest Webb -written hits, several of them are indeed here: Customers who bought this item also bought. Very technical and seriously involved in the minutiae of songwriting craft Word about behaviour and treatment of others travels fast and is rarely questioned. At less than a third of the way through it’s time to admit that it just isn’t for me.


The discussions in Tunesmith are detailed and therefore very useful for analysis. Sometimes the bottom just drops out.

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The Worst That Could Happen. A new chord of even a modulation will sometimes kick the melody off in another direction. It’s a book about the technical craft of songwriting: Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

If you are satisfied with fitting some licks over a 3-chord song, then I think you would be disappointed with the content of this book. It is this kind of whining, which somehow jimy always manages to sound out of tune. Some of it was interesting, much of it wasn’t. Paperbackpages. Inside the Art of Tunesmitg. On p, Webb gives us “flaunt” where he clearly should have written “flout”.

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Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. If Ships Were Made to Sail. I have not finished reading it yet so four stars may well become on conclusion.

This book took me longer to finish than I had expected, largely because the music theory sections in the middle are very much like a textbook. The boo A fascinating jijmy — if you’re interested in songwriting, that is.