Lyric Writing: Writing Lyrics to Music

Course Authors: Pat Pattison
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Writting Better Lyrics

Writing Better Lyrics (Second Edition) by Pat Pattison

Pattison presents a unique, in-depth approach to the process of lyric writing. Apprentice songwriters will examine 17 extraordinary songs and learn the distinct elements that make them so effective. Pattison then presents more than 30 lyric-writing exercises designed to help them achieve the same results.

With additional song evaluations and exercises to help songwriters hone their lyric-writing skills, Writing Better Lyrics (Second Edition) is more comprehensive than ever before. The book features new and expanded chapters covering such topics as when the use of repetition can be an asset; how to successfully manipulate meter; how to work with a co-writer; how to build on ideas and generate effective titles; and, much, much more.


Songwriting: Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure by Pat Pattison

This book will help you handle your lyric structures more effectively. Showing you how to take control of your lyrics by honing your creative process, this essential guidebook reveals the secrets of how to become a naturally great lyricist. By studying examples of famous songs, you will learn to integrate the techniques of the pros into your own lyric-writing craft.


Songwriting: Essential Guide to Rhyming (2nd Edition) by Pat Pattison

This book has a very specific purpose: to help you find better rhymes and use them more effectively. Rhyme is one of the most crucial areas of lyric writing, and this guide will provide you with all the technical information necessary to develop your skills completely. Make rhyme work for you and your lyric writing will greatly improve.

Rhyming Dictionary

The Complete Rhyming Dictionary by Clement Wood

This simple-to-use, exceptionally complete reference work has been updated, expanded and redesigned to meet the needs of today's most demanding wordsmiths. Included here are over 10,000 new entries--over 60,000 in all, sight, vowel, consonant, and one-, two-, and three-syllable rhymes.


  • PC Web Browser: Firefox (Recommended), Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 or higher
  • Mac Web Browser: Firefox (Recommended), Chrome, Safari
  • Flash Player: current version
  • QuickTime: current version
  • A basic audio recording tool that will allow you to record yourself playing and save the recording in MP3 format. You will have a tool to use for this purpose inside the learning environment. Alternatively, you can use software like Audacity or GarageBand.
  • Adobe Reader: current version

Hardware Requirements: PC Users

  • Windows XP, Vista or 7
  • Intel Pentium 4 or higher
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 500 MB hard drive space recommended
  • Sound card
  • Speakers or headphones for your computer

Hardware Requirements: Mac Users

  • Mac OS X 10.5 or higher
  • Intel Mac
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 500 MB hard drive space recommended
  • Speakers or headphones for your computer


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