Songwriting/Composition for Practical People?
November 9, 2009 1:07 PM
posted by usonian (17 comments total)
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I'm interested in learning more about songwriting / composition. What I'm not interested in are the glut of "How to get rich writing top 40 hits for dummidiots" titles out there.
I've been playing one instrument or another for about 25 years... over the last 5 years or so I've made a deliberate effort to get some music theory fundamentals under my belt and I've done OK as far as that goes; whatever I haven't memorized is familiar enough to at least re-look up without too much trouble.
The book that has helped me tremendously
with regards to theory is Edly's Music Theory For Practical People
, and I find myself wondering if there might not be an equivalent book on the subject of how to put all this stuff together... not formulas for writing hit songs (I have no aspirations of "making it big," I'm happy enough doing my own spare-time thing), or set-in-stone rules for proper composition, just something that surveys and explains common structures and chord progressions in a straightforward and thorough manner.
Genre-wise, I find myself at the curious cross-roads of having been raised on 70's hard rock and 50's jazz and then introduced to old-time stringband music 7 years ago... I'm not too picky.
I know that I am plate-of-beansing this a little bit.. past a certain point there is nothing for it but to just noodle around and see what happens, but I'd love to focus my noodling a little bit more. If you kind folks can recommend any books or web sites I'd be much obliged!