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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And the more you work the more you realise the alternatives are endless. For more information, visit Jimmy Webb’s official website: I’ve read a number of wehb theory, production, and songwriting books that I just couldn’t put down.

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Webb also gives readers a glimpse into the professional music world. Frankly I was not expecting to enjoy this book, but I was dead wrong. The extraordinary line to an original perspective that makes a song stand out from the rest. Have a small amount, and exploit it fully in variations and transformations. Either write down or record every note you play. The autobiographical sections are mercifully brief. This book demonstrates Webb’s masterful command of the craft of songwriting, and conveys the process of learning the craft quite effectively.

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I found this book to be excellent. Jun 30, Garrett Cash rated it it was amazing Shelves: An excellent book for the beginner and advanced composer alike. In addition to salient comments on today’s music scene, Webb cites numerous examples from the past and includes sections on writing for the stage and film. Some of the quotes made me laugh out loud. One person writes while the other is editor and critic and then the roles are reversed.


Apr 08, Kate rated it really liked it.

There’s so much of Jimmy Webb’s personality here – it tends to overshadow his advice. Songwriters and aspiring songwriters. One major deficiency and not the author’s fault: Self-importance, some sexism, and his songs while hits here and there aren’t that good when compared to the greats.

It’s worth noting that, since the music industry has changed so dramatically since it was written, there are or so pages that discuss the music industry that are now historically informative rather than relevant.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Then put the material to one side and let mind wander 52 Songwriters must have a logic for where their song is going 52 However good an idea is, discard it if the lyric [or music?

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A minister’s son from Eld City, Oklahoma, Jimmy Webb has been writing songs for over twenty-five years. Get to Know Us. After that he goes into music theory. He has studied it and this is the equivalent of a college course. Clowns Exit Laughing Jimmy Webb. Absolutely, completely, ridiculously, inarguably the greatest book about songwriting ever written. I’m not even going to talk about all the wonderful songs he’s written. See our Returns Policy. English Choose a language for shopping.

An eebb look into Jimmy Webb’s career in songwriting See all reviews. At less than a third of the wehb through it’s time to admit that it just isn’t for me.

If you are serious about your craft, buy this book. I rated it just short of five stars because it is a bit verbose and could have been streamlined somewhat. Sometimes the bottom just drops out.

Never stifle an impulse. Once those rules are there, we have to work within them; that can include knowingly challenging them, which is a way of working within them. Lost Generation Jimmy Webb. Imagine for example, a tune whose lyrics are created by a lyricist, whose music is created by a professional composer, and which is sung by a professional singer – and then compare that to a ‘singer-songwriter’ who often but their are notable exceptions isn’t a professional lyricist, isn’t a professional singer, and isn’t a professional instrumentalist.

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But he also points out how he has broken the rules and produced hit songs. Webb brings his wfbb knowledge, experience, and star power to the ultimate guide for aspiring songwriters.

The best book on songwriting.

Also, Jimmy Webb is teaching music theory completely from a piano playing perspective. It’s not an easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from cover to cover. This also has many components, rhythm, pitch variation, harmony, musical texture, architecture, motivic development — and there is a history of musical styles, forms and assoiciations that composers draw on.

A Memoir Kindle Edition. These organisations and other music industry groups provide panel discussions, workshop and other opportunities for people who are serious about the music industry. It is such a writer that producers and recording artists listen to almost without question if for no other reason than curiosity. Some of it was interesting, much of it wasn’t. A song is a magical marriage between a lyric some words and a melody some notes. But what about another song by the same writer that has never been recorded?

As far as the biggest Webb -written hits, several of them are indeed here: