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  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: International Music Publications (1 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 063400638X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0634006388
  • Product Dimensions: 30.3 x 22.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I got this book about 5 years ago shortly after it was released. It was the first book specifically dedicated to melody writing that I'd ever read but since then I've read a number of others (including Berklee Press' own Songwriter's Workshop: Melody). I must say, "Melody in Songwriting" is still the best book on the subject that I've seen!
It covers an awful lot of ground and goes into greater depth and detail than many other books on the subject of songwriting. In fact, this is a valuable resource for composers in any style of music, not only songwriters. Granted, beginners will likely feel a little intimidated at first, but I say, 'just reread it again', what you'll learn is more than worth the effort.
Melody in Songwriting includes about half-a-dozen well known songs as examples plus a greater number of unknown but insightful examples. This brings up the books' one weakness, which is that no CD of the examples is included so in order to hear and fully appreciate the given examples you'll need above average music reading and keyboarding skills. Perhaps Berklee Press will consider releasing a CD addendum to this excellent book.
Bottom line; if you read this book and do the exercises, you'll be able to write a reasonably good melody every time you sit down, even without inspiration. Add inspiration and you just may write a great melody.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Talent and Practice together 13 May 2005
Some people believe that composition is a gift, a talent rather than practice. Melody in Songwriting proves that talent is not enough without practice and constant self-development. It teaches you to combine both your inner creative and your hard work. The techniques explained become creative tools to write your music. There are also some tunes extremely well analyzed with great info. It demonstrates the logical development inside the great hits. It is a must have book to improve your songwriting skills.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously Good Stuff 20 April 2009
For anyone who is serious about songwriting this book is the one. It's quite an intense hands on text book that cuts right to the chase. Each chapter is about an aspect of melody writing with a brief explanation then exercises which increase in difficulty so you really feel like you've absorbed the lesson by the time you move on. Although it covers quite technical stuff it is written very simply and wouldn't phase anyone with a reasonable knowledge of music.

It is also a really comprehensive book. The second part covers harmony and integrating melody within a whole song.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars revealing and instructive 25 Feb 2004
By A Customer
The author manages to put into words some of the most enigmatic aspects of songwriting. As far as I know, this is the one book that really goes to the core of melody and melodic structure from the perspective of popular music. From a scientific point of view there may be some parts that could be questioned, but correcting these would not neccessarily improve the book. It is a fine combination of craft and intuition and if one wants to learn more about writing melodies - this is as good as it gets today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For people who want the theory behind a hit song 12 April 2005
By Ben
This book is excellent in wanting to know the theoritical music compositions behind a good song. Although at G8 Theory wise with the ABRSM, i still struggled to write what i would consider good melodies. But now the melodies i write now are, i think, much much better. I would advise people with no theory background to not buy it as it does get pretty advanced and they may struggle to understand it. Overall, a really good book and i'm really glad i bought it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 18 Sep 2005
This book is brilliant. It shows you things like how melodies move mainly by step, how the jumps are always quitted by step and what are bad jumps to do and when are the best times to do it in a song - another good thing is he shows you with examples which i found really helpful.

If you already are music literate this will be basic knowledge to you eg. chord progressions of I, II, IV, V, I.

It was basic to me but i've learnt a lot on melody writing which should prove helpful in my music exams.
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