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The Frustrated Songwriter's Handbook: A Radical Guide to Cutting Loose, Overcoming Blocks, and Writing the Best Songs of Your Life [Paperback]

Karl Coryat , Nicholas Dobson
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25 May 2006
"The Frustrated Songwriter's Handbook" lays out a concrete method, called Immersion Composition, for any songwriting musician/composer who experiences creative block. The method forces a musician to actively engage his/her creativity by writing as much music as possible in a set time period. In doing so, the reader will find that those elusive moments of inspiration can actually be summoned on command, resulting in creative productivity and fulfillment the reader never dreamed possible. The book also lays out the framework for forming a group of like-minded songwriters (a "lodge"), presents dozens of tips and games for making the most out of an Immersion Composition session, and shows how to sort through the results of a session and expand/revise the best ideas into finished, polished songs.

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  • Paperback: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books (25 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879308796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879308797
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.7 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MOJO RESTORATION MANUAL 15 Jan 2008
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This is a wonderful book. At its core is a very simple idea: write twenty brand new songs in a day. You won't manage, but as you try, you may just find that you don't have time to listen to your inner critic, and before you know it you may also find that your muse has turned up to offer a helping hand.

Don't expect advice on chord progressions or how to write a killer hook, but you probably already have one or two of those gathering dust on your shelf, right?

If you've run low on creative inspiration, this might be just what you need.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 2 Jun 2009
By Solas
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed this book and it truly exceeded my expectations. Unlike all other books in this genre it provides a very clear blueprint as to how to overcome writer's block. I can't recommend this book highly enough. While all the principles may not apply to you (for instance one of the main suggestions is that you set up a "lodge" which is pretty much a form of creative group therapy and may not be to everyone's liking), there is surely something of use here for everyone.

This book had me chomping at the bit - it's very much the kick up the backside that a lot of us creative types need from time to time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frustrated Songwriters Handbook Review. 11 Dec 2012
By RDB
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I am a singer /songwriter, who has been writing songs for the past 10 years, over the course of that time, I had tried several different techniques and methods, to help improve me as a writer, and generally experiment with the creative process.
However, over the past 12 months, i had become increasingly frustrated in my direction, it was taking me a long time to finish things, and in all honesty, i didn't feel i was reaching my full potential.

It felt as if there were voices crying out inside, and what felt like a swarm of creative ideas,, trapped over a long period of time.

So here came my research, I actually discovered this book through youtube, hearing an interview with British indie/rock band Doves.. The lead guitarist from that band, Jez Williams, mentioned something called the IMM sessions during an interview, using it as an example to get material finished, with an approach of songwriting for 12 hours, but only spending only half an hour per song, and aiming for 20 songs in a day.

If found I was able to relate to the book's authors, their initial creative frustration, felt very similar to mine, when you feel you have a lot of music trapped inside, but are perhaps unsure how to release it.

Even just after my first read, I felt completely inspired, and it made me feel and want to see music as a fun process once again, rather than the laboured conventional approach I feel I had fell into over a period of time.

The book, is full of games, and what are called Starts, to help trigger the creative process. However the main factor that the book promotes is, there are no rules to creating music, and creating music should be fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very inspiring book 9 May 2010
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I was very sceptical about this book, but changed my mind after few chapters. Author gives you great tools to enhance your creative flow by presenting amazing techniques and games to boost your confidence as a songwriter. I studied the book twice, because of the amount of information in it. Not only you get valuable tips and tricks, there is a lot more to cretaing music than just the techniques - author shows you how much fun it is to write and record music. Especially when you share your knowledge with your fellowship musicians and you play the games together. Trully amazing, very recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for all songwriters 11 Feb 2013
By Ohm
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Excellent, excellent, excellent. As you've already read (if you've read the other reviews here) this book will not wave any magic wand, but if you're willing to work hard in following its advice, I promise you 100% will not regret buying it.
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