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Rikky Rooksby: How to Write Great Tunes Paperback – 1 Oct 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books; Pap/Com edition (Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879308192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879308193
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 505,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I actually quite liked this. It was interesting for me to learn why some notes work with some chords and why some don't etc. I agree with the fact that the flutey cd is pretty annoying and either a piano or guitar would have worked much better but if you ignore that aspect you can learn quite a bit. Yes it is slightly a bit of a boring way to learn but there is some good stuff in the book if you are like me and a big fan of melody. I am quite a fan of his books, so maybe i'm a bit biased
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I don't agree with the former rewiever. I think everything depends on how we approach the lessons. To me this book is really helpful because it allows me to understand how to link melody and harmony, how we can avoid monotony,develop rhythm skills, how to dare with dissonance and syncope if we want to be creative or how to work with intervals and notes that are not part of a scale. The accompanying CD is really good. I don't care about the sound because it is used for instruction, not to be played as definitive arranged music.Rooksby's books are really excellent for aspiring songswriters like me.
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Thought the one-star review was laughable. This is a great book that does a difficult job very well. There are very few songwriting books that deal properly with melody - I mean, from the basics, explaining the foundation. I bought Rooksby's famous How To Write Songs On Guitar. There's a short chapter on Melody in that, but this goes much, much further. As for the synth sound that plays the melody line I would guess he did that because a guitar would have made the lines sound like guitar solos when they're supposed to be vocal in nature. (I also bought his Lyrics book which is superb).
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The book is about melody, rather than lyrics, which is good because most books about songwriting focus on lyrics.The information is very well presented and easy to follow. It gives lots of examples of how you can manipulate pitch and duration of notes to create a melody, and some information about harmony. The problem is that I'm not sure that he really has anything to say about what makes a great melody and how melody and lyrics work together to form a great song.

I have read that the view of Berklee College of Music is that academia has not yet codified the process of writing a great melody and this book rather supports that view.
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