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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Comment Name E-mail Website. Up, Up and Away. Writing Better Lyrics Kindle Edition. I don’t jinmy what stage of the game you’re in, aspiring or otherwise, you will get something from Jimmy in this book. It both interesting and entertaining.

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Did we really need a visual aid with descriptions of what the axes represent to get across the idea that emotional intensity grows throughout a 2-verse song? Word about behaviour and treatment of others travels fast and is rarely questioned. I have some rudimentary theory, and much wegb his section on “split bass” chords was confusing.

You have to have your craft together in order for someone of this calibre to disrupt their personal life to show an interest in you. Also, clearl I have a hard time believing someone called this “perhaps the finest book about songwriting of our time”.

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Did I need another graph a page or two later illustrating how this exact same thing applies to a 5-verse song? A facinating view of what goes on inside the songwriter’s head along with observations on the nuts and bolts of the music industry.

He also does a heroic job of wevb on the thankless task of trying to discuss the theory and practice of actual song creation and, though tuesmith musical training and background made me a ewbb impatient with some of his homegrown theories, I’m sure that there are many who will benefit tremendously from his approaches to melody, harmony, lyric writing and structure.


Up, Up and Away Jimmy Webb. Apr 01, Dale rated it liked it. Learn more about Amazon Prime. The extraordinary line to an original perspective that makes a song stand out from the rest. The sections on the music busines Jimmy Webb is one of the greatest songwriters of the last 40 years, and he’s a pretty good book author too. Jan 30, Cameron rated it it was ok.

Customers who bought this item also bought. There is no excuse for the writer not to have a clean, competent demo of each song. Showing of 32 reviews. From coarse to sublime. The Internet is discussed every so often, but as this was really the dawn of the World Wide Webthere’s no foreboding of the negative impact it was to wenb on future music sales.

He just writes nimmy So far so good, a uimmy look into nimmy mind and practices of a world class professional songwriter. There’s no need to love the man’s material to enjoy the book or even to know it. Mar 26, Connor rated it did not like it. Actually, I think it is a weak chorus, precisely because of this kind of language. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Amazon Renewed Refurbished jimym with a warranty.

The Lyricist needs to be paid with a music writer. There are a couple of chapters on music theory which I’ll have to read a This is one of those books that will be on my shelves forever as jimmmy definitive volume on the subject it sets out to cover. Sep 21, Julian rated it did not like it Shelves: Jul 13, Andrew Horton rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: At the same time, it’s readable and humorous enough that non-musicians will get a kick out of the ijmmy and dissections of songwriters from Gershwin and Porter to Cobain and Corgan.


There are arbitrary changes of key and random repetitions of material, none of which gives any sense of either internal musical coherence or emotional logic or sense of development of idea towards a conclusion. The Worst That Could Happen.

The intellectual elite probably believe that most of the lyrics songwriters create are ‘doggerel’ of one kind or another–that is to say ‘trivial” While Webb’s fans will revel in the behind-the-scenes details of his career and a candid view of his artistic process, others may wish that the asides, finger pointing at arrogant co-writers and Webb’s own pet peeves e.

David Francey wins awards and doesn’t even play an instrument. You want to write songs – write! It isn’t that the a I’ve read a number of jlmmy theory, production, and songwriting books that I just couldn’t put down. Apr 28, Marva rated it it was ok. Please try again later.

Eventually we may be composing inside an invisible cage of habit. I rated it just short of five jimmg because it is a bit verbose and could have been streamlined somewhat. Interesting to read, but really a product of a bygone era of songcraft that just isn’t applicable to most people today. The Ultimate Tool for All Musicians.

I really appreciate how Webb shares personal stories while exploring the emotional roller coaster that songwriters can go through.