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    Hi fellow ukesters! I am interested in learning about songwriting. Amazon seems to have a lot of different songwriting books and I'm not sure which one to pick up.

    Anyone have a recommendation for a good songwriting book?

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    I hope this thread gets some good answers, I am writing my own stuff at the moment and could do with some help
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    I ended up getting, "Melody in Songwriting". I was reading a music theory book (Edly's Music Theory for Practical People) and the author recommended this, so I picked it up. If anyone's looking for a really useful and not-too-dense music theory book, by the way, I really enjoyed this: http://www.amazon.com/Edlys-Music-Th.../dp/0966161661

    And then here's a link to Melody in Songwriting: http://www.amazon.com/Melody-Songwri.../dp/063400638X

    I just started working on (re)learning to play the keyboard, and my plan is to start on this songwriting book in a month or two after I've gotten some basic keyboard skills down, as I suspect it will be easier to compose on a keyboard than on a ukulele.

    I'll be happy to come back here with a review of it once I've read through it, and would also welcome others adding any recommendations!
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    I had some basic, but rather minimal, music theory in the back of my mind from school days, & I am finding Music Composition for Dummies an interesting read, may be what you are looking for.

    Presently I have just started to write some little ditties, & I'm just putting some basic chords along to them.
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    Pat Pattison is a songwriting instructor at Berklee School of Music. His emphasis is lyrics, and he has written a number of books.
    http://www.amazon.com/Pat-Pattison/e...1738606&sr=1-1

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    It's more of a memoir/collection of interviews with songwriters, but I highly recommend Will Hodgkinson's "Song Man"
    https://www.amazon.com/Song-Man-Adve.../dp/0306815818
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    "The songwriting secrets of the Beatles" By D. Peddler. Its brilliant

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    The best resource would depend on what exactly you wanted to learn about songwriting. I can recommend the following by Lisa Aschmann 1000 song writing ideas.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...gwriting-ideas

    She herself is a prolific songwriter. She writes everyday sometimes several songs a day. She's also taught songwriting to musicians all around the country. What I find unique about Lisa is that she's a deep deep listener. She loves listening to what other people have created and can help you fine tune it. She's also a big believer in co-writing songs with other people taking the songwriting from a solitary act to a co-creating act.
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