Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting

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Hyperion, Sep 22, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 448 pages
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"Now, Jimmy Webb uses the grace and eloquence that have characterized his lyrics to write Tunesmith, the ultimate book for aspiring songwriters - the first ever with such an insider's knowledge and experience. With a combination of anecdotes, meditations, humor, and advice, Webb breaks down the entire process of creating a song from beginning to end, including coping with writer's block, song construction, rhyme schemes, chord progression, and the art of collaboration. He then goes beyond the techniques of song crafting and the realms of creativity to shed light on the machinations of marketing yourself, selling a song, and coping with big business, be it in Hollywood, Nashville, or on Broadway. Webb also provides a glimpse into the inner circle of the professional music world, sharing tales from friends and close associates, including Nanci Griffith, Stephen Sondheim, Burt Bacharach, and Michael Stipe."--BOOK JACKET.

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Review: Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting

User Review  - Scott Miles - Goodreads

This book demonstrates Webb's masterful command of the craft of songwriting, and conveys the process of learning the craft quite effectively. There is a pleasant balance of technical insights ... Read full review

Review: Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting

User Review  - Scott - Goodreads

So far, some rough patches and uneven ground but also clear vistas in songwriting land. Read full review


In This Room Youll Never Make a Mistake
Chapter Three
Elements of Form
Chapter Five
In Search of the Lost Chord
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Living with It 369

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About the author (1999)

A minister's son from Eld City, Oklahoma, Jimmy Webb has been writing songs for over twenty-five years. The only artist to receive Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration, he is a member of the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters' Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters' Hall of Fame. According to BMI, his song "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" is the third most-performed song in the last fifty years, with "Up, Up and Away" on the same list in the Top Thirty. Jimmy Webb lives in New York State. For more information, visit Jimmy Webb's official website:

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