Rikky Rooksby: How To Write Songs On Guitar (2nd edition)
Rooksby has written a 'no-nonsense' approach to songwriting and leads his reader through the skills necessary to craft songs. He dispels the idea that songwriting is a magical process - rather, it's something that can be practised. As the title suggests, this book focuses on the use of the guitar in songwriting. It isn't a 'how to play guitar' tutor however, just using the guitar as a means to an end.
Taking tips and tricks from classic songwriters, from Bob Dylan to the Beatles to Tori Amos, How to Write Songs on Guitar takes you through the four main elements of a song: rhythm, melody, lyrics, and harmony; and inspires you to combine them in exciting new ways.
Chapter sections include a methodical evaluation of the feel that each chord can generate in relation to a song's key. Another section gives about fifty common chord progressions, along with several songs that uses each one.
If you have ever felt that you could write a song, but aren't sure how to go about it, then this book is for you.
Book, 240 pages