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Songwriting Basics for Guitarists

By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

New, expanded edition from Acoustic Guitar magazine
Eleven detailed lessons with music/tab to play and more than 65 minutes of video
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Songwriting Basics for Guitarists has everything you need to get started writing your own songs or to take your songwriting craft to the next level—from “pre-writing” tips and tricks for generating ideas, to making the most of your guitar as a writing tool, to strategies for developing ideas for new songs by changing the chords, feel, tonality, and time signatures of existing songs. Learn about essential major- and minor-key progressions, as well as exercises, resources, charts, and advice from songwriting luminaries such as Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell, and others. Includes:

  • Start Writing Songs
  • Unlocking I-IV-V Chord Progressions
  • Free Writing
  • Writing Songs with Guitar
  • 21 Songwriting Tips from the Masters
  • Songwriting by Number: Major-key Progressions
  • Songwriting by Number: Minor-key Progressions
  • Blues/Rock Changes
  • Simple Chord Substitutions
  • Rewriting Other Songs
  • How to Write a Bridge

Lessons are available individually as well as in a complete edition. Note that some lessons are guitar-specific presentations of material also covered in The Complete Singer-Songwriter, with the addition of notation/tab and video.

Read more about author Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, grand prize winner in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine.