I’m compiling here a list of my favourite books, websites, blogs, and other resources for those pursuing study, growth, upskilling, and knowledge in songwriting. This list might change over time, but represents a curated list of some of the most useful content that I have collected over the past 15 years, songwriting, and teaching songwriting. Enjoy! Let me know if there are others that you would recommend as well!
Writing Better Lyrics, Pat Pattison
Songwriting Without Boundaries, Pat Pattison
Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure, Pat Pattison
Harmony, Jimmy Kachulis (the best place to start with chords and chord theory)
Great Songwriting Techniques, Jack Perricone (a totally comprehensive book encompassing lyric-writing, melody, chords, song form, and more. Really amazing).
The Craft of Songwriting, Scarlet Keys
Songwriters on Songwriting, Paul Zollo
Shortcuts to Songwriting for Film and TV, Robin Frederick
The Songwriter’s Idea Book, Sheila Davis
Books on Creativity and Creative Process (that have changed my life…)
Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon
Keep Going, Austin Kleon
Show Your Work, Austin Kleon
Art and Fear, Bayles and Orland
Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert
[Note: By buying any of these through the links here, you’ll be supporting my work and website, since I earn a small commission through these links. With that said, I never promote something I haven’t tried and loved myself!]
Top40Theory.com (top notch pop-music based music theory articles)
RobinFrederick.com (Robin does great analyses of contemporary songs, with prompts to engage the concepts in your own songwriting immediately).
How To Write Songs (of course…!)
Adam Neely (music theory and more)
Rick Beato (also very music theory and composition oriented)
Jack Lizzio (music theory with more of a songwriter/guitar-player angle)
Holistic Songwriting (geared towards commercial songwriting techniques)