Book Review: How to Write a Song

Taken step-by-step, and with help from its easy and enthusiastic language, Duerden’s book makes songwriting as close to easy as can be, and is a way more enjoyable experience than banging away on your guitar for two aimless hours. This book carries a positive attitude that can penetrate through to even the most writer’s-blocked of us. The book also gives away great tips on how to create unique sounding songs with only a few chords. The section on inversions is particularly good. With a reminder that creativity is expected and that “there are no rules” to be followed, How to Write A Song provides a ready template for any aspiring songster.

By Andy Duerden

(Kindle) $6.22