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Mentor: Jack Perricone Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Jack Perricone

B.M., Hartt School of Music - M.M., Indiana University - Numerous recording, producing, and songwriting credits for Angela Bofill, Jerry Butler, David Geddes, Michael Jackson, Janet Lawson, Lou Rawls, and others - Composer and producer of internationally

Sample of Melody in Songwriting by Jack Perricone

Discover songwriting techniques from the hit makers!

Melody writing is a skill that can be learned, and this unique resource will show you how. Through proven tools and techniques, you will learn how to write memorable melodies and discover the dynamic relationships between melody, harmony, rhythm, and rhyme. This clear, comprehensive guide unlocks the secrets of hit songs, examining them, and revealing why they succeed. Songs discussed include:

• The Long and Winding Road by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

• Because You Loved Me by Diane Warren

• Killing Me Softly by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox

• Can't Take My Eyes Off of You by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

• Addicted to Love by Robert Palmer

• Come Rain or Come Shine by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen

These songs and more provide a close-up illustration of songwriting techniques used by the masters of the industry.

Melody in Songwriting is the textbook used in songwriting classes at Berklee College of Music. Its exercises make it an effective self-teaching manual and a great addition to any general theory course. Use the tools presented in this book to fine-tune your craft and start writing hits!

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