The Singer-Songwriter Handbook

The Singer-Songwriter Handbook

By Simon Barber on February 23, 2017 — 1 min read

The Singer-Songwriter Handbook, published by Bloomsbury, features a chapter that I wrote entitled ‘Professional Songwriting Techniques: A Range of Views from the Sodajerker Interviews.’


This research presents a range of views about the art and craft of songwriting provided by internationally renowned songwriters. In order to achieve a synthesis of different voices and experiences, the various testimonies are organized around the following themes: the generation of ideas, songwriting routines, the construction of melodies and lyrics, and strategies for co-writing and collaboration. The interviews derive from the Sodajerker podcast, an audio series co-founded in late 2011 by the author. The work finds that professional songwriters employ a wide variety of techniques in order to create material, with the most obvious consensus being the consistent application of these methods in order to achieve productivity.

You can order a copy of the book at Amazon.

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