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6 Essential Songwriting Books On Rhyming

6 Essential Songwriting Books On Rhyming

Rhyming lines is a fundamental component of songwriting and song craft. Doing it in a way that doesn’t sound contrived or predictable can be hard, but once mastered can help you create great song.

While I love rhyme, don’t let it drive your song lyrics – you should learn how to create compelling rhymes, then fine tune your song after you’ve gotten the core idea and outline down.

Below or 6 essential songwriting books to help you hone your rhyming skills.


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The Complete Rhyming Dictionary by Clement Wood

One of the best rhyming dictionaries you’ll come across.
Used by Jimmy Webb no less!



The Craft & Business of Songwriting by John Braheny (2006)

Covers the basics from defining a verse to gigging, but also  spends some quality time on rhyme.



Lyrics: Writing Better Words For Your Songs by Rikky Rooksby (2006)

Covers prosody and lyrics in general, but spends time on rhyme patterns and contrast as well.



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Pat Pattison’s Songwriting: Essential Guide to Rhyming by Pat Pattison (2014)

Tips for making better rhyme choices and creating stronger rhyme patterns.





Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse by Mary Oliver (1998)

The basics of how to use rhyme and meter. Learn from one of the world’s greatest poets on how to write compelling lines.




Nothing Rhymes with Orange: Perfect Words for Poets, Songwriters, and Rhymers by Bessie G. Redfield (2008)

Another handy dictionary (you can never have too many) that outlines vowel sounds, alternative rhyme approaches and poetry definitions.




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