I'm getting more interested in patterns of songs that resonate with me, so I decided to download a book used at Berklee College of Music - The Songwriter's Workshop: Melody. Just 10% in (according to my Kindle app) there are lots of things that I am now noticing in songs that I never paid attention to before reading this book. For example, during a verse whether or not the lyrics/melody start on a downbeat OR start from a pickup. Also, the diversity of rhythmic pattern of the notes being more significant than the pitch. My favorite part, however, are the music clips included to aurally illustrate the examples. They are kind of horrible with the arrangements and lyrics, but they are so crystal clear in modeling the specific elements being taught.
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