Summary: Drawing on his experience as a hit-making songwriter and songwriting instructor, the author presents an easy-to-understand, step-by-step approach to mastering those key elements consistently found in hit songs. Incorporating inspiring anecdotes, effective exercises, and common-sense checklists for self-evaluation, the book provides a concise analysis of the six steps essential to songwriting success-developing successful song structures, writing effective lyrics, com ...show moreposing memorable melodies, producing successful demos, taking care of business, and developing persistence. Exercises for practicing and honing these skills, advice from more than 50 industry professionals, and checklists to objectively assess one's strengths and weaknesses are included. This updated edition reflects industry changes such as the advent of MP3s, the increase in music sampling, and the fact that CDs have replaced cassettes as the industry standard for presenting material. 6 Steps to Songwriting Success contains everything songwriters need to know about the creative and business aspects of writing successful songs.