Intelligent software that helps you create chord progressions and melodies
Best selling books that teach how to write chords and melody like the pros
Playable melody and chord progressions from 8000+ songs
Listen to a melody and chords and try to guess what they are
Time Management for songwriting and producing
Analyze 5 songs - scale degrees, patterns & motifs
Song submission deadlines
CRAFT AND CREATIVITY
Pat Pattison, Writing Better Lyrics, Writer’s Digest Books. Authoritative handbook on the lyrical craft.
Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, Songwriting Basics for Guitarists, Stringletter. Multimedia guide with tab and video (includes guitar-specific presentations of some of the material in The Complete Singer-Songwriter).
Rikky Rooksby, How to Write Songs on Guitar, Backbeat Books. Detailed theory-based instruction on melody, harmony, rhythm, and chord progressions.
Jimmy Webb, Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting, Hyperion. A deep dive into one songwriter’s process.
Peter Blood and Annie Patterson, eds., Rise Up Singing: The Group Singing Sourcebook, Hal Leonard. Lyrics and chords to 1,200 songs, from folk ballads to ’70s rock. The sequel, Rise Again Songbook (published in 2015), adds nearly 1,200 more songs, including some more recent pop.
Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, Rock Troubadours, Stringletter. Interviews with James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Dave Matthews, and more.
Annie Dillard, The Writing Life, Harper Perennial. An intense and poetic exploration of the creative process.
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Anchor. A funny, smart, and encouraging book by a novelist and nonfiction writer.
William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White, The Elements of Style, Allyn and Bacon. The classic guide to clear and concise writing.
B-Rhymes. Website and apps for finding near rhymes.
Chorderator. One of many online tools (and apps) for naming chords based on a guitar fingering, or finding a fingering based on a chord name, in standard tuning or any alternate tuning.
Lyricist, Virtual Studio Systems. Software for creating lyric sheets and chord charts.
MasterWriter. A writer’s tool especially for brainstorming lyrics, using an extensive database of rhymes, phrases, alliterations, and pop culture references.
Rhyme Genie. Rhyming dictionary software.
RhymeZone. Free online rhyming dictionary.