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
www.blanksheetmusic.net - free printable staff paper
MuseScore - free music composition and notation software
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.
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.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND SPIRITUALITY
A Course In Miracles - The Foundation for Inner Peace
This book is transformational in the way that it guides you to shift your perspective away from fear and self-doubt into unlimited possibilities and love.
This book has a Catholic context. Though I am not religious, I still recommend it as the lessons can be extracted and applied to one’s life.
Loving What Is - Byron Katie
Transform limiting beliefs, and thus your life experiences, by questioning your thoughts.