Write Fearlessly! — Pat Pattison
Pat Pattison is a Professor at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches Lyric Writing and Poetry.
In addition to his four books, Songwriting Without Boundaries, Writing Better Lyrics, The Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure, and The Essential Guide to Rhyming, Pat has developed five online courses for Berkleemusic.com: three lyric writing courses, one on poetry, and one on creative writing.
He has filmed a series of lectures for coursera.org with over 250,000 students enrolled since the first run in 2013. Pat has written over 50 articles for various magazines and blogs and has chapters in both The Poetics of American Song Lyrics and the current Handbook on Creative Writing for Edinburgh University Press.
Pat continues to present songwriting clinics across the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and throughout Europe. Several of his students have won Grammys, including John Mayer, Tom Hambridge, and Gillian Welch.
- Distinction between Metaphor and Simile
- Song Structure – Putting words and music together
- Using stress words
- Relationship between melodic and lyric phrasing
Never say no
Silence says keep going
Never talk about writing when writing
- What is Prosody and how is it used?
- Aligning stress syllables and notes
- Song construction
- Rhyme schemes
- Making the song do what you want it to feel like
“Don’t be afraid to write crap because crap is the best fertilizer.” — Pat Pattison
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