Effective Rhyming

Author: Pat Pattison

Lesson description

Pat Pattison, a veteran songwriter, has taught many of Berklee College of Music's best and brightest how to write truly great lyrics. The exercises in this lesson will help you eliminate some trial and error and start writing better lyrics more quickly and efficiently.

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