How To Write A Popular Song - online manual

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details and suggestions that could be given in reference to this class of song, both as regards suitable ideas, style, etc., in words, melody and accompaniment. There is no fixed rule whatever. In fact, a production "song" is really a small "production" in itself, and therefore should be, though un­happily it is often not so, a self-contained and independent creation, to which no particular rule or set of rules can be usefully applied. What suits one is inappropriate to an­other. Rules for production songs are dependent upon the '' idea'' of the song, and this little work lays no claim to be a universal provider of ideas which are the result in most cases of a happy inspiration or accident, whichever term seems the better under the circumstances.
Let the amateur watch the big hits of the metropolitan productions, and he will learn more than can ever be told in words regarding this fanciful and lucrative style of song-writing.
Waltz, Coon, March, Comic and Topical, Character or Dialect songs are, of course, quite frequently used in pro­ductions; but to be available for acceptance by managers or artists, they must be exceptionally well written both as regards words and melody, and must contain something more than that which is termed "ordinarily good."
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