Item S-133: SongMatrix: How Songwriting REALLY Works! Forthcoming Book, 2023

Item S-133: SongMatrix: How Songwriting REALLY Works! Forthcoming Book, 2023

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About SongMatrix: How Songwriting REALLY Works!

matrix n, pl matrices, matrixes  A substance, situation, or environment in which something has its origin, takes form, or is enclosed.


For detailed information on the SongMatrix project, visit the SongMatrix website:

SongMatrix: How Songwriting REALLY Works!
is comprised of:

  1. A book, currently in development, that delves deeply into songwriting techniques, especially the details of the musical and lyrical techniques used by writers of great classics (as evidenced in comparative research described here), and how these masterful techniques differ from the ones used by contemporary songwriters.

  2. The Song Audition Matrix ("SAM"), which will enable any songwriter to test or "audition" any original song, much like a performance audition, as described here..

    When you audition to join a band or try out for a part in a show, your skill as a musician either passes the audition or fails it. With SAM, it's your song that either passes the "song audition" or fails it.

The SongMatrix book will be distributed for free to those who attend the SongMatrix Retreat.

If you would like to receive notification by email when SongMatrix: How Songwriting REALLY Works! and its companion, Words with Power: Essential Lists and Style Elements for Writers of Prose, Poetry, and Lyrics become available, please drop us a note:

We will add you to the notification list. These books will be published in both digital and print formats.

Product Details

Trade Paperback, Laminated Covers and E-book: PDF, mobi/Amazon, epub/Nook
Publisher: Roedy Black Publishing Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1-897311-60-8
ISBN-10: 1-897311-60-5
Product Dimensions: 6" x  9" (15.2 x 22.9 cm) Shipping Weight, Excluding Packaging: TBA

About the Author

Wayne Chase is the author of half a dozen reference works on musical and lyrical technique.

Chase has worked as a music scholar, record producer, session player, recording engineer, and instructor in songwriting, music production, the music business, and recording arts. He invented the "Chase chart," a visual method of chord progression analysis, which first appeared in his book, How Music REALLY Works!, 1st Edition.

He is also the developer of Song Audition Matrix, a process for quantitatively auditioning the musical and lyrical technical characteristics of songs to determine their quality and probability of having a significant emotional impact on audiences.

Chase is an expert in the identification, measurement, and analysis of emotional meaning in language and other media. He invented a related technology (Connotative Intelligence), and holds five patents in the field. His expertise in this area informs the lyrics section of How Music REALLY Works!, 2nd Edition.