Learn about Pat's precocious beginnings - teaching at Berklee College of Music starting at the age of 11 - and his early influences including Wittgenstein, Frege and Russell. Oh, and of course, more about prosody, balance and other songwriting tools. Listen to the interview here.
I’m out on the road this summer, on a tour that’ll take me through Australia, New Zealand, LA, San Diego, Portland and finally the Rocky Mountain Song School. I love seeing old friends and meeting new faces. The seminars are mostly focusing on the relationship between lyric and melody, but also on the new information in my 2nd edition of The Essential Guide to Rhyming. Here is a link to an interview I gave with Jonathan Feist: jonathanfeist.berkleemusicblogs.com/2014/05/22/why-rhyme-an-interview-with-pat-pattison/
Coursera is still running with strong numbers. So far over 200,000 folks have signed up for the course. A bit mind-boggling, but I love it.
I hope to see you down the road.
Kudos for Pat
"I count myself lucky and proud to have studied with Mr. Pattison. I would not be the writer I am today without his teaching and his unique and comprehensive understanding of language, rhyme, rhythm, and structure."
Pat Pattison does the impossible. He takes the mystery out of songwriting without taking the heart out of it.
- David Wilcox
"I took a class with a great teacher named Pat Pattison... I learned a lot in that class...and I still read that book, Writing Better Lyrics. I think it's great."
"This was the best 2 days a songwriter could spend. By lunchtime Saturday, after two and a half hours, I learned more than I had in 35 years of playing and writing music. And it just kept getting better."
"Working with Pat on my songs has been an essential part of my songwriting process. Pat is a master at asking the right questions to pinpoint what may seem like small tweaks, but in the end, are huge revelations, taking my songs to a whole new level. I honestly believe that Pat is the best songwriting teacher out there. Working with him has made me a much better writer, performer and singer. I'm always afraid to bring him new material, because I know something I think is done, once put to the Pat test, just needs a bit more work. But in the end, the SONG is better for it. I bring him as many songs as I can! He is an essential mentor for me."