From the latest issue of Acoustic Guitar: "I’ve also learned a lot from a few books on writing. Pat Pattison’s Writing Better Lyrics was recommended to me by Gillian Welch a few years ago and I understood why as soon as I dove in..." Read More
Welcome to my site. There’s plenty to look at here, videos, blogs, my seminar appearances, links to my Berklee online courses, and much, much more. I’ve got a new piece under Pat’s Parlour, Wittgenstein, Ordinary Language, and Songwriting. It’s about setting: matching lyric rhythm and melodic rhythm. Take a look.
My free online songwriting course at Coursera is still running, with strong numbers. We’re running four times a year. Jump in! So far almost 300,000 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."