Update on books
How To Write Songs in Altered Guitar Tunings was published in the summer – it’s the latest in my songwriting titles. There have been many books about altered tunings but they have mostly been for instrumentalists. I think this is the first to look at the subject from the angle of the potential these tunings hold for the songwriter. It covers about 30 tunings and comes with a chord dictionary section so you can re-tune and straight away have some chords to play with rather than spending time finding them yourself.
There is also a new, updated edition of Riffs which has many more examples in the book and on the CD. Next year will see the publication of a revised version of The Songwriting Sourcebook.