This is a high quality facsimile of “The Art of Writing Songs and How to Play Guitar” by Gene Autry, originally published in 1933.
Let’s write a song. Fine. How does one go about it?
That’s where the trouble starts. There is no general recipe—no fixed rules—no formula.
You just have to try until you hit the idea. There are a lot of things about writing songs, however, that you should know, that you must know in fact, and it’s about those things that I am going to write.
Also included in this book is an elementary system designed for the use of beginners. This system is created in the interests of those who love to play and sing. If you can hum or whistle a tune you can play a guitar by closely following the plans outlined in these pages.