A bit of background information: My piano level is levelled with the Trinity Level 1 Diploma and my music theory knowledge is from the ABRSM Grade 5 exam.
I want to become a songwriter and I need more knowledge of music theory
If you were to teach me all the music theory in the world for songwriting then what textbooks would you use? What things would you advise me to do whilst going through these books? Anything to be mindful of, habits to get into/avoid, etc...
_______ Down below is my random rant. Apologies! :/
I've looked at alot of answers similar to this question and it always goes along the lines of.... " Don't study music theory because it inhibits creativity & expression! Instead you should dissect the songs themselves and see what you like and don't like!".
Without any idea of what tools there are, then what tools can I use in the first place? What if I used them unconventionally? What would happen if I mixed X and Y when X was supposedly only supposed to go with Z? This is why I want to learn music theory, because I want to have more tools to mess around with. In this sense I firmly believe that music theory does not inhibit creativity rather gives you an opportunity to be even more creative.
I don't want to go through and rediscover these tools on my own when its clearly out there in a 200 page book.
So any guidance would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! :)