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Essential Dictionary of Music Notation: The Most Practical and Concise Source for Music Notation (The Essential Dictionary Series)

Essential Dictionary of Music Notation: The Most Practical and Concise Source for Music Notation (The Essential Dictionary Series) [Kindle Edition]

Tom Gerou , Linda Lusk
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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This pocket-sized dictionary presents current and correct notation practices in an easy-to-use format. Generously illustrated and concise, this book is essential to any musician looking for a handy reference for the correct notation of music. A most welcome and beneficial source for every musician, whether using a pencil or a computer.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8023 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music (31 Oct 1996)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002V1I6BQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #101,494 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.3 out of 5 stars
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, Accessible � and Essential! 19 Aug 2002
The 'Essential Dictionary of Music Notation' is in pocket-dictionary style allowing cross-referencing and easy-to-find explanations alphabetically. The range of topics covered is large and the amount of detail useful. It allows the book to be useful both to beginners and to professionals. It forgets that most computers can automatically layout pages correctly, for example, and that some of the theory is nowadays irrelevant. But this is good, and often useful to know when writing by hand and when editing.
Illustrations depicts the meaning often. For an example, under 'Articulation' it lists the 5 main types of articulation and then divides them into Durational and Forceful. It then tells you in detail what they all do and how they should be written. Although dynamics are obviously listed in this way, the range and detail of the dynamic, I feel, is inadequate.
The book covers traditional notation as well as TAB, and specialist requirements for certain instruments. 351 pages - for the price the dictionary is excellent. Portable and full of information, which can be easily and quickly understood.
However, the authors don't try to make out that this guide is all you need to know. A larger book would be more detailed. This is well worth it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This excellent little book is indispensable for anyone writing music on manuscript paper. It is organised alphabetically giving such details as whether bar lines precede the clef sign in a change of key; the order of accidentals in a complex chord; placement of slurs on grace notes; the correct angles for beams and much, much, much more. Absolutely indispensable at any price, and at this price should be on every musician's bookshelf.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 14 Feb 2005
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Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Look at the price folks before judgement is passed. I've got Gardner Reads book as well and still think this is worth having. Unless you are looking for something that would be used by a college lecturer you may find that this will be all you want.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight and a bit vague 28 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Although this Kindle version of the book does appear to contain some information with a musical connection, a lot of the contents seem vague/incomplete and disjointed to me. Briefly, for example, when referring to "8va" notation, the dictionary describes how the notation should be written down on a staff, but fails to mention at all that this indicates to the musician that the notes should be played one octave higher than written - ?? To add to the frustration, the book contains the very minimum level of navigation support. The only real means of navigating through the Kindle book is to refer to individual page numbers. At the end of the "book", there is a basic "Index" section to help with this. Otherwise, you have no real idea of what might be covered in the dictionary contents. The overall impression is that this book has been slung together, and Kindle navigation glossed over. One final point to everyone who bothers to read the comments left by reviewers of the said book - do not be mislead by the idea on the Amazon information page that this particular book contains "351 pages" - many of these pages are sparsely populated, often consisting only of one small image scan of musical notation, accompanied by a very short piece of textual explanation - not convincing, I am afraid...
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5.0 out of 5 stars NOT JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCED MUSICIAN 10 Aug 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My son is on Grade 2 violin and, at the suggestion of his music teacher, got him a dictionary to help with theory. Not being very musical, I wasn't really sure what to look for so plumped for this out of several options. His teacher had not seen this before and was very impressed with it. It is proving very useful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential if you use music notation software 5 April 2013
By F. Sims
I have been using different versions of Sibelius for years now and as I look back through my early scores, I can see all the errors in layout I made initially and with the aid of this book, I am slowly correcting them. This book is great for explaining how things like D.S al Fine should be set correctly in a score and what the correct components are, (double bar and where to put the final bar and the sign) or how to set beams to make it easily readable. It may be light on what it means, but there is enough info for guidance on when to use it and excellent illustrations on how to set it out using your software.
Make your scores look professionally set out and give anyone who has to read your score the best possible chance of understanding what they are meant to do. This really is excellent value. However, if you are looking for detailed definitions on musical terms I would look elsewhere, this is aimed at notation and it meets its target!
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