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Music Composition For Dummies

Music Composition For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Scott Jarrett , Holly Day
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Want to turn that haunting tune in your head into an awesome sound in your ear? You can! Music Composition For Dummies demystifies the process of composing music and writing songs. It guides you through every step of writing your own music, from choosing the right rhythm and tempo to creating melodies and chord progressions and working with instruments and voices.

In this fun and practical guide, you’ll learn how to match keys and chords to the mood you want to convey, work a form without limiting your creativity, and hammer out a musical idea, even when your mind is drawing a blank. You’ll find out how to create popular songs, classically structured pieces, and even film, TV, and video game soundtracks. And, you’ll learn what you need to know about music composition software, including Finale, Sebelius, Pro Tools, and more. Discover how to:

  • Preserve and organize your musical ideas
  • Work with established chord progressions or create your own
  • Develop great rhythms
  • Select the right instruments
  • Find melodies in your head, your instrument, and the world around you
  • Use major and minor scales
  • Work with modes and moods
  • Build melodic motifs and phrases
  • Use the circle of fifths to harmonize
  • Write for multiple voices
  • Make a demo recording

Filled with creative exercises to build your composing skills, Music Composition for Dummies is the resource you need to get that melody out of your head and into the world.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2639 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (11 Feb 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001B8NW8C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Journey of Discovery 23 Dec 2008
By Graham Mccarthy VINE VOICE
A really good way to learn about how musical pieces are constructed is to try and write a piece yourself. If like me you're less than fully accomplished at this, you probably need all the help you can get and if like me you've never done this before the task seems daunting, but only because it is.

This book explores the whole process from the basic motif and melodic phrase, how to join them up, vary them and set them in the right scale, mode and mood and then to develop them. It then proceeds to flesh out the process still further delving into the harmony and structure of your piece and finally on to arrangements and musical forms. Music Composition for Dummies attempts to take you on a journey from the embryonic idea you have into a more traditionally constructed and well formed piece of music. Of course, it will require no mean effort on your part, but the sense of achievement when you play your own piece is wonderful.

There are several examples of each stage of writing, but I would have liked to have seen more and would like to have seen at least one idea taken from basic motif through to completed piece. So it's not perfect and is probably not of much benefit if you are already an accomplished musician/writer. But if like me you're still learning, would like to set your knowledge of music theory in context, or fancy performing your own pieces, then Music Composition for Dummies is a great start.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Really Helps in alot of Ways 12 Oct 2009
I purchased this book as composing my music was always something I have wanted to do. This book helps me forfill this. It teaches the complete amateur like me how to compose. I have now composed about 30 pieces thanks to this book.I also purchased it when I was doing my O-Level Music and felt it was also a good revision book. It has also came in handy when doing A Level Music aswell. It may be expensive but it is certanly worth it !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dummy or not.... 26 Mar 2010
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An easy read, although it does require some basic knowledge of music theory. Nonetheless it is a very useful guide, which makes an ideal quick reference for key concepts in musical composition. All of the subjects are treated at a pretty superficial level, although sufficient for someone looking for useful clues as to how to go about elaborating a full composition on the basis of a musical idea. Full of useful tips and helpful advice. It is well written and not overly technical: you can actually read through the whole thing in an afternoon.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gives you a good start 8 Sep 2009
By Rimbalo
this book is easy to read, and gives you all the basic information you would like to learn when you are new to music composition.
Perfect for starting.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Novice Composer / Arranger says... 13 Jan 2011
I found 'Music Composition For Dummies' surprisingly good. I don't like the lay out of the 'For Dummies' books, but I perservered. My grasp of music theory has holes in it, and reading music is quite poor, so there are parts fot he book I'm going to have to go back and work through. But what I think is the really important part of this book is that it encourages you to THINK and to LISTEN like a composer. In the short time since my first reading of this book I've sarted to listen to music in a different way, but also to every day sounds. I can see now how they can be the inspiration for subsequent muscial work, whther they be 'Classical' or other types of music. - There are other books on composition and arranging that I am waiting to read, but I think this is a good one to start with if you're a novice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music composition 14 May 2013
By J. Chow
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A good resource for composition skills. Well produced and useful to have on the Kindle as well as in book form.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for overview on music composition 31 Jan 2014
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It's good for an overall overview on the aspects of music composition. But what you probably need are lot's of exercises, theoretical and practical. Listen to as many styles as you can, and analyse them. Then the book will help.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Handy 3 Aug 2013
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This is a very handy go to book for someone who is an intermediate level musician or someone who is relatively new to writing their own music. It is well laid out and very well written in clear and easy to understand terms but never patronising.
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