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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (26 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780470224212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470224212
  • ASIN: 0470224215
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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musical ideas through --instruments and voices.

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Creative exercises build your composing skills

The fun and easy way to turn the tune in your head into a full–fledged composition!

Wish you could write music? You can! This friendly guide gives you everything you need to start composing, from choosing the right rhythm and tempo to writing with chords and melody to expressing your musical ideas through instruments and voices. You′ll see how to create popular songs, classically structured pieces, and even film, TV, or video game soundtracks!

Discover how to:

  • Master chord progressions

  • Harmonize with melody

  • Select the right instruments

  • Write for multiple voices

  • Compose electronic music

  • Make a demo recording


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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Graham Mccarthy VINE VOICE on 23 Dec. 2008
Format: Paperback
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 By Tom Parham on 12 Oct. 2009
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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 By Mauro Zordan on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. Hammond on 8 Jun. 2013
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I am not normally a fan of the Dummies series as they can often be rather heavy going despite the title of the series. However, I really like this one. It is packed with helpful explanations and plenty of humour. I am giving it four stars instead of five as it does not come with an audio cd unlike some other musical dummies books. I think audio would help to illustrate some of the examples used. I should point out that I am an accomplished musician so it was easy for me to hear in my head the sheet music examples. This book may be harder work for non-musicians or musicians who do not read music. However, for any musicians who can read music that want to know more about composition, I would highly recommend it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nac_Macfeegle on 13 Jan. 2011
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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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rimbalo on 8 Sept. 2009
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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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This is the only 'Dummies' book I've read and found it very helpful. I'm an amateur musician, able to read/play, who is keen to compose but lacking more music theory than I realised until reading this book. It is well laid out, follows a logical path and deals with the useful things essential to any would be composer, such as melody, harmony, chords and the rules of composition. This is recommended reading and has inspired me to better understand music theory.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Chow on 14 May 2013
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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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