7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
At last I understand!,
This review is from: How Music Works: A listener's guide to harmony, keys, broken chords, perfect pitch and the secrets of a good tune (Paperback)
This is the book I've been waiting years to find - one which explains in understandable terms the underlying maths and physics of music. I'm not musical in any sense, but have always been fascinated by the nature of music. Maybe you've never wondered why a note has the frequency it does? I mean, who decided? Well, this book explains it. Or what is a key really, does it make any difference, and is there any necessary link between a key and an emotional mood? I'd also been trying to make sense of equal temperament in tuning, but had had no luck finding a comprehensible explanation until I read this book.
One reviewer does comment on the author's humour, and the book is written in a light-hearted way, with lots of jokey comments. However, I think this is just what a normally po-faced and technical subject like this needs; I laughed a lot, and I'm definitely not a teenager. Highly recommended.