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Music Composition For Dummies Paperback – 18 Jan 2008
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Create original songs, soundtracks, and more with traditional and improvisational techniques
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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Title : Music Composition for Dummies
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.
I found the style makes it easy to read but there is a lot of substance to it.
I am starting to develop various compositions and was looking for something to give general guidance on things that I should be considering and options/directions to go in .
For me at my stage of development it is just right.
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