The Musician's Guide to Reading and Writing Music Paperback – 22 Oct 2005
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Even though the book is an easy read, the author keeps to the task of teaching us the ins and outs of musical notation. The book is reliable on that score. The majority of musical theory books teach us to read the printed music which we find in textbooks or as sheet music. Dave Stewart has higher aims for his readers because he wants his readers to write music for themselves. He deals with this on every front: how to overcome worries about neatness; how to set about one's first efforts; how to develop a personal style; etc., etc.
Today you may remember your latest composition. What about in 6 month's time? No problems if you were able to write it down.
Dave Stewart is giving you the secure, practical skills which you will need as a musician. You will finish up reading and WRITING music. Very few people will regret buying this book. It is nearly as good as being in the same room as a cheerful and competent teacher.
We should keep in mind a sensible point: it is probably impossible to write a theory book with absolutely everything in it. All we can do is to look for a book which does its best and which is a pleasure to read at the same time. Let Dave Stewart's book step up to the stage! His book has many virtues and only a few shortcomings.
So when my teacher borrowed this book off a fellow pupil and said i should have a look at it i went ahead and bought it to read like she said to.
At first, reading through it, i thought this is going to be a bit boring and basic - HOW WRONG I WAS !
He goes through the basics of music; talks about mistakes he made as a student, and how he got over them; his favourite progressions, from basic progressions, which every student should know and many other things which are invaluable to anyone trying to study music.
I've now gone and bought his other music book - its available here on amazon. If your new to music then definitely buy it!
If your music knowledge is so good that it creates jealous individuals every day still buy it! You'll find his writing style so unputdownable and so readable - he talks about thinks that annoy him in music and how he gets over things which are so hard to do in music.
A great book, i highly recommend it!
From this reader to the author, Dave Stewart, thank you so much for writing this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wanted to refresh my music knowledge and the mission was accomplished with this amazing book. Great read for the ones entering the realm of the "dots" and its fundamentals. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jonatan Arriaga
Very good book in excellent condition and I don't regret ever buying it. I have enjoyed every single park of it.Published on 28 April 2014 by paul sitwala
Dave Stewart brings a fresh air in presenting technicalities in reading and writing music for practising musicians. Read morePublished on 24 Feb. 2014 by mem
A very well written useful book that goes a long way to remove some of the mystery of reading music. Read morePublished on 10 Jun. 2013 by Shimmy
I loved this book. It clearly shows the chords and notes for several instruments. So nice to have; highly recommended! ❤Published on 8 Feb. 2013 by FATMAH ALMOAMAN