Music Composition For Dummies

Scott Jarrett, Holly Day, "Music Composition For Dummies"
For Dummies | 2008 | ISBN: 0470224215 | 336 pages | File type: PDF | 4,3 mb

Music Composition For Dummies explains how to use music theory to write music in a variety of forms. It introduces basic chord construction and shows the reader how to compose music with both chords and melody, develop simple melodic motifs and themes into longer compositions, arrange compositions, create scores, and select the right instruments and voicing to express musical ideas. Music Composition For Dummies also shows you how to create popular songs, classically structured pieces, film and television scores, videogame soundtracks, and more using both traditional and improvisational techniques.

From the Back Cover
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



Part I: Basics and Rhythm.
Chapter 1: Thinking Like a Composer.
Chapter 2: Tools of the Trade.
Chapter 3: Musical Scrapbooks: Writing on Paper and Screen.
Chapter 4: Rhythm and Mood.

Part II: Melody and Development.
Chapter 5: Finding Melodies Where You Least Expect Them.
Chapter 6: Scales and Modes, Moods and Melodies.
Chapter 7: Building Melodies Using Motifs and Phrases.
Chapter 8: Developing Your Melodies.

Part III: Harmony and Structure.
Chapter 9: Harmonizing with Melodies.
Chapter 10: Composing with Chords.
Chapter 11: Composing from the Void.
Chapter 12: Beginnings, Middles, and Endings.
Chapter 13: Musical Forms.

Part IV: Orchestration and Arrangement.
Chapter 14: Composing for the Standard Orchestra.
Chapter 15: Composing for the Nonstandard Orchestra.
Chapter 16: Composing for Multiple Voices.
Chapter 17: Composing Commercial Music and Songs.
Chapter 18: Composing Electronic Music.
Chapter 19: Composing for Other Musicians.

Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 20: Ten Composers You Should Know About.
Chapter 21: Nine Career Opportunities for Composers.
Chapter 22: Ten Recommended Books for Composers.
Chapter 23: Ten Periods of Music History to Explore.
Appendix A: Modes and Chords Reference.
Appendix B: Glossary.

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