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9780470289938

Music Composition For Dummies®

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  • ISBN13:

    9780470289938

  • ISBN10:

    0470289937

  • Format: eBook
  • Copyright: 2008-04-01
  • Publisher: For Dummies
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Summary

Want to turn that haunting tune in your head into an awesome sound in your ear? You can! Music Composition For Dummies demystifies the process of composing music and writing songs. It guides you through every step of writing your own music, from choosing the right rhythm and tempo to creating melodies and chord progressions and working with instruments and voices.In this fun and practical guide, you'll learn how to match keys and chords to the mood you want to convey, work a form without limiting your creativity, and hammer out a musical idea, even when your mind is drawing a blank. You'll find out how to create popular songs, classically structured pieces, and even film, TV, and video game soundtracks. And, you'll learn what you need to know about music composition software, including Finale, Sebelius, Pro Tools, and more. Discover how to: Preserve and organize your musical ideas Work with established chord progressions or create your own Develop great rhythms Select the right instruments Find melodies in your head, your instrument, and the world around you Use major and minor scales Work with modes and moods Build melodic motifs and phrases Use the circle of fifths to harmonize Write for multiple voices Make a demo recordingFilled with creative exercises to build your composing skills, Music Composition for Dummies is the resource you need to get that melody out of your head and into the world.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Basics and Rhythm
Thinking Like a Composer
Tools of the Trade
Musical Scrapbooks: Writing on Paper and Screen
Rhythm and Mood
Melody and Development
Finding Melodies Where You Least Expect Them
Scales and Modes, Moods and Melodies
Building Melodies Using Motifs and Phrases
Developing Your Melodies
Harmony and Structure
Harmonizing with Melodies
Composing with Chords
Composing from the Void
Beginnings, Middles, and Endings
Musical Forms
Orchestration and Arrangement
Composing for the Standard Orchestra
Composing for the Nonstandard Orchestra
Composing for Multiple Voices
Composing Commercial Music and Songs
Composing Electronic Music
Composing for Other Musicians
The Part of Tens
Ten Composers You Should Know About
Nine Career Opportunities for Composers
Ten Recommended Books for Composers
Ten Periods of Music History to Explore
Modes and Chords Reference
Glossary
Index
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