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Music Composition for Dummies (Paperback) (Scott Jarrett)

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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 recording

Filled 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.

Music Composition For Dummies explains how to use music theory to write music in a variety of forms. It introduces the basic chord construction and shows the reader how to compose music both with 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 tells how to create popular songs, classically structured pieces, film and television scores, videogame soundtracks, and more using both traditional and improvisational techniques.
Number of Pages: 336
Genre: Music
Sub-Genre: Instruction + Study / Composition
Series Title: For Dummies
Format: Paperback
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Author: Scott Jarrett
Language: English
Street Date: February 5, 2008
TCIN: 11770222
UPC: 9780470224212
Item Number (DPCI): 248-21-1117
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