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About the Author

Michael Miller is the author of several books, including The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Music Theory, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Playing Drums, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Singing, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Music Composition. He has been using Cubase for a number of years. He used Cubase SX to record the audio CD included with the second edition of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Playing Drums.
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Product Details

  • Series: Idiot's Guides
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: ALPHA (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592577512
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592577514
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Miller is the best-selling writer of more than 100 non-fiction books. He writes about a variety of topics, including computers, online selling, business, consumer electronics, and music. From his first book (Ventura Publisher Techniques and Applications, published in 1988) to his latest title, he has established a reputation for practical advice, technical accuracy, and an unerring empathy for the needs of his readers.

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Very good Introduction to Music History, easy to read and understand.
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[[ASIN:1592577512 The Complete Idiot's Guide to Music History (Complete Idiot's Guide to... An excellent book and fascinating.
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This book is perfect for anyone wanting to get a basic overview of Music History.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Fred Wilson on March 6, 2011
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I have taken courses in music history and have many books on the subject, from the most revered to some written for a general audience. None has so clearly defined the periods of music history and the key people in those periods as well as this book. While I will keep the others in my music library, this book will be on my desk.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Gunter on February 13, 2009
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[[ASIN:1592577512 The Complete Idiot's Guide to Music History (Complete Idiot's Guide to...
An excellent book and fascinating. Clearly defines the different ages of classic music such as The Romantic period, The Baroque period, Classic period etc.
Taught me a lot about music history and made me want to learn even more.
When people start talking about music, the reader will have a good knowledge to contribute to the conversation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K on November 23, 2012
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Love this book. I teach music history at the high school level. This is the textbook I use. My students love it too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B on May 11, 2013
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What a great book - easy and fun to read - hard to put down! This book could also be titled "How We Got From There To Here", as Michael Miller really puts things in order and shows how musical genres and styles evolved and transitioned one to another. He uses very little opinion and relies on non-disputable historical events to frame musical catalysts and prove the evolution of each musical genre. This book is good for anyone, musician or not, individual or class, and really gives you an appreciation for music through the teaching of its history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard S. Melhuish on February 20, 2014
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His writing style is superb. I have played music for 50 years plus and I never could quite "put it all together". A must read for anyone that wants to connect the dots and enjoy a great read. The only phrase I can think of is "engaging and airy", meaning each topic has enough space around it to let it sink in!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael on February 25, 2013
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i got a lot of useful information out of this book and so i would recommend it to anyone that is trying to learn about musics history
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Purchased this to distract myself from the intensity of ongoing medical studies and am very pleased. I haven't perused (critically read) it, but it sits on my desk as something to flip to when I'm bored, and it's written very well. Would recommend purchasing this if you simply just want to make yourself a bit more well-rounded. I cannot vouch for this book from the standpoint of a musician or one who is sitting a university subject in it. I just bought it for leisure.
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