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Harmony for Computer Musicians Paperback – June 7, 2010
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Introduction. 1. What is harmony? 2. The Interval. 3. The Triad and its Inversions. 4. Tonic and Dominant Harmony. 5. The Three Primary Triads. 6. Secondary Triads. 7. The Dominant Seventh Chord. 8. Secondary Seventh Chords. 9. Modulation. 10. Chromatic Harmony. 11. Chords of the Ninth. 12. Chords of the Eleventh. 13. Chords of the Thirteenth. 14. Static Harmony. 15. Modal Harmony. 16. Advanced Chromatic Harmony. 17. Conclusion.
About the Author
Dr. Michael Hewitt was born in South Wales in the United Kingdom. He earned his bachelor of music degree at London University and a master's degree and doctorate at the University of Bangor, where he specialized in musical composition. He is a classically trained musician, a composer, a lecturer, and an author on musical subjects. Working to commission, he writes classical scores as well as soundtracks for various television productions, both at home and abroad. He is currently working as a music technology tutor at Coleg Harlech, North Wales.
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One final caveat: if by chance you find the material gets very tough very quickly, follow Hewitt's advice and go back and read the first book in his trilogy: Music Theory for Computer Musicians. This second book assumes prior knowledge of - and therefore only provides a very quick overview of - the material covered by the first book. In my case I skipped the first book and allowed myself more time to fully digest the contents of the first few chapters. In hindsight, my own education could have gone more quickly if I had just taken the time to work through the first book first.
chordal and harmonic relationships in a `Piano Roll" midi style input suitable for playing back in a sequencer such as SONAR, CUBASE etc. It also treats modulation and modal harmony.
Many samples illustrated in the book are on a companion CD.
If you're a computer musician this text is a definite 'must have'.
Without reviewing the other books in the series I will say I really liked this book. I'm very new to music production and I feel I'm on the way to either producing some excellent, tracks or becoming a techie that know his stuff, and never moving beyond that.
The first three chapters are a somewhat of a re-hash of Music Theory for Computer Musicians, but it really does go much beyond that and sometimes a different angle increases understanding - essentially it's the second semester of Music Theory I.
Almost every image has piano roll, guitar, and music notation views. Pretty flexible. I did learn music notation, but since I am working in a DAW (digital audio workstation - Reason 6) I have become lazy and only look to the piano roll. I fell pretty confident about making excellent songs that sound great and aren't boring. I just need to review, review, review to sharpen what are demonstrated as proven skills.
There are other [text]books that surely go on and on in complexity, but I wanted to get my feet much more than wet without committing to a long swim.
I also feel that there was a lot of redundancy in the wording - maybe it's more helpful to others. I prefer more density.
Great book in a great series!