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Melody in Songwriting: Tools and Techniques for Writing Hit Songs (Berklee Guide) Paperback – May 1, 2000
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The book is comprehensive and could be superior for a lot of people to more classic texts for music majors such as Tonal Harmony. But these flaws seriously compromise its value. Too bad.
This occupies an interesting niche in music theory education.
I am reading this book with a pretty substantial amount of music theory already under my belt, and I think that helps; I wouldn't have been ready for a book like this before having taken some theory classes and tried writing some melodies on my own. I don't think it would be totally unapproachable on a technical level, but having a background in theory would definitely let you get more enjoyment out of the book and move along more quickly.
Some authors get confused and present 2nd grade material using rocket science level terminology and Quadrilateral philhavistic masochistlimenticalchronistic representiminical methodological extremism. What this means is that if you can understand the scholastic presentation level, you would already have a thorough understanding of the material presented. This is the kind of book that inspired the "..for Dummies" and "idiots guide to.." books.
I think I have spent as much as an hour just reading 1 particular sentence, over and over, trying to decipher what it means. After so many re-readings, I would have to move on, hoping to find something else that might give me some contextual clue to the sentence[s] I passed up without comprehension. So I gave it 3 stars - the content, I believe, is 5 stars - but it's not much use if you can't understand it.
I really hope the author will hire someone to re-word things in the next edition. I would pay for it again, just to be able to get a solid understanding of most of the sentences in less than 5 re-readings.