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- Print Length: 62 pages
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- Publisher: Roy Wilkenfeld (October 4, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 4, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0166SHTVM
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,553 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Music Theory: Simple Music Theory for Electronic Music Production: Beginners Guide to Rhythm, Chords, Scales, Modes and a lot, lot more... Kindle Edition
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About the Author
I love to write about music production and everything surrounding it: mixing, creativity, techniques. I like to call myself a passionate music production addict!
I hope you enjoy my books and receive information from them that you can take further in your musical and creative journeys.
Thanks for stopping by :) -Roy --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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The book progresses in a very organized and logical way so it's easy to know where to find a good place to start depending on your experience level. I'm a beginner so I started from the beginning. I was really impressed with the amount of detail that goes into every section.
I definitely recommend this book!
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There are no examples of musical notation. All illustrations are in the form of clearly drawn and annotated keyboards plus several tables of lists and one or two additional diagrams of sequencer displays.
The focus is almost exclusively on the keyboard which makes sense as for the majority, that will be the primary way of working with a computer either by using a midi keyboard, synthesiser or midi controller. Indeed, for anyone setting out to work with a DAW, this little introduction to musical theory should give you a good basic grounding for using modes and scales when creating interesting loops or lead melodies.
The following brief extract from the section on the Dorian mode is a classic example. As soon as you read it, you may find yourself starting to think in terms of what musical ideas you could explore if this style of electronic music is an interest of yours.The section begins with an illustration of a keyboard and identifies the notes C D Eb F G A Bb c .....
"... the Dorian mode could be described as 'dreamy' or 'misty', and it's not quite happy or sad either - more like something inbetween..."
So, to recap ... this book IS very basic, very simple and doesn't go into a lot of detail or depth - BUT as a 'simple' introduction to musical theory, it's one of the best I've come across. There is very little text and plenty of diagrams to get you reaching for your own keyboard to start experimenting. In my opinion, if you finished this book understanding all the basic principles that Roy explores, then you will be well on the way to understanding far more than you might think possible from such a slim little book.
If you discount the title, contents, publishing info, blank and advertising pages, the number of subject-related pages is reduced to 47. But further than that, 16 of those pages are substantially less than half full, some of them with only a couple of lines. Page 12 contains this (and only this): 'Pro Tip: Play the C minor scale and the C major scale back-to-back to learn how they differ on the piano keyboard.' That's it?! That 'Pro Tip' requires a whole separate page?
The topics covered also appear to be limited in scope with nothing at all on music notation, even a very basic introduction to what a stave, clefs and different note values look like. No explanation of common terms like staccato, legato, portamento, augmented, etc. The term 'key' is only introduced in the section on transposition towards the end of the book! Very little on harmony or arpeggios. I know it's described as 'simple music theory', but this is not just simple, it's significantly incomplete. The title page says the book is a 'Beginner's guide to rhythm, chords, scales, modes, and a lot, lot more . . .'. Well, no. There isn't 'a lot, lot more'.
I'm sorry to say but I got a more complete basic introduction from reading a couple of articles on the web and watching a few YouTube videos (free).
Some suggestions (let's call them 'Pro Tips') for the author/publisher:
1. Take out the reference to electronic music production. It feels like click bait. I counted just five (rather tenuous) references to electronic music in the text.
2. If you're going to leave huge amounts of white space, at least add some lines and call it 'space for your notes'.
3. Add some self tests at the end of each segment.
4. Add a glossary of common musical terms.
5. Add a section on basic notation.
6. Sprinkle some examples of well known pieces of music to illustrate your points.
So why would I give as many as three stars? Well, what's in the book is for the most part very good and useful. It's clear and concise and seems to be accurate. It would be churlish to give it less. If I'd bought the £2.10 Kindle version I would perhaps have been less disappointed with the book, but at a whopping £13.09 (a bizarre figure!) what I got feels exorbitantly overpriced (bordering on gouging) and seriously lacking in content.
The print is very cheap.
Honestly, feel's more like a pamphlet than anything else. :(
Wish I honoured the return window of time.
Save your Money. Just take a Udemy electronic music course for cheap and more comprehensive.