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Music Theory for Computer Musicians 1st Edition
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- Publisher : Course Technology PTR; 1st edition (April 2, 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1598635034
- ISBN-13 : 978-1598635034
- Item Weight : 1.56 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.37 x 0.89 x 9.06 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #145,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #38 in Music Recording & Sound (Books)
- #182 in Music Theory (Books)
- #808 in Music Instruction & Study (Books)
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However, because the book is old, all the Track examples are on a CD and no digital files are available (I don't have a CD player, as most laptops don't have those these days).
Also the website for the exercises solutions is not available anymore.
So basically it's not possible for me to enjoy 100% of the content of some of it is not available.
Why 4 stars instead of five? For me this book is a solid basic music theory book, and has some very good examples and review exercises, so far I really like the sections on the cycle of fifths, the chapter on the different modes of music (different types of scales), and the section on the pentatonic scale (which is essential reading), however I was a little disappointed on the chapter on appregiation (splitting notes of chords in music melodies) and while it is good, hoped it would come with more examples since this is used extensively in most of today's dance music. Also a good basic section on drums, drum roll notation would have been nice, even though I know that's not covered in most music theory books, but this is a book for computer musicians and most using any DAW sequencer will have drums, opposed to someone who is just learning how to play the piano/keyboard or a guitar. It also does have guitar tab notation which is a plus, and there is a good section on rhythm, tempo, and note length. For me personally I think this book is a great introduction to music theory, a generally good reference, and the fact that it comes with an Audio CD of examples is a big plus. I wouldn't recommend it for someone who is looking for advanced examples, chord progressions, or techniques that are used in specific modern pop songs or songs of specific genre say R&B or Club Music, and I think this book would go well with others that cover some of its chapters in more detail. Some I think might be a good supplement to this book are:
1) Basic Chord Progressions (Alfred Handy Guide) , 2) Chord Progressions For Songwriters , 3) The Complete Book of Scales, Chords, Arpeggios and Cadences: Includes All the Major, Minor (Natural, Harmonic, Melodic) & Chromatic Scales - Plus Additional
4) Keyboard Chords & Scales Book (Fasttrack Series) Instructions on Music Fundamentals]] ,
and for keyboard specific players 5) ,
and for keyboard specific players 5) The Piano Handbook: A Complete Guide for Mastering Piano
and for drums 6) Drum Programming: A Complete Guide to Program and Think Like a Drummer
for R&B and Hip Hop specific (which also translates to many dance styles) 7) RandB Soul Keyboards: The Complete Guide (Musicians Institute Press)
Whether you play keyboards, guitar, or just know where to click in your music software, this book tries to speak your language. There are plenty of examples of all three, although you will be increasingly encouraged to get a MIDI keyboard over the course of the book. I already owned one and a smattering of self-taught piano lessons, so I was fine with that.
About midway through the book, it dives into scales and keys, and for me that was where the real value was. It slowly introduces concepts and theory, beginning with major and minor scales, and progresses to some really wild and exotic musical structures. I will continue to use it as a reference book when I'm thinking about which key to use in my next composition and provides great inspiration for experimenting with some really unusual-sounding scales.
I also really appreciate the exercises at the end of each chapter. I was able to sit down at my computer and try many of the concepts discussed and hear them for myself. It really enforced the information and the learning experience. I saved copies of the results from my exercises in my music software to use for sampling different keys and looking for inspiration.
I bought the physical book with the audio CD, so let me just say that if you already know music theory and are just looking for a refresher, save yourself some money and get the Kindle edition. There is nothing on that disk that is going to change your world; do the exercises and you'll hear what you need to hear. However, if you're coming to music theory as a complete neophyte and don't have any previous experience in music, I would spend the extra money to get the CD. I loaded my copy on my iPod so that I could easily listen to each track as it was referenced in the text.
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The early part of the book has a lot of grammatical or semantic errors, which was distracting at times while trying to study; the author's editor let him down I'd say. Fortunately each time a little thought enabled me to work out what the author meant; it's a minor niggle in a book which has so much to offer. I'd recommend this book for anyone starting out in music theory who is willing to work hard studying it; music is a complicated subject so there's no easy route to learning about it, but this does smooth the path a fair bit.
The style of writing makes what is often dull reading interesting and engaging.
Worth every penny!
The music audio files to accompany the book are free online and it comes with a CD inside the book for help with sound examples. And by a Welsh man.....Nuff said!