In addition to this book, look into a software program named EZ Keys You can get it atToontrack EZkeys Grand Piano Or you can go over to sweetwater.
com for a larger selection I like the Vintage Upright Piano It has that type of melodic hollow sound Hey, with this program anyone can write all types of piano music, complete songs, no chopsticks piano tinkering licks here I mean good sounding tunes even the most cynical of us can appreciate It ll make you sound like a pro Suddenly all those piano lessons we took during years ago will come back to you, make sense and even sound good Even non musicians or non piano players can master this thing.
That s right, in less than 30 minutes you ll be able to write tunes on the keyboard An old friend told me about this software about a year ago Of course you ll need 1.
Electronic Keyboard To interface with the software2.
Audio Interface a few excellent brand names are focusrite, behringer3.
Additional plugs to connect all of this stuff together.
A pair of speaker I like the black and green Mackies series.
A computer and screen monitor.
And just like that, boom, boom Your re ready to go go As most reviewers have said, one needs to have some background knowledge about music before starting to use this book It just so happens that I am just over the line wherein this book can be helpful to me I love the exercises at the end of each chapter This book forced mw to confront my lack of fret board knowledge In the process I gained enlightenment about the fret board and how to construct chords It s a beautiful process,every beginner should just sit with their guitar and construct chords It ll make you think differently and make you attuned to sounds beyond the regular triad stuff.
I m about a few pages in and have learntnow that I ever could watching youtube stuff Just gotta sit down with a pencil and paper and construct chords.
This is a great book if you have an intermediate understanding of music theory and an interest in the inner workings of composition Just be clear to note that this book does not address songwriting It is packed full of the backbones of songwriting like structure, harmony, rhythm and melody but it does not apply it to a pop music media Reading this book will give you a good grasp of how these things come together to form a composition but if you re looking to learn about the art of writing a song then it is best you look elsewhere.
It is an easy read and has tons of examples There is no accompanying CD so if you cannot sight read, the examples probably won t help you If this sounds like you, reading a basic music theory book beforehand would be a wise choice.
As for theory, Michel Miller s book was extreamly usefull in helping me understand most basic principles, though a lot of principles concerned with art music composition are better represented elsewere classical harmony, counterpoint, etc This observation is purely my own as this book is very thourough in introducing harmony and counterpoint that would benifit begining composers in the pop rock country eccetra idioms.
This is a great book and one that I re read frequently In my opinion, any one interested in music composition should read this book.
Write The Songs That Make The Whole World Sing A Step By Step Guide To Writing Music, This Book Shows Musicians How To Compose Simple Chord Progressions And Melodies, And Leads Them Through Advanced Compositional Techniques And Musical Forms Designed For Composers Of All Types Of Music, It Includes Instruction On Composing Stand Alone Melodies, Using Different Scales And Modes, Themes And Variations, Orchestration, And Composing For Film, Theater, And Videogames Perfect Complement To The Complete Idiots Guide To Music Theory And The Complete Idiots Guide To Songwriting Includes A Comprehensive Glossary Of Musical Terms, As Well As An Appendix Of Various Computer Based Composition Tools Easy To Use Oversize Trim NOTA El Libro No Est En Espa Ol, Sino En Ingl S