Author: Michael Hewitt
Publisher: Course Technology Ptr
Release Date: 2008
Many DJs, gigging musicians, and electronic music producers understand how to play their instruments or make music on the computer, but they lack the basic knowledge of music theory needed to take their music-making to the next level and compose truly professional tracks. Beneath all the enormously different styles of modern electronic music lie certain fundamentals of the musical language that are exactly the same no matter what kind of music you write. It is very important to acquire an understanding of these fundamentals if you are to develop as a musician and music producer. Put simply, you need to know what you are doing with regard to the music that you are writing. Music Theory for Computer Musicians explains these music theory fundamentals in the most simple and accessible way possible. Concepts are taught using the MIDI keyboard environment and today's computer composing and recording software. By reading this book and following the exercises contained within it, you, the aspiring music producer/computer musician, will find yourself making great progress toward understanding and using these fundamentals of the music language. The result will be a great improvement in your ability to write and produce your own original music!
Author: Michael Hewitt
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Release Date: 2010
Home music producers now have access to a wide variety of software synthesizers, samplers, and FX devices on their computers -- devices that had previously been available only in expensive hardware forms. Although computer musicians often show a high degr
Author: Michael Hewitt
Release Date: 2009
You might be extremely knowledgeable about the software that you use, have a good understanding of your own genre, and even have a good basic understanding of music theory. However, this does not necessarily mean that you can write effective music tracks. You need another kind of knowledge as well – the knowledge of composition.This friendly guide explains the basics of composing songs and music on the computer using any music using any music creation and recording program, whether you choose Reason, Live, Cubase, Logic, Pro Tools, Digital Performer, Finale, Sibelius, FL Studio, SONAR, or anything else. It’s not as hard as it sounds, and this book eases the learning curve so you’ll be making music in no time. You’ll quickly learn how to program rhythm and drums, create basslines and melodic leads, and use FX and samples. You’ll also learn about mixing and mastering your track and distributing it to a mass audience. Composition for Computer Musicians explains it all while showing you the basics of music theory throughout so you’ll be sure you’re not just making noise on the computer – you’re using your computer to make professional-sounding music.
Having an understanding of the fundamentals of traditional music theory will help you take your computer music to higher levels, and work with others. This accessible new guide equips you with the basics in a clear, easy-to-understand way, covering everything from the notes and notation, scales, rhythm and tempo, intervals, meter and chords.
Author: Michael John Hewitt, Dr
Release Date: 2013-01-27
Genre: Chords (Music)
This book is a must for musicians, composers and music producers who want to explore the fascinating variety of musical scales that are now used in world music. Included are hundreds of scales from around the world such as: major and minor scales of Western music, diatonic modes, pentatonic scales, scales used in jazz and bebop, artificial and synthetic scales, scales of Greek folk music, pentatonic scales of Japanese and Chinese music, Ethiopian kinit, African kora scales, scales of Indonesian gamelan music, equal tone scales of Thailand and Burma, musical scales of classical Indian music and more. Each scale is presented in multiple formats including guitar tab, keyboard, note names, staff and where appropriate, details of fine tuning. A transposition pattern is also given for each scale, which enables the musician to practise and play the scale in any key required. An explanation of each scale, together with a description of its characteristics is also provided."
Author: Rick Snoman
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Release Date: 2013-05-02
Genre: Technology & Engineering
So you want to learn the ins and outs of creating dance music and looking to improve your production? Then this book is just for you. No matter what genre you are interested in- trance, techno, garage, chill out, house or what tool you are working with- Abelton, Reason, Reaktor or Absynth, Snowman covers every aspect of dance music production- from sound design, compression and effects to mixing and mastering to help you improve your music. No matter what you level of experience the Dance Music Manual is packed with sound advice, techniques and practical tips to help you achieve professional results. The CD provides demo tracks showing what can be achieved when applying the advice contained in the book, including examples of the quality difference before and after mixing and mastering. The CD also contains free software demos for you to download. For even more advice and resources, check out the book's official website www.dancemusicproduction.com
Author: J. Anthony Allen
Release Date: 2018-03-31
Genre: Computer sound processing
The producer's guide to harmony, chord progressions, and song structure in the MIDI grid. As an online class, Dr. Allen has had over 50,000 students use this ground-breaking curriculum to learn music theory. Students and Producers who have wanted to learn music theory to improve their own music, but have been intimidated by traditional approaches, music notation, and abstract concepts will find this book to be the answer they have been looking for. From the Author: "How music theory is usually taught is unfair. It starts with the assumption that you can read music and understand the language of classical music. My book leaves all of that behind - focusing only on the MIDI grid that producers are already familiar with to learn all the key concepts of music theory, and ultimately, make better music." This book covers all the fundamentals of music theory, but is written using the language of the DJ and Producer - the MIDI Grid. It includes "analysis" projects that look at the harmonic and melodic ideas in songs by popular producers including Zedd, Boards of Canada, Daft Punk, Deadmau5, Bonobo, Richie Hawtin, Moby, Skrillex, and Aphex Twin. Praise for Music Theory for Electronic Music Producers: "Aspiring electronic musicians have choices to make when it concerns their own education and training. This text makes one choice much easier: start here and get learning, quickly. Grounded and easygoing, the book uses real-world examples to help you make sense of music's inner worksings while steering clear of dense theories." - Michael J. Ethen, PhD Musicologist "This book knocks the oftentimes alienating world of music theory completely onto it's side. Difficult to explain concepts are perfectly demonstrated for the aspiring electronic music producer who might have no formal music training. A must have for all aspiring producers." - James Patrick (DJ, Producer, Educator) Slam Academy, Dubspot, IPR, Ableton Certified Trainer "With Music Theory for Electronic Music Producers, Dr. Allen has produced a remarkable resource: an extensive tour of musical theory that leverages some of our favorite modern tools - the virtual studio and it's piano roll note display. By introducing us to the "why" as well as the "what" of music theory, this book helps us to understand what makes music tick and how to improve our own work. In addition to offering a sound theoretical foundation, the deep dives into analyzing tracks by Skrillex, Aphex Twin, and Deadmau5 keeps our attention focused on real-world production. MTEMP will definitely go on the top of my recommendation list for anyone that needs a fresh view of musical concepts." - Darwin Grosse Director of Education, Cycling '74
Author: Jonathan Harnum
Release Date: 2013-10-27
What do all those lines and squiggles and dots mean? Basic Music Theory takes you through the sometimes confusing world of written music with a clear, concise style that is at times funny and always friendly. The book is written by an experienced music teacher using methods refined over more than twenty years in schools and in his private teaching studio. Lessons are fun, well-paced, and enjoyable. Whether you're a beginner of any age, whether you're an experienced player who wants to bone up on your theory, or whether you teach music and need a fun way to do it, you'll find this book valuable and will refer to it again and again.
Author: Ray Harmony
Publisher: Revolution Harmony
Release Date: 2016-06-24
Theory is a six-letter dirty word to most musicians, but hey, musicians love dirty words, right? And just like all the other dirty words, theory is easy to learn and fun to use! After studying 'popular' and 'classical' music theory, Ray Harmony created a unique approach that he uses to compose his songs, which feature multi-platinum Grammy winners Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), and many more. Ray Harmony is an award-winning music lecturer and multi-instrumentalist, who is now sharing his top-secret music theory and songwriting hacks through this book series. Drawing on his two decades of teaching experience combined with his minimalist methods of explaining, Ray breaks down music theory into its simplest form via a series of simple hacks, deep insights, and bad jokes. Tuck in at HackMusicTheory.com “The most brilliant, fast, easy, and fun music theory book I’ve ever seen!” –DEREK SIVERS, CD Baby founder, TED speaker, musician, author of Anything You Want “This is the kind of book I wish I had when I first started out.” –IHSAHN, Emperor “Trust Ray, and in no time you’ll have a watertight music theory skillset you once thought impossible to obtain.” –PAT LUNDY, Modestep, ex-Funeral for a Friend “Ray manages to make learning music theory fascinating, digestible, and damn right cool!” –JOE COPCUTT, AxeWound, Zoax “If you have been put off music theory in the past, then this is the book to inspire and empower you.” –VICTORIA WILLIAMSON, PhD, Vice Chancellor’s Fellow Researcher and Lecturer in Music at the University of Sheffield, UK, author of You Are the Music “Ray has a totally unique approach of hacking music theory, which gives you the essentials in a fraction of the time.” –VESPERS, Warp Academy founder, music producer
Author: Siberius Jackson
Publisher: Trap Door Publishing
Release Date: 2014-05-06
I wrote Music Theory for Producers because, as a producer, I didn’t feel that there were any books on music theory that were designed specifically for my needs. Producers are an interesting group; they aren’t just musicians, and they aren’t just engineers. They have to have a little bit of everything to get the job done. This guide is a no-frills look at music theory that skips the less important details and goes straight to the essential information. You’ll learn about rhythm, harmony, and melody, including building chord progressions and writing instrumental hooks. The best part about this book is the song analyses. For every section, there are several songs that are broken down in terms of the chapter topic. With this guide, you’ll learn the theory behind: Elevators – OutKast The Otherside – The Roots Apache Rose Peacock – RHCP Blow My High – Kendrick Lamar Xxplosive – Dr. Dre Call Tyrone – Erykah Badu Get Lucky – Daft Punk Let Me Watch – MF DOOM Ms. Jackson – OutKast Poundcake – Drake Hol’ Up – Kendrick Lamar Pursuit of Happiness – Kid Cudi/Ratatat Seventeen Years – Ratatat Big Poppa – Notorious B.I.G. Stan – Eminem Kids – MGMT Breaking Away – Ratatat Girl – Destiny’s Child
Author: Jane Piper Clendinning
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date: 2016-06-01
The Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis is a complete package of theory and aural skills resources that covers every topic commonly taught in the undergraduate sequence. The package can be mixed and matched for every classroom, and with Norton’s new Know It? Show It! online pedagogy, students can watch video tutorials as they read the text, access formative online quizzes, and tackle workbook assignments in print or online. In its third edition, The Musician’s Guide retains the same student-friendly prose and emphasis on real music that has made it popular with professors and students alike.
Author: Barrett Tagliarino
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Release Date: 2006
(Music Instruction). Get the rock-solid fundamentals of rhythm, pitch and harmony with this easy-to-use book/CD pack. Learn the universal language used by all musicians, regardless of instrument. Includes concise, detailed explanations, illustrations and written exercises with a full CD of examples and practice drills. This book will teach you how to: construct scales, chords and intervals * identify major and minor key centers and common chord progressions * accurately play various rhythm feels and figures * learn the basic principles of form and compositional analysis.
Author: Poldi Zeitlin
Publisher: Omnibus Press
Release Date: 2001
This volume offers a foundation course for use by students and teachers. You start at the beginning and advance to the point where you can harmonize and play satisfactory piano accompaniments to familiar tunes. Each paper is accompanied by a self-test work sheet and answers are given at the end of the book.