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Music Composition for Dummies


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Introduction. Part I: Basics and Rhythm. Chapter 1: Thinking Like a Composer. Chapter 2: Tools of the Trade. Chapter 3: Musical Scrapbooks: Writing on Paper and Screen. Chapter 4: Rhythm and Mood. Part II: Melody and Development. Chapter 5: Finding Melodies Where You Least Expect Them. Chapter 6: Scales and Modes, Moods and Melodies. Chapter 7: Building Melodies Using Motifs and Phrases. Chapter 8: Developing Your Melodies. Part III: Harmony and Structure. Chapter 9: Harmonizing with Melodies. Chapter 10: Composing with Chords. Chapter 11: Composing from the Void. Chapter 12: Beginnings, Middles, and Endings. Chapter 13: Musical Forms. Part IV: Orchestration and Arrangement. Chapter 14: Composing for the Standard Orchestra. Chapter 15: Composing for the Nonstandard Orchestra. Chapter 16: Composing for Multiple Voices. Chapter 17: Composing Commercial Music and Songs. Chapter 18: Composing Electronic Music. Chapter 19: Composing for Other Musicians. Part V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 20: Ten Composers You Should Know About. Chapter 21: Nine Career Opportunities for Composers. Chapter 22: Ten Recommended Books for Composers. Chapter 23: Ten Periods of Music History to Explore. Appendix A: Modes and Chords Reference. Appendix B: Glossary. Index.

About the Author

Scott Jarrett is a producer and musician who currently runs Monkey House recording studio. Holly Day is the co-author of Music Theory For Dummies; her articles have appeared in publications across the globe.

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