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
Music Theory For Dummies makes music theory easy to understand, with a friendly, unintimidating overview of everything you need to know to become fluent at knocking out beats, reading musical scores, and learning to anticipate where a song should go—whether you're reading someone else's music or writing your own. Whether you're a music student or a music lover, you'll learn to read, write, and understand music with this informative guide. With expert instruction, you'll put it all together as you compose, arrange, and create original melodies, harmonies, and chords of your own, with helpful tips for performing your pieces in front of an audience. This new third edition presents the most current teaching techniques, the newest music genres and examples, and updated information on all aspects of understanding, creating, and performing music.
Studies have shown that music training improves children's' verbal and spatial abilities, and it's been associated with cognitive and mathematical benefits in adults. The music job market is expected to increase over the coming years, and music theory is becoming an increasingly common part of education at all levels. Music Theory For Dummies provides the instruction you need to get more out of music than you ever thought possible.Master major and minor scales, intervals, pitches, and clefs Understand basic notation, time signals, tempo, dynamics, and navigation Employ melodies, chords, progressions, and phrases to form music Compose harmonies and accompanying melodies for voice and instruments
Whether you intend to pursue a degree or career in music, or just enjoy listening to it, understanding the theory behind it gives you a whole new appreciation for the artistry and craftsmanship behind the pieces that give you goose bumps. It's a mix of technical skill, inborn talent, and plenty of practice – and now you can try your hand at it, with Music Theory For Dummies.