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  • By Doug Truter
    Feb 7, 2019
    This book would best suit beginners or intermediate students whose main interest is composing popular music. It includes some analogies and teaching strategies which may be of interest to music teachers. It covers a wide variety of topics from elementary music theory (e.g. notes/pitches, notation) to topics like chord progressions, improvisation, technology and structure. It does not confine itself to mere descriptions of the components of compositions, i.e. to components like scales, cadences, articulation, texture, melodic devices and so on. It brings these together by describing the development of an actual piece of music (with score and audio at the site). The book includes a useful 'Composition Toolkit', which lists options for the various components of a composition, e.g. a list of melodic devices. In this way the 'Toolkit' jogs the memory of what is available when composing. The book contains little of the jargon often found in textbooks. Each technical term is explained when... More > it occurs in the text. There is also a very brief glossary (which the author refers to as: "The Elements of Music"). In my opinion, much of the book is not well-written. There are clumsy sentences and a few errors. For example, the author writes about the tonics of chords instead of the roots of chords. There are many useful tables in the appendices, e.g. on modes and chords. While the book has 267 pages, it has less material in it than I was expecting - due to a lot of 'white space'. The book does not provide much detail on some of the topics covered. For example, there is little on chord progressions. This would not suit an advanced student - but it would be a good start for others.< Less
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Product Details

First Edition
Dave Lowe
September 8, 2015
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.06 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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