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Music composition for dummies

Verfasser*in: Suche nach Verfasser*in Jarrett, Scott; Day, Holly
Verfasser*innenangabe: Scott Jarrett ; Holly Day
Jahr: 2021
Verlag: Hoboken, New Jersey, John Wiley
Mediengruppe: Buch
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When most people think of a composer, they picture a bewigged genius like Mozart or Beethoven frenetically directing mighty orchestras in the ornate palaces of Vienna. While that may have been the case once upon a time, modern composers make themselves heard far beyond the classical conservatoire and concert hall. These days, soundtracks are in high demand in industries such as TV, film, advertising, and even gaming to help create immersive and exciting experiences. Whatever your musical ambitions¿composing a dark requiem in a beautiful Viennese apartment or producing the next great Star Wars-like movie theme in LA¿the fully updated Music Composition For Dummies hits all the right notes to help you become confident in the theory and practice of composition.
To help you translate your musical ideas from fleeting tunes in your head to playable bars and notation on paper, professional composer and instructor Scott Jarrett and music journalist Holly Day take you on a friendly step-by-step journey through the process of musical creation, including choosing the right rhythms and tempos, creating melodies and chord progressions, and working with instruments and voices. You¿ll learn how to match keys and chords to mood, use form to enhance your creativity, and write in different styles from pop to classical¿and you'll even learn how to keep hammering away when inspiration eludes you.
Organize and preserve your musical ideas
Formalize your knowledge with professional vocabulary
Get familiar with composition apps and software
Make a demo and market on social media
Filled with musical exercises to help you acquire the discipline you need for success, Music Composition For Dummies has everything you need to turn your inner soundtrack into a tuneful reality!
1: Thinking Like a Composer
Limitations as Freedom
Composing as an Extension of Listening
Rules as Inspiration
You as Your Own Teacher
Know what your options are
Know the rules
Pick up more instruments
Understand when to put something aside
Get something from nothing
Trust your own taste
2: Tools of the Trade
Composing with Pencil and Paper or a Tablet
Performance Skills
Composition Software
Logic Pro X
Pro Tools
A Pair of Moderately Well-Trained Ears
Knowledge of Music Theory
Space, Time, and Ideas
A Pack Rat Mentality
3: Musical Scrapbooks: Writing on Paper and Screen
Writing It Down
Using Software
Computer versus Paper and Pencil
File Management
4: Rhythm and Mood
Sculpting Time into Music
The Feel of Different Rhythms
Speed Bumps and Rhythmic Phrases
Mixing It Up: Back Phrasing, Front Phrasing, and Syncopation
Back phrasing
Front phrasing
Finding Your Own Rhythmic Phrases
Rhythm and Mood Exercises
Part 2: Melody and Development
5: Finding Melodies Where You Least Expect Them
What is a Musical Framework?
Finding Melody in Language
Let¿s Eat(,) Grandma!
Finding Melody in the World Around You
Helping Your Muse Help You
Finding Melody in Your Instrument
Using scales in composition
Using music theory in composition
Using musical gestures as compositional tools
6: Scales and Modes, Moods and Melodies
Major and Minor Modes and the Circle of Fifths
Getting Moody
Moods à la Modes
Ionian (major scale)
Aeolian (natural minor)
The Pentatonic Scale
Harmonic and Melodic Minor
7: Building Melodies Using Motifs and Phrases
The Long and Short of Musical Themes: Motifs and Phrases
Building a Melodic Phrase
Spicing It Up by Varying the Phrase
Rhythmic displacement
Tonal displacement
8: Developing Your Melodies
Structural Tones
Step-wise and Skip-wise Motion
Passing Tones
Neighboring Tones and Appoggiatura
Other Melodic Techniques
Escape tones
Pedal point
Part 3: Harmony and Structure
9: Harmonizing with Melodies
Harmonizing Using Consonance and Dissonance
Tritone: The devil¿s interval
Conflict and resolution
Harmonizing Using the Circle of Fifths
Harmonizing Using Pivot Notes
10: Composing with Chords
Chords and Their Moods
Major seventh
Minor seventh
Dominant seventh
Major sixth
Minor sixth
Suspended fourth
Minor ninth
Minor 7, flat 5 / half-diminished
Putting Chords Together
Rhythmic Movement
Chord Progressions
¿Rules¿ for major chord progressions
¿Rules¿ for minor chord progressions
Coming Home with Cadences
Authentic cadences
Plagal cadences
Deceptive or interrupted cadences
Fitting Chords and Melodies Together
Extracting harmony from melody
Using chord changes
11: Composing from the Void
Composing Using the Movement Around You
Composing Using Musical Gestures: ¿Gestural Space¿
Introducing Effort Shapes
Weight: heavy versus light
Time: Sustained and staccato
Flow: Bound and free-flowing
Space: Direct and indirect
Composing Using Effort Shapes
Shaping story and mood by combining effort shapes
12: Beginnings, Middles, and Endings
A Word About Form
Beginnings: Intro and letter ¿A¿
The power of titling
Starting a piece
Chord progressions
Middles: Letter ¿B¿ 135
Endings: Return of the Chorus or Refrain
Chapter 13: Musical Forms
Combining Parts into Forms
One-part form: A
Binary form: AB
Song form: ABA
Arch form: ABCBA
Classical Forms
The sonata
The rondo
Popular Forms
The blues
32-bar blues and country
Atonal Music
Atonality and form
Atonality and instrument realities
Atonal Music and You
Listening for atonality
Part 4: Orchestration and Arrangement 157
14: Composing for the Standard Orchestra
Concert Pitch and Transposition
Pitch Ranges of Transposing Instruments
Alto flute
B flat trumpet
B flat clarinet
B flat bass clarinet
E flat clarinet
English horn/cor anglais
French horn
Piccolo trumpet
Non-Transposing Instruments
Concert flute
Bass flute
Double bass/contrabass
Orchestral harp
Tenor slide trombone
Where they all are on the piano
Getting the Sounds You Want
Stringed instruments
Brass and woodwind instruments
15: Composing for Rhythm Sections and Small Ensembles
The Drums
The Bass
Upright bass
Electric bass guitar
Acoustic bass guitar
The Guitar
Acoustic guitar
Electric guitar
Twelve-string guitar
Steel guitar
Free Reed Instruments
The harmonica
The accordion
The concertina
16: Composing for Multiple Voices
Story Lines and Instrumentation
Writing Multiple Harmony Lines
Independent Voices
The Five Elements of a Musical Tone
Some Do¿s and Don¿ts
Don¿t write more than three independent melodies at one time
Don¿t cross melody lines over each other
Do be deliberate in the use of octaves and unisons
Do consider tessitura
17: Composing Commercial Music and Songs
Composing for Film
Working with time code
Working with proxy movies
Composing for Video Games
Composing for TV and Radio
Composing for the Orchestra
Composing for Yourself
Composing Teams
Helpful Organizations and Web Sites
Film Connection
American Composers Forum
American Composers Forum, Los Angeles Chapter
Film Music Network
Music Licensing Companies
Jingle Punks
Working with Agents
Deciding on lyrics and tempo
Building rhythm
Choosing your form
In the beginning
Making your song moody
The hook
Making a Great Demo
Keep it short 229
Only include the best stuff
Organize it
Have more ready to go
Identify yourself
Invest in quality
Copyright it
18: Composing Electronic Music
Software and Hardware for Composition
Sequencers and digital audio workstations
Music notation software: scorewriters
Repetition and the computer
Sound libraries
Composing on Computers
Thinking in sections
Linear composition
Loop composing
Computer as recorder: musical scrapbooking
The bad news
Saving and backing up
19: Composing for Other Musicians
Composing with Lead Sheets
Composing with Guitar Tablature
The Score
Writing for Ensembles
Working with Foreign Scores and Ensembles
Working with Drums
Part 5: The Part of Tens
20: Ten Career Opportunities for Composers
School Bands and Choirs
Incidental Television Music
Musical Theater
Concert Composition and Performances
Industrial Music and Advertising
Business conventions
Music libraries
Film Scoring
Video Game Scoring
21: Ten Recommended Books for Composers
Songwriter¿s Market
The Shaping of Musical Elements, Vol II
The Norton Scores, Vols 1 and 2, 10th Edition
How to Grow as a Musician
Analysis of Tonal Music: A Schenkerian Approach
The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music
American Mavericks
RE/Search #14 & #15: Incredibly Strange Music, Vols I and II
22: Ten Platforms for Promoting Your Music
CD Baby


Verfasser*in: Suche nach Verfasser*in Jarrett, Scott; Day, Holly
Verfasser*innenangabe: Scott Jarrett ; Holly Day
Jahr: 2021
Verlag: Hoboken, New Jersey, John Wiley
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ISBN: 978-1-119-72078-2
2. ISBN: 1-119-72078-8
Beschreibung: 2nd edition, 318 Seiten : Notenbeispiele
Schlagwörter: Komposition <Musik>, Kompositionslehre, Komponieren, Kompositionstechnik, Musik / Komposition, Musikalisches Kunstwerk, Musikwerk <Komposition>
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