Want to turn that haunting tune in your head into an awesome sound in your ear? You can! Music Composition For Dummies demystifies the process of composing music and writing songs. It guides you through every step of writing your own music, from choosing the right rhythm and tempo to creating melodies and chord progressions and working with instruments and voices.
In this fun and practical guide, you’ll learn how to match keys and chords to the mood you want to convey, work a form without limiting your creativity, and hammer out a musical idea, even when your mind is drawing a blank. You’ll find out how to create popular songs, classically structured pieces, and even film, TV, and video game soundtracks. And, you’ll learn what you need to know about music composition software, including Finale, Sebelius, Pro Tools, and more.
Many people grimace at the sound of music theory. It can conjure up bad memories of grade school music classes, rattle the brains of college students, and make self-taught musicians feel self-defeated. Music Theory may seem tedious and unnecessary, especially since not many people can read music.
Luckily, Music Theory for Dummies shows you the fun and easy way to understanding the concepts needed to compose, deconstruct, and comprehend music. This helpful guide will give you a great grasp of:
Note value and counting notes
Treble and bass clefs
Time signatures and measures
Naturalizing the rhythm
Tempo and dynamic
Tone, color, and harmonics
Half steps and whole steps
Harmonic and melodic intervals
Key signatures and circles of fifths
Scales, chords, and their progressions
Elements of form
Music theory’s fascinating history
Yes, you can turn those great melodies and smokin’ grooves in your head into stunning digital music! And you don’t have to be a musical genius or a computer geek to do it! Composing Digital Music For Dummies shows you everything you need to know to compose great tunes using the hottest digital tools.
This friendly, plain-English guide explains all of the digital music basics, including how to work with the latest hardware and software, use templates from the companion CD-ROM to make a quick start, build your first tune, and save it in different formats. You’ll also find out how to add instruments to your score, set tempos and keys, create chord symbols and show fretboards, add lyrics to your tune, and much more. Discover how to:
Write and arrange digital music
Determine what — if any — equipment you need
Create your own ringtones and mp3s
Compose with a MIDI controller, or a mouse
Work with notation software
Use keyboard shortcuts
Publish your creations on the Internet
Build your own tune from scratch
Extract parts from your score for each instrument
这本纯英文指南将会告诉你所有的数字音乐基础知识，包括如何使用最新的硬件和软件，使用模板从CD - ROM以使快速启动，建立你创造的第一个旋律，并用不同的格式保存它。您还将了解如何设置节奏，创建和显示和弦符号，歌词的添加，等等。
Want to be a classical guitarist, but never had a lesson? No problem — this hands-on guide teaches you all the fundamental techniques you need to play scales, melodies, and full-length pieces in the classical style. You get plenty of practice exercises to stretch your skills, selections from the classical repertoire, and a bonus audio CD that helps you play along with the music pieces from the book!
Get acquainted with your guitar — familiarize yourself with the unique make-up and parts of a classical guitar
Start making some music — play melodies on individual strings, move on to arpeggios, and get your fingers in shape with scales
Ramp up your technique — play barres, slurs, and trills; handle harmonics; master right-hand tremolo; and venture up the neck to play in the higher positions
Build your classical repertoire — from Renaissance and Baroque to Classical, Romantic, and Modern, play pieces from the major eras in classical music
Practice makes perfect — improve your performance with expert guidance through each exercise and piece in the book
想成为一个古典吉他手么？没问题 - 这本书手把手指导你需要的所有基本技术，旋律，古典风格，让你得到大量的实践练习，展示你的技能，
Do you wish you could play your favorite blues music on guitar? Even if you don’t read music, it’s not difficult with Blues Guitar for Dummies. With this hands-on guide, you’ll pick up the fundamentals instantly and start jamming like your favorite blues artists!
Blues Guitar for Dummies covers all aspects of blues guitar, showing you how to play scales, chords, progressions, riffs, solos, and more! It’s packed with musical examples, chords charts, and photos that let you explore the genre and play the songs of the great blues musicians. This accessible guide will give you the skills you need to:
Choose the right guitar, equipment, and strings
Hold, tune, and get situated with your guitar
Play barre chords and strum to the rhythm
Recognize the structure of a blues song
Tackle musical riffs
Master melodies and solos
Make your guitar sing, cry, and wail
Jam to any type of blues
This book is a perfect companion to Guitar For Dummies, the top-selling guitar instructional book in the U.S., which has sold 750,000 copies to date.
Have you always wanted to play the guitar? You can start today with these 8 minibooks. Covering both acoustic and electric guitar, this hands-on resource gives you all the instruction you need to play across multiple genres, whether you're a beginner or an experienced guitarist. You'll find plenty of tips for playing easier and more complex pieces — and for composing your own.
Gear up to start playing — understand the different parts of a guitar, find the right guitar for you, string and tune the instrument, and develop basic playing skills
Immerse yourself in sounds and technique — play major and minor chords, master left- and right-hand techniques, and play melodies in position and double-stops
Get ready to rock! — from Chuck Berry to Keith Richards to The Edge, see how the best play barre chords, hot licks, and sweet leads
Play the blues — explore rhythm and lead techniques, signature riffs, blues progressions, and the achievements of great blues guitarists
Go classical — learn about the history of classical guitar, combine arpeggios and melody, and sample different genres
Practice, practice, practice — try your hand at major scales, minor scales, and chord exercises to rev up stalled skills
Write songs and music — check out different song forms, understand modes, and compose with chords
Learn guitar the fun and easy way™ — no music reading required! This unintimidating video presents the basics of playing guitar in an easy-to-follow format. By simply watching the instructor on screen and following along, you can learn to form chords, fingerpick and strum in different patterns, and play songs in a variety of styles —all without reading music! Learning Guitar For Dummies provides step-by-step instruction of all the skills needed to become an accomplished guitar player. You start by learning to play in tune and in rhythm and then move on to left-hand chords and right-hand strumming patterns. From there, you apply these techniques to several different musical styles, picking up tips and tricks on playing authentically in each style. Along the way, you learn how to develop your own practice routine and focus in on the areas you want to improve.
Discover How To:
- Play open-position chords, barre chords, power chords, and jazz chords
- Strum and fingerpick different patterns
- Develop a practice regimen
- Play in a variety of styles, including folk, blues, rock, jazz, and classical
学习吉他的乐趣和轻松™ - 没有音乐的阅读要求！傻瓜音乐系列之学习吉他介绍了学习弹奏吉他的基本知识。您只需在屏幕上观看，并跟着老师，你可以学习和弦，指弹和不同形式的弹奏，并发挥了各种风格的歌曲。
Have you always wanted to play piano? This revised edition of the popular Piano for Dummies makes it easier and more fun than ever. If you don't know how to read music, this book explains in friendly, uncomplicated language all the basics of music theory and applies it to playing the piano. And if you've been playing piano for a while – or took piano lessons when you were a child but haven't played since – you can pick up some valuable tips to improve your playing or use the book as a refresher course.
If you've been dreaming of making music with your computer, wake up and get started! Musician Jeff Strong clears a path for you through all the confusing options, helping you sort out hardware and software choices, coax the sound you want from your equipment, work with equalizers and processors, and start your creative juices flowing!
Discover how to
* Choose the right system and install software
* Optimize studio sound for recording and mixing
* Understand audio interfaces, sound cards, and MIDI gear
* Compare popular programs
* Mix and master your tracks
Are you thinking of getting started in home recording? Do you want to know the latest home recording technologies? Home Recording For Musicians For Dummies will get you recording music at home in no time. It shows you how to set up a home studio, record and edit your music, master it, and even distribute your songs.
With this guide, you’ll learn how to compare studio-in-a-box, computer-based, and stand-alone recording systems and choose what you need. You’ll gain the skills to manage your sound, take full advantage of MIDI, mike common instruments, do overdubs and replace missed notes, understand the mastering process, and prepare your music for duplication. You’ll also discover how to:
Put together all the things your home recording studio should have
Perform multitrack recording and venture into MIDI sequencing
Clean up your tracks by becoming an expert at mixing and editing
Choose the gear that suits your project
Add computers and software to your recording tools
Set up microphones and connect electronic instruments
Edit tracks, mix, master, and distribute your songs
Work with MIDI and electronic instruments
Get the most from guitars, horns, pianos, and vocals
Enhance your sound with professional editing tips
When you add Pro Tools to your home recording studio, you have the software used to create hit records. Throw in Pro Tools All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies, Second Edition and you get the insight you need to capture your sounds, edit your tracks, create a mix, and master your songs for the world to hear. Add a generous helping of your own talent and you have the perfect recipe for music stardom.
This fantastic eight-books-in-one package introduces you to Pro Tools audio- and MIDI-recording software and clues you in on basic multitrack recording techniques. You'll get wise to Pro Tools' many features and functions and find out how top recording studios use them to create the biggest hits on the planet. This do-it-now handbook also gets you up to speed on the essential audio-engineering skills you need to make ultra-high-quality recordings. Discover how to:
Navigate the Pro Tools windows and menus
Save hours of experimenting and spend more time recording
Master microphone placement and other home recording basics
Edit errors out of your tracks
Equalize (EQ) tracks and add effects
Work with midi instruments
Blend your sounds into a stunning final mix
Assemble and release an album
A complete guide to the world of the five-string banjo written for both beginners and more experienced players.
Packed with over 120 how-to photos and 130 musical examples.
The only book to offer instruction in clawhammer, bluegrass, melodic, single-string, minstrel and classic styles
Whether you're dreaming of starting a band, striking the snares, or simply playing a hand drum, this interactive book-and-CD package makes it easy to pick up the basics. Complete with new information on contemporary rock styles and beats as well as rhythms from around the world, this guide is all you need to become a talented, versatile drummer.
Discover how to
* Bang out basic rhythms --with or without sticks
* Understand fundamental drumming techniques
* Explore other percussion instruments
* Find the perfect drum set
* Purchase, tune, and maintain your drums
Are you hankering to play the harmonica? Harmonica For Dummies is an easy-to-read practice guide that gives you step-by-step instructions and gets you making music in no time! Even if you’re an experienced harmonica player, this jump-in-anywhere reference is packed with tips and playing techniques that will take your skills to the next level.
This fast, fun, hands-on guide helps you choose your first harmonica and shows you how to hold it, make your first sounds, and keep it clean and working well. Helpful diagrams show you how to shape sounds using your tongue, throat, and hands. Before you know it you’ll be playing melodies, chugging out rhythms, and bending notes with ease. You’ll also pick up some basics of music theory and learn how to read the notation and tablature for all the music in the book. Discover how to:
Play right out of the box with little or no experience
Make that wonderful wailing sound
Create exciting rhythms and play solo
Understand how the harmonica works
Read tablature, educate your eye, and develop your ear
Breath correctly while playing
Bend notes up and down
Play one harp in many keys
Develop your style in blues rock, country, folk, and more
Play with other musicians
Work with a microphone to create great sounds
From novice to nightclub -- without the nightmares. Whether you're a bedroom DJ looking to improve, or an accomplished amateur making the transition to playing live, DJing For Dummies has the accessible information you need. From what to buy (and what not to buy), mastering the beat, and reading a crowd, to all the tricks, techniques, and flourishes of a pro DJ
An excellent primer for those with little or no experience playing the flute
Always wanted to play the flute? Are you a former flautist who wants to refresh your skills? Flute For Dummies is the guide for you. Following along with the book's accompanying CD, you will learn the nuances of playing the flute as an accompanying instrument or for playing a solo, in a variety of musical styles.
Readers will learn how to play, step-by-step – from the correct angle for blowing into the mouthpiece and controlling pitch, to proper breathing, creating vibrato, and much more
The book's accompany CD allows readers to play what they are learning, and listen to the accompanying track to see if they're getting it right
Karen Moratz is Principal Flutist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Artist in Residence and Adjunct Professor of Flute at the School of Music/Jordan College of Fine Arts at Butler University
Jazz is America's greatest music, but with over a century's worth of styles and artists, where do you begin? Relax! This hep cat's guide delivers the scoop on the masters and their music -- from Duke Ellington to Charlie Parker to Wynton Marsalis. It's just what you need to tune in to the history and musical structure of jazz and become a more savvy listener.
Discover how to
* Understand the traits and roots of jazz
* Tune in to jazz styles, from big band to bebop
* Listen to great jazz artists
* Catch a live jazz performance
* Succeed in a jazz ensemble
Whether you're an aspiring classical musician or you just want to fiddle around, Violin For Dummies will have you making music in not time. This interactive book-and-CD-ROM package makes it easy with step-by-step instruction on everything from simple tunes to show-stopping techniques. With coverage of musical styles including classical, country, and jazz, this is the ultimate guide to the violin.
Discover how to:
* Choose the right violin and accessories
* Develop correct violin and bow hold
* Understand the language of music
* Play classical, country, gypsy, and jazz
* Tune, change strings, and perform simple maintenance
This friendly, hands-on guide tackles the new face of the recording industry, guiding you through the shift from traditional sales to downloads and mobile music, as well as how you can harness social media networks to get your music "out there." You get basic songwriting concepts, insider tips and advice, and inspiration for writing — and selling — meaningful, timeless songs.
Songwriting 101 — get a grip on everything you need to know to write a song, from learning to listen to your "inner voice" to creating a "mood" and everything in between
Jaunt around the genres — discover the variety of musical genres and find your fit, whether it's rock, pop, R&B, gospel, country, or more
Let the lyrics out — master the art of writing lyrics, from finding your own voice to penning the actual words to using hooks, verses, choruses, and bridges
Make beautiful music — find your rhythm, make melodies, and use chords to put the finishing touches on your song
Work the Web — harness online marketing and social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and others to get your music heard by a whole new audience
Open the book and find:
What you need to know before you write a single note
Tips on finding inspiration
Ways to use poetic devices in lyrics
Computer and Web-based shortcuts and technologies to streamline songwriting
A look at famous songwriting collaborators
Writing for stage, screen, and television
How to make a demo to get your song heard
Advice on how to make money from your music
Develop your songwriting skills with tips and techniques from the pros
Use social networking sites to get your music out to the public
Break into the industry with helpful, how-to instructions
Whether you're playing blues, rock, classical, or folk-all the chords you'll need are here
Even Eric Clapton started with a few basic chords. And Guitar Chords For Dummies offers guitarists of every ambition, skill level, and musical genre a key to the simplest and most complex guitar chords-over 600 in all. Illustrated with a grid showing the position of the fingers on a string, a photograph of the chord being played, and a brief comment on the chord and how to play it, this handy, portable reference offers musicians, whether experimenting at home or playing in a coffee house, instant access to the full range of chords that can be played on a guitar.
* Covers the theory and techniques of guitar chords
* Features a handy, portable design, which can fit into a guitar case
* Includes a convenient lay-flat (wire bound) format, allowing users to easily try out new chords
An ideal resource for broadening musical technique and getting new ideas, Guitar Chords For Dummies will help you, whether you're just picking up the guitar or a seasoned musician, add sparkle and range to your musical repertoire.
From the Back Cover
All the chords you need to become an accomplished guitarist
Want to learn chords ranging from minors and majors to power chords and diminished 7ths? With easy-to-follow descriptions and clear photos of every chord, as well as chord voicings for a variety of purposes and playing styles, you'll be an expert in no time. This handy lay-flat guide will help you increase your guitar confidence and add hundreds of chords to your repertoire.
Create the perfect sound — use the photographs to position your fingers correctly every time
Break a chord down — understand the theory of how a chord is put together
Follow complete and illustrated walkthroughs — get going with a step-by-step guide through all the sharps, flats, minors and majors
Hone your skills — become more accurate and improve your playing technique
Open the book and find:
Coverage of the full range of chords
Clear photos of the finger positions needed for every chord
New sounds and styles to explore
Ways to improve your posture and playing style
How to read tab
Play over 600 chords in all 12 keys
Perfect your technique with a detailed photograph of every chord
Experiment with new styles
Work out names of chords and read chord boxes
Have you always wanted to play guitar? Who wouldn't? Think of Jimi Hendrix wailing away on his Stratocaster. . . Chuck Berry duck-walking across the stage to "Johnny B. Goode". . .B.B. King making his "Lucille" cry the blues. No doubt about it—guitars are cool.
Guitar For Dummies 2nd Edition tells you everything a beginning or intermediate guitarist needs to know: from buying a guitar to tuning it, playing it, and caring for it, this book has it all—and you don't even need to know how to read music. Full of photo-illustrated exercises and songs you can play to practice the techniques discussed in each section, this step-by-step guide will take you through the basics and beyond before you can say "Eric Clapton." You'll learn how to:
* Match yourself with the guitar and equipment that fits your needs and budget
* Select the right accessories: amps, picks, pedals, capos, cases, and other goodies
* Pick and strum to produce a clean, clear, buzz-free tone
* Know whether you're really in tune
* Play melodies without reading music
* Perform basic guitar maintenance and repairs
* Build strength and dexterity while playing
* Play in different styles, including rock, blues, folk, jazz, and classical
* Make your guitar talk with bends and slides!
The ideal hands-on reference for piano students who want to strengthen their skills and refine their technique--and the perfect companion and next step to the bestselling Piano For Dummies.
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Now you can give new meaning to the description “High-performance computer!” And you can even choose the performers—Elvis or Elton, the Beatles or Beethoven, Eminem or Englebert, Pfish or Pavarotti. Your Windows XP is like a concert hall, and Windows XP Digital Music For Dummies is just the ticket to get you in and get you enjoying digital music. It will help you get in tune with the times with note-by-note information on:
* Setting up your computer to handle music
* Using Windows Media Player that’s part of the XP package
* Making your computer the centerpiece of your music collection
* Shopping for and downloading music from Napster, iTunes, Rhapsody, and more internet sites
* Selecting the hardware, software, and audio tools you need
Written by Ryan Williams, an accomplished musician with an MS in Music Technology who develops digital multimedia tools, this guide helps you explore:
* Transferring your CDs or even vinyl records (if you have them, you know what they are) to the realm of your computer
* Choosing and using portable audio players
* Upgrading your PC and turning it into a jukebox with your all-time favorite hits
* Organizing and burning your music to disc for use in other types of devices, like traditional CD or DVD players
* Souping up your computer and making it a virtual studio
* Laying down basic tracks and mixing them
* Taking the finished product to disk, the Internet, and elsewhere
Whether you're a beginning vocalist or a seasoned songster, Singing for Dummies makes it easy for you to achieve your songbird dreams. This practical guide gives you step-by-step instructions and lots of helpful tips, hints, vocal exercises, reminders, and warnings for both men and women, including advice on the mechanics of singing, discovering your singing voice, developing technique, singing in performance, maintaining vocal health, and performing like a pro. This Second Edition is an even greater resource with additional vocal exercises, new songs, and information on the latest technology and recording devices.
* Covers comprehensive singing techniques, finding one's pitch, the importance of posture and breath control, and taking care of one's voice
* Discover how to sing alone or with accompaniment
Whether it's a digital or vinyl track of "Proud Mary," a DJ sets the mood, amps up the excitement, and gets a crowd of revelers rockin'. Often an outsized personality, blessed with a gorgeous voice and an encyclopedic knowledge of music, a DJ is this era's new pop star. For those interested in how to begin a career as a DJ, DJing For Dummies offers newcomers all the technical know-how needed as well as advice on how to create your own DJing style and how to make DJing work for you. With tips on equipment essentials, such as turntables, slipmats and needles, headphones, and amplifiers, as well as buying records, CDs, and MP3s, this practical guide takes you through the basics of mixing, song structure, building a foolproof set, creating a great demo, and what to do when you finally face a live audience.
* Includes ten resources for expanding your skills and fan base
* With invaluable advice on ten DJing mistakes to avoid as well as answers to DJ questions you're too afraid to ask
* Includes updated info on the latest software and techniques, expanded content on digital DJing, and DJing over the Internet
Updated with the latest bass guitar technology, accessories, and more
The bass is the heart of music. So leave center stage to the other musicians-you have more important work to do. You can find everything you need to dominate bass in Bass Guitar For Dummies, 2nd Edition.
You'll get expert advice on the basics, like deciding what kind of bass to pick up and which accessories are necessary and which are just nice to have. Plus, you'll get step-by-step instructions for getting started, from how to hold and position your bass to reading notation and understanding chords, scales, and octaves to playing solos and fills.
* New coverage of slaps, double stops, de-tuning, and fretless techniques
* New musical exercises as well as updates to charts, illustrations, photos, and resources