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TitleMusic Composition for Dummies (ISBN - 0470224215)
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Table of Contents
                            Music Composition For Dummies
	About the Authors
	Dedication
	Authors’ Acknowledgments
	Contents at a Glance
	Table of Contents
	Introduction
		About This Book
		Foolish Assumptions
		How This Book Is Organized
		Icons Used in This Book
		Where to Go from Here
	Part I: Basics and Rhythm
		Chapter 1: Thinking Like a Composer
			Limitations as Freedom
			Composing as an Extension of Listening
			Rules as Inspiration
			You as Your Own Teacher
		Chapter 2: Tools of the Trade
			The Ability to Compose with Pencil and Paper
			Performance Skills
			Composition Software
			A Pair of Moderately Well-Trained Ears
			Knowledge of Music Theory
			Space, Time, and Ideas
			A Pack Rat Mentality
		Chapter 3: Musical Scrapbooks: Writing on Paper and Screen
			Writing It Down
			Using Software
			Computer versus Paper and Pencil
			File Management
		Chapter 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
			Finding Your Own Rhythmic Phrases
			Exercises
	Part II: Melody and Development
		Chapter 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
			Exercises
		Chapter 6: Scales and Modes, Moods and Melodies
			Major and Minor Modes and the Circle of Fifths
			Getting Moody
			Moods à la Modes
			The Pentatonic Scale
			Harmonic and Melodic Minor
			Exercises
		Chapter 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
			Exercises
		Chapter 8: Developing Your Melodies
			Structural Tones
			Step-wise and Skip-wise Motion
			Passing Tones
			Neighboring Tones and Appoggiatura
			Other Melodic Techniques
			Exercises
	Part III: Harmony and Structure
		Chapter 9: Harmonizing with Melodies
			Harmonizing Using Consonance and Dissonance
			Harmonizing Using the Circle of Fifths
			Harmonizing Using Pivot Notes
			Exercises
		Chapter 10: Composing with Chords
			Chords and Their Moods
			Putting Chords Together
			Rhythmic Movement
			Chord Progressions
			Coming Home with Cadences
			Fitting Chords and Melodies Together
			Exercises
		Chapter 11: Composing from the Void
			Composing Using the Movement Around You
			Introducing Effort Shapes
			Composing Using Effort Shapes
			Exercises
		Chapter 12: Beginnings, Middles, and Endings
			A Word About Form
			Beginnings
			Middles
			Endings
			Exercises
		Chapter 13: Musical Forms
			Combining Parts into Forms
			Classical Forms
			Popular Forms
			Jazz
			Atonal Music
			Exercises
	Part IV: Orchestration and Arrangement
		Chapter 14: Composing for the Standard Orchestra
			Concert Pitch and Transposition
			Pitch Ranges of Transposing Instruments
			Non-Transposing Instruments
			Getting the Sounds You Want
		Chapter 15: Composing for the Nonstandard Orchestra
			The Bass
			The Guitar
			Free Reed Instruments
		Chapter 16: Composing for Multiple Voices
			Story Lines and Instrumentation
			Writing Multiple Harmony Lines
			Independent Voices
			Counterpoint
			The Five Elements of a Musical Tone
			Some Do’s and Don’ts
			Exercises
		Chapter 17: Composing Commercial Music and Songs
			Composing for Film
			Composing for Video Games
			Composing for TV and Radio
			Composing for the Orchestra
			Composing for Yourself
			Composing Teams
			Helpful Organizations and Web Sites
			Working with Agents
			Songwriting
			Making a Great Demo
		Chapter 18: Composing Electronic Music
			Software and Hardware for Composition
			Composing on Computers
		Chapter 19: Composing for Other Musicians
			Composing with Lead Sheets
			Composing with Guitar Tablature
			The Score
			Writing for Ensembles
			Working with Foreign Scores and Ensembles
	Part V: The Part of Tens
		Chapter 20: Ten Composers You Should Know About
			Claudio Monteverdi, 1567– 1643
			Charles Ives, 1874– 1954
			Béla Bartók, 1881– 1945
			Igor Stravinsky, 1882– 1971
			Aaron Copland, 1900– 1990
			Raymond Scott, 1909– 1994
			Leonard Bernstein, 1918– 1990
			Arvo Pärt, 1935– present
			Steve Reich, 1936– present
			Eric Whitacre, 1970– present
		Chapter 21: Nine Career Opportunities for Composers
			School Bands and Choirs
			Incidental Television Music
			Musical Theater
			Concert Composition and Performances
			Producer/Arranger
			Industrial Music and Advertising
			Film Scoring
			Video Game Scoring
			Songwriting
		Chapter 22: 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 Virgin Directory of World Music
			The Rough Guide to Classical Music, 4th Edition
			American Mavericks
			RE/Search # 14 & # 15: Incredibly Strange Music, Vols. I and II
		Chapter 23: Ten Periods of Music History to Explore
			Classical Music
			Jazz
			Rock
			Right Now
	Appendix A: Modes and Chords Reference
	Appendix B: Glossary
	Index
                        
Document Text Contents
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by Scott Jarrett and Holly Day

Music
Composition

FOR

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Part IV
Orchestration and

Arrangement

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In this part . . .

We discuss just a few of the techniques used by com-posers to liven up a piece of music, including using
multiple instruments and counterpoint. We also share with
you information on breaking into the world of commercial
music, writing electronic and experimental music, and
some tips on how to write great songs with lyrics.

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