Many DJs, gigging musicians, and electronic music producers understand how to play their instruments or make music on the computer, but they lack the basic knowledge of music theory needed to take their music-making to the next level and compose truly professional tracks. Beneath all the enormously different styles of modern electronic music lie certain fundamentals of the musical language that are exactly the same no matter what kind of music you write. It is very important to acquire an understanding of these fundamentals if you are to develop as a musician and music producer. Put simply, you need to know what you are doing with regard to the music that you are writing. Music Theory for Computer Musicians explains these music theory fundamentals in the most simple and accessible way possible. Concepts are taught using the MIDI keyboard environment and today's computer composing and recording software. By reading this book and following the exercises contained within it, you, the aspiring music producer/computer musician, will find yourself making great progress toward understanding and using these fundamentals of the music language. The result will be a great improvement in your ability to write and produce your own original music!
Having an understanding of the fundamentals of traditional music theory will help you take your computer music to higher levels, and work with others. This accessible new guide equips you with the basics in a clear, easy-to-understand way, covering everything from the notes and notation, scales, rhythm and tempo, intervals, meter and chords.
You might be extremely knowledgeable about the software that you use, have a good understanding of your own genre, and even have a good basic understanding of music theory. However, this does not necessarily mean that you can write effective music tracks. You need another kind of knowledge as well - the knowledge of composition. This friendly guide explains the basics of composing songs and music on the computer using any music using any music creation and recording program, whether you choose Reason, Live, Cubase, Logic, Pro Tools, Digital Performer, Finale, Sibelius, FL Studio, SONAR, or anything else. It's not as hard as it sounds, and this book eases the learning curve so you'll be making music in no time. You'll quickly learn how to program rhythm and drums, create basslines and melodic leads, and use FX and samples. You'll also learn about mixing and mastering your track and distributing it to a mass audience. Composition for Computer Musicians explains it all while showing you the basics of music theory throughout so you'll be sure you're not just making noise on the computer - you're using your computer to make professional-sounding music.
Release on 2013-01-27 | by Michael John Hewitt, Dr,Michael John Hewitt
Author: Michael John Hewitt, Dr,Michael John Hewitt
Category: Chords (Music)
This book is a must for musicians, composers and music producers who want to explore the fascinating variety of musical scales that are now used in world music. Included are hundreds of scales from around the world such as: major and minor scales of Western music, diatonic modes, pentatonic scales, scales used in jazz and bebop, artificial and synthetic scales, scales of Greek folk music, pentatonic scales of Japanese and Chinese music, Ethiopian kinit, African kora scales, scales of Indonesian gamelan music, equal tone scales of Thailand and Burma, musical scales of classical Indian music and more. Each scale is presented in multiple formats including guitar tab, keyboard, note names, staff and where appropriate, details of fine tuning. A transposition pattern is also given for each scale, which enables the musician to practise and play the scale in any key required. An explanation of each scale, together with a description of its characteristics is also provided."
Home music producers now have access to a wide variety of software synthesizers, samplers, and FX devices on their computers -- devices that had previously been available only in expensive hardware forms. Although computer musicians often show a high degr
If you are learning to play the piano or keyboard you will greatly benefit from the regular practice of musical scales and arpeggios. Intended for beginners, this practice will help to instill in you the principles of good playing technique, as well as helping to establish a good knowledge of the Western key system. Learning to play scales and arpeggios within all of the different keys that are available to you will also help to familiarize you with all of the individual keys and the ranges of notes they employ. If you compose, improvise or produce your own music, this is vital knowledge that will provide a good foundation for the composer's art of harmony. This manual includes: major scales in all twelve keys, harmonic minor scales in all twelve keys, melodic minor scales in all twelve keys, the chromatic scale, arpeggios in all twelve major and minor keys and an extensive theory section explaining musical scales and the key system.
Learning Music Theory with Logic, Max, and Finale is a groundbreaking resource that bridges the gap between music theory teaching and the world of music software programs. Focusing on three key programs—the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) Logic, the Audio Programming Language (APL) Max, and the music-printing program Finale—this book shows how they can be used together to learn music theory. It provides an introduction to core music theory concepts and shows how to develop programming skills alongside music theory skills. Software tools form an essential part of the modern musical environment; laptop musicians today can harness incredibly powerful tools to create, record, and manipulate sounds. Yet these programs on their own don’t provide musicians with an understanding of music notation and structures, while traditional music theory teaching doesn’t fully engage with technological capabilities. With clear and practical applications, this book demonstrates how to use DAWs, APLs, and music-printing programs to create interactive resources for learning the mechanics behind how music works. Offering an innovative approach to the learning and teaching of music theory in the context of diverse musical genres, this volume provides game-changing ideas for educators, practicing musicians, and students of music.
This book is a full multimedia curriculum that contains over 60 Lesson Plans in 29 Units of Study, Student Assignments Sheets, Worksheets, Handouts, Audio and MIDI files to teach a wide array of musical topics, including: general/basic music theory, music appreciation and analysis, keyboarding, composing/arranging, even ear-training (aural theory) using technology.
Music in ancient China was far more than entertainment. It underpinned the very fabric of society and was revered as the means by which the human, natural and divine worlds could be maintained in perfect harmony. In this fascinating book by Dr Michael Hewitt you will learn about: * The philosophy and wisdom that underpinned Ancient Chinese culture * How music was seen as an expression of the laws of the universe * The musical science that underlies music written in the present day Whether you are interested in music, history, philosophy or ancient religion, this insightful exploration of ancient Chinese music and philosophy is sure to captivate you. Dr Michael Hewitt is an author, lecturer and composer living in North Wales. He is the author of numerous books, including Music Theory For Computer Musicians, Composition For Computer Musicians, Harmony For Computer Musicians and Musical Scales Of The World.
This book represents a study of the fascinating subject of the musical scales and modes of ancient Greek music. Although it is well known that the West inherited it's musical scales from ancient Greece via the church, less well known perhaps, is the fact that ancient Greek musicians enjoyed the use of a much wider spectrum of scales and modes, many of which used microtones. Included is a study of these scales and modes, together with the information required for those musicians and composers who may wish to try these scales out in their own music productions. Utilizing the fine tuning capabilities of modern music software, this represents an intriguing and ever-growing area of musical research and development which should interest every open-minded musician.