Classical Music For Dummies
Classical Music For Dummies is a friendly, funny,easy-to-understand guide to composers, instruments, orchestras,concerts, recordings, and more. Classical music is widelyconsidered one of the pinnacles of human achievement, and thisinformative guide will shows you just how beautiful and rewardingit can be. You'll learn how Bach is different from Beethoven, howMozart is different still, and why not all "classical" music isactually Classical if it's really Baroque or Romantic. You'll beintroduced to the composers and their work, and discover thegroundbreaking pieces that shake the world every time they'replayed. Begin building your classical music library with theessential recordings that define orchestral, choral, and operaticbeauty as you get acquainted with the orchestras and musicians thatbring the composers to life.
Whether you want to play classical music or just learn moreabout it, Classical Music For Dummies will teach youeverything you need to know to get the most out of thisincreasingly popular genre.
• Distinguish flute from piccolo, violin from viola, and trumpetfrom trombone
• Learn the difference between overtures, requiems, arias, andmasses
• Explore the composers that shaped music as we know it
• Discover the recordings your music library cannot bewithout
Classical music has begun sneaking into the mainstream —if your interest has been piqued, there's never been a better timeto develop an appreciation for this incredibly rich, complex, andvaried body of work. Classical Music For Dummies lays thegroundwork, and demonstrates just how amazing classical music canbe.
Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty
What does it mean to listen in the digital era? Today, new technologies make it possible to roam instantly and experimentally across musical languages and generations, from Detroit techno to jam bands to baroque opera―or to dive deeper into the set of tastes that we already have. Either way, we can listen to nearly anything, at any time. The possibilities in this new age of listening overturn old assumptions about what it means to properly appreciate music―to be an "educated” listener.
In Every Song Ever, the veteran New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff reimagines the very idea of music appreciation for our times. As familiar subdivisions like "rock” and "jazz” matter less and less and music’s accessible past becomes longer and broader, listeners can put aside the intentions of composers and musicians and engage music afresh, on their own terms. Ratliff isolates signal musical traits―such as repetition, speed, and virtuosity―and traces them across wildly diverse recordings to reveal unexpected connections. When we listen for slowness, for instance, we may detect surprising affinities between the drone metal of Sunn O))), the mixtape manipulations of DJ Screw, Sarah Vaughan singing "Lover Man,” and the final works of Shostakovich. And if we listen for closeness, we might notice how the tight harmonies of bluegrass vocals illuminate the virtuosic synchrony of John Coltrane’s quartet. Ratliff also goes in search of "the perfect moment”; considers what it means to hear emotion by sampling the complex sadness that powers the music of Nick Drake and Slayer; and examines the meaning of certain common behaviors, such as the impulse to document and possess the entire performance history of the Grateful Dead.
Encompassing the sounds of five continents and several centuries, Ratliff’s book is an artful work of criticism and a lesson in open-mindedness. It is a definitive field guide to our radically altered musical habitat.
Guitar For Dummies (4th Edition)
The bestselling guide now updated with video demonstrations and audio tracks online
The guitar is one of the most versatile instruments in the world, which is why it's so appealing to musicians. Guitar For Dummies, 4th Edition gives you everything a beginning or intermediate acoustic or electric guitarist needs: from buying a guitar to tuning it, playing it, and caring for it. Fully revised and updated, with online video and audio clips that help you learn and play along, you'll explore everything from simple chords and melodies to more challenging exercises that are designed to satisfy players of all levels. Additionally, new players can dive into the basics of guitar and accessory selection. Whether you prefer the cool sounds of the acoustic or the edgier tones of the electric, your guitar will get a lot of use as you play your way through the lessons presented in this integral book. But your journey doesn't stop at the last page! With an updated multimedia component, you have access to more than 80 online videos and 35 audio tracks that help build your talent.
Play along with online videos and audio tracks to develop and reinforce your new skills
Tune your guitar, change strings, and make simple repairs to keep your instrument in working order
Choose the right guitar and equipment for your needs
Explore numerous musical styles, including rock, blues, jazz, and country
Guitar For Dummies, 4th Edition guides you in the development of your strumming talent—and who knows where that can take you!
BBC Music February 2016
BBC Music Magazine is a must for anyone with a passion for classical music. Classical music connoisseurs and new enthusiast alike will enjoy the fascinating features and reviews of over 120 new works in every issue.
Theory for Today's Musician, 2nd Edition
Theory for Today’s Musician, Second Edition, recasts the scope of the traditional music theory course to meet the demands of the professional music world, in a style that speaks directly and engagingly to today’s music student. It uses classical, folk, popular, and jazz repertoires with clear explanations that link music theory to musical applications. The authors help prepare students by not only exploring how music theory works in art music, but how it functions within modern music, and why this knowledge will help them become better composers, music teachers, performers, and recording engineers.
This broadly comprehensive text merges traditional topics such as part-writing and harmony (diatonic, chromatic, neo-tonal and atonal), with less traditional topics such as counterpoint and musical process, and includes the non-traditional topics of popular music songwriting, jazz harmony and the blues. Written by an experienced textbook author and new co-author, both active classroom teachers for many years, Theory for Today’s Musician is the complete and ideal theory text to enable today’s student to accomplish their musical goals tomorrow.
New Features to the Second Edition:
An expanded unit on form that includes introductory chapters on sonata & rondo, to prepare students for learning form
New "Back to Basics" online drills, keyed to the text, allowing students to brush up their fundamentals as needed
New musical examples, including over 80 new musical excerpts from both art and popular music repertoires
Expanded in-chapter exercises to promote and facilitate classroom interaction
Carefully edited in response to market demands to create a more streamlined, flexible text
New audio of musical examples (for both text and workbook), 50% re-recorded for improved audio quality
An updated and relocated Chapter 33 on song composition in the jazz and popular folk styles, applying principles of text setting, melody composition/harmonization
Companion website that houses online tutorial with drills of basic concepts
Writing About Music: A Style Sheet, 3rd edition
Where do you place the hyphen in "Beethoven" if it breaks between two lines? How do you cite John Coltrane's album A Love Supreme? Is it "premiere" or "premiere"? The answers and much more can be found in this definitive resource for authors, students, editors, concert producers - anyone who deals with music in print. Extending the principles devised for the classical repertoires, this revised and expanded edition now includes examples from world music, rock, jazz, popular music, and cinema.
This essential volume covers some of the thorniest issues of musical discourse: how to go about describing musical works and procedures in prose, the rules for citations in notes and bibliography, and proper preparation of such materials as musical examples, tables, and illustrations. One section discusses program notes, while others explain the requirements for submitting manuscripts and electronic files, and outline best practices for student writers. An appendix lists common problem words. Updates include greatly simplified citations of Internet locators, the recognition of multiple platforms, and the expectation of paperless transmission and storage of work. Cited as the authority by The Chicago Manual of Style, this classic handbook is the go-to source for anyone writing about music.
Piano For Beginners 3rd Revised Edition
This new revised edition of Piano for Beginners is an essential guide for piano and keyboard first-timers. Simplifying the process through step-by-step tutorials, this bookazine will help you lay a solid foundation for years of enjoyment. From the correct way to sit at the piano to reading notation, we start with the basics before expanding your musical horizons with easy home recoding and genre-specific tutorials.
Everything you need to know to start playing the piano
- Essential advice to help you choose the right piano and learn the basics
- Learn to read musical notation and familiarise yourself with music theory
Playing the piano
- Turn theory into practice by following our guides to scales and chords
Play in the style of…
- From classical to blues, replicate the sound of your favourite genre