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elcome to Music Composition For Dummies!
Are you the type of person who walks around all day with a maddening
melody in your head that makes you stop whatever you’re doing so you can
pay it full attention?
Do you often find yourself tapping out rhythmic passages from these melodies
on your desk at work or scribbling down song lyrics on scraps of paper?
Is music sometimes more of a slave driver to you than a muse?
If you said yes to any of those questions, all we can say is this: We are here
to help.

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Introduction ………………………………………………………..1
Part I: Basics and Rhythm ……………………………………..7
Chapter 1: Thinking Like a Composer …………………………………………………………………..9
Chapter 2: Tools of the Trade ……………………………………………………………………………..15
Chapter 3: Musical Scrapbooks: Writing on Paper and Screen …………………………….23
Chapter 4: Rhythm and Mood……………………………………………………………………………..29
Part II: Melody and Development……………………………41
Chapter 5: Finding Melodies Where You Least Expect Them ……………………………….43
Chapter 6: Scales and Modes, Moods and Melodies…………………………………………….55
Chapter 7: Building Melodies Using Motifs and Phrases ……………………………………..69
Chapter 8: Developing Your Melodies …………………………………………………………………79
Part III: Harmony and Structure …………………………….89
Chapter 9: Harmonizing with Melodies ……………………………………………………………….91
Chapter 10: Composing with Chords …………………………………………………………………101
Chapter 11: Composing from the Void……………………………………………………………….125
Chapter 12: Beginnings, Middles, and Endings ………………………………………………….137
Chapter 13: Musical Forms………………………………………………………………………………..145
Part IV: Orchestration and Arrangement…………………161
Chapter 14: Composing for the Standard Orchestra ………………………………………….163
Chapter 15: Composing for the Nonstandard Orchestra ……………………………………187
Chapter 16: Composing for Multiple Voices……………………………………………………….197
Chapter 17: Composing Commercial Music and Songs ………………………………………209
Chapter 18: Composing Electronic Music ………………………………………………………….231
Chapter 19: Composing for Other Musicians……………………………………………………..241
Part V: The Part of Tens ……………………………………..253
Chapter 20: Ten Composers You Should Know About ……………………………………….255
Chapter 21: Nine Career Opportunities for Composers ……………………………………..265
Chapter 22: Ten Recommended Books for Composers ……………………………………..273

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