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Work, Not Inspiration
I do believe Music Composition for Dummies is an inspirational book, but it mostly inspires the hopeful music composer to think about how music compositions are constructed and how that structure can be manipulated to tell new stories in different ways. Scott Jarrett is a gifted song writer and musician. His first album, 1980's "Without Rhyme or Reason," has been cited as an inspiration and innovative record by many. His more recent recordings, "Apercu" (2009) and "The Gift of Thirst" (2005), are wonderful examples of both musicality and lyrical composition. If anyone could write a book about popular composition, Jarrett would be high on the list.
This Dummies book isn't for real dummies. It assumes you have a musical background and that you are interest in the vocation of songwriting. It also assumes that you are ready and willing to do the work to become a songwriter. From the original concept and style-selection, to refining your work into a professional product, Music Theory for Dummies is a benchmark handbook for anyone hoping to create music and find a market for that product.
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