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How Music Really Works : The Essential Handbook for Songwriters, Performers, and Music Students is available at Amazon.com

How Music Really Works : The Essential Handbook for Songwriters, Performers, and Music Students

by Wayne Chase

Almost everything you need to know about music to be a successful songwriter or performer.
Published by Roedy Black Publishing 2006,  ISBN 1897311559 [Book]
  Buy from Amazon.com or Amazon.ca

How Music REALLY Works! reflects a lifetime of study and involvement with music. Wayne Chase covers almost all aspects of music, including its evolutionary roots, recent scientific discoveries about how the brain processes music, comprehensive theory and analysis using popular songs as examples, and much advice about how to develop skills to improve songwriting, composition, and performance.

Here are some highlights from the table of contents:

  • Yes, You Can Create Compelling, Emotionally Powerful Music and Lyrics ... If You Know What You Are Doing
  • What Music REALY Is, Who Makes It, Where, Why
  • What the Popular Music Industry REALLY Is, and Where It Came From
  • How Tones and Overtones REALLY Work
  • How Scales and Intervals REALLY Work
  • How Keys and Modes REALLY Work
  • How Chords and Chord Progressions REALLY Work
  • How Beat, Pulse, Meter, Tempo, and Rhythm REALLY Work
  • How Phrase and Form REALLY Work
  • How Melody and Melody-Harmony Integration REALLY Work
  • How Lyrics REALLY Work
  • How Repertoire, Signature, and Performance REALLY Work
  • How the Music Business and Music Entrpreneurship REALLY Work

There is enough information and exercises to keep a serious musician busy for years, if not a lifetime!

You can order the books, see sample chapters, and find many interesting links at www.howmusicreallyworks.com.

You may also be interested in Wayne's Gold Standard Song List at www.goldstandardsonglist.com.

Enjoy!

Book reviewed by Greg Dixon
Wednesday, January 7, 2009

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