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Music Theory for Computer Musicians

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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!

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Introduction
  5. Musical Sound
    1. Music versus Noise
    2. Pitch (Frequency)
    3. Learning Note Names
    4. Intensity (Amplitude)
    5. Tone Quality (Waveform)
    6. Synthesis
    7. Exercises
  6. The Notes
    1. Learning the Notes
    2. The Names of the Black Keys
    3. Importance of Note Names
    4. Exercises
  7. The Major Scale
    1. Types of Scales
    2. Introducing the Major Scale
    3. Playing the C Major Scale
    4. Understanding Intervals
    5. Exercises
  8. Rhythm, Tempo, and Note Lengths
    1. Pulse and Beat
    2. Tempo
    3. Note Lengths
    4. Dotted Notes
    5. Rests
    6. Resolution, Snap to Grid, and Quantization
    7. Exercises
  9. Score Editing
    1. Pitch Notation
      1. The Bass Clef
      2. Alternative Clefs
    2. Rhythmic Notation
      1. Beaming Notes
    3. Score-Editing Symbols
    4. Exercises
  10. Intervals
    1. Understanding Intervals
    2. Working Out Intervals
    3. Compound Intervals
    4. Exercises
  11. Meter
    1. Metric Cycles
    2. Time Signatures
    3. Compound Time Signatures
    4. Developing and Composing Rhythms
    5. Rhythmic Motives
    6. Triplets
    7. Shuffle Rhythm
    8. Cross Rhythm
    9. Exercises
  12. Chords
    1. Perfect Concords
    2. Imperfect Concords
      1. Thirds and Sixths
    3. Types of Intervals
    4. Triadic Harmony
    5. Triads in the C Major Scale
    6. Chordal Functions
    7. Exercises
  13. The Natural Minor Scale
    1. Understanding Minor Keys
    2. Chords in the Minor Scale
    3. Exercises
  14. Melody and Motives
    1. Motives
    2. Writing a Strong Motive
    3. Exercises
  15. The Harmonic and Melodic Minor Scales
    1. The Harmonic Minor Scale
    2. The Melodic Minor Scale
    3. Exercises
  16. Augmented and Diminished Intervals and Interval Inversions
    1. Augmented and Diminished Intervals
    2. Interval Inversions
    3. Exercises
  17. Chordal Inversions, Octave Doubling, and Spacing
    1. Harmony
    2. Inverted Chords
    3. Octave Doubling
    4. Spacing
    5. Exercises
  18. Additive Rhythms
    1. Understanding Additive Rhythms
    2. Practical Exercises
    3. Exercises
  19. Expanding your Knowledge of Keys
    1. Understanding Keys
    2. Major and Relative Minor Keys
    3. Exercises
  20. The Pentatonic Scale
    1. Understanding Mode
    2. Introducing the Pentatonic Scale
    3. Pentatonic Modes
    4. Pentatonic Harmony
    5. Exercises
  21. Major, Minor, Augmented, and Diminished Triads
    1. The Diminished Triad
    2. The Augmented Triad
    3. The Four Types of Triads
    4. Exercises
  22. Chord Progressions and Root Movement
    1. Root Movement
    2. Root Movement by Fourths
    3. Root Movement by Thirds
    4. Root Movement by Seconds
    5. Exercises
  23. The Cycle of Fifths
    1. Keys on the Bright Side (Sharp Keys)
    2. Keys on the Dark Side (Flat Keys)
    3. Closing the Cycle
    4. The Cycle of Fifths and Minor Keys
    5. Exercises
  24. The Seven Diatonic Modes
    1. Modal Music
    2. The Seven Modal Scales
      1. The Lydian Mode
      2. The Mixolydian Mode
    3. Modes in Other Keys
    4. Exercises
  25. Chords of the Seventh
    1. Seventh Chords
    2. Sevenths in the C Major Scale
    3. The Dominant Seventh Chord
    4. Modulation
    5. Using Seventh Chords
    6. Seventh Chord Harmony in the Minor Scale
    7. Exercises
  26. Exotic Scales
    1. Two Kinds of Exotic Scales
    2. Experimenting with Exotic Scales
      1. Japanese Pentatonic Scales
      2. Whole Tone Scale
    3. Exercises
  27. Complex Harmony
    1. Ninth Chords
    2. Chords of the Eleventh
    3. Chords of the Thirteenth
    4. Exercises
  28. Arpeggiation
    1. Arpeggios
    2. Arpeggiation and Non-Chord Tones
    3. Steps in an Arpeggio
    4. Exercises
  29. Intonation
    1. History of Intonation
    2. Just Intonation
    3. Pythagorean Intonation
    4. Problems with Alternative Tunings
    5. Tuning Balinese Scales
    6. Tuning Arabian and Hindustani Scales
    7. Tuning Overtone Melodies
    8. Exercises
  30. Conclusion
  31. Scales
    1. Major Scales
    2. Natural Minor Scales
    3. Harmonic Minor Scales
    4. Melodic Minor Scales
    5. The Chromatic Scale Harmonic Form
    6. Triads in the Chromatic Scale (Harmonic Form: Key of C)
    7. Seventh Chords in the Chromatic Scale (Harmonic Form: Key of C)
  32. Audio CD and Accompanying Text Sidebars
    1. Track 1
    2. Track 2
    3. Track 3
    4. Track 4
    5. Track 5
    6. Track 6
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    8. Track 8
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    10. Track 10
    11. Track 11
    12. Track 12
    13. Track 13
    14. Track 14
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    17. Track 17
    18. Track 18
    19. Track 19
    20. Track 20
    21. Track 21
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    52. Track 52