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Secret Strategies for Composing and Improvising (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Todd Rice , Catherine Price

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This is a very clear, easy to follow textbook of strategies for improvising and composing; a simple guide to creating music today - no BS. It is certainly possible to study the method contained in this book and in an hour start having barrels of fun making your own music, improvising, composing and arranging. When most people watch and listen to musicians like myself improvise and compose, they are mystified. It seems miraculous to them. That’s because they don’t have the strategies that make it exciting and doable.

Let this book be your guide while you have fun exploring and making music with a step by step spoon fed method. You get a variety of methods for creating chords to put with melodies, a necessary skill in songwriting. Then also discover many strategies for improvisation and for composing music, like generating new chords and arrangements, how to start, and how to get inspired. By following this systematic approach, you develop a complete understanding of chords, and find yourself using them automatically.

This book is for anyone wanting to:
• learn to make their own music,
• create their own versions of songs (arrangements),
• compose music (chords) for melodies, and
• Go on to make completely original music

This is a very organic method that is easy to assimilate (although practice is required)

There are people who believe creativity can’t be taught. Hence many people believe improvising or composing is out of their grasp. The author asserts creativity is based on ways of thinking, combinations of strategies and good old practice. This book directly addresses that challenge. It offers step-by-step instructions, a system with practical tools for composing, improvising and arranging music, adding joy and interest to the lives of people who want to make music. To the reader this means instant access to musical and creativity pleasures that may have been previously off limits.

What makes “Secret Strategies for Composing and Improvising” so different? The author has a standing challenge: "Give me any amateur pianist or guitarist who has a simple vocabulary of the major and minor chords, and I’ll teach her to improvise and create original arrangements of pop, show or jazz tunes in 1 hour. " These claims aren’t tossed off lightly. Simple experiments were run with people who have a modicum of skill and knowledge on either piano or guitar. They were given only a single chapter for forty-five minutes then left to their own devices. Eighty percent made INSTANT use of the material and were so excited they asked to have the rest of the book "now." In ALL cases they had FUN, that was most important.

This makes a fine manual for teachers, students, and the self-learners. There are ideas and even a “how to” integrate the material into one’s life and beliefs.

A fascinating feature is that a fairy tale type story is embedded throughout. Each adventure the protagonist has is a metaphorical example of didactic principles being taught. This isn’t meant to trip you up only to trip you out to bridge confusion to learning. Thus, the book is purposely “whole brained” in it’s approach. Even so, the reader can skip over the story sections and jump right into the “meat” of the book.

Books are available for the smaller population of well-trained musicians well schooled in music theory. These are often difficult (conservatory level) and not fun. So if you’ve been frustrated trying to improvise or compose the author's goal is that you are smiling at some point in this book with enthusiasm and AHA - feeling happy you bought it

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This is great! 19 février 2013
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Contains nuts and bolts music theory, presenting a methodical and approachable way, along with exercises to open the mind and explore the imagination. Whether you're a new musician just starting to get your feet wet in the world of composition and improvisation or an experienced veteran looking to mix up old habits and reboot creativity, you need this book!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Get up and running! 7 février 2013
Par Mark Jonathan Schiffert - Publié sur
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As a composer and teacher of composition, this book is invaluable. It covers a ton of useful information, and does so in a concise and very easy to understand manner. Each new topic is presented and thoroughly prepares you for the next step. I have already used it with one student who made tremendous progress just over the weekend. The clear explanations of how melodies and harmonies are related is brilliant, and got my student to experiment with triads, inversions, seventh chords, and ninth chords in her melody harmonizations: a new world was opened up for her. Her music jumped off of the page and came to life thanks to the confidence, new ideas and harmonic vocabulary that this book imparted in a short time. Many thanks to Todd Rice for putting this book together! I look forward to using it with many of my students.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 There are no secrets in "secrets." 23 décembre 2013
Par Azi Crawford - Publié sur
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The "secrets" we're actually well known re-harmonizations. Stuff I already knew. This book may be alright for someone who has not taken a harmony class. But if someone has - they aren't going to learn anything new.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Well worth the $, and reads okay on Kindle Papertouch/Touch 13 juin 2013
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First, I was concerned about this reading/displaying okay on my Kindle Paperwhite; I was pleasantly surprised to find 95% of it displays fine including the music staves and notes. Just a couple of music staves went off the page to the right out of view but it is possible if I shrunk the text size that might have displayed.

I have read quite a few books on composing, harmony, and I know basic music theory. This book did help fill in some gaps to present a sort of gestalt or Matrix (the film) type understanding of what chords can be used to harmonize a melody. I was skeptical buying it, but for $6 I am glad I purchased this. Gave it a quick read through at the coffee shop over about 90 minutes, and I plan to read it through a couple of more times, and also put to practice the exercises presented in the ebook.

I agree with other reviewers that the author could have left out the cutsy analogies to fairy tale characters, but that material is easy to skip over and if it gave the author motivation to get this book written then so be it. It is certainly not a deal breaker for reading or buying the book.

Note to Author: It would have been helpful if the answers to the exercises in the book were there on the same page as those exercises; it is difficult and very inconvenient to have to look up answers in the back of the book when using an ebook, so I just did not do that. So that causes inefficiencies in pedagogy when working through the book.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 To many fairy tales in a music composing tutorial book. 17 octobre 2013
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Have to say there are too many fairy tales in this book, and the "real stuff" is pretty short. One quick example, It takes 27% of the contents to end the long, nearly useless prefaces, forewards and introductions. If you are a well-educated musician or some amateur want to get serious, skip this book and save your money for a better one.
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