I bought this book after reading the reviews saying it was basic and only good for beginners, etc! Well as someone who is not a complete beginner on music theory, having taking lessons and playing keyboard for years, this book is still very useful in reviewing topics that you may already know but need a refresher on. The fact that it does cover this using some examples of using a music Digital Audio Workstation (DAW for short) software's Piano Roll interface, there are examples from versions of various software and this book is NOT software specific, to me is a plus. No not every example is laid out in Piano Roll format like one reviewer suggested, and the writer does use most of the examples with traditional treble $ bass clef music notation. But if you are a complete beginner he does do a great job explaining how the piano roll layout in software translates to traditional treble & bass staff notation, and it even includes a introduction section on sound and synthesis.
Why 4 stars instead of five? For me this book is a solid basic music theory book, and has some very good examples and review exercises, so far I really like the sections on the cycle of fifths, the chapter on the different modes of music (different types of scales), and the section on the pentatonic scale (which is essential reading), however I was a little disappointed on the chapter on appregiation (splitting notes of chords in music melodies) and while it is good, hoped it would come with more examples since this is used extensively in most of today's dance music. Also a good basic section on drums, drum roll notation would have been nice, even though I know that's not covered in most music theory books, but this is a book for computer musicians and most using any DAW sequencer will have drums, opposed to someone who is just learning how to play the piano/keyboard or a guitar. It also does have guitar tab notation which is a plus, and there is a good section on rhythm, tempo, and note length. For me personally I think this book is a great introduction to music theory, a generally good reference, and the fact that it comes with an Audio CD of examples is a big plus. I wouldn't recommend it for someone who is looking for advanced examples, chord progressions, or techniques that are used in specific modern pop songs or songs of specific genre say R&B or Club Music, and I think this book would go well with others that cover some of its chapters in more detail. Some I think might be a good supplement to this book are:
1)Basic Chord Progressions (Alfred Handy Guide) , 2) Chord Progressions For Songwriters, 3) The Complete Book of Scales, Chords, Arpeggios and Cadences: Includes All the Major, Minor (Natural, Harmonic, Melodic) & Chromatic Scales - Plus Additional
4)Keyboard Chords & Scales Book (Fasttrack Series)Instructions on Music Fundamentals]] ,
and for keyboard specific players 5) The Piano Handbook: A Complete Guide for Mastering Piano
and for drums 6) Drum Programming: A Complete Guide to Program and Think Like a Drummer
for R&B and Hip Hop specific (which also translates to many dance styles) 7) RandB Soul Keyboards: The Complete Guide (Musicians Institute Press)