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How Music Really Works: The Essential Handbook For Songwriters, Performers, And Music Students ( Updated & Revised Second Edition )

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Now in its 2nd edition, How Music REALLY Works!: The Essential
Handbook for Songwriters, Performers, and Music Students
, is the
classic "how-to" manual for anyone interested in playing, singing, or writing
emotionally powerful music.

The book focuses on specific techniques a player, vocalist, or songwriter
can use to seize the attention of listeners and move them emotional

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Stephen Souza
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book with a a lot of invaluable information. There is NO music notation used at all in the book. I have had this book for many years now and still refer back to it. It's not only packed with valuable info, it also has a comical side at times. I liked learning to create Chase Charts to analyze songs. Like the tile says, How Music Really Works is The Essential Handbook For Songwriters, Performers, And Music Students. You can check out the First 6 Chapters of More than 400 Page ...more
Yellow Jelly
Feb 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
this book is so awful, holy shit

every time I would read a page I would find myself reading some stupid political propaganda, lies about music and artists, and complete misconceptions about modern art

My favorite quote from the book so far was: "artists who don't aspire to create classics are hacks".

Another favorite: "if you were to remove all the popular music genres still going strong today that did not originate with African American and Jewish songwriters and performers, what would be left? S
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Kevin
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best songwriting book I've ever seen, by far (and I've read a ton of them).

It's really unfortunate that the publishing is so obscure/expensive.
roger clark
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
an incredible wealth of information regarding music theory, composition, and songwriting. i can't believe this book isn't more well-known.
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