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The Elements of Music: Melody, Rhythm, and Harmony

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This groundbreaking book presents the elements of music in a way that is pedagogically clear and comprehensible, by building upon simple principles of proportion and relationship. These in turn are corresponded to language as musical metaphor. This, in combination with novel graphics and symbols, carries the reader to a basic understanding of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmi ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published November 15th 2008 by Walker Books (first published October 28th 2008)
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Vdmit11
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: music
A very well-crafted brief overview of the music theory.

A remarkable thing is the illustrations, half of the book consists of them (literally, 30 pages of pictures and 30 pages of the text).

So the book is only 60 pages long, and hence the information is very dense, each book turn introduces a new topic.
There is no basics, and no really advanced stuff, it is more like "intermediate" level book.
It will be good for structuring your knowledge, assuming that you already know the basics.
Sten Bolander
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Quite the intense book with some terms I was not aware of after starting piano lessons 45 years ago. The book is split up into 24 two-page sections, the left page presenting the topic and the right page providing supporting information in a visual form. I found this supporting information quite helpful although the text was quite small for my mature eyes. I have been aware of the harmonic structure of music, but never knew all of the terms describing the specific harmonies. This book will be a g ...more
Thebruce1314
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
While I wouldn't recommend this for someone who has no prior knowledge in music, I liked the author's poetic-yet-technical manner of describing the building blocks of music. Presented in bite-sized chunks, this is a short book packed with tons of information. The best features, in my opinion, are the visual representations of the concepts described.
This book will be going on my musical reference shelf for sure.
Jennifer
Dec 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music
An elegant brief and very visual presentation of music theory. Excellent for anyone who knows music theory and wants to look at it from different angles. Inspiration for possible composing or arranging.
Emma
Feb 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Very thorough, short and comprehensive overview of music and musical theory with beautiful illustrations,, but not the easiest of reads and I found it confusing on occasions (even with a pretty solid grounding in music theory)
Alva
Jun 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Pretty interesting book about what makes music, well, music. Nice pictures. A little bit too technical for me, but I think that's just personal preference.
Jonwillum Duurnenbol
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Overview for dummies, quite nice.
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Jason Martineau is an award-winning composer, pianist, arranger, and instructor, and has been active in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1995. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Manhattan School of Music, and has composed numerous works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo piano, and chorus, as well as a full-length musical, multiple ...more
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