Classical Music For Dummies

Classical Music For Dummies

Haydn, Tchaikovsky, and Brahms, oh, my! The beginner's guide to classical music

Classical Music For Dummies is a friendly, funny, easy-to-understand guide to composers, instruments, orchestras, concerts, recordings, and more. Classical music is widely considered one of the pinnacles of human achievement, and this informative guide will shows you just how beautiful and rewarding it can be. You'll learn how Bach is different from Beethoven, how Mozart is different still, and why not all "classical" music is actually Classical if it's really Baroque or Romantic. You'll be introduced to the composers and their work, and discover the groundbreaking pieces that shake the world every time they're played. Begin building your classical music library with the essential recordings that define orchestral, choral, and operatic beauty as you get acquainted with the orchestras and musicians that bring the composers to life.

Whether you want to play classical music or just learn more about it, Classical Music For Dummies will teach you everything you need to know to get the most out of this increasingly popular genre.

  • Distinguish flute from piccolo, violin from viola, and trumpet from trombone
  • Learn the difference between overtures, requiems, arias, and masses
  • Explore the composers that shaped music as we know it
  • Discover the recordings your music library cannot be without

Classical music has begun sneaking into the mainstream — if your interest has been piqued, there's never been a better time to develop an appreciation for this incredibly rich, complex, and varied body of work. Classical Music For Dummies lays the groundwork, and demonstrates just how amazing classical music can be.

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Classical Music For Dummies

Classical Music For Dummies

The more you know about classical music, the more you love it. Now, thanks to Classical Music For Dummies, you can achieve a whole new level of insight into both the composers and the compositions that have made classical music one of the great accomplishments of humankind.

Classical Music For Dummies doesn't assume that you have a degree in musicology -- or even that you took a course in music appreciation. Rather, the multimedially gifted David Pogue and renowned conductor Scott Speck explain classical music in terms you can understand, and they describe musical elements so that you can hear them for yourself.

A reference you can dip into at any point, Classical Music For Dummies covers such topics as

  • The various forms that classical music takes -- from symphonies to string quartets
  • What goes on behind the scenes and on stage to fill a concert hall with great classical music
  • How to recognize, by sight and by sound, the many instruments that make up an orchestra
  • The nuts and bolts of classical music -- from rhythm to harmonic progression
Plus, Classical Music For Dummies comes complete with a CD containing over 60 minutes of masterpieces compiled especially for the book. The CD also includes a demo version of the Angel/EMI Classics For DummiesTM multimedia interface to try out on your Windows-based PC or Macintosh computer.

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Classical Piano Music for Dummies: A Reference for the Rest of Us!

Classical Piano Music for Dummies: A Reference for the Rest of Us!

Learn the most popular classical piano music of the past 300 years – from Bach, Beethoven, Mozart & more! 90 selections from the classical repertory with fingerings, each with their own performance notes detailing the wheres, whats, and hows – all in plain English!

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Music Composition For Dummies

Music Composition For Dummies

Want to turn that haunting tune in your head into an awesome sound in your ear? You can! Music Composition For Dummies demystifies the process of composing music and writing songs. It guides you through every step of writing your own music, from choosing the right rhythm and tempo to creating melodies and chord progressions and working with instruments and voices.

In this fun and practical guide, you’ll learn how to match keys and chords to the mood you want to convey, work a form without limiting your creativity, and hammer out a musical idea, even when your mind is drawing a blank. You’ll find out how to create popular songs, classically structured pieces, and even film, TV, and video game soundtracks. And, you’ll learn what you need to know about music composition software, including Finale, Sebelius, Pro Tools, and more. Discover how to:

  • Preserve and organize your musical ideas
  • Work with established chord progressions or create your own
  • Develop great rhythms
  • Select the right instruments
  • Find melodies in your head, your instrument, and the world around you
  • Use major and minor scales
  • Work with modes and moods
  • Build melodic motifs and phrases
  • Use the circle of fifths to harmonize
  • Write for multiple voices
  • Make a demo recording

Filled with creative exercises to build your composing skills, Music Composition for Dummies is the resource you need to get that melody out of your head and into the world.

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Guitar All-In-One For Dummies, Book + Online Video & Audio Instruction

Guitar All-In-One For Dummies, Book + Online Video & Audio Instruction

Make your music come alive with this indispensable guitar guide

There's no denying that guitar players have cachet. The guitar is an ever-present part of our collective musical heritage, and the sound can be sensual, aggressive, or a million things in between. Whether you're hoping to conquer Free Bird, Bourée, or Bolero Mallorquin, you need to learn to walk before you can run. Even once you can run, you need something to help you clear hurdles along the way.

That's where Guitar All-In-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition, comes in. It's your complete compendium of guitar instruction, written in clear, concise For Dummies style. It covers everything from positioning and basic chords to guitar theory and playing styles, and even includes maintenance advice to keep your instrument sounding great. It's an amazing resource for newbies and veterans alike, and offers you the opportunity to stretch beyond your usual genre.

  • Forge the sound of rock, blues, classical, and more
  • Understand the music theory behind guitar mastery
  • Express yourself through your own compositions
  • Perform practice exercises for muscle memory and dexterity

Guitar All-In-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition, includes access to audio tracks and instructional videos to guide you through the lessons and inspire you to play often, which is the number-one key to success. You get advice and instruction from some of the most respected guitar teachers in the business, plus online resources, for less than the cost of a single lesson. Guitar All-In-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition, is the key to bringing your music to life.

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Classical Guitar For Dummies

Classical Guitar For Dummies

Learn to:

  • Select the right classical guitar for you
  • Develop correct hand position and posture
  • Tune your guitar
  • Play along with exercises and pieces on the audio CD

The fun and easy way® to start playing classical guitar!

Want to be a classical guitarist, but never had a lesson? No problem — this hands-on guide teaches you all the fundamental techniques you need to play scales, melodies, and full-length pieces in the classical style. You get plenty of practice exercises to stretch your skills, selections from the classical repertoire, and a bonus audio CD that helps you play along with the music pieces from the book!

  • Get acquainted with your guitar — familiarize yourself with the unique make-up and parts of a classical guitar
  • Start making some music — play melodies on individual strings, move on to arpeggios, and get your fingers in shape with scales
  • Ramp up your technique — play barres, slurs, and trills; handle harmonics; master right-hand tremolo; and venture up the neck to play in the higher positions
  • Build your classical repertoire — from Renaissance and Baroque to Classical, Romantic, and Modern, play pieces from the major eras in classical music
  • Practice makes perfect — improve your performance with expert guidance through each exercise and piece in the book

Open the book and find:

  • Tips and techniques for playing beautiful pieces
  • How to read music notation and tablature
  • Basic finger and thumb strokes
  • Right- and left-hand techniques
  • Musical examples, charts, and photos
  • Music pieces from the guitar greats
  • The best ways to care for your guitar
  • A step-by-step tutorial on changing your strings

Bonus CD Includes

More than 140 recorded performances of the exercises and pieces featured in the book

Pieces performed using a count-off, allowing you to play along in time with the music

Tuning notes to help you tune up your guitar

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Piano and Keyboard All-in-One For Dummies (For Dummies Series)

Piano and Keyboard All-in-One For Dummies (For Dummies Series)

The go-to reference for aspiring pianists and keyboard players

Piano & Keyboard All-in-One For Dummies makes it easier and more fun than ever to make music! If you don't know how to read music, this book explains in friendly, uncomplicated language all the basics of music theory, and applies it to playing the piano and keyboard. And if you've been playing for awhile—or took lessons when you were a child but haven't played since—you can pick up some valuable tips to improve your playing, or use the book as a refresher course.

This indispensible resource combines the best of For Dummies books, including Piano For Dummies, Keyboard For Dummies, Music Theory For Dummies, and Piano Exercises For Dummies to get you up and running in no time. The handy reference helps you to master the traditional black-and-white keys and gives you an understanding of the possibilities that unfold when those black-and-whites are connected to state-of-the-art music technology.

  • Discover the secrets for becoming a master on the piano and keyboard
  • Improve your skills with a wealth of easy-to-apply piano exercises
  • Tap into your creativity and get the lowdown on composing an original song
  • Find out how to use keyboards anywhere using external speakers, amps, home stereos, computers, and tablets

Dive right in! This comprehensive book offers the most complete learning experience for aspiring pianists, keyboard enthusiasts, and students of music.

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Classical Music For Dummies [6 CD]

Classical Music For Dummies [6 CD]

Sure. You know your Chuck Berry from your Teddy Bears, but maybe there's a 1,500-year gap in your knowledge of music. To know, know, know classical music is to love, love, love it. The 6 CDs in this collection take you from the middle ages to the Renaissance, the Baroque, to Romanicism to Modernism. They greatest conductors and orchestras play some of the greatest sonatas and symphonies ever written as you read about them in a special 48-page book. Before you know it, you'll be exploring works by your favorite composers or from your favorite era in music. This is the perfect newcomer's guide to music that is no where near as daunting, elitist or impenetrable as you might think.

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Easy Classical Masterworks for Violin: Music of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi and Wagner

Easy Classical Masterworks for Violin: Music of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi and Wagner

This collection features a selection of classical masterworks by the most renowned composers: Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, George Frideric Handel, Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Antonio Vivaldi and Richard Wagner. All the pieces are presented in simplified version for the beginner. Illustrated with line drawings throughout.

Includes:

Bach
Bourrée, BWV 996
Gavotte II, BWV 808
Menuett, BWV Anh 114

Beethoven
Chorfantasie Op. 80
Für Elise, WoO 59
Ode an die Freude, Op. 125

Brahms
Ungarischen Tänze Nº 5, WoO 1
Poco allegretto 3. Sinfonie F-Dur, op. 90
Guten Abend, gut’ Nacht

Handel
Sarabande, HWV 437
Hallelujah, HWV 56
Water Music, HWV 349

Haydn
Sinfonie Nr. 94 G-Dur, Hob.I:94

Mozart
"Ah vous dirais-je, Maman", K. 265
Rondo Alla Turca, K. 331
40. Sinfonie, K.550

Schubert
Ständchen, D.957

Tchaikovsky
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Op. 71a
March, Op. 71a
Sleeping Beauty Waltz, Op.66a

Vivaldi
Le quattro stagioni
la Primavera, RV. 269
l'Estate, RV. 315
l'Autunno, RV. 293
l'Inverno, RV. 297

Wagner
Tannhäuser Ouvertüre, WWV 70

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