How Music REALLY Works!,
How Music REALLY Works!: The Essential Handbook for
Performers, and Music Students (2nd
Author: Wayne Chase
Page Count: 890 pages
Publisher: Roedy Black Publishing, Vancouver, Canada
ISBN: 1-897311-55-9 (print); 1-897311-56-7 (PDF electronic)
Dimensions: 9.0 x 6.0 x 1.8 inches (22.9 x 15.9 x 4.6 cm)
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PART I: The Big Picture
PART II: Essential Building Blocks of Music
PART III: How to Create Emotionally Powerful Music and Lyrics
PART IV: Making a Living in Music
I: The Big Picture
Yes, You Can Create Compelling, Emotionally Powerful Music and
Lyrics ... If You Know What You're Doing. You do not need
to know music notation to understand and create great music and lyrics.
But you do need to learn the techniques consistently used by master
songwriters such as the Gershwin brothers, Lennon-McCartney, Dylan, Bowie,
Waits, and many others. Otherwise you will never write anything but
What Music REALLY Is, Who Makes It, Where, When, Why. Roots of the
evolved human ability to make music.
The chapter focuses on why music became such an emotionally powerful means of
What the Popular Music Industry REALLY Is, and Where It Came From,
takes the reader on a tour of the major genres of Western music:
folk/roots, classical, musical/film, jazz, blues, ragtime,
country/bluegrass, gospel, swing, R & B/soul, rock/pop, reggae, dance/electronica,
II: Essential Building Blocks of Music
Chapter 3: How
Tones and Overtones REALLY Work, covers topics such as the
harmonic series, how the various types of musical instruments work
(including the voice), and the emotional effects of pitch, loudness, and
Chapter 4: How
Scales and Intervals REALLY Work, discusses the emotional
effects of various types of intervals. Topics include scales used in the
West, including blues and pentatonic, as well as scales used in the Middle
East, India, China, etc.
Chapter 5: How
Keys and Modes REALLY Work, covers the major and minor modes,
and also the “Church modes”: Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, and
Locrian. Other topics include tuning, temperament, transposing,
modulation, and tonality.
How to Create Emotionally Powerful Music
Chapter 6: How
Chords and Chord Progressions REALLY Work, introduces a simple
visual method of working out beautiful, original chord progressions. This
chapter includes dozens of examples of songs with great chord progressions, and ends with 10 chord progression guidelines designed to maximize
Beat, Pulse, Meter, Tempo, and Rhythm REALLY Work, begins with
an examination of the role of memory in music, then discusses each element
of rhythm (beat, pulse, meter, etc.), how they all relate to each other,
and how to manipulate the various elements to maximize emotional impact.
Chapter 8: How
Phrase and Form REALLY Work, highlights the differences between
vocal-melodic phrases and structural phrases, and the central role of
Chapter 9: How
Melody and Melody-Harmony Integration REALLY Work, provides an
in-depth treatment of melody, including many examples of brilliant tunes
and why they work. The chapter presents 10 specific techniques a
songwriter or composer can use to create emotionally powerful tunes.
How Lyrics REALLY Work, provides a detailed blueprint for
writing lyrics that communicate emotional meaning in the strongest, most
effective ways possible. The chapter includes 10 specific techniques for
maximizing lyrical emotion and power.
How Repertoire, Signature, and Performance REALLY Work, closes Part
III with a “how-to” discussion of a musician’s signature sound and style.
Other topics in this chapter include dealing with stage fright and live sound mixing.
IV: Making a Living in Music