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Welcome to the home of the acclaimed popular music handbook, How Music REALLY Works, 2nd Edition (6 free chapters).



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FREE at this site: first 6 chapters (470 pages).

How Music REALLY Works!, 2nd Edition: The Essential Handbook for Songwriters, Performers, Music Students, and Music Teachers

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This book is also available in print at the publisher's website, Roedy Black Music Shop.


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How Music REALLY Works is the most amazing book on music I have ever read. I wish this book was available years ago; it is by far the definitive guide on music creation.

—Marco Mastrocola, film & TV composer

How Music Really Works is the most comprehensive and useful book that I’ve ever read on music and songwriting. Chapters 8 & 10, in particular, introduce elements of songwriting that have never been addressed before in any of the 30+ books I’ve read on songwriting. If anyone is truly serious about writing songs that will stand the test of time, then this book is a must read.
—Bryan Fogelman, Director, REO Songwriters' Retreat
 
This is a book that makes you think—re-examine your assumptions and approaches ... If you love the science and art of songwriting, it is a fascinating book.
—The Muse's Muse
  
The very best book EVER written on music must be How Music Really Works by Wayne Chase ...  Amazing! And so much fun to read.

—Hens Zimmerman

  


BOOK SUMMARY

PART I
THE BIG PICTURE

INTRODUCTION (FREE CHAPTER)
  

CHAPTER 1 (FREE CHAPTER)
What Music REALLY Is, Who Makes It, Where, When, Why

  

CHAPTER 2 (FREE CHAPTER)
What the Popular Music Industry REALLY Is, and Where It Came From

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"Without a doubt, this is the most straightforward, easy-to-grasp material on the market. No double talk, no confusion, and humor to boot!"
Richard Fowler, Douglasville, GA

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PART II
ESSENTIAL BUILDING BLOCKS OF MUSIC

CHAPTER 3 (FREE CHAPTER)
How Tones and Overtones REALLY Work

 

CHAPTER 4 (FREE CHAPTER)
How Scales and Intervals REALLY Work

  

CHAPTER 5 (FREE CHAPTER)
How Keys and Modes REALLY Work

 

PART III
HOW TO CREATE EMOTIONALLY POWERFUL
MUSIC
AND LYRICS

CHAPTER 6 (FREE CHAPTER)
How Chords and Chord Progressions REALLY Work

  

CHAPTER 7 (DETAILS)
How Beat, Pulse, Meter, Tempo, and Rhythm REALLY Work

  

CHAPTER 8 (DETAILS)
How Phrase and Form REALLY Work

  

CHAPTER 9 (DETAILS)
How Melody and Melody-harmony Integration REALLY Work

  

CHAPTER 10 (DETAILS)
How Lyrics REALLY Work

   

CHAPTER 11 (DETAILS)
How Repertoire, Signature, and Performance REALLY Work

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"This is the best and most helpful information I have ever read, and I have read a lot. I feel that I might actually (eventually) understand music at its "core" or get close to it. This is pretty exciting. I've always known and felt that something was missing in my journey of trying to understand music and specifically how to play music on the guitar. The pieces are starting to come together now."
—David James, Alpharetta, GA

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PART IV
MAKING A LIVING IN MUSIC

CHAPTER 12 (DETAILS)
How the Music Business and Music Entrepreneurship REALLY Work

 

RESOURCES AND REFERENCES

APPENDIX 1
Roedy Black’s Chord Progression Chart
 

APPENDIX 2
Useful Websites and Resources

 
APPENDIX 3
Winners of the Moose-Nobel Prize in Music, 1901 - 2006
        
   
CHAPTER NOTES
(FREE)

   
REFERENCES
(FREE)

   
INDEX
(FREE)

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