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Last Post 26 Oct 2011 12:50 PM by Stephon Dixon. 3 Replies.
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    08 Aug 2011 12:52 PM
    Which books would you (Warbeats Fam) recommend I (and anyone who is curious like me) to read to get better on music theory, chords, chord progressions and the sort.  I wanna take my beat game to the next level and hoepfully you guys can help me thanks  alot !
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    01 Oct 2011 03:34 PM
    Hey Stephon,

    To answer your question, I would start with something really basic. Music Composition for Dummies is a good first book. http://www.musictheory.net/ is a good website to start as well. I know that it might sound stupid to start with, "This is a note." sort of stuff, but I find that you stand a way better chance in the long run with studying these basics.

    Now, after you learn the basics I would highly recommend laying down some tuition money (or getting financial aid) to take classes at a community college for a two-year theory course. That course should teach you how to write in the contrapuntal style of the Baroque era, then you'll get into some 20th-century 12-tone serial music at the end. And I also recommend you familiarize yourself with some jazz theory too.

    You might be asking yourself why is it useful to learn how to write Baroque music. Well, if you can write four different melodies and make them jive together, you can certainly write one killer melody and accompany it with chords in a much less complicated style.

    If you happen to be a genius and don't need the classes you can pick up, "Structural Functions in Music." That'll fill you in on different chord analyses and all kinds of stuff.
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    24 Oct 2011 08:25 AM
    Thank you very very much....Im thinkin bout taking classes Im in university right now anyways I just might
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    26 Oct 2011 12:50 PM
    any other books also would be great for mixing also, and music theory also...any other titles
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