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Hearing and writing music : professional training for today's musician
Gorow, Ron.
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Publication Information:
Studio City, Calif. : September Pub., [2000]

Physical Description:
403 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
"A complete step-by-step course to perfect your musical skills"--P. [4] of cover.

"Personal training, theory and exercises develop your ability to hear and notate any style of music"-- P. [4] of cover.
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Music is the universal language, and this book teaches readers how to speak it fluently. Designed as a self-training manual as well as a text for the classroom, it is a complete step-by-step course that dramatically improves a reader's musical skills -- through an integrated subconscious process. The only prerequisite is that the student can read music, and within six weeks, the musician can jot down a musical idea anywhere, without using an instrument.

The only book of its kind, Hearing and Writing Music focuses on personal training, theory and exercises to develop any musician's ability to hear and notate any style of music. With the Gorow system, musicians learn how to communicate accurately through musical notation. Contents include:
-- Developing your ear
-- Hearing intervals
-- Hearing phrases
-- Transcription technique
-- Perception to notation
-- Preparation for production with publication.

This is definitive guide and reference book for composers, orchestrators,arrangers and performers, and is designed to improve the musical skills of students and professionals alike.

Author Notes

Author Ron Gorow has been in the music business in Hollywood for over 35 years, working in film, tv, records, live acts and publishing.

Table of Contents

1. The Complete Musician
The Complete Musicianp. 4
The Goalp. 5
The Methodp. 6
Parts of the Processp. 8
Music Terminologyp. 10
Personal Trainingp. 11
2. Developing Your Ear
Perceptionp. 14
Active Listeningp. 16
Tool Kit #1p. 20
Reviewp. 24
3. From Sound to Music
From Sound to Musicp. 26
Music Space and Timep. 27
Tones of Naturep. 32
The Octavep. 41
Why 7?p. 43
Why 12?p. 44
Beyond 12p. 49
Relativityp. 50
Reviewp. 58
4. The Material of Music
The Material of Musicp. 62
Idealized Intervalsp. 63
Vertical Intervalsp. 65
Melodic Intervalsp. 65
Interval Identificationp. 66
Tool Kit #2p. 68
Owning the Intervalsp. 70
Reviewp. 71
5. Hearing Intervals
Hearing Intervalsp. 74
Tips for Learning Intervalsp. 75
Source of the Primary Intervalsp. 76
The Octave: Nature's Foundationp. 77
Fifth and Fourth: Essence of Tonalityp. 78
Thirds: Essence of Modalityp. 85
Seconds: Essence of Melodyp. 88
The Tritonep. 92
Complementary Intervalsp. 94
Extended Intervalsp. 98
The Interval Palettep. 100
Reviewp. 100
6. Hearing Phrases
Hearing Phrasesp. 102
Modules of Musicp. 102
Tetrachord Modesp. 104
Diatonic Modesp. 108
Modality as a Toolp. 112
Tonality as a Toolp. 118
Perception of a Phrasep. 124
Tool Kit #3p. 125
Tonal Organizationp. 129
Nuts and Boltsp. 133
Reviewp. 139
7. Transcribing Music
Transcribing Musicp. 142
Focusing Your Earp. 147
Ear Carep. 149
Work Environmentp. 152
Sketchingp. 153
Choosing Equipmentp. 158
8. Transcription Technique
Transcription Techniquep. 164
Basic Techniquep. 166
Transcribing from Memoryp. 171
Transcribing Recorded Musicp. 188
Technique and Procedurep. 190
Transcribing Improvised Solosp. 198
Transcribing "Live"p. 200
Transcribing Midip. 202
Transcribing from the Creative Imaginationp. 203
9. Perception to Notation
Hearing and Writing: Rhythmp. 207
Linesp. 213
Counterpointp. 218
Chords and Verticalsp. 222
Chord Progressionsp. 248
Lead Sheetsp. 254
Lyricsp. 258
Orchestrationp. 260
Complete Scoresp. 274
10. Communicating with Music Notation
Language of Music Notationp. 287
Standard Music Notationp. 296
Chromatic Notationp. 297
Microtonal Notationp. 301
Editingp. 302
Stylep. 303
What is Good Notation?p. 304
Essentials of Notationp. 306
Notational Practicesp. 311
Writing for Specific Instrumentsp. 328
Computer Generated Notationp. 334
Beyond Standard Notationp. 338
11. Preparation for Performance and Publishing
Preparation for Performance and Publishingp. 340
Music Prepp. 342
Contemporary Music Notationp. 344
Standard Music Formatsp. 345
Printing Musicp. 353
Copyright Law and Youp. 354
12. Reference and Resources
Study Plansp. 366
Answers to Review Questionsp. 368
Solutions to Notation Problemsp. 374
Professional Music Jobsp. 380
Professional Music Organizationsp. 381
Books and Suppliesp. 382
Transcribing Musicp. 384
Compositionp. 386
Your First Film Scorep. 388
Tonal Rowsp. 390
Microtonal Music, Alternate Tuningp. 392
A World of Instrumentsp. 393
Bridging the Past to the Futurep. 394
How to Contact the Authorp. 395
Indexp. 397