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How Music Works

The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, From Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond
Powell, John (Book Plus CD - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
How Music Works


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John Powell, a scientist and musician, answers questions about harmony, timbre, keys, chords, loudness, musical composition, and many more in this intriguing and original guide to acoustics.
Authors: Powell, John, 1955-
Title: How music works
the science and psychology of beautiful sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and beyond
Publisher: New York, NY :, Little, Brown,, 2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Characteristics: vi, 264 p. :,ill., music ;,22 cm. +,1 sound disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
Statement of Responsibility: John Powell
Contents: So, what is music, anyway?
What is perfect pitch and do I have it?
Notes and noises
Xylophones and saxophones : same notes but different sounds
Instrumental break
How loud is loud?
Harmony and cacophony
Weighing up scales
The self-confident major and the emotional minor
I got rhythm
Making music
Listening to music
Fiddly details. Naming and identifying intervals ; Using the Decibel system ; Tuning an instrument to the pentatonic scale ; Calculating equal temperament ; The notes of the major keys
Acconpanying CD: How to get different sounds from a guitar string
Can you guess what this instrument is?
Why some notes clash and others get along together
Different ways to accompany a tune
Ancient and modern scales
3,000-year-old music : ancient harp tuning
The horrible out-of-tune bamboo whistle
Confident majors and emotional minors
How to bring tears to the eyes of the audience
The magnificent drinking-straw oboe
Summary: John Powell, a scientist and musician, answers questions about harmony, timbre, keys, chords, loudness, musical composition, and many more in this intriguing and original guide to acoustics.
ISBN: 9780316098311
9780316098304
0316098302
Branch Call Number: 781 P8845h 2010
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  • lmcshane rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

We're all musicians- great book gift. Hint, hint :)

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