Whether you're already well on the way or just starting out as a DJ, gigging musician, electronic music producer or bedroom composer, you may know how to create great tracks using your software, but perhaps not the fundamentals of music theory. These basics apply to all music, whatever form or style, and having an understanding of them will help you take your music to higher levels, and make it easier to work with others. This accessible new guide equips you with the basics in a clear, easy-to-understand way, covering everything from the notes and notation, scales, rhythm and tempo, intervals, meter and chords.
Rusty Cutchin is a musician, recording engineer, producer and journalist. As a journalist he has been technical editor of Guitar One, associate editor of Electronic Musician and editor-in-chief of Home Recording Magazine. As a recording engineer he has worked on records by artists including Mariah Carey, Richie Sambora and Yoko Ono. He has been a consulting editor and contributor to several Flame Tree books. Ronan Macdonald has worked as a technical music journalist since 1989. He has written features and reviews as a freelance contributor to a plethora of magazines, including Future Music, The Mix, Hip-Hop Connection and Guitarist. He has also occupied the editor's chair on Rhythm, the UK's leading drummer magazine, and currently edits Computer Music, the world's only dedicated music software magazine.