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    How Music Works: A Listener's Guide to Harmony, Keys, Broken Chords, Perfect Pitch and the Secrets of a Good Tune (Paperback) By (author) John Powell

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    DescriptionHave you ever listened to an incredible piece of music and wondered exactly why it makes you want to dance or cry? Are you mystified by how musicians just 'know' what notes to play next when they're improvising? Or why certain notes sound great together and others clash? Discover the answers in this ear-opening tour of how music works. John Powell, a classically-trained composer and a physics professor, decided to write this entertaining, pain-free guide to the ingredients of music when he discovered that all the other books on the subject gave him a headache. Here he reveals the often little-known facts and fascinating science behind what we listen to, explaining the basics of harmony, scales, chords, keys and rhythm in a way that's easy for everyone to understand. He also shows us why a note has a different sound to a normal noise, why Chinese people are more likely to have perfect pitch, and even why Beethoven and Led Zeppelin are musically similar. This book reveals things that people who play music should know but often don't, and will help all of us - even if we can't read a note - increase our listening pleasure.


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    Title
    How Music Works
    Subtitle
    A Listener's Guide to Harmony, Keys, Broken Chords, Perfect Pitch and the Secrets of a Good Tune
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Powell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 285 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781846143151
    ISBN 10: 1846143152
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.7
    BIC E4L: MUS
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15920
    BIC subject category V2: AVA
    BISAC V2.8: MUS041000
    DC22: 781.2
    Thema V1.0: AVA
    Illustrations note
    B&W integrated
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Particular Books
    Publication date
    26 August 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    John Powell holds a PhD in Physics from Imperial College, London and a Masters' Degree in Music Composition from Sheffield University. He divides his time between scientific research, running a laser firm and composing music, and is a Visiting Professor of Materials Science (specialising in laser research) at The University of Nottingham (UK) and The University of Lulea (Sweden).
    Review quote
    Thoroughly accessible, and occasionally revelatory ... It's hard to imagine how Powell could have done a better job Spectator