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Hi, can any of you guys out there recommend a book on general composing/arranging music and a book on arranging vocal harmonies?

Thanks very much...
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Seth - I must say I have not found any books that I would recommend. What style of music are you looking at arranging/composing? To be honest a lot of the old rules on harmony are worth knowing and it might be worth finding a cheap book on harmony which gives you the basic rules. I picked one up years ago at a second hand store. Also study existing vocal arrangments. I did find one quite interesting book based on jazz composition(I can look it up if you are interested) but I really feel there is nothing like a teacher to guide you.

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sometimes the best way to learn about arranging is from looking over scores.

the best way to learn about scoring/composing is listening to many different styles of music and reading the actual scores.

if you play piano you will have a much better chance of understanding as well.
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Seth, Being one of those people who was lucky enough to have been given the 'gift' of music, I worked many years as a pro. pianist before turning (some would say 'why'?) - to children's entertainment. As far as I am aware there is no all-embracing book that springs to mind. However, I'd either visit the biggest sheet music retailer you can find, or search on line. Also I'm going to take a guess in the dark and say you have a nice electronic keyboard (yes?). Check if this will connect to your PC and interact with a music writing programme (ask your PC store about these). When I was in the business, writing music meant hours of scribbling into large blue manuscript books! Above and beyond this I cannot advise more as I don't know where you are at with musical knowledge. Can you read music? Do you play an instrument? (the latter is not essential to writing by the way). If you cannot read music it may be possible in your area to have purely theoretical tuition - although not as much fun as playing as well!! Good luck, - I wish I could get these millions of kids off Playstation Games (including my own) and into piano lessons like the old days. But everyone wants 'instant gratification' these days in place of hard work and time!!

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