Interesting explanation of many musical concepts. Music was a "magical talent" to me until I listened to this book.
First I didn't get the humor, but quickly got used to the British humor and started enjoying the book.
I thought the narrator was annoying and that, unfortunately, didn't change much till the end of the book.
the material is excellent
Wrong narrator. Pauses too often without a need. The most unnecessary pauses are often between "the" and what comes after it. Why do you need to say "the pitch"???
absolutely not. couldn't even get past the first 20 minutes, tried skipping ahead, no better. speaker was very amateurish, like he was speaking to a 6 year old. substance of book much, much more simple than it needed to be.
no, only that I could return it
I have only been through the audible version
The explanation of connection between the various frequences
Everything was ok, very clear reading
It was lively and as an amateur musician, I found it to be very informative.
Explains many musical ideas in sound and theory.
A great primer for keen amateurs interested in expanding their knowledge about music.
I will listen again to refresh my understanding many more times.. its so easily followed.
Easy Mellow Clear
Music for dummies
I would recommend this book to someone who really wants to gain as much information about music and sounds as they can or if you are just learning to play or read music. Some of the technical info I could do without
Never have. But I do like his style
No because there are some chapters worth listing to a couple of times
This is a good book for a person who is really into every aspect of music, reading playing, composing, listening, and the technical aspect of sound. Warning you will not learn everything but you pick up enough to make it worth the listen.
Even if the author makes a good effort for giving the listener complete explanations, he misses the opportunity of using music to make his point. Sentences fall short to explain musical concepts and being an audiobook he could have made a great product if he had put more "beautiful sounds" and music in it to help the reader train his ear and develop a musical imagination.
Since it's "Audible", the presentation would have been much more meaningful with musical demonstrations for more than a very few of the concepts, not just oral descriptions.
The guitar or flute (during their occassional appearances).
It helped pass time at the treadmill.
Top 5%. The way it explains the theory is exceptionally understandable.
The way the author incorporates music pieces into the audio book
The chapter for how to bring out emotion.
J. Jason Gale
This is one of those books that you're glad you listened to even if you are well versed in the subject matter already. It covers things like where we get the notes in the modern scale, how speakers work and most stuff in between.
It's not always easy to stick with it; it gets a little dry in spots.
The biggest complaint I have is there's not enough musical examples. He mentions music by Beethoven, Pink Floyd and many others, but doesn't play the passage. Of course he can't due to copyright laws.
I surround myself with music constantly and often I recall John's references so it's well worth the listening.