Harmony: For Beginners by Forslund Music

Title: Harmony

Author: Forslund Music

Date of Publication: 5 February 2019

Publisher: Forslund Music

Rating: 5/5

Quick and easy to read, Harmony is a brilliant book in ways more than one. It gives an overview about the presence of harmony since the Renaissance times to the present. Harmony as we know it today is much different.

The book is highly informative about a new topic that is seldom dealt with. The book highlights these topics with ease. It has easy to understand illustrations of the chords that can be simply understood by the readers.

It gives a detailed instruction about the different chords to be used and played with. Along with this is the key rules in a four part harmony and different cadences. The book finally provides important reasons as to why one should learn harmony. It is fast paced, simple and a great read for beginners.

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Ear Training for Beginners by Forslund Music

Title: Ear Training for Beginners

Author: Forslund Music

Date of Publication: 31 January 2019

Publisher: Forslund Music

Rating: 5/5

Divided into seven chapters, ear training is something that all musicians should do regularly to improve their musicality and understanding of music theory.

The book is highly informative about a topic that is little known to people outside of the music circle. It is moderately paced and easy to understand.

It begins with explaining the benefits of training the ear and goes on to show the up side of musical training that affects human coordination between the ear and the hand.

What the book lacks in illustrations, it fills up with conciseness and informative after thoughts. However, it does have images of the musical notes in different places as required. The sections on ear training exercises are a particular favourite that should not be missed.

Symbols by Vicki B Larock

Title: Symbols

Author: Vicki B Larock

Date of Publication: 24 January 2019

Name of Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Rating: 5/5

With a beautifully design cover that fascinates more than raises inquisitiveness, Symbols is a highly engaging and interesting book that comes in a mere 4 chapters.

As exhilarating as the book cover is, the topic is equally entertaining and so is the book. Symbolism is as old as time and it is a mysterious realm that has always entailed more questions than answers in the human mind. With the passing of time more symbols have developed. In comparison to signs, symbols have more powerful connotations. They hide within themselves a lot of meanings that cannot be deciphered unless one is well acquainted with them.

Symbols denotes the presence of symbolism in the human race since the ancient times through mythology. While semiotics or the study of signs was developed by Saussure, the study of symbolism has an absorbing and fascinating past that Symbols covers. It deals with each development step by step. Another plus point is that the book comes with beautiful color illustrations depicting all the symbols after their descriptions. These illustrations help to explain the topics better.

Paganism by Larry L Jackson

Title: Paganism

Author: Larry J Jackson

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Date of Publication: 15 January 2019

Rating: 5/5

Crisp and crystal clear, Paganism seeks to define and explain what paganism is and what its roots are. It is full of new information that is both enticing and educative.

The book further busts several myths about the misunderstood concepts of paganism, the similarities it may hold to other world religious and ofcourse the places of difference.

The Pre historic pagan belief is one such topic that finds important place in the book at the very beginning. It deals with Ancient Greek paganism, Zeus, Hades, Poseidon and Hermes, The Roman Gods, Egyptian Gods and Norse mythology.

Paganism stands at the root of every modern belief. Hence, it is what influences and affects all beliefs. We need to understand this concept well in order to understand paganism better. Short and sweet, ,this guide is a one stop destination to quickly clear all doubts regarding paganism.

Music Theory For Beginners by Forslund Music

Title: Music Theory for Beginners

Author: Forslund Music

Publisher: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited

Date of Publication: 11 January 2019

Rating: 5/5

Most of us can feel a tingling in our body when we hear music that enthralls us and soothes us. However, not too many of us understand what makes up this music. Yes, it is the theoretical aspects of music that Music Theory for Beginners deals with.

In 11 crisp chapters, the book details technicalities that will help readers understand music better. It is a brilliant book if one chooses to compose original music. The book is written in the form of short chapters that serve as guidelines for the basics. These guidelines are presented in a well organised manner.

All of the chapters are equally interesting and provide valuable information. They can be read in a chronological manner of in a haphazard way but they all provide vital points that need to be kept in mind while trying to get a grip of music theory. Though theoretical, its not a boring book. Some important and interesting chapters include Clefs and their musical purpose and minor and major scales. These notes are also represented on scales pictorially that allow for ease of understanding and representation.

How to Compose Music for Beginners by Forslund Music

Title: How to Compose Music for Beginners

Author: Forslund Music

Publisher: Forslund Music UÜ; 1 edition 

Date of Publication: 11 January 2019

Rating: 5/5

Signing up for Forslund Music can help you receive the top seven tools for a modern composer. If that is not incentive enough then there’s more to this book than meets the eye. With a simple yet sophisticated cover page, the book is divided into 16 chapters that encompass the various ends of what is necessary to compose good music.

To unleash the tidal waves of creativity inside of you, the book provides 16 chapters of easy steps that can be followed to create new music. The book defines melody and what it comprises of. With the help of bullet points at the ends of chapters, the book enlists main questions that may arise in the mind of the reader that are answered further in the successive chapters.

The book is full of interesting and new information such as finding the golden ratio, trying retrograde, inversion, diminution and augmentation. It is very helpful to find the various aspects of music composition all under one roof in a single short yet crisp book.

The note compositions have been drawn as and when required and it forms for a useful depiction along with the short write ups.

Benice by Metin Karayaka

Illustrated beautifully by Rohan Eason, Benice is an enticing and gripping story on board a tiny boat. The great thing about this book is its illustrations are done equally well with the narrative plot. For the most part the novel has a lot of impressionistic aspects to it.

Ben Ice, a reclusive old gossiped-about fisherman with one hook for a hand, a peg-leg for a leg, a patch for one eye, and a parrot perched on his shoulder is a character who bodes well for Metin Karayaka’s great story, Benice. I’m sure one can speculate on Mr. Ice’s true profession, even without the grand illustrations provided by Mr. Eason. The young boy, Levend, who retells his tale later on in life, comes to the longed-for revelation appetizingly late in his telling. One has come to suspect by then that Ben Ice is but an allegory.

All in all it is a wonderful read worth giving the time. Adventurous and full of love and friendship.