I am new to this forum, and new to the whole forum thing altogether really I have never been a member of one before, I joined to ask a question on some opera's I found but I think I might stick around because I feel I could learn alot here.
Basically, I love music hehe We all do, that's why we're here.
Ever since I was very little, music has been my main interest in life. I love many many different styles of music. I love dance music, ambient, chillout, pop, hip-hop, rnb, classical, egyptian, turkish, indian, punjabi, rock... I could go on forever
I began taking an interest in music at a very young age. I began singing and discovered my voice at about the age of 4 or 5. When I was 8, I met a friend who took piano lessons and when I would go to his house he would practise and I would be able to learn the songs he was playing by ear. I would also learn to play other songs I knew just by listening.
So at the age of 8, I got myself a keyboard and started taking lessons with his music teacher. I started at pop up keyboard course and in a very very short time, I overtook my friend (who had been playing since he was 5 and was still learning from pop up keyboard course) and was learning from an associated board grade 5 music book. However, I did not complete any exams, my teacher only kept skipping me ahead grades because I would complete the first one so fast and it was too easy for me. But I personally feel this was a mistake as I was only good at learning to PLAY the music. Because I would learn the notes and remember how the song sounded and I would learn pretty much just by memory.
Which meant I skipped ALOT of the thoery, I would look at all the notes and all the sguiggly lines and half moons and it would be mostly gobledeegook to me! lol
And now, I can remember next to none of it. So I didnt really learn much at all, other than I was very good at learning how to play music by ear and memory.
Eventually, I quit taking the lessons as I found the theory very boring and also it was ruining the friendship with my friend as being children as we were he became very jealous of me.
So, now, I make my own music. Just by ear, and occasionally I teach myself how to play songs by other artists by ear. I have no idea about the 'correct' way to make a song, the keys I should use, how to structure songs. I just make them. And I have to say they are quite good. But I feel that, if I am to progress, I should start taking it more seriously and I should learn the theory. I want to be the best that I can be.
I would like to become a successful music artist, I sing too, and I would love to someday be able to release my own music. But I am thinking, nobody is going to take me seriously if I do not actually have any 'real' musical experience or knowledge.
I can remember the notes on a piano, and I remember what a C major key is. And that is really about it. lol.
So basically, my question is, what kind of book should I start with? I want to start at the bottom as I want to make sure I learn EVERYTHING I need to know without missing anything out. But I don't want it to be too simple straight away as I feel that if I buy a book that is too basic it may be just teaching me what I already know and I will have wasted my money (which I haven't got much of at the moment lol) But at the same time I dont want to miss ANYTHING out.
I am not going to start piano lessons, I want to teach myself, but I am wondering what the best book would be to teach me everything. I am also very interested if there is any information out there on composing. Is there a book I can get that would teach me the basics of composition?
So if anybody could recommend a really good book I would be really appreciative
Hope to learn alot here