Understanding music theory and structure is essential for a dance musician’s success in producing original music; in this book, Snoman breaks down and covers musical construction from a dance musician’s perspective showing how the technology comes together to produce a commercial track.

The first section offers a "lite" introduction to music theory; anyone serious about getting their tracks to the next level has to master a bit of theory! Section 2 is a unique tutorial, walking readers through the production of a typical club track. The track built throughout the second part of the book is already set for commercial release; readers are learning the "how" from a successful publicly released track.

For readers of the Dance Music Manual, Vol. 1, Volume 2 is a must have additional buy. Volume 2 complements and builds on Volume 1, which covers the recording and genres of dance music. Together, they form the ultimate Dance Music Manual!

Key Features

* Teaches music theory and how it's specifically applicable to dance and club music
* Shows how dance music construction and production come together through successful released commercially available club tracks
* The Dance Music Manual, Vol. 1 sold a total of 9,000 units in the first edition and to date the 2e 4,000 units (published Nov 2008)


Amateur and aspiring dance music producers, DJs/remixers, recording engineers, musicians and composers who want to create original tracks. Students on Music Technology and Dance Music Production courses

Table of Contents

Part 1: Music Theory
Chapter 1: Introduction to Music Theory
Chapter 2: The Keyboard
Chapter 3: Building Scales
Chapter 4: Identifying Keys
Chapter 5: Notation Part 1: Rhythm
Chapter 6: Notation Part 2: Transcribing
Chapter 7: Melodies, motifs and leads
Chapter 8: Creating Tension and Release
Chapter 9: Chord Progressions

Part 2: Music in Practice – Building a dance track
Chapter 10: Production Techniques 1: Building the Rhythms
Chapter 11: Production Techniques 2: Building the Basslines
Chapter 12: Production Techniques 3: Building the Lead Lines
Chapter 13: Production Techniques 4: Harmonies
Chapter 14: Production Techniques 5: Sound Effects
Chapter 14: Production Techniques 6: The Arrangement
Chapter 15: Production Techniques 7: Drum n Bass
Chapter 16: Production Techniques 8: Trance
Chapter 17: Production Techniques 9: Techno
Chapter 18: Production Techniques 10: Remixing
Chapter 19: Production Techniques 11: Working in Vocals
Chapter 20: Production Techniques 12: Mixing


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About the author

Rick Snoman

Rick Snoman has been actively involved in the dance music scene since the late eighties and has produced and released numerous white labels and remixed over thirty professional artists solely for the dance floor. He has held seminars across the UK on remixing and producing club-based dance music and written numerous articles and reviews for leading music technology magazines and websites.