Idea Store - Performing Arts - Learning Resources

Performing Arts - Learning Resources

Are you learning to play the guitar or want to brush up on music theory or compose digital music? Did you know that as an Idea Store member you can download the following eBook titles free?


Visit the Idea Store eLibrary to download eBooks straight to your PC or mobile device.

Blues Guitar For Dummies

Do you wish you could play your favourite blues music on guitar? Even if you don't read music, it's not difficult with Blues Guitar For Dummies. With this hands-on guide, you'll pick up the fundamentals instantly and start jamming like your favourite blues artists! 

Blues Guitar For Dummies covers all aspects of blues guitar, showing you how to play scales, chords, progressions, riffs, solos, and more! It's packed with musical examples, chords charts, and photos that let you explore the genre and play the songs of the great blues musicians.

Guitar For Dummies

Guitar For Dummies gives you everything a beginning or intermediate guitarist needs: from buying a guitar to tuning it, playing it, and caring for it, this book has it all--and you don't even need to know how to read music. Full of photo-illustrated exercises and songs you can play to practice the techniques discussed in each section, this step-by-step guitar guide will take you through the basics and beyond before you can say "Eric Clapton".

Fully revised and updated, Guitar For Dummies is the perfect introductory guide for any novice acoustic or electric guitar player.

Composing Digital Music For Dummies

Composing Digital Music For Dummies shows you everything you need to know to compose great tunes using the hottest digital tools. 

This friendly plain-English guide explains all of the digital music basics, including how to work with the latest hardware and software.You will also find out how to add instruments to your score, set tempos and keys, create chord symbols and show fretboards, add lyrics to your tune, and much more. 

Discover how to: write and arrange digital music, create your own ringtones and mp3s, compose with a MIDI controller, or a mouse and publish your creations on the Internet.

Music Theory For Dummies

Music Theory For Dummies shows you the fun and easy way to understanding the concepts needed to compose, deconstruct, and comprehend music. 

This friendly guide explores all the concepts of music theory and this hands-on resource will prove to you that music theory is as enjoyable as it is useful. Don't get discouraged by the seemingly complicated written structure. With Music Theory for Dummies, understanding music has never been easier!

Home Recording For Musicians For Dummies

From PC-based to studio-in-a-box, today's equipment lets you put together a professional quality CD right at home, if you know how to use it. This guide covers everything from microphone placement to multitracking and mastering, helping you choose the right tools and use them like a pro.

Discover how to direct signal flow to maximize your sound, apply the best microphone techniques and use compressors and limiters properly.

The DIY Music Manual: How to Record, Promote and Distribute Your Music Without a Record Deal

How do I get my music played on the radio? Do I really need my own website - can't I just use MySpace? How do I copyright and license my songs? The DIY Music Manual has the answers to these questions and more. Over the last couple of years, the face of independent music has changed completely. With the rise of websites such as MySpace and iTunes, digital radio stations, podcasts, band websites and online music stores, it has made music much easier to make, promote and distribute outside traditional channels. Whereas before it was a case of sending your band's demo tape to a record label and hoping for the best, now it's possible to cut out the middle man and make a success of your band without being signed. Clearly, concisely and with a dash of wit, The DIY Music Manual tells you exactly how to do that.