In The Language of Music , Tom Brooks demystifies and explains the basic building blocks of music in a simple, clear, straightforward way, presenting knowledge that is essential for the complete development of every worship musician. Brooks offers a practical, real-world approach to all the fundamental music concepts: music theory, harmony, chord construction, scales, key signatures, chord relationships, transposition, modulation, chart reading, and basic arranging, along with tips on how to practice more efficiently and rehearse more effectively, and much more. The focus is on contemporary praise and worship; music that is inspiring the church in the 21st century. The book contains the same information musicians would receive in a traditional college-level theory course, but expressed in today’s practical, relevant musical language. The included DVD-ROM features videos of the author guiding the reader step by step through each chapter of the book.
“Wow! I am loving The Language of Music. It is the guide to music theory that every modern musician, singer, songwriter, and band director needs. Saddleback will incorporate this practical, relevant book into the heart of our ongoing training for every worshipping musician. I have been enjoying reading through it and gaining a fresh new outlook on everything I learned in college, “ praises Rick Muchow, Pastor of Worship, Saddleback Church.
And Don Moen, Integrity Music producer/songwriter and worship leader, says: “Tom Brooks has delivered a masterpiece in The Language of Music. There is great information and insight for the beginning musician as well as the most advanced arranger/music director. Tom takes the mystery out of theory and harmony and brings these potentially complex concepts to a level that can be embraced by all. The Language of Music is a must-have for anyone who is serious about making great music!”
About the author
Tom Brooks is probably best known for his work as producer, arranger, engineer, and keyboardist on the award-winning Hosanna Music Praise & Worship series from Integrity Music. He has produced over 100 well-loved Christian albums – several receiving gold and platinum status as well as Grammy and Dove Awards – and has worked with many of the most popular artists in Christian music. Brooks, who holds a doctorate in sacred music and religious fine arts, teaches and trains musicians worldwide and tours extensively. he is the founder of Worship Alliance and creative director of New Earth Studios and serves on the worship team at Saddleback Church. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Cheri, and their five children.
The Language of Music is available from Music Dispatch