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Recommended Reads: Essential Must-Read Books on Music Production

A selection of recommended reading to further educate and inspire.

The below are my personal recommendations for those just starting out.  For many other popular books on music, from production guides to biographies, visit The New Beatmaker Amazon store here.   

'The BeatTips Manual' by Amir Sa'id: The much - loved beat making Bible.

The BeatTips Manual has long been regarded as the beat making Bible by many in the hip hop and beat making community.  Written by accomplished beat maker, MC and beattips.com founder Amir Sa'id, the 400 page book covers five categories in great detail: history, instruction, music theory, business and interviews with hip hop legends including DJ Premier, DJ Toomp, Buckwild, 9th Wonder and Marly Marl.
    'The BeatTips Manual earns its stripes as a legitimate textbook, accessible to students at college and students of the game alike.'
    - hiphopisread.com
    Now available as digital download, The BeatTips Manual is set to further solidify its position as the go - to book on beat making, both as an instructional resource and as a cultural document for the beat making rookie and veteran producer alike.  Buy here.


    'Home Recording for Beginners' by Geoffrey Francis: A great introduction to both music recording and working within REAPER

    An absolute must for those new to beat making and recording music at home.  Geoffrey Francis takes you through everything you could possibly need to know when starting out: from the basics of how a computer and a sound card work, all the way through to rendering a completed track and beyond.  Comprehensive, well written and easy to understand.  A classic.  Buy here.  



     

    'The #1 Rule of Home Recording' by Graham Cochrane: Words of wisdom that will save you money and heartache.  All you need is an email address.

    Graham Cochrane is the man behind the very popular The Recording Revolution website.  In this 16 page eBook he gives some very valuable advice to the new beat maker / musician.  Namely, how much to spend and how to work.  This book will only take an hour or two to read, but it could save you a fortune.  Register your email address at his site to get the free eBook. Free download
     

    'Music Theory Made Easy' by David Harp: An enjoyable entry into music theory
     

    Another hughly popular book, covering everything from how sound is made, to the Chromatic scale, on to how to play some of the most popular chord structures in pop, country, blues and rock music.  David Harp's knowledge and love of music make this book the perfect introduction to music theory.  The book is suitable for both adults and children, so buy one for yourself and one for your little brother or sister.
       Buy here.

    'The Art of Drum Layering' by Eddie Bazil: Are your drums a dissapointment? Learn how to make bigger, better beats.  

    Really two books in one: the first for the absolute beginner, the second for the more advanced, '...Drum Layering' explains what could be otherwise confusing subject matter through clear English and plenty of helpful images and wav files of 'before and after' treatments to drum hits.  Use drums in your music? Then use 'The Art of Drum Layering' too.   Buy here

    For many other popular books on music, visit The New Beatmaker Amazon store here.  


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