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Latin Grammy Nominee and Steinway Artist, writes a second Music Theory Book, based on his new and revolutionary harmonic approach.
Latin Grammy Nominee and Steinway Artist, writes a second Music Theory Book, based on his new and revolutionary harmonic approach.
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A NEW BOOK, A NEW TOOL, A NEW METHOD…

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for music students, teachers, performers, instrumentalists and composers... 

TO UNDERSTAND HARMONY FROM A DIFFERENT & GROUND BREAKING POINT OF VIEW.  

A new approach that explains and studies the Harmonic System in an innovative way,  THROUGH A NEW VISIONARY HARMONIC CLASSIFICATION.  

by Gustavo Casenave Latin Grammy Nominee for "Best Contemporary Classical Composition" and Steinway Artist.

"The Harmonic Structure Levels" First Edition, an introduction to the concept
"The Harmonic Structure Levels" First Edition, an introduction to the concept
Gustavo Casenave and his wife, Artist Vicky Barranguet, at the Latin Grammy Awards
Gustavo Casenave and his wife, Artist Vicky Barranguet, at the Latin Grammy Awards

Hi everyone! I am reaching out to the Kickstarter Community to find support for writing and publishing my new music book: "The Harmonic Structure Levels" SECOND EDITION.

After 30 years of music studying, teaching and researching, it was in 2008, that I suddenly realized that it existed a new approach towards harmonic understanding and analysis, which I had never heard about.   I was very surprised at the straightforwardness of this new classification concept, that embraces and clarifies every harmonic possibility within the Western Civilization's equal tempered system, and provides a great and easy tool for every musician, any music style, music student, teacher, instrumentalist or composer.

Since 2008 until now, I have been elaborating my theory and concept,  which I call "The Harmonic Structure Levels".   With the feeling that this concept might have been identified by someone else in the past, due to its simplicity, since that year I have been doing extensive research in libraries, internet and books.   To my surprise, I couldn't find it anywhere.  Therefore, I believe I arrived to a new harmonic classification that nobody developed before.   The only person that came closer to this concept, but didn't approach it under the type of classification my theory is based on, was the great composer and respected mathematician, Joseph Schillinger. 

Earlier this year, I published the book "The Harmonic Structure Levels" FIRST EDITION, solely as an INTRODUCTION to my concept.  This book is available worldwide through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  It is a short book that only displays the basic idea, with few examples, and serves as a document to establish the classification.

My goal is to work on the SECOND EDITION, a larger and more comprehensive book, with more specific tools and examples that will illustrate better how to apply this new method to compositions, performances and classroom explanations.

Performing with YoYo Ma
Performing with YoYo Ma

There are many costs involved in writing and publishing the book:
 
Once I’ve written my book, a developmental editor is important. The editor will evaluate and critique my manuscript, suggest and provide revisions, and shape it into a smooth, workable piece, before it goes to the marketplace. He’ll look at the big picture and make sure everything flows and is consistent. These type of editors are necessary, but expensive at the same time. For a 300 page book (approximately the amount of pages from my book), there is a wide range of prices, depending on the editor’s experience: from $2500 to $18,000!

Once my manuscript is in good shape, the next thing I need to do is hire another editor called a copy editor or line editor to go through and catch spelling mistakes and adjust for grammar, punctuation and consistency. The cost for these editors ranges from $800 to $7000 in large works.

Then I will need a graphic designer for the book cover, inside layout, book preparation for printing, dealing with the printing company and submitting the final product optimized for print, digital, thumbnail sizes, e-readers and mobile devices. Once again, depending on the designer experience, the range is between $300 to $4500 depending on the book

An ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is  a unique number  that you purchase, and it is required if you are printing and publishing a book. It is the official product number of your book. The Cost is: $125.

The cost of printing will depend on the distribution deal I get, and the amount of copies, including books that I will need for sending to thank and reward my backers.  Plus, promotional copies to expand the idea to music education institutions.  Cost would be from $1000 and up.

For pre-publication reviews,  there are several options and packages for self-published authors from sites like Kirkus, Blue Ink, or Publishers Weekly. Cost ranges from $150 to $ 425.

Cost for Marketing & PR.  This is probably the toughest part after I’ve written my book.  It is essential, since I want to achieve a global reach. Costs vary greatly, they can go from $100 on the low end (for example, a student or intern helping with marketing), to $5000 and up on the high end (professional).

THE JOY AND EXCITEMENT OF FINDING A NEW MUSIC CONCEPT

Being a professional active musician and composer, having given Master Classes at the very top music institutions: The Juilliard School, Yale University, Harvard University, NYU, Columbia University, Oberlin Conservatory and Eastman School of Music, just to name a few… I never thought about the possibility of writing a music theory book.   I always thought to myself:   "everything has been said, written and studied... What am I going to write?"  I was wrong.   I truly believe, that I have found something not seen before, and this is why I decided to write this book, BECAUSE I NEED TO SHARE WHAT I HAVE FOUND.
This book easily explains, recurring harmonic doubts, that many musicians at all levels have.

Recording my composition "La Confianza" with Grammy Award winner, Jazz Legend  Eddie Gomez
Recording my composition "La Confianza" with Grammy Award winner, Jazz Legend Eddie Gomez

I want to THANK YOU  in advance for your support  and I expect to start working as soon as possible.

Thanks again!

Gustavo

Please visit my photo gallery and videos from different projects throughout my career...

Casenave trio, featuring Grammy Award winners Mark Egan and Manolo Badrena
Casenave trio, featuring Grammy Award winners Mark Egan and Manolo Badrena
Performing at the Blue Note NYC
Performing at the Blue Note NYC
Recording with Grammy Award Winner Eddie Gomez
Recording with Grammy Award Winner Eddie Gomez
Casenave's Master Class presentation at The Juilliard School (2014)
Casenave's Master Class presentation at The Juilliard School (2014)
Casenave & Barranguet's "Painting Tango" show, live at Skirball Center NYU
Casenave & Barranguet's "Painting Tango" show, live at Skirball Center NYU
Casenave performing at Walt Disney Conert Hall in Los Angeles with Tango Fire
Casenave performing at Walt Disney Conert Hall in Los Angeles with Tango Fire
Casenave Steinway Artist / Steinway & Sons website
Casenave Steinway Artist / Steinway & Sons website
Performing at Lincoln Center NYC with Eternal Tango Orchestra
Performing at Lincoln Center NYC with Eternal Tango Orchestra
Performing with Grammy Award Winner Jane Ira Bloom At Philoctetes Center NYC
Performing with Grammy Award Winner Jane Ira Bloom At Philoctetes Center NYC
Directing Tango Lovers Show at Sodre, Uruguay
Directing Tango Lovers Show at Sodre, Uruguay
Casenave performing with Grammy Award Winner John Benitez (1998)
Casenave performing with Grammy Award Winner John Benitez (1998)

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UN LIBRO NUEVO, UNA NUEVA HERRAMIENTA, UN MÉTODO NUEVO…

Para estudiantes de música, profesores, interpretes y compositores…. para entender LA ARMONÍA DESDE UN PUNTO DE VISTA NUEVO E INÉDITO.

Un nuevo enfoque que explica y estudia el Sistema Armónico de una manera innovadora, A TRAVÉS DE UNA NUEVA CLASIFICACIÓN ARMÓNICA VISIONARIA.

Escrito por Gustavo Casenave Nominado al Latin Grammy para “Mejor Composición Clásica Contemporanea” y Artista Steinway.

Hola a todos! Me dirijo a la comunidad de Kickstarter, buscando apoyo para escribir y publicar mi nuevo libro: “Los Niveles de la Estructura Armónica” SEGUNDA EDICIÓN.

Después de 30 años de estudios musicales, enseñanza e investigación, en el 2008 me di cuenta de la existencia de un nuevo enfoque hacia el análisis y entendimiento de la armonía musical, del cual nunca había escuchado. Me sorprendió mucho la simpleza de este nuevo concepto de clasificación, que abarca y clarifica todas las posibilidades armónicas dentro del sistema justo de afinación de la Civilización Occidental, provee una gran herramienta sumamente fácil de usar para cualquier músico, para cualquier estilo, estudiante de música, profesor, intérprete o compositor.

Desde el 2008 hasta ahora, estuve desarrollando mi teoría y concepto: “Los Niveles de la Estructura Armónica”. Con la duda de que este concepto haya sido identificado por alguien en el pasado debido a su simpleza, realicé desde ese año hasta ahora, una investigación extensa en bibliotecas, internet y libros. Para mi sorpresa, no lo encontré en ningún lado. De esta manera, creo que llegué a un nuevo concepto armónico que nadie desarrolló hasta ahora. La única persona que llegó a algo parecido, pero no lo enfocó dentro de la clasificación en la cuál mi teoría se basa, fue el gran compositor y matemático Joseph Schillinger.

 A principios de este año publiqué el libro: “Los Niveles de Estructura Armónica” PRIMERA EDICIÓN, solamente como una INTRODUCCIÓN a mi concepto. Este libro está a la venta en todo el mundo a través de Amazon & Barnes and Noble. Es un libro corto que sólo expone la idea básica, con pocos ejemplos, y sirve como un documento para establecer la clasificación. 

Mi propósito es trabajar en la SEGUNDA EDICIÓN, un libro más extenso y amplio, con herramientas más concretas y ejemplos que demuestren como usar este nuevo método en composiciones, interpretaciones, y explicaciones en el salón de clase.

 Hay muchos costos implicados en escribir este libro: 

Una vez que termine de escribirlo, un editor de desarrollo es importante. El editor evaluará y criticará mi manuscrito, sugerirá y ofrecerá revisiones, y lo transformará en un texto accessible y fácil de trabajar, antes de que salga al mercado. Con una perspectiva general, se asegurará que el contenido sea fluido y consistente. Estos tipos de editores son necesarios, pero caros al mismo tiempo. Para un libro de 300 páginas (aproximadamente el número de páginas de mi libro), hay un rango amplio de precios, dependiendo en la experiencia del editor: de $2500 a $18000! (dólares) 

Una vez que mi manuscrito esté en forma, lo próximo que necesito hacer es contratar un editor de copia, para revisar errores, ajustar la gramática, puntuación y consistencia. El costo de estos editores va de $800 a $7000 en trabajos grandes.

 Después de ésto, voy a necesitar un diseñador gráfico para la tapa del libro, el diseño interior, preparación del libro para impresión, trato con la imprenta, y entrega del producto final, optimizado para imprenta, digital, diferentes tamaños, e-readers y aparatos móbiles. Una vez más, dependiendo de la experiencia, el rango es entre $300 a $4500 dependiendo del libro.

 Un ISBN (International Standard Book Number) es un número que se compra, y se necesita para imprimir y publicar un libro. Es el número oficial de producto para el libro. El costo es $125.

 El costo de imprenta dependerá del plan de distribución que consiga, y la cantidad de copias, incluyendo libros que necesitaré para mandar como agradecimiento y recompensar a mis contribuyentes. El costo sería de $1000 para arriba. 

Para reseñas de pre-publicación, hay varias opciones y planes para autores de publicación independiente, de sitios de internet como Kirkus, Blue Ink, o Publishers Weekly. Los costos varían entre $150 y $425. 

Costo para marketing y PR. Esto es probablemente la parte más difícil despues de que escriba el libro. Es esencial, ya que quiero obtener un alcance global. Los costos varían enormemente, pueden ir desde $100 (por ejemplo, un estudiante o alguien haciendo una pasantía en marketing) hasta $5000 o más (profesional). 

LA ALEGRÍA Y ENTUSIASMO DE ENCONTRAR UN CONCEPTO NUEVO MUSICAL 

Siendo un compositor y un músico activo y profesional, habiendo dado Clases Magistrales en las instituciones más distinguidas: The Juilliard School, Yale University, Harvard University, NYU, Columbia University, Oberlin Conservatory e Eastman School of Music entre otras… nunca pensé en la posibilidad de escribir un libro de teoría musical. Siempre pensé: “que voy a escribir que no esté ya escrito? Estaba equivocado… Realmente creo, que encontré algo que nadie vio antes, y esa es la razón por la cual decidí escribir el libro, PORQUE NECESITO COMPARTIR LO QUE ENCONTRÉ. Este libro explica fácilmente dudas armónicas recurrentes que varios músicos a todo nivel tienen. 

Les quiero AGRADECER DESDE YA POR SU APORTE y espero empezar a trabajar lo más pronto posible. Nuevamente muchas gracias!

Gustavo

Risks and challenges

I don't see risks on making this project, apart from raising the necessary funds. The concept is complete and a basic explanation published on the first edition, introductory book.
Now, it is time to develop the idea.
The challenge I do see, is to be able to reach a GLOBAL AUDIENCE with this new concept.
However, I feel very confident, that by writing this second edition, I will get more people interested in the new harmonic classification and will get necessary feedback from musicians, students and educators, that will help me to promote and reach bigger audiences and music lovers, with the assurance that this is one of my major contributions to the music education field.

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