I am looking to get back into composition and trying to get some advice on textbooks.
By way of background, my biggest liability is my lack of formal training (I have none). During my early teens, I worked through every exercise in Fux's Gradus ad Parnassum——working cover to cover three times until I could work with two and three part counterpoint with some ease.
However, I never played my exercises. They were more or less math games. Coming back to music, eight years later, I want to (1) make my studies more practical —— in that I work on making real music and (2) improve my basic musicianship —— I can sight read on the piano decently but cannot sing a melody on sight.
To help with both these I am thinking of working through Hindemith's Elementary Training for Musicians as well as his two volume works on harmony and/or the craft of musical composition.
Is it at all possible to derive benefit from Elementary Training for Musicians without a teacher? I have no dreams of great music talent, but I did teach myself through Fux. Looking for an honest take here.
Do you recommend starting with Hindemith's harmony works or his craft of musical composition?
I look forward to hearing your thoughts.