Music Theory

Music Theory

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Many people find music theory a tough subject-- but it doesn't have to be! The best-selling Idiot's Guides- Music Theory, Third Edition, is a concise and clear guide that teaches any budding musician (and even more experienced ones) how to read musical notation by navigating the basics of reading and composing music. This book covers- - The basics of tones, including pitches, clefs, scales, intervals, and major and minor keys. - The building blocks of rhythm, including note values, basic notation, time signatures, and tempo, dynamics, and navigation. - How tunes are created, starting with melodies, chords, chord progressions, and phrases and forms. - The basics of accompaniment, including transcribing, accompanying melodies, and transposing to other keys. - Composing and arranging, including coverage of musical genres and forms, how to compose your own music, arranging for voices and instruments, working with lead sheets and scores, and performing your music. - Helpful reference appendixes, including a glossary, chord charts, and instrument ranges. - Exercises at the end of each chapter, and an answer key appendix. - All-new coverage of genres, composing, and arranging. - Expanded online ear-training and transcribing exercise content.
Publisher: Indianapolis, Indiana :, Alpha, a member of Penguin Random House LLC,, 2016
Edition: Third edition, Third American edition
ISBN: 9781465451675
1465451676
Branch Call Number: 781 Mil 2005
Characteristics: xx, 348 pages : illustrations, music

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Jul 25, 2017

This is the only music theory book that I've ever read, so I cannot make a comparative judgement. Owing to connection issues, I was largely unable to use the audio portions of the book (ear training and some exercises). All of what it explains it explains so clearly that one cannot misunderstand it - indeed some of the explanations go on ad nausaem. Each chapter has several exercises. There is a very thorough index. There is also a short further list at the end (though half the books are written by the author!).

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