Music Theory for Dummies

Music Theory for Dummies

eBook - 2012
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Grasp the concepts needed to compose, deconstruct, and comprehend music Whether you're a student of music or a music lover, Music Theory For Dummies presents you with essential information on how to read, write, and understand music, as well as helpful hints on composing, arranging, and creating original melodies, harmonies, and chords. Music Theory For Dummies gives you a friendly, unintimidating overview of the material covered in a typical college-level course and makes music theory easy to understand. It includes updated information on current teaching techniques; the newest music example
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : J. Wiley & Sons, 2012.
Edition: 2nd ed.
ISBN: 9781118169285
111816928X
9781118169261
1118169263
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xviii, 312 p.) : ill., music.
Additional Contributors: Day, Holly
Contents: pt. 1. Getting started with music theory
pt. 2. Putting notes together
pt. 3. Musical expression through form, tempo, dynamics, and more
pt. 4. The part of tens
pt. 5. Appendixes.
Summary: Grasp the concepts needed to compose, deconstruct, and comprehend music Whether you're a student of music or a music lover, Music Theory For Dummies presents you with essential information on how to read, write, and understand music, as well as helpful hints on composing, arranging, and creating original melodies, harmonies, and chords. Music Theory For Dummies gives you a friendly, unintimidating overview of the material covered in a typical college-level course and makes music theory easy to understand. It includes updated information on current teaching techniques; the newest music example
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bradenbost
Apr 19, 2011

If you're serious about learning music theory, I suggest either looking elsewhere, or only use this book as a supplement to a more in-depth course. 90% of this book are the things you learn in the first month or two of an actual music theory class, and the remaining 10% is stuff you can't hope to use until you have mastered that first 90%.

It's not that anything in this book is useless, it's just the equivalent of learning your alphabet and starting to spell.

A great alternative is "Contemporary Music Theory" by Mark Harrison, though that's focused on jazz, rock, and pop methods and bypasses some things entirely, like reading rhythm, and doesn't spend one second on anything "classical."

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