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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. A freindly, clearly explained primer for music theory. From what is a staff to basic chord progressions and everything in between, including key signatures, scales, modes, and much more.

Each chapter and section includes a comprehensive, cross-referenced review, specially designed for optimal memorization. In addition, practical use exercises reinforce what is jobathan. Boo A freindly, clearly explained primer for music theory.

Book contains a large glossary, index, blank staff paper, and a piano keyboard which doubles as a bookmark and is used with the reviews.

Paperbackpages. Published September 1st by Questions Ink.

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Jul 23, Cass rated it did not like it Shelves: Yarnum abandoned this about a quarter of the way through. The jonathna is immature. Too many fonts on a page, silly titles that give no indication as to the contents of the chapter. The book overuses quirky icons to let the reader know something important is being said — somewhat akin to the “dummies” books.

I read it as an ebook, but I am wondering if it may be intended as a high school textbook. The music theory is dumbed down spectacularly.

Explaining in great detail whether the stem of the note goes I abandoned this about a quarter of the way through. Explaining in great detail whether the stem of the note goes above or below the head. Lots of words are used when an illustration would often serve better. When the staff is introduced the hand is displayed as a uarnum pneumonic, but I never understood for what. So I could remember that a staff had five lines and four spaces. The book begins with a jonatnan boring history lesson which would probably have been more interesting if I had wanted to read history.

I wanted basic theory. I feel like this is a junior high textbook But if so, why was it sold as a cheap ebook? Dec 13, Page rated it really liked it.

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Apr 24, Denisse Garza rated it it hzrnum amazing Shelves: I really liked this book, more than I expected.

Basic Music Theory

I have seen some reviews saying that this book is “immature”, because of its comical style, but I think that it’s its strongest feature, since studying music doesn’t have to be a pain in the ass, specially for a newbie like myself: This is a great reference book, and I see myself coming back hxrnum review some information.

I am also planning to buy the book “Practice of practice” by the same author: Sep 07, Adam rated it really liked it. I almost stopped reading this as it came across as extremely basic, and almost childish, but as you get into the later chapters it feels like the author decided to abandoned his “dummies guide to Considering after reading it I now know any I almost stopped reading this as it came harbum as extremely basic, and almost childish, but as you get into the later chapters it feels like the author decided to abandoned his “dummies guide to Considering after reading it I now know anything about music theory I would recommend this book.

Where to start, where to start?

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Let’s start with the positive: Basic Music Theory has lots of humorous parts and it starts off very easy. The book provides mnemonic devices and other tricks to remember the facts of music theory. Additionally, at the end of each chapter there are practical activities that drive home the previous reading.

At the back of the book, there are also a keyboard and guitar fret to use as a study aid during the reading and afterwards. Now, onto the negatives: I’m a big stick Where to start, where to start?

I’m a big stickler for proper English, grammar, and, especially in a book that purports to teach on a subject like music theory and includes examples, properly depicted examples showing that which the introduction says. I think that, in the 3rd Edition of a book, it’s not a huge request. Unfortunately, this book did not live up to those simple requests.

In fact, it would appear that a typographical error in one of the follow-up quizzes at the end of an early chapter was purposely crafted to spell out a swear. After I realized that there were errors in the examples intended to teach novices how to read and craft music, all other examples became suspect.

If I didn’t understand the concept, and I looked to an example for more information, how could I trust that the example would be correct?

Whoever was the editor on this book deserved to have been fired. Toward the middle to the end of this book, I found myself reading anything other than Basic Music Theory. I even read the instruction manual for my new scale as a way to complete my before-bed-reading ritual, without reading this book. If I wasn’t also a stickler for finishing the books I start, I would have put this book down.

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Only completed the first two chapters before I had to return to the library. May buy this to use in teaching piano to my niece. I never had a music theory class.

So far, the author seems to use a straightforward approach, touched with humor, that might be more pleasant than music theory’s reputation. This book goes back to basics and teaches the simple things from a point of view that is easy to understand. I can understand that some would be annoyed by the incredibly simplistic writing and somewhat childish format, but I think it makes it easier to read and.

Jun 02, Kelly McCubbin rated it really liked it. Nice, easy to follow, basic music theory primer with a breezy air to it. If you’re new to theory, this should help. If you needed a refresher like I did, likewise. Don’t expect much more difficult than disjunct chord movement and plagal progressions.

But well put together for sure. Nov 14, Arvydas Sidorenko rated it really liked it Shelves: Beware – the theory is with an emphasis in piano. Oct 16, Nitasha rated it liked it. Jun 19, Ibraheem rated it it was ok. I think it’s a good book for beginners but for someones who know even a little about music it will be boring.

Jan 27, Hriday rated it really liked it Shelves: An easy reference guide ideal to keep handy for a quick brush up. Excellent book, but only finished part one and two. I’ll need to get this again so I can finish. There is so much to understand, you have to take it slow. Oct 14, Shannon Sorensen rated it liked it. Kim rated it it was amazing Apr 29, Madhu rated it liked it Jun 23, Greg rated it it was amazing Nov 27, Steve rated it it was amazing May 22, Joe rated it it was amazing Jun 10, Deanna rated it it was amazing Jul 01, Robert Tessmer rated it liked it May 16, Bob rated it liked it Oct 22, Debby rated it really liked it Sep 11, Lisa rated it really liked it Jul 06, Steve rated it it was amazing Apr 12, Glen U rated it liked it Jun 08,