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Posted July 13, 2007
I have been playing music since elementary school band and have played guitar since I was 20 years old 'I am now 32', so music theory is not new to me. I have long had a cursory understanding of basic theory, but there were a lot of things I knew but did not understand, and a lot more that I just plain didn't know. For example, I knew about the different minor scales 'natural, harmonic, and melodic', but had no idea why there were three of them and how they were used. I knew that a 'root' chord usually follows a V7 chord, but did not understand why the V7 chord has such a strong pull back to the tonic. I knew what a 'tritone' was, but not why it is musically important or when and how to use one. I had seen the circle of keys 'aka circle of fifths' but did not understand its purpose or how to apply it to the music I read and play. I had only the most basic understanding of things like harmonization, chord progressions, inversions, and augmented/diminished chords, and I found many explanations of these things to be intimidating at best and confounding more often than not. This book explains all of those and a good deal more, as well as when and how to apply the concepts, in a way that is very easy to follow and comprehend. The author goes into why things are the way they are with bits of historical information and examples that help you understand where different musical concepts came from, but he does not get bogged down in the 'how and why' like a lot of theory books do, and he never loses focus on the topic at hand. The Everything Music Theory Book is fantastically written, easy reading, and informative, and I do not hesitate to recommend it to anyone I meet that is interested in music, regardless of their current level of understanding or which instrument they currently play or want to learn. The material presented in the book is invaluable to anyone that wants to learn about music or improve their ability to play, comprehend, and analyze it, and you would be hard pressed to find it presented in a manner that is plainer, friendlier, or easier to understand.
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Posted March 14, 2010
Easily Understood concepts
This publisher has a very nice format and is easy to read. The details are explained without too much complexity. It explains a lot of musical concepts in a simple form. Informative and easily read.
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