Essentials of Music Theory: Complete, Book & 2 CDs / Edition 1

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Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory is designed for students of any age, whether listeners or performers, who want to have a better understanding of the language of music. In this all-in-one theory course, you will learn the essentials of music through concise lessons, practice your music reading and writing skills in the exercises, improve your listening skills with the available ear-training CDs (included), and test your knowledge with a review that completes each unit.

The Student Complete Book includes Books 1-3 in a spiral-bound format.

Book 1 (Lessons 1-25): Staff, Notes and Pitches
• Treble & Bass Clefs
• Grand Staff & Ledger Lines
• Note Values
• Measure, Bar Line and Double Bar
• 2/4, 3/4 & 4/4 Time Signatures
• Whole, Half & Quarter Notes/Rests
• Dotted Half & Quarter Notes
• Ties & Slurs
• Repeat Sign, 1st & 2nd Endings
• Eighth Notes & Rests
• >Dynamic Signs, Tempo Marks & Articulation
• D.C., D.S., Coda & Fine<
• Flats, Sharps & Naturals
• Whole & Half Step, Enharmonic Notes.

Book 2 (Lessons 25-50): Tetrachords & Major Scales
• Key Signatures
• Chromatic Scale
• Intervals, Circle of Fifths
• Perfect, Major & Minor Intervals
• Augmented & Diminished Intervals
• Solf?ge & Transposition
• Sixteenth Notes & Rests
• Dotted Eighth Notes & Eighth Note Triplets
• Common Time & Cut Time
• 3/8 & 6/8 Time Signatures
• Pick-up Notes & Syncopation
• Primary & Major Triads
• Scale Degree Names
• Dominant 7th Chord.

Book 3 (Lessons 51-75): 1st & 2nd Inversions of Triads
• Inversions of V7 Chords
• Figured Bass
• Major Chord Progressions
• Minor Scales, Minor Triads
• Augmented & Diminished Triads
• Primary Triads in Minor Keys
• Minor Chord Progressions
• Modes
• Harmonizing a Melody in Major and Minor Keys
• Broken Chords & Arpeggiated Accompaniments
• Passing and Neighboring Tones
• Composing a Melody in Major and Minor Keys
• 12-Bar Blues Chord Progression & Blues Scale
• Basic Forms of Music.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882849515
  • Publisher: Alfred Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/1998
  • Series: Essentials of Music Theory Series
  • Edition description: Book & 2 CDs, Spiral
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 414,745
  • Product dimensions: 9.06 (w) x 11.48 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2004

    Great for building your music foundation! A must for popular and young musicans!

    I've been playing music for seven years. This book taught me useful rudiments that can be applied to any music genre. Good for all musicians of all backgrounds wanting to expand their musical knowledge!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2012


    Cards are good, I would like to see the thicker cardboard. everything else is fine

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  • Posted March 2, 2009


    my band teacher makes us do this and i bought it and it has all the answers its RLY helpful lol and ppl pay me to use this. only buy this if ur forced 2 do this theary book bcause other wise its stupid DOWN WITH HOMEWORK

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