How to Read Music: Reading Music Made Simple

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One of Europe's biggest selling music authors offers an oversize, boldly designed tutorial with CD that teaches how to read music for any instrument. 1,000 illustrations.

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Overview

One of Europe's biggest selling music authors offers an oversize, boldly designed tutorial with CD that teaches how to read music for any instrument. 1,000 illustrations.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780312241599
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/22/1999
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry Burrows is one of Europe's biggest selling music authors--his Play Rock Guitar and Play Country Guitar have been published in 11 countries. Most recently the author of The Complete Book of the Guitar (Schirmer, 1998), he lives in Britain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2005

    Good introduction to music theory

    This is a music theory book. If that's what you're looking for, you're on the right track. It is true that it is a little pricier than it should be, and it is true that the CD is difficult to maneuver because all the little musical snippets aren't broken into tracks. Otherwise, I like it. It covers all the important stuff in an organized, sensible fashion, and gives good examples and practice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2004

    Poor audio CD support

    As a novice trying to learn music and play the guitar, I try to buy books with accompanying CDs so that I can hear examples of whatever lesson I'm learning. The CD that accompanies this book requires that you have a CD player that shows and accesses indices ('index points') within tracks. My CD player did not have this index feature, nor could I find a player that did. The author and book are from England, where I guess all the CD player have this index feature. I have other CDs with many tracks (I've seen some with up to 96 tracks), so I can't understand why the publisher opted for this 'track/index point' feature. Without even addressing the merits of the book itself, this poorly produced CD is reason enough to avoid this relatively expensive book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 1999

    muddled intent, inaccurate execution

    Hmm¿If you aren't learning to read music as you learn to play your instrument, you've got the wrong primer and the wrong teacher. Or maybe you¿re teaching yourself, so to speak. (A Milton Babbitt witticism: 'You know the trouble with autodidacts: they¿ve got the worst teachers.) Or maybe you're not an instrumentalist at all, an interested layman. Well, it doesn¿t require a whole book to explain musical notation, you know. Musical notation is really very simple. It scarcely requires a chapter. What to do? Get hold of 'The ABC of Music: A Short Practical Guide to the Basics' by Imogen Holst (daughter of the famous composer Gustav Holst). Musical notation is explained therein clearly and deftly--and the rest of 'The ABC of Music: A Short Practical Guide to the Basics' by Imogen Holst is worthwhile too. If you ARE an instrumentalist you also need to PRACTICE reading music, preferably in a graduated way. Maybe you think yourself too technically accomplished to bother with, say, 'The Alfred Guitar Method'. Not if you can¿t read it. If you can play the tunes and exercises easily but read them only with difficulty, then you¿re ISOLATING the reading, the very thing you need¿and you¿ll move through the series quickly. Get a primer for your instrument. Or perhaps you want to learn how to write down music--a different thing from learning how to read music. Then I can do no better than recommend 'The Norton Manual of Music Notation' by George Heussenstamm. Well, I haven¿t seemed to say much about the book I¿m reviewing, not directly. I¿m trying not to be negative. I don¿t have room to set right most of its inaccuracies, but I¿ll venture to point out two very small errors¿they particularly irk me: 1) This book calls a scale a set of notes related to 'a tonic or a root'. This statement is misleading and dangerous because the terms 'tonic' and 'root' are frequently confused by novices. A key has a tonic; it does NOT have a root. Neither does a scale. A chord has a root; it does NOT have a tonic. 2) This book says that the singular form of 'staves' is 'staff or stave'. In fact, the singular form of 'staves' in the MUSICAL sense of the word is 'staff' and 'staff' only. It is categorically incorrect to speak of a musical 'stave', a solecism.

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