Music Theory For Dummies

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An indispensable guide for music students, musicians, and music lovers

For people who want a deeper understanding and appreciation of music, or who want to do their own composing and arranging, a basic grounding in music theory is essential. Written for the nearly 30,000 college and graduate music students as well as working musicians and serious music buffs, this hands-on guide explains music theory concepts in plain English-from scales, ...
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Music Theory For Dummies

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Overview

An indispensable guide for music students, musicians, and music lovers

For people who want a deeper understanding and appreciation of music, or who want to do their own composing and arranging, a basic grounding in music theory is essential. Written for the nearly 30,000 college and graduate music students as well as working musicians and serious music buffs, this hands-on guide explains music theory concepts in plain English-from scales, intervals, tempos, and dynamics to chord progressions, phrasing, harmonizing, and arranging-and demonstrates how to apply them in compositions ranging from pop and rock to jazz and classical. The book includes a CD that demonstrates music theory concepts and provides examples of the way sounds and tempos can be mixed and matched for a variety of musical experiences.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118990940
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/24/2015
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 336

Meet the Author

Michael Pilhofer teaches music theory and percussions at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota. He's toured and recorded with Joe Lovano, Marian McPartland, Kenny Wheeler, and others.

Holly Day is a writing instructor at the Open Book Writing Collective in Minneapolis.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Music Theory 7

Chapter 1: What Is Music Theory, Anyway? 9

Chapter 2: Determining What Notes Are Worth 15

Chapter 3: Giving It a Rest 29

Chapter 4: Introducing Time Signatures 37

Chapter 5: Playing with Beat 51

Part II: Putting Notes Together 59

Chapter 6: Music Notes (And Where to Find Them) 61

Chapter 7: Mastering the Major and Minor Scales 79

Chapter 8: Key Signatures and the Circle of Fifths 93

Chapter 9: Intervals: The Distance between Pitches 109

Chapter 10: Chord Building 133

Chapter 11: Chord Progressions 157

Part III: Musical Expression through Form, Tempo, Dynamics, and More 175

Chapter 12: The Building Blocks of Music: Rhythm, Melody, Harmony, and Song Form 177

Chapter 13: Relying on Classical Forms 189

Chapter 14: Tapping Into Popular Genres and Forms 199

Chapter 15: Creating Varied Sound through Tempo and Dynamics 207

Chapter 16: Instrument Tone Color and Acoustics 219

Part IV: The Part of Tens 225

Chapter 17: Ten Frequently Asked Questions about Music Theory 227

Chapter 18: Ten Valuable Music Resources 233

Chapter 19: Ten Music Theorists You Should Know About 239

Part V: Appendixes 247

Appendix A: On the CD 249

Appendix B: Chord Chart 255

Appendix C: Glossary 293

Index 297

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