Music Theory For Dummies

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Music Theory For Dummies, 3rd Edition, presents a friendly, unintimidating overview of the material covered in a typical college-level course and make music theory easy to understand. It includes updated information on:

• Current teaching techniques

• The newest music examples and genres

• Understanding tones—mastering major and minor scales; using intervals; and recognizing pitches and clefs

• Understanding rhythms—note values and basic notation; time signals; and tempo, dynamics, and navigation

• Using tuneful ...

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Music Theory For Dummies

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Overview

Music Theory For Dummies, 3rd Edition, presents a friendly, unintimidating overview of the material covered in a typical college-level course and make music theory easy to understand. It includes updated information on:

• Current teaching techniques

• The newest music examples and genres

• Understanding tones—mastering major and minor scales; using intervals; and recognizing pitches and clefs

• Understanding rhythms—note values and basic notation; time signals; and tempo, dynamics, and navigation

• Using tuneful techniques—melodies, chords and chord progressions, phrases, and form of music

• Transcribing music and transposing to other keys

• Harmonizing and accompanying melodies

• Composing and arranging for voices and instruments

• Performing your own music

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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 percussion at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he serves as department head of the Ensembles Department. He has worked as a professional musician for more than 18 years and has toured and recorded with Joe Lovano, Marian McPartland, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Holland, Bill Holman, Wycliffe Gordon, Peter Erskine, and Gene Bertoncini.

Holly Day has written about music for numerous publications internationally, including Computer Music Journal, ROCKRGRL, Music Alive!, Guitar One, Brutarian Magazine, Interface Technology, and Mixdown magazine. Over the past couple of decades, her writing has received an Isaac Asimov Award, a National Magazine Award, and two Midwest Writer’s Grants.  Her previous books include The Insider’s Guide to the Twin Cities (3rd, 4th, and 5th Editions), Shakira, and Behind the Orange Curtain: A History of Orange County Punk Rock.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Rhythm: Keeping the Beat.

Chapter 1: What Is Music Theory Anyway?

Chapter 2: Counting Out Notes.

Chapter 3: Giving It a Rest.

Chapter 4: Time Signatures.

Chapter 5: Naturalizing the Best.

Chapter 6: Tempo and Dynamics.

Part II: Melody: The Part You Hum.

Chapter 7: The Musical Staff.

Chapter 8: Instrument Tone and Color.

Chapter 9: Half Steps, Whole Steps, Sharps, and Flats.

Part III: Harmony: Fleshing It Out.

Chapter 10: Intervals.

Chapter 11: Key Signatures and the Circle of Fifths.

Chapter 12: The Major and Minor Scales.

Chapter 13: Building Chords.

Chapter 14: Chord Progressions.

Chapter 15: Cadence.

Part IV: Form: How It's Shaped.

Chapter 16: The Elements of Form.

Chapter 17: Classical Forms.

Chapter 18: Popular Forms.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 19: Six Most-Frequently Asked Questions About Music Theory.

Chapter 20: Ten Cool and Useful Resources.

Chapter 21: Nine Music Theorists You Should Know About.

Appendix A: How to Use the CD.

Appendix B: Chord Chart.

Appendix C: Glossary.

Index.

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