Music Theory For Dummies [NOOK Book]

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Your hands-on guide to to decoding the basics of music theory

Whether you're a student of music or a music lover, Music Theory For Dummies presents you with essential information on how to read, write, and understand music, as well as helpful hints on composing, arranging, and creating original melodies, harmonies, and chords. Don't get discouraged by the seemingly complicated subject of musical theory. With Music Theory For Dummies, ...

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Music Theory For Dummies

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Overview

Your hands-on guide to to decoding the basics of music theory

Whether you're a student of music or a music lover, Music Theory For Dummies presents you with essential information on how to read, write, and understand music, as well as helpful hints on composing, arranging, and creating original melodies, harmonies, and chords. Don't get discouraged by the seemingly complicated subject of musical theory. With Music Theory For Dummies, understanding music has never been easier!

  • Find your rhythm — discover the rhyme and reason of rhythm — the most basic component of any type of music — and understand how it can make or break a performer

  • Take note — get plain-English guidance on how to read notes, mnemonics to help remember the order of notes on the grand staff, and basic chord progressions and musical cadences

  • Start making some noise — find out how to put it all together to read and play a variety of music, from classical fugues and sonatas to blues, rock, and pop

Open the book and find:

  • The birth of music and theory

  • A look at notes, rests, staves, time, and beat

  • How to read music notes

  • Ways to master the major and minor scales

  • Information on chords and chord progressions

  • The building blocks of musical form

  • Ways to create sound through tempo and dynamics

  • Music theorists you should know about

  • Valuable resources to add to your library

Bonus CD Includes

Tracks of example notes, chords, melodies, and more that are discussed in the book

Learn to:

  • Compose, deconstruct, and comprehend music

  • Play with musical forms and genres

Follow alongside musical excerpts on the audio CD

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118169285
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/7/2011
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 65,279
  • File size: 11 MB
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2007

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    While I have been a musician for most of my life, I don't know much about music theory (including sight reading). It would be difficult for me to pick my favorite chapter in this book, since I learned something new about music theory in every chapter, but Chapter 10 (Intervals) was probably the biggest bang for the buck in my mind. The later chapters that described the use of the intervals were reinforcement, but the explaination of the qualities of major, minor, diminished, and augmented intervals was a breakthrough for me. Chapter 13 (Building Chords) was almost as valuable to me, since it built on the same concepts. This is a textbook that I will be referring to for years. I strongly recommend it to anyone who is struggling with music theory.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Music Theory for Dummies and then some...

    For someone who has never approached music theory, this is better than an introduction, because it is readable, informative, clear and contains enough substance to be used as a reference book. It will require some reading and re-reading only because of the subject matter. The expert may not appreciate this book, but Dummies will use it over and over!

    I also like the way it covers key board and fret board.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2008

    This one rocks...like all the others in the Dummies Series.

    Simple, concise, to the point, and in 'Plain Ol' English'. This offering is just like all the others in the Dummies Series -- a great introduction to an otherwise confusing (to many) subject. Along with the companion CD, this text covers all the basics with easy-to-read explanations and copious examples (both visual and aural). It's especially nice that it's written from an 'instrument neutral' viewpoint. Anyone just starting out in this subject should pick this up and read it before buying any other book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2011

    Great review of music theory!

    I am enjoying my new copy of "Music Theory for Dummies, 2nd.ed.," and would recommend it to anyone wishing to expand his knowledge of music theory. It is well written and contains a much broader range of musical information than would normally be found in a single text. With the assistance of the enclosed cd, a piano keyboard, or a guitar, it is possible to hear the concepts being presented. Glad to have this handy reference tool!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2010

    Very Good

    Picked up this book to figuring it would help fill-in some holes in my musical knowledge. If you don't know how to read sheet music expect to spend a long time in the music notation chapters. I picked up some stuff from these chapters even thought I already knew how to read sheet music. The best chapters for me was the intervals and chords building. This helped explain why some things work in music, that I've always used but didn't know why. Some good stuff in the chord progression chapters as well.

    Overall the book exceeded my expectations. Welll written and live up to the "For Dummies" approach better than most books in the "For Dummies" lines.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2010

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    A Music Lesson in A BOok

    As a lifetime musician, music theory has always been something I have planned to studying; someday. I can figure out most pop songs by listening to them and experimenting a little. I can improvise, a little, as long as I can fit my standard forms into the song's chord progression. I get by without knowing theory or how to read particularly competently. I've always wanted to do more than get by, but the time and effort required to do so has been something I'm unwilling to put out.

    This year, I began taking guitar lessons from a local legend and he, immediately, began to talk theory that I didn't know. He, also, expected me to learn how to read. I had this book, which I had used a couple of years ago to slightly improve my music theory knowledge, and I pulled it off of the shelf and began to study it seriously. Between my guitar teacher and Music Theory for Dummies, I began to understand a little more about the structure of music; particularly how jazz chord and scale substitutions work and my playing has improved for the first time in 20 years. Even better, I enjoy playing and studying music and I have Music Theory for Dummies to thank for that. I have a long way to go to become an actual jazz guitarist, but I have a terrific guide for the trip.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!

    I have been in band at my school for 6 years and i am planning on majoring in music edu. This book has taught me alot and reviewed alot of the concepts i learned when i was younger. I recomend this book to anyone who is starting to play music or people like me who want to learn as much about music as possible.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Help!!!!

    Do yall think its ok 4 me im 14 need sum help here ??????

    0 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    MUSIC

    DUMMIES RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    A very good book

    It was okay bt ut i didnt think it was as good as mine

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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