Music Theory (Teach Yourself Series)

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Based on a highly successful approach to music education used at some of today's most progressive learning institutions, Teach Yourself Music Theory offers beginners a practical, creative approach to learning the fundamentals of music theory. Rather than committing abstract concepts and terminology to memory, you will learn by doing and discovering. Material is introduced in bite-sized increments, backed by many helpful hints, self-tests, and diagrams. The large format book is ...

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Overview

Based on a highly successful approach to music education used at some of today's most progressive learning institutions, Teach Yourself Music Theory offers beginners a practical, creative approach to learning the fundamentals of music theory. Rather than committing abstract concepts and terminology to memory, you will learn by doing and discovering. Material is introduced in bite-sized increments, backed by many helpful hints, self-tests, and diagrams. The large format book is accompanied by a CD with 75 minutes of audio instruction.

Margaret Richer studied music at Los Angles Valley College and California State University. She has taught music theory and piano for many years.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071429856
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 1/26/2004
  • Series: Teach Yourself: Arts & Crafts Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Richer studied music at Los Angles Valley College and California State University. She has taught music theory and piano for many years.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vi
1 Introducing rhythm 1
Note values 1
Time signatures 2
Notation 4
Time signature of 2/4 5
Rests 6
Tempo 7
2 Pitch 10
The keyboard and musical alphabet 10
The staff 11
Beginning to read notes in treble and bass clef 13
3 Melody 17
Combining rhythm and pitch 17
Analysing melodies 18
Creating rhythms 18
Phrases 20
What makes a good melody? 22
4 More about pitch 24
The octave 24
Completing the notes on the staff 26
Notation of stems 28
Leger lines 29
Other clefs 31
5 More about rhythm 34
3/4 time 34
Dotted notes 34
Tied notes 35
Quavers 36
Semiquavers 38
Triplets 38
Other less commonly used time signatures 39
Incomplete bars 40
Syncopation 40
6 Sharps and flats 42
Sharps and flats on the keyboard 42
Notation for sharps and flats 43
Accidentals 44
Double sharps and double flats 45
7 Intervals 48
Semitones and whole tones 48
Other intervals 50
Minor, diminished and augmented intervals 52
Inverted intervals 55
Compound intervals 56
8 More about intervals 59
Sight reading 60
Transposing 60
9 Major scales and key signatures 64
Introduction to different types of scales 64
Major scale construction 66
Key signatures 69
The circle of fifths 70
Writing key signatures 71
10 Minor scales and key signatures 75
Minor scale construction 75
Natural, harmonic and melodic forms 76
Key signatures 78
Parallel and relative minor key signatures 79
11 Compound time signatures 83
Counting 6/8 83
Other compound time signatures 86
Comparing simple and compound time 86
12 Introducing chords 90
Major and minor triads 90
Inversions 92
Augmented and diminished triads 94
Chord symbols 96
Added note chords 96
Notation of chords 98
13 Harmony 101
Chord names and functions 101
Cadences 102
Chorale style 104
Figured bass 106
Counterpoint 106
Modulation 107
14 Adding accompaniment to a melody 111
Finding the most suitable chords 111
Transposing melody and accompaniment 114
Writing an accompaniment 116
15 Musical form 118
Repetition 118
Introduction and coda 121
Form represented by letters 121
Words and music 122
16 Tone colour and interpretation 125
Different tone colours 125
Arrangement and orchestration 126
The conductor 127
Signs used to interpret music 128
17 Ornaments and non-harmonic tones 130
Ornaments 131
Non-harmonic tones 134
18 Music theory in the 20th century 137
Chords 137
Atonality 138
Other scales 139
Neoclassical ideas 141
Other innovations 141
Taking it further 142
Glossary 144
Italian terms commonly used in music 148
Note values 150
Rests 150
Table of key signatures 151
Notes on the staff 152
Index 153
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