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Are you a musician who longs to take music to the next level-but aren't sure how to go about it? You need to unlock the "secret" to understanding music on a deeper level-to help you grasp what it is that makes music music. In The Everything Music Theory Book with CD, musician and music educator Marc Schonbrun takes you step by step through the underpinnings of music ...
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Are you a musician who longs to take music to the next level-but aren't sure how to go about it? You need to unlock the "secret" to understanding music on a deeper level-to help you grasp what it is that makes music music. In The Everything Music Theory Book with CD, musician and music educator Marc Schonbrun takes you step by step through the underpinnings of music theory-the very glue that holds music together.

You'll learn about:

  • Chord and scale construction
  • Harmony and harmonic analysis from Baroque through jazz
  • Musical form and development
  • Counterpoint and voice ;eading
Perfect for everyone from the intermediate musician to the pre-collegiate music major, The Everything Music Theory Book with CD is your one-stop guide to mastering one of the most important tools for every musician: musical understanding. Complete with a helpful audio CD, practice concepts, and exercises, this clear and easy-to-follow book-plus package takes you from music enthusiast to true musician in no time, regardless of what instrument you play!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593376529
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 12/10/2006
  • Series: Everything Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     xi
Review of the Basics     1
Ins and Outs     2
Notes     2
Clefs     3
Time     7
Basic Rhythms     8
Rests     12
Meter     12
Intervals     16
Go the Distance     17
Intervals from Scales     21
The Simple Intervals     26
Advanced Intervals     30
Inverted and Extended Intervals     33
The Major Scale     36
Scales Defined     37
Spelling Scales     38
Scale Tones     44
How Scales Are Used in Music     45
The Minor Scale     47
Minor Colors     48
The Definitive Approach     48
The Derivative Approach     52
Degrees in Minor Scales     53
Multiple Scales-Scale Clarity     54
Variant Variables     57
Musical Keys and Key Signatures     64
Musical Organization     65
The System of Key Signatures     68
Relative Minor Keys     71
Minor Keys on Paper     74
Keys Change     76
Modes and Other Scales     79
Modes-The Other Side of Scales     80
Seven Modal Scales     81
Looking at Modes on Their Own     86
Other Important Scales     90
Time for Etudes     95
Etude One: Scales and Keys     96
Chords     108
What Is a Chord?     109
Building Chords     110
Minor Triads/Chords     112
Diminished Triads     114
Augmented Triads     115
Chords in Scales     118
Diatonic Chords     119
Minor Scale Harmony     122
Seventh Chords and Chord Inversions     123
Seventh Chords     124
Seventh Chord Construction     125
Seventh Chord Recap     131
Inverted Chords     132
Quick Study: Bach Prelude in C     137
Movements: Chord Progressions     141
What Is a Chord Progression?     142
Progressions in Time     143
Diatonic Progressions and Solar Harmony     144
Solar Harmony and the Chord Ladder     148
More Chord Progressions     153
Tonic and Dominant Relationships      154
Using Dominant Chords in Minor Keys     158
Harmonie Rhythm     161
Voice Leading     162
Melodic Harmonization     165
What Is Melody?     166
Chord Tones and Passing Tones     169
True Melodic Harmonization     172
Single Line Harmony     175
Dealing with Accidentals     177
Etude Two: Chords and Harmony     178
Advanced Harmony     189
Beyond Diatonic     190
Modal Mixture     198
Modulation     201
Jazz Harmony     207
What Is Jazz?     208
Jazz Harmony     208
Jazz Progressions     212
Blues Forms     219
Transposition and Instrumentation     223
What Is Transposing?     224
Transposing Chant     227
B[Characters not reproducible] Instruments     228
E[Characters not reproducible] Instruments     229
F Instruments     230
Octave Transposes     230
Analyzing Scores     231
Instrument Ranges     237
Etude Three: Advanced Harmony, Jazz Harmony, and Transposition     242
Glossary      253
Additional Resources     263
Index     265
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2007

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    I have been playing music since elementary school band and have played guitar since I was 20 years old 'I am now 32', so music theory is not new to me. I have long had a cursory understanding of basic theory, but there were a lot of things I knew but did not understand, and a lot more that I just plain didn't know. For example, I knew about the different minor scales 'natural, harmonic, and melodic', but had no idea why there were three of them and how they were used. I knew that a 'root' chord usually follows a V7 chord, but did not understand why the V7 chord has such a strong pull back to the tonic. I knew what a 'tritone' was, but not why it is musically important or when and how to use one. I had seen the circle of keys 'aka circle of fifths' but did not understand its purpose or how to apply it to the music I read and play. I had only the most basic understanding of things like harmonization, chord progressions, inversions, and augmented/diminished chords, and I found many explanations of these things to be intimidating at best and confounding more often than not. This book explains all of those and a good deal more, as well as when and how to apply the concepts, in a way that is very easy to follow and comprehend. The author goes into why things are the way they are with bits of historical information and examples that help you understand where different musical concepts came from, but he does not get bogged down in the 'how and why' like a lot of theory books do, and he never loses focus on the topic at hand. The Everything Music Theory Book is fantastically written, easy reading, and informative, and I do not hesitate to recommend it to anyone I meet that is interested in music, regardless of their current level of understanding or which instrument they currently play or want to learn. The material presented in the book is invaluable to anyone that wants to learn about music or improve their ability to play, comprehend, and analyze it, and you would be hard pressed to find it presented in a manner that is plainer, friendlier, or easier to understand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2010

    Easily Understood concepts

    This publisher has a very nice format and is easy to read. The details are explained without too much complexity. It explains a lot of musical concepts in a simple form. Informative and easily read.

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

    Fantastic

    Stop buying confusing music books this book helped me clear up all the nonsense I have read in other theory books, its well written and easy to fallow well done, I have checked out other book by Marc and they are all great.

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