The Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Theory

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Penguin, 2005 - Music - 314 pages
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A music theory book that hits the high note Â…

This updated and expanded edition of The Complete IdiotÂ's Guide® to Music Theory breaks down a difficult subject in a simple way—even for those who think they have no rhythm or consider themselves tone deaf. With clear, concise language, it explains everything from bass-clef basics to confusing codas. This new edition includes:
-A brand-new CD
-A comprehensive ear-training section
-Musical examples of intervals, scales, chords, and rhythms
-Aural exercises so readers can test their ear training and transcription skills

  

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Review: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Theory (The Complete Idiot's Guides)

User Review  - Ray Perreault - Goodreads

I'm an amateur everything, including musician. This book has become my stand by reference. I'm an engineer and I enjoy the structure and theory behind music; it is fascinating. Great book if you want to learn something to impress your neighbors and friends. Read full review

Review: Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Theory (The Complete Idiot's Guides)

User Review  - Allan H. Goodman - Goodreads

Comprehensive review of Music Theory in a clear, understandable format. Read full review

Contents

Contents
1
Intervals
17
Scales
27
t Major and Minor Keys
45
Rhythms
55
Time Signatures
67
Tempo Dynamics and Navigation
77
Tunes
89
Accompanying Melodies
167
Transposing to Other Keys
177
Embellishing
185
Chord Substitutions and Turnarounds
203
Special Notation
215
Arranqinq
223
Arranging
226
Appendixes
265

Chords
111
Chord Progressions
127
Phrases and Form
145
Accompanying
153
Training Course CD
293
Index
305
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About the author (2005)

Michael Miller is the author of several successful music guides, including The Complete IdiotÂ's Guide to Songwriting, Second Edition, The Complete IdiotÂ's Guide to Solos and Improvisation, The Complete IdiotÂ's Guide to Playing Drums, Second Edition, and The Complete IdiotÂ's Guide to Music Composition.

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