The Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Theory

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Penguin, 2005 - Music - 314 pages
22 Reviews
A music theory book that hits the high note ┬ů

This updated and expanded edition of The Complete Idiot┬'s Guide┬« to Music Theory breaks down a difficult subject in a simple way┬Śeven 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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An excellent introduction to overview of music theory. - Goodreads
Great reference for music teachers. - Goodreads
I continually use this for reference. - Goodreads
... will keep it close as reference. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Tambor - Goodreads

very helpful book. will keep it close as reference. Read full review

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

User Review  - Andria - Goodreads

I continually use this for reference. However, there are some minute details that the author doesn't cover, which can be imperative to understanding music theory. Added bonus for the ear training CD, that I have yet to use. 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 Idiot┬'s Guide to Songwriting, Second Edition, The Complete Idiot┬'s Guide to Solos and Improvisation, The Complete Idiot┬'s Guide to Playing Drums, Second Edition, and The Complete Idiot┬'s Guide to Music Composition.

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