Music Theory For Dummies, with Audio CD

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9781118095508: Music Theory For Dummies, with Audio CD

Grasp the concepts needed to compose, deconstruct, and comprehend music

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.

Music Theory For Dummies gives you a friendly, unintimidating overview of the material covered in a typical college-level course and makes music theory easy to understand. It includes updated information on current teaching techniques; the newest music examples and genres; information on mastering major and minor scales, using intervals, and recognizing pitches and clefs; the lowdown on rhythms, tempo, dynamics, and navigation; how to transcribe the music you hear and transposing it to other keys; harmonizing and accompanying melodies; composing and arranging for voices and instruments; performing your own music; and much more.

  • Audio CD includes musical excerpts played on a variety of instruments
  • Makes learning music theory as enjoyable as it is useful
  • Tracks to a typical college-level music theory course

Don't get discouraged by the seemingly complicated written structure of musical theory. With Music Theory For Dummies, understanding music has never been easier!

CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.

 

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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, 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

About 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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