Multcolib Research Picks: Music Theory: Part I - Basics

All About Music Theory
All About Music Theory A Fun and Simple Guide to Understanding Music By Harrison, Mark (Book - 2009 ) 781 H321a 2009 All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:Basic theory for teens and adults, starting with finding notes on a keyboard, as a way to understand scales, intervals, key signatures and chords. Logical organization of content for all levels of knowledge.

Berklee Music Theory
Berklee Music Theory Book 1, Basic Principles of Rhythm, Scales, and Intervals By Schmeling, Paul (Book Plus CD - 2011 ) 781.2 S3477b 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:This book starts with rhythm as compared to others in this list that start with melody. Part of an excellent sequence for learning music skills from teachers at the Berklee College of Music. The CD follows the examples in the book.

Contemporary Music Theory
Contemporary Music Theory Level One By Harrison, Mark (Book - 1995 ) 781 H321c 1995 Available in some locations

Annotation:From the preface: "Everything is presented from the viewpoint of the contemporary musician and is information you can then use right away in your playing or composing/arranging. " Aimed to pop and jazz musicians.

Music Basics for Guitarists
Music Basics for Guitarists Learn the Fundamentals of Music Theory, Chord Progressions, Scales, Notation, and More (Book Plus CD - 2010 ) 781.2 M9873 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Reading music, chords, scales and modes, aimed for musicians who play by ear and want to learn about theory. A CD accompanies this practical guide, for people who already know a lot from playing by ear.

Music Theory
Music Theory By Kolb, Tom (Printed Music - 2005 ) M- 787.613 K81m All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:A book specifically for guitarists, with practice exercises on every page to try out with the guitar in hand.

Music Theory for Musical Theatre
Music Theory for Musical Theatre By Bell, John (Book - 2008 ) 782.111 B433m 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:Excellent text and illustrations, step by step from the basics, starting with melody. A useful guide for everyone, not just people interested in musical theatre.

Sing your Way Through Theory
Sing your Way Through Theory A Music Theory Workbook for the Contemporary Singer By Adams, Kris (Book Plus CD - 2011 ) 783 A2148s 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:A book of clear explanations explained succinctly, with a CD to listen to (and sing along with) for the many examples. Perfect for singers who want to expand their knowledge of underlying structure of music.

Theory Essentials
Theory Essentials An Integrated Approach to Harmony, Ear Training, and Keyboard Skills By Mayfield, Connie (Book Plus CD - 2003 ) M- 781.2 M468t 2003 All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:A textbook-approach to learning music theory, starting from reading music basics to individual chapters on triads and specific chord structures. A CD provides examples from a wide range of musical genres. This book is good for focused study through the chapters, allowing time for the practice exercises that are included in the book.

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Want to learn music theory to pick up new skills, or learn theory in a more comprehensive way? Take a look at these suggestions of music theory guides, just a selection of the books about music theory from Multnomah County Library, from basic to advanced.

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