Multcolib Research Picks: Music Theory: Part I - Basics
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.