Music Theory for Dummies�

ISBN-10: 1118095502
ISBN-13: 9781118095508
Edition: 2nd 2012
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 11/10/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

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!

Introduction
Getting Started with Music Theory
What Is Music Theory, Anyway?
Determining What Notes Are Worth
Giving It a Rest
Introducing Time Signatures
Playing with Beat
Putting Notes Together
Music Notes (And Where to Find Them)
Mastering the Major and Minor Scales
Key Signatures and the Circle of Fifths
Intervals: The Distance between Pitches
Chord Building
Chord Progressions
Musical Expression through Form, Tempo, Dynamics, and More
The Building Blocks of Music: Rhythm, Melody, Harmony, and Song Form
Relying on Classical Forms
Tapping Into Popular Genres and Forms
Creating Varied Sound through Tempo and Dynamics
Instrument Tone Color and Acoustics
The Part of Tens
Ten Frequently Asked Questions about Music Theory
Ten Valuable Music Resources
Ten Music Theorists You Should Know About
Appendixes
On the CD
Chord Chart
Glossary
Index

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