Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Theory

ISBN-10: 1592574378

ISBN-13: 9781592574377

Edition: 2nd 2005 (Revised)

Authors: Michael Miller
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Description: Published in 1992, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Theoryhas proven itself as one of Alpha's best-selling books and perhaps the best-selling trade music theory book ever published. In the new updated and expanded second edition, the book includes a special CD and book section on ear training. The hour-long ear-training course reinforces the basic content of the book with musical examples of intervals, scales, chords, and rhythms. Also provided are aural exercises students can use to test their ear training and transcription skills. The CD is accompanied by a 20-page section of exercises and examples.

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List price: $19.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/6/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

Pitches and Clefs
Understanding Musical Tones
Tones Have Value
What's the Frequency, Kenneth?
Play by Numbers
Do Re Mi
Tones Have Names
Learning the ABCs
Notes on a Piano Keyboard
Notes on a Staff
Above-and Below-the Staff
Different Clefs
The Treble Clef
The Bass Clef
The Grand Staff
Specialty Clefs
The Percussion Clef
Be Sharp-or Be Flat
Steppin' Out
A Matter of Degrees
First Things First
Major and Minor Intervals
Perfect Intervals
Augmented and Diminished Intervals
Beyond the Octave
Intervals and Half Steps
Eight Notes Equal One Scale
Major Scales
Minor Scales
Natural Minor
Harmonic Minor
Melodic Minor
In the Mode
Major and Minor Keys
Keys to Success
Using Key Signatures
Major Keys
Minor Keys
The Circle of Fifths
Accidents Will Happen
Changing Keys
Note Values and Basic Notation
Taking the Measure of Things
Taking Note-of Notes
Whole Notes
Half Notes
Quarter Notes
Eighth Notes
Sixteenth Notes
Taking Count
Taking a Rest
Taking a Note-and Dotting It
Taking Two Notes-and Tying Them Together
Taking the Beat and Dividing by Three
Time Signatures
Measuring the Beats
Quarter-Note Time
Eighth-Note Time
Half Time
Changing the Time
Grouping the Beats
Tempo, Dynamics, and Navigation
Taking the Pulse
Beats per Minute
Italian Tempo Terms
Speeding Up-and Slowing Down
Hold That Note!
Getting Loud-and Getting Soft
Dynamic Markings
Changing Dynamics
Play It Harder
More Dynamics
Finding Your Way
Repeating Sections
Repeating Measures
Repeating Notes
Repeating Rests
Combining Tones and Rhythms
Common Melodic Techniques
Dvorak's New World Symphony
Bach's Minuet in G
Michael, Row the Boat Ashore
Pachelbel's Canon in D
Composing Your First Melody
What Makes a Melody Memorable?
Center on a Pitch
Make Sure You End Up at Home
Stay Within the Scale
Use the Big Five
Find the Hook
Create Variations
Write in Four-or Eight, or Sixteen
Make It Move
Take Small Steps
Stay in Range
Avoid Unsingable Intervals
Keep the Rhythm Simple
Stay in Time
Set Up-and Resolve-Tension
Set Up a Call and Response
Establish Symmetry
Balance Repetition and Variety
Follow the Chord Progressions
Follow the Form
Follow the Words
Write for a Specific Instrument or Voice
Be Unique
Learn More About Composing
Forming a Chord
Different Types of Chords
Major Chords
Minor Chords
Diminished Chords
Augmented Chords
Chord Extensions
Other Extensions
Altered, Suspended, and Power Chords
Altered Chords
Suspended Chords
Power Chords
Inverting the Order
Adding Chords to Your Music
The Complete Idiot's Chord Reference
Chord Progressions
Chords for Each Note in the Scale
Creating a Progression
It's All About Getting Home
One Good Chord Leads to Another
Ending a Phrase
Perfect Cadence
Plagal Cadence
Imperfect Cadence
Interrupted Cadence
Common Chord Progressions
Circle of Fifths Progression
Singing the Blues
Chords and Melodies
Fitting Chords to a Melody
Writing a Melody to a Chord Progression
Phrases and Form
Parts of a Song
Instrumental Solo
Putting It All Together
Head Cases
Classical Music Forms
Transcribing What You Hear
Training Your Ear
Developing Superhearing
Hearing Pitch
Hearing Intervals
Hearing Rhythms
Hearing Melodies
Hearing Keys
Hearing Chords and Chord Progressions
Writing It All Down
Accompanying Melodies
What's the Score?
Working from a Lead Sheet
Working from a Chord Sheet
Working from a Melody
Working from Nothing
Working the Form
Playing the Part
Block Chord Accompaniment
Rhythmic Accompaniment
Arpeggiated Accompaniment
Moving Bass
One Good Strum Deserves Another
Transposing to Other Keys
Move Your Notes Around
Why You Need to Transpose
Four Ways to Transpose
Step-Wise Transposition
Degree-Wise Transposition
Interval-Based Transposition
Software-Based Transposition
Harmony and Counterpoint
Two Ways to Enhance a Melody
Living in Harmony
Voicing and Inversions
Making Harmony Parts More Melodic
Voice Leading
Making a Point-with Counterpoint
Creating Your First Counterpoint
What to Avoid
Avoid Extended Parallel Movement
Avoid Big Leaps
Avoid Dissonant Intervals-Unless They Resolve
Chord Substitutions and Turnarounds
Extending a Good Thing
Altering the Bass
Two Chords Are Better Than One
One Good Chord Can Replace Another
Diatonic Substitution
Major Chord Substitutions
Minor Chord Substitutions
Dominant Seventh Substitutions
Functional Substitutions
Special Notation
Throwing a Curve
The Long and the Short of It
When Is a Note More Than a Note?
Grace Notes
Arpeggiated Chords
Getting Into the Swing of Things
Getting the Word
Composing and Arranging for Voices and Instruments
Vocal Arranging
Voice Characteristics
Vocal Ranges
Instrumental Arranging
Instrument Characteristics
Good Keys and Bad Keys
Instrumental Ranges
Lead Sheets and Scores
Follow the Rules
Take the Lead
Make It Simple
Chord Sheets
The Nashville Number System
Sing It Loud
Jazz It Up for Big Bands
Strike Up the (Concert) Band
Make the Big Score-for the Symphonic Orchestra
Use the Computer
Performing Your Music
Preparing the Parts
Rehearsal Routines
How to Conduct Yourself
Conducting in Four
Conducting in Two
Conducting in Three
Finding the Beat
Practicing in the Real World
The Complete Idiot's Music Glossary
The Complete Idiot's Chord Reference
Answers to Chapter Exercises
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Theory, Second Edition, Ear Training Course CD
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