Reading Music Book A Step-by-Step Introduction to Understanding Music Notation and Theory

ISBN-10: 1593373244

ISBN-13: 9781593373245

Edition: 2nd 2005

Authors: Marc Schonbrun

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Learning to read music is fun-and, now, fast as well! This easy-to-follow guide helps you master the fundamentals of music notation and theory in no time. Filled with hundreds of examples and a bonus CD, The Everything Reading Music Book brings the essential lessons to life.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
Publication date: 7/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Marc Schonbrun (Great Neck, NY) is a noted educator, musician, and writer. He is the author of several Everything? music books, including The Everything? Guitar Chords Book with CD and The Everything? Music Theory Book with CD. Mr. Schonbrun divides his time between conducting clinics around the world for musical instrument manufacturers, writing books, and performing music in New York.

Top Ten Things You Will Learn from Reading This Book
The Written Note
Why Read Music?
The Evolution of Written Music
Who Reads Music?
Different Instruments Read Different Music
The Different Forms of Written Music
Digging In
The Elements
The Staff
Identifying Notes
Defining Clefs
Beat It: Rhythm
Components of Rhythm
Basic Rhythm
More Advanced Rhythms
Everthing Else
The Long and Short of Resets
Silent Notes
Whole, Half, and Quarter Rests
Smaller Rests
Other Kinds of Rests
Meter and Time
Basic Time
Simple Meter
Compound Meter
Other Meters
Putting It All Together
Conquering Rhythm
Overcoming Rhythm
Common Rhythmic Divisions
Rests and Syncopations
Practicing Common Rhythms
The Language of Music
What Language?
Navigation in a Score
Expression Markings and Other Music Symbols
Expression Markings
Articulations of Length
Articulations of Strength
Performance Indications
Octave Signs
Miscellaneous Symbols
Instrument-Specific Notation
Multiple Voices on One Staff
The Key to Music: Keys and Key Signatures
The Concept of Musical Keys
The System of Key Signatures
The Circle of Keys
Relative Minor Keys
Using Keys for Particular Instruments
When No Key Signature is Used
Major Scales
Scales Defined
Basic Intervals
The Construction of a Major Scale
Musical DNA
Scales and Harmony
Applying Scales in Practice
Beyond Major Scales: The Minor Scale
Not Major, Minor
Where Minor Actually Comes From
The Variant Scales of Minor
Playing Minor Scales
Learning to Identify Minor Keys
Space and Distance: Musical Intervals
What Is an Interval?
Basic Interval Types
Enharmonic and Chromatic Intervals
Inverted and Extended Intervals
Intervals Quiz
Vertical Thinking: Triads, Chords, Apeggios, and Seventh Chords
Chords Origins
Major and Minor Triads
Diminished and Augmented Chords
Relating Triads to Major
Seventh Chords
Triad Inversion
Chords Written as Symbols
Basic Harmony 101
What Is Harmony?
Consonance vs. Dissonance
Basic Scale Harmony
Diatonic Chords
Minor Scale Harmony
The Dominant Chord
Basic Major Scale Chord Progressions
Correlating Melody and Harmony
Basics of Chord Progressions
The Other Chords
The Chord Ladder
Advanced Chord Progressions
Minor Keys
Substitute Chords
Voice Leading
Smooth Bass
Other Scales
Seven Modal Scales
Looking at Modes on Their Own
Other Important Scales
Transposing Instruments
What Is Transposing?
Transposing Chant
Bb Instruments
Eb Instruments
F Instruments
Octave Transposes
Musical Shorthand: Reading Lead Sheets
Standard Notation
The Elements
Chord Rhythm
Building a Bass
Chord Charts
How to Simplify a Lead Sheet
Scale and Chord Reference
Ranges of Common Instruments
Solutions to Exercises
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