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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; and, 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! CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.
, Michael Pilhofer
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Tertiary & Higher Education
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Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Music Theory 7 Chapter 1: What Is Music Theory, Anyway? 9 Chapter 2: Determining What Notes Are Worth 15 Chapter 3: Giving It a Rest 29 Chapter 4: Introducing Time Signatures 37 Chapter 5: Playing with Beat 51 Part II: Putting Notes Together 59 Chapter 6: Music Notes (And Where to Find Them) 61 Chapter 7: Mastering the Major and Minor Scales 79 Chapter 8: Key Signatures and the Circle of Fifths 93 Chapter 9: Intervals: The Distance between Pitches 109 Chapter 10: Chord Building 133 Chapter 11: Chord Progressions 157 Part III: Musical Expression through Form, Tempo, Dynamics, and More 175 Chapter 12: The Building Blocks of Music: Rhythm, Melody, Harmony, and Song Form 177 Chapter 13: Relying on Classical Forms 189 Chapter 14: Tapping Into Popular Genres and Forms 199 Chapter 15: Creating Varied Sound through Tempo and Dynamics 207 Chapter 16: Instrument Tone Color and Acoustics 219 Part IV: The Part of Tens 225 Chapter 17: Ten Frequently Asked Questions about Music Theory 227 Chapter 18: Ten Valuable Music Resources 233 Chapter 19: Ten Music Theorists You Should Know About 239 Part V: Appendixes 247 Appendix A: On the CD 249 Appendix B: Chord Chart 255 Appendix C: Glossary 293 Index 297