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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Schott Music Corp.(division of B. Schott's Sohne); 2nd edition (October 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0901938165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0901938169
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anyone who completes at least half the book will have improved his or her musicianship level significantly.
Christopher Bonds
My only concern about this book, and this could be simply the edition I have, is that it's in desperate need of a facelift.
William Kostenko
If you just want to passively read a music theory book to make your ego feel good--this book is definitely NOT for you!
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Bonds VINE VOICE on June 9, 2000
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Paul Hindemith was one of the 20th Century's preeminent composers, and was also known as a superb teacher. This book is not a textbook on harmony or composition. Rather, it is a collection of exercises intended to develop basic musicianship skills, including note-reading, and rhythmic and melodic sight-singing and dictation. The exercises start off deceptively simple and increase rapidly in difficulty. For example, a typical rhythmic exercise might have two separate rhythmic lines to be performed by each hand tapping, or by singing one of the lines and clapping or tapping the other. Melodic exercises are often accompanied by a contrasting rhythm line. Exercises are presented in alto and tenor clefs as well as the more usual bass and treble. Determination is the key to success with this book. Many of the exercises must be practiced assiduously--slowly at first, then faster as skill improves. Anyone who completes at least half the book will have improved his or her musicianship level significantly.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Mark Wieczorek on December 18, 2000
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I'm taking music lessons - one hour a week. We started on this book a little over a year ago, and I think I'm on page 14. In that year, I feel that my eyes have opened up finally (or more literally, ears). My sense of rhythm, harmony, melody, and pitch, all have improved to probably double if not triple where I was last year.
I'm nowhere near god-like status, and not quite a professional level musician (though I imagine that's not far off if I keep working, which I will), but then - I'm only on page 14.
One caveat, with this, as with all music books, it helps tremendously to have a teacher to point out your mistakes & do the exercises with you. My music teacher keeps telling me that a lot of teachers don't do this method because *they* have to work too with this book. They can't just sit back & watch you read the notes, nor can they give you hour-long dissertations on whatever theory they think is relevant. They have to listen, work, and there are dictations that are meant to be done with this book as well where your teacher sings or plays or taps a part & you write it down or repeat it.
I work hard every week with this book, and so does my music teacher. If I master one exercise in that time great, if I breeze though 5 (yeah right!) fine - I know I'm getting the skills I need, and Hindenmith doesn't skimp, so I know I'm getting *all* the skills I need.
The book is broken down (if I remember correctly) into 3 repeated parts - action, time and action-in-time. Or, pitch, rhythm, and pitch with rhythm. A fourth part is the dictations.
The exercises are also inherently musical, not mindless. My teacher is constantly pointing out "that's an important interval for you to know - see how he's making you sing it?
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By William Kostenko on March 10, 2003
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This is by far the best book on its subject that I've ever worked with. For some reason it wasn't used until the second year second semester of Ear Training where I went to school, and I wonder why the college made us waste time and money on previous texts when this one had it all.
That being said, it's definitely written without self-teaching in mind. From Hindemith's mindset, and that of many pedagogues both living and deceased, the idea of teaching oneself musicianship is about as nuts as teaching oneself surgery or carpentry. Even if it were possible, the same results could be achieved with less time and effort through proper instruction, which Hindemith sought to facilitate with this text. So if you're looking for a self-teaching text, look elsewhere - you are outside the scope of this book.
My only concern about this book, and this could be simply the edition I have, is that it's in desperate need of a facelift. Taking advantage of computer layout techniques could make the exercises easier to read and the pages easier to navigate. Other than that, it's a teacher's dream for working on the nuts and bolts of musicianship.
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Paul Hindemith should have a more prominent place in the minds and repertoire of musicians. However, he was also a music professor at Yale during and after the war. He returned to Europe in 1953 and taught at a university in Zürich. As a pedagogue and even as a theorist, he was very interested in the practical applications of music. He saw absolutely no use of learning abstractions from a book that you lacked the ability to apply. Makes sense, doesn't it?

This book provides activities at a basic level. He is correct that if you can learn and do all of the activities in this book, you will inevitably get a solid grounding in basic theory. You will not only learn about rhythm, pitch, and notation, you will also learn to write down what you hear (an ability called dictation).

The material here is fairly easy for a well trained musician, but very difficult for a beginner, and probably impossible for a beginner without a good teacher. The main thing to note is that this is a very activity oriented approach and was put together by a fine musician who was an important composer, theorist, and teacher.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ravishankar R on April 27, 2007
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I am in the 9th chapter as i am writing the review and i must tell it is a must read for anyone who aspires to be a 'Musician'. No wonder musicians during and before Hindemith lived were conisdered as artists unlike today's overtly commercial, artificial, completely lacking in talent 'sound makers'. I would particularly recommend this for teachers as it is a wonderful tool for teaching the intricacies of music(though this is only Elementary Training).
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