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Music Theory For Beginners: Learn To Read Music You Love Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 595 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Monumental Development Corp.; Second edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 6, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007I5JYFC
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I've been a musician for most of my life. I started piano lessons at the age of 4 and performed for audiences early on. I played the violin in a youth symphony orchestra, and learned the organ as well. I taught piano for a few years, and have been a church pianist for large churches for many years. A few years ago I recorded a CD of religious music accompanying a brilliant cellist.

I love playing for my own amusement and enjoyment, and even sit in with my son's group playing a keyboard. I also enjoy reading many different types of books, swimming, playing board and card games, and just hanging out with friends for a relaxing drink and invigorating conversation.

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This is an excellent starter book for those wishing to learn how to read music. This book is packed with information, and while it helps if you read it with a piano (or other instrument) beside you (to play around with notes), you can certainly pick up the theory without it.

I already knew some musical notation prior to reading the book (having learned piano for some years as a child), but I was still able to learn new information from this book, despite it being a relatively short read. There is certainly a lot of information in it for beginning musicians, and even intermediate musicians can probably learn something from this book as well.

The examples in the book make it easy to understand the process of reading music, and once you've gone through the book thoroughly it should be possible to pick up any book with written music and be able to understand the notes and symbols.
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Music Theory for Beginners, an eBook penned by Rachel Radcliffe is just as it says - a book to teach the non-musician (or beginning musician) how to read and understand music. Radcliffe herself is a musician, 'proficient on several instruments, most notably as a pianist and church musician according to information provided about herself. Her book is well structured, beginning with the basics and expanding in greater breadth and depth along the way - much like any cumulative, comprehensive course in school. Radcliffe makes the language simple and accessible for easy understanding, making this beginner's reference work so soundly.

Divided into specific sections, the internal organization of the book is unquestionable. Sections are demarcated as follows: intro/music notation history, parts of the staff, lines and spaces, key signature and time signature, duration (i.e.how long to hold notes), and accidentals among other sections. In each specific section, Radcliffe explains the topic with ease and 'everyday' sensibility. She never sees any reason to flash rich vocabulary at the expense of understanding; clearly, she understands her audience and niche.

While there is no need to detail/describe every section (you should read for yourselves!), there are some notable highlights. During the Intro, Radcliffe relates reading music to early life musical experiences such as playing recorders in elementary school or being a member of a middle school band. In the section entitled 'Parts of the Staff,' the author utilizes boldface to highlight important terminology, not unlike a textbook. This practice is a trend that will continue through the course of the text.
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Excellent book- very helpful. I used to know music back from my high school days, but pretty much forgot everything over time. This book was great for bringing me back up to speed. Very well written and easy to understand. Great for first timers or those just trying to refresh. I highly recommend it!@
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I play guitar, mostly for myself, to relax and enjoy music. Tablature is popular for those who don't read music, but, it adds a step to the process that makes it actually harder. I decided that I would try to find something that would educate me enough to be able to follow through, and finally succeed at reading music. I must say this book was excellent, and I think that it did the job very well, time will tell, but a great start for the beginner like me.
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I bought this book because I want to take up guitar again, but never learned to read music. It's really easy to follow and I love the glossary at the end. Rachel's book has definitely helped make learning to read music easier than I thought it would be. Recommended.
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I have been a drummer for 20+ years and just started to learn
piano. I narrowed this book from the “prime" library and I'm glad I did. For the beginner it has all that at you will need and then some. The book flows nice and builds at a good pace. Set yourself up for all the fun that learning about music can be. Music is a language and this book will get you going in the right direction.
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Rachel does a fantastic job explaining basic music theory concepts in a language that is easy to understand. Plenty of examples are provided, and her delivery of the material covered in the guitar portion is also very well presented
Kudos on a very good intro to music theory manual!
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