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The Twelve Notes Of Music: Ear Training And Interval Study Course Paperback – February 9, 2005

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"Brilliant yet simple approach to complex subject. Excellent." -- J ACKLEY Tinley Park, IL, online review 2004

someone has taken the time to put it all into easy to understand, logical terms that many musicians can grasp -- Rocky Weeks, B.A. Music from University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: MJS Music & Entertainment LLC (February 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097629172X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976291725
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,306,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jason E. Sagebiel on August 13, 2007
I purchased this book in the hopes of finding a method to use with some of my students. As a professional teacher and performer, I am terribly dissapointed. In its 20 pages, the book does little more than define what intervals are, and offers little practical advice and no useful exercises on how to sucessfully learn intervals or recognize pitch. Further, the title 'Music Theory: Ear Training and Interval Study Course' is quite misleading. Sternal attempts to teach the student intervals by having the student play all intervals from the minor second up to the octave on the guitar. Thus, If you are not a guitar player, and/or do not read his non-standard guitar tablature this method will be completely useless for you. The back cover claims that this is a method for guitar, piano, or voice of which only guitar is really feasible because there are no notes or diagrams that can be read by vocalists or pianists or any other instrument for that matter (It only uses fretboard diagrams). Also, the front cover fails to mention that this is only intended for guitar, piano, and voice. If you are not a guitarist, this method will be unintelligible for you. If you are a guitarist, I would strongly suggest you find a different method as this is hardly a method, but more a very poor definition of intervals. This method is also problematic for guitar players in that Sternal does not address the tuning issues of the guitar. If you do not understand the problems of tuning a guitar, you will be learing these intervals incorrectly since you are using an improperly tuned guitar as a pitch reference. I hardly ever write reviews, but I was so turned off by this that I felt obligated to prevent others from making the same mistake.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J M Corlew on April 22, 2006
I own 3 books by this author. All have greatly helped me. "The Twelve Notes Of Music" has given me a complete understanding of the notes that make up music. The approach is very unique and from the beginning allows the student to control the pace of learning. This book is for piano or guitar. I play mostly guitar, but I do own a keyboard and it has helped me understand both.

Chapter One allows you to pick any note on your instrument. Each chapter that follows builds upon that note, explaining the unique qualitites the notes share. By the end of the book you have built an entire key of music, learning what each note combination can offer. It is recommended that you repeat the book a few times with different keys. After learning 2 or 3 musical keys with "The Twelve Notes Of Music" I found that I was able to transpose to all musical keys.

There is also a handy chord and scale formula chart near the end.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. R. Taylor on August 6, 2007
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This was so not worth the money. Very little information in a few poorly written pages. What information that is there is available in almost any of the most basic of theory books.
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