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Theory & Harmony for the Contemporary Musician Paperback – May 1, 1996

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Music Sales America (May 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825614996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825614996
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David O. Zaldivar on June 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
It makes absolutely no sense to not include the answers for this book. There are plenty of other theory books that do,,I would recommend one of those instead (IE, Harmony & Theory by Wyatt & Schroeder).
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "jazzpianist" on November 16, 1999
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This book takes you all the way from the beginner's level up to the advanced level. If you're looking to polish up your theory, and learn to use altered chords, this is the book for you. Arnie has kept this book simple to read, chapters are short and thorough, a must for every contemporary musician.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Tucker on January 30, 2013
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This book was ok but it doesn't really go into enough detail about one subject for the next to make sense. I would recommend using a more complete Theory like the Shoenberg A Theory of Harmony.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 2002
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This book is a very well written overview of music theory for any kind of instrument. The answers to the "homework" assignments should have been added to the back of the book, but overall it is concise and thorough presentation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vivace on December 28, 2010
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The book has sat on my shelf for a while...i finally decided to just go through it. Its great...its little over 100 pages so how daunting can it really be?? On the other hand to my satisfaction there is very little wasted in those 100 pages. Meaning its just terse enough...i found it just perfect.

Working through the exercises i was actually happy that the solutions werent sitting there. It forced me to go back and reread some things or make sure i understood the material. They werent very difficult, its easy to find the solution you are looking for for any question in the example material albeit probably in a different key. But the nice thing about music theory is that once you understand it in one key the rest is just transpositional work which the exercises seem to be there to encourage you to do.

Its the strangest thing, i take this book around with me during the day and read it when i get a chance and do the (non instrumental)exercises and then when i go home i find i sound much better! :)

looking for a good follow up book, so far iv been disappointed. The other books iv seen have not been nearly terse enough and too short. The great thing about this book is that he doesnt assume just because you may be unfamiliar with music theory that you are a completely inept thinker.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Daggerhart on February 24, 2010
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Theory & Harmony for the Contemporary Musician is a great theory book for musicians who would like to learn practical theory. Instead of focusing on symphonic theory, specific instrumentational theory, tone rows, or the like, Arnie Berle goes over the basics of theory that all musicians can use, whether they play jazz, classical, pop, or 12-tone styles.

The book starts the reader with the basics and fundamentals of musical concepts, and quickly jumps into scales, modes, chords, and progressions.

Highly recommended for anyone who wants to have a better grasp on what is going on "behind the scenes" in music, or even for those who want to get a head start to learning and playing music at a more professional level (ie, great for teens who will study music theory in college).
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9, 2002
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No answers to "Worksheet" pages. Answers would clarify the accuracy of the learning explained in the preceding chapter.
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