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Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory: A Complete Self-Study Course for All Musicians (Book & 2 CDs) Paperback – August 1, 2004
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The book is very compact and I could imagine it might be too brief in its explanations to be useful to someone with absolutely no prior musical training. Going back through the beginning of it, I cannot find anyplace where it mentions the difference between major and minor intervals in terms of half-steps, for instance. Had I not known that much already, it would have been much more confusing learning about the difference between a major and minor third, sixth, or seventh.
As is, I have found the book only slightly confusing. A little internet research (not too much!) and a lot of self-directed practice with both guitar and keyboard seem necessary to make the material at all concrete or to explore any of the concepts in any kind of depth. The written exercises are useful to a point--I am not entirely certain that I need to be able to draw rests, sharps or flats perfectly to understand what they are, but placing notes on the staff by hand provides a way to learn visually and spatially, making the theory practical before one applies the lessons directly to an instrument.
I would recommend this book to anyone who knows a little about music and wants to know more and is willing and able to be creative in supplementing concise textbook material with self-directed practice.
This book helped me remember what I had forgotten from 4 years of piano lessons while I was in elementary school, and has familiarized me with intervals and other concepts which are necessary to communicate at a collegiate level.
Easy to follow, the ear training is very helpful. Good for beginner to college level.
Otherwise, I do find myself learning from the content.
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Absolutely met the expectations to help my grandchild understand theory.Published 1 month ago by prettykitties
This is a very comprehensive theory book....any music student would benefit from this method!Published 2 months ago by Carol Jacobs
Ok, so I didn't really get to use this as I had no time,BUT, I was able to peruse the material in there and it was music theory. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book at great price I heard about this book at Guitar Center for double the price I paid buying it through Amazon.Published 3 months ago by LIttle John
This is an excellent music theory instruction manual for an adult, perhaps one already a bit familiar with music. It might be too fast for a beginner. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Latin teacher
Love this book. I have ordered several books, supposedly for beginners, so I can learn music notation, and this is the first one that a 72-year old novice like me can understand.Published 4 months ago by Gene H. Holden