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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 3 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Sol Ut Press
- Audible.com Release Date: April 26, 2017
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0713Q4VKP
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Basic Music Theory, 4th Edition: How to Read, Write, and Understand Written Music Audible – Unabridged
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Top Customer Reviews
This book does the trick. It is very approachable, it has a discussion with you. It offers tricks to help you remember which is which (example such as the whole or half rests (hole or hat....how it looks on a line). I wanted to have a book where I could find the answers quickly so I could get back to playing. Although I do have some music experinece, I think this would be great for the beginner. I think, for this case, this book would be better choice than the idiot and dummies books and I am a big fan of those books.
One omission from the first edition was a very funny page on the blues. Perhaps it was not politically correct enough for the new publisher ( self published). Interestingly, this book is custom printed on demand by Amazon, so it takes a few extra days. Excellent binding, but some captions have strange formatting.
It's really quite thorough while being concise.
The book is set out in seven parts, each part progressing the readers knowledge and ability in a logical manner. Naturally, parts 5, 6, and 7 require more of the reader than the earlier chapters, but I haven't come across anything that better explains the theory behind intervals and chords. It's an American book with American notation, so Harnum talks in terms of whole notes and fractions of notes, not crotchets and quavers, but that's fine with me.
I have two pieces of advice... Buy the book and, don't skip any section, test, or review until you're absolutely certain you understand the theory. Otherwise you'll either be a less competent musician, or you'll end up re-reading sections (like I did!).
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If you already know that a musical staff has 5 lines you probably won't be learning much from this book.Read more