- Spiral-bound: 120 pages
- Publisher: Alfred Music; 1st edition (January 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0882848976
- ISBN-13: 978-0882848976
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.2 x 12 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory, Complete (Lessons * Ear Training * Workbook)-------------- (CD's Not Included) 1st Edition
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Unfortunately, the material is available in so many formats, you can get lost trying to figure out which version to buy.
1st up, you can buy 3 separate books. Since each book is only about 40 pages long, this really doesn't make that much sense. Also, you are going to want the ear training CDs. There are only 2 CDs for the 3 books. and you have to buy them as a complete set.
So, you want to buy all the material at once. That brings us to this collection, which contains the text from all three books, but lacks the CDs.
As I mentioned, the CDs are available separately, but if you could buy the book plus the CDs as a single package, you could save a little bit over purchasing both items separately.
But, where is this all-in-one package? You might expect this to be called "Alfred's Essential of Music Theory Complete (Books 1 - 3 plus Ear Training CDs)."
Alas, it is not. It's called "Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory: A Complete Self-Study Course for All Musicians (Book & 2 CDs)", and you can find it on Amazon here:
This version also appears to have the Answer Key (which you would have to purchase separately, for even more money, if you wanted to check the answers to the quizzes). I say "appears" because I foolishly purchased this version of the product, along with the separate CDs. But glancing at the Table of Contents of the other edition has convinced me that it includes the Answer Key as well.
To summarize: this material is well worth buying, but there are too many ways to purchase it. Do yourself a favor, and buy the Complete Self-Study Course, not this edition.
I have the following minor gripes:
-This is really three books spiral bound together as one. A combined table of contents would have been most welcome.
-The CDs with the listening examples are not included and it seems the only way to acquire them is to buy the answer key book at almost $40. Phooey. How about offering the CDs with the student book for an extra $10?
-I don't care for the way this book teaches the compound meters 3/8 & 6/8. The method used is very practical and straghtforward, however, so it works out okay. It just never mentions 'compound' or 'simple' in presenting meters.
-9/8 & 12/8 are not presented. Ever.
-No asymmetric meters are presented. Ever.
With all of that out of the way, I'm happy to recommend this book for your middle school level band kids or even high school students looking to pick up some written theory, and of course as I used it for your bare-bones beginning adults with an interest in the subject.
A motivated student with the listening CDs could run through the course on his or her own, but I think you really still need a teacher for best results. Particularly as this book lacks the depth of background and explanations that an engadged student will inevitably be curious about.
This book is not a stand alone book it say complete version but in reality it is not. You need to buy another book to find the answer, then.you need to buy again, their CD's to listen to ear training. Beware of this kind of business strategy that will end up, you buying their 3 products to learn little. You can buy one book with CD for half the price of these three books.
They should give WARNING telling the buyer that they need to buy another sets to complete their music education.
If there is zero star I will give this book zero rating
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Great for those who are going to start learning music theory, recommendPublished 1 month ago by Duy H. Le
Very good book to learn the basics and advanced lessons in Music Theory. I used this for numerous music classes and it saved me many times as an Audio Production student.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm only giving this one star because it is just the workbook similar to the complete self study book except no cd.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
My piano students often need help with theory. This is a great book. It helps with theory basics and carries my students from beginner to more advanced theory. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ellen M. DuBois