- Spiral-bound: 120 pages
- Publisher: Alfred Music; 1st edition (January 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0882848976
- ISBN-13: 978-0882848976
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.5 x 11.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 266 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,530 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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This is a great adult and teen learning tool. My guess is that it would work well with smart, serious kids as well. As with any music learning it is probably helpful to have access to a keyboard or fretboard while using it. Even a little free keyboard app would work.
If you aren't looking for Kostka and Payne (Tonal Harmony) level training, this little gem is a real winner, eye opener, key to understanding. I wish I had gotten it as a kid when I was first learning to read music and play an instrument.
As a result of my experience with this book I have subsequently investigated other books from the same publisher (Alfred Music). I am currently using two others that while structured differently are on par with this Essentials of Music. Amazing.
-arrived on nov 23rd
-the font size is great not too small such that your eyes will hurt,unlike other brands
-this edition has answer sheets at the back
-it has simple and succinct explanations
-it has questions for you to try
-for a music theory dummy like me, this book has better explanation because they simplify or rather explain in layman's term. Hence, it's easier to understand.
-i have tried other music theory books and just could not understand the explanation. So this is an important factor for people like me who really has difficulty in understanding the music theory.
-Price is extremely affordable especially for where I come from. This kind of books would cost 4 TIMES the actual price because they want to make profit.
My real gripe is with the ear training exercises. There isn't nearly enough. I ended up buying the Auralia app for interval training. It's definitely worth $2. I will probably buy the other ear training apps as I find out what I need to learn.
Overall, this is a good book. I'm happy with it, but I can see where some people might feel a little lost. I think a teacher would be able to supplement with other exercises for students needing more practice. I do recommend this book.
I use this text in conjunction with other groups of works (like Bartok's "Mikrokosmos") to teach how to play piano music. This book certainly goes through things in a concise and easy to understand way. Even though this is a method for adults, it works even better for kids!
The best part about this book is that it is in a very palpable format; it serves musical theory in bite-size chunks and then reviews with very decent exercises. There are reviews and ear training as well. I have had several students finish this book, and they all have a firm grasp of music theory and can learn to play any instrument they would like... So what I have done with this method book is to teach students how to be "professional musicians," rather than "amateur pianists."
It seems precise and has a huge amount of info. It does not overwhelm, however. So, I'm happy with it
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Its not recommended to learn by yourself. But its perfect to use in class like educational support.