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Hal Leonard Pocket Music Theory: A Comprehensive and Convenient Source for All Musicians Paperback – September 1, 2002
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I gave 5 stars to another book called "Music Theory Made Easy", and while I don't regret giving it that rating for its own reasons, "Pocket Music Theory" is about the same price yet covers three times as much material, including how all of it relates to the formal structure of sheet music notation. It also swiftly addresses the bogus argument that so many rock musicians use an excuse: the myth that learning music theory will limit your creativity. On the contrary, music theory facilitates communication and lets you better express the creative ideas you have in mind.
Whether you're a beginner or advanced when it comes to music theory, you're bound to pick up something from this book. It starts with the most basic fundamentals of sound, and gradually builds off each previous section until coming to composition methods you might learn in a second or even third year course at a music college. For me, I already long-since knew my scales and modes, but I was still curious about why progressions that go beyond one scale could still sound "right". Why do we use a blues scale over dominant seventh chords? Why do those chord progressions of Beatles songs sound so good even though they go outside of the scale? This book analyzed the situations and answered those types of questions, and more.Read more ›
This little gem lays the basics of music theory out in logical sequence in a wonderfully clear and concise way. It is filled with handy little references - such as a table with suggested metronome speed ranges for various tempos, chord and interval look-up tables, etc.
It suggests an exercise to do after explaining each point, including ear training exercises (which I never understood the importance of before.)
Work your way through this little book, take advantage of some of the terrific ear training and theory drill websites and you won't need much else unless you plan to become a professional.
As to the reviewer who gave it only star because it is too simplistic, one has to ask what on earth did he expect from something pocket sized that covers all the elements of music theory in only 130 pages - including exercises and answers?
It has been handy within days of receiving it.
If you already have some background in music theory and just need something to jog or expand your memory, this is the thing.
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Great resource in a small paperback book! Good explanations and examples are given. Makes it easy to have at hand. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Chris
The Afterword, Appendix, and Index are missing in the Kindle Edition.Published 5 months ago by Internet Consumer
I hate the Kindle version. The illustrations are very small and they are also opaque on my Kindle Paper White. Halftone illustrations! What a great idea! I can't see them. Read morePublished 5 months ago by herold
This is an excellent compact reference. It is, for the most part, very clearly written, and well organized, and it covers a lot of ground, from the very basic (pitch, intervals),... Read morePublished 6 months ago by David Kn.