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Music Theory For Dummies, with Audio CD Paperback – November 1, 2011
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From the Back Cover
Your hands-on guide to to decoding the basics of music theory
Whether you're a student of music or a music lover, Music Theory For Dummies presents you with essential information on how to read, write, and understand music, as well as helpful hints on composing, arranging, and creating original melodies, harmonies, and chords. Don't get discouraged by the seemingly complicated subject of musical theory. With Music Theory For Dummies, understanding music has never been easier!
Find your rhythm — discover the rhyme and reason of rhythm — the most basic component of any type of music — and understand how it can make or break a performer
Take note — get plain-English guidance on how to read notes, mnemonics to help remember the order of notes on the grand staff, and basic chord progressions and musical cadences
Start making some noise — find out how to put it all together to read and play a variety of music, from classical fugues and sonatas to blues, rock, and pop
Open the book and find:
The birth of music and theory
A look at notes, rests, staves, time, and beat
How to read music notes
Ways to master the major and minor scales
Information on chords and chord progressions
The building blocks of musical form
Ways to create sound through tempo and dynamics
Music theorists you should know about
Valuable resources to add to your library
Bonus CD Includes
Tracks of example notes, chords, melodies, and more that are discussed in the book
Compose, deconstruct, and comprehend music
Play with musical forms and genres
Follow alongside musical excerpts on the audio CD
About the Author
Michael Pilhofer teaches music theory and percussions at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota. He's toured and recorded with Joe Lovano, Marian McPartland, Kenny Wheeler, and others.
Holly Day is a writing instructor at the Open Book Writing Collective in Minneapolis.