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Theory of Harmony (California Library Reprint Series) Paperback – February 16, 1983
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I took music theory in college, and never became enraptured with the mysteries of music through it - rather, I became disillusioned and a little bored. This is the first time, through careful reading and discussion with a friend, that I have begun to understand musical concepts on a deeper level, and it has inspired me to dig deeper - to listen better. My musical education, by the time I complete the reading of this book, will have increased by a substantial measure.
I'm enjoying the study of this book immensely.
If you want a hardcore study, and want to come to understand things about sound and harmony you would never even guess at; if you want to learn to write music (and not just throw chords together because they sound great) with purpose; if you yearn to understand WHY that one song sounds so incredible, and to learn how to evoke emotions through similar progressions and melody, this is the book for you, and it is worth many times the amount of money requested here. However, if you want a quick study of harmony with easy-to-understand, simplified concepts, countless pictures of hands shaped to play chords, and large illustrated diagrams of the grand staff, you will not be satisfied.
I'm doing what I call a "slow burn" study of Arnold's instructions. My aural perception (my "ear") has sharpened as a result. I would NOT say, by any means that this is the only way to do this. But I do believe that it is an excellent way. The book is a long slow slog. Arnold obsesses about minutiae and he philosophises about aesthetics. The reader is free to skip over these sections and get to the meat of the harmonies.
I wish this book had more practitioners . Again, as I said earlier, I believe the real value is in the practice, not simply reading.
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