Music Theory For Dummies?, with Audio CD-ROM

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  • Edition: CD
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-04-01
  • Publisher: For Dummies

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An indispensable guide for music students, musicians, and music loversFor people who want a deeper understanding and appreciation of music, or who want to do their own composing and arranging, a basic grounding in music theory is essential. Written for the nearly 30,000 college and graduate music students as well as working musicians and serious music buffs, this hands-on guide explains music theory concepts in plain English-from scales, intervals, tempos, and dynamics to chord progressions, phrasing, harmonizing, and arranging-and demonstrates how to apply them in compositions ranging from pop and rock to jazz and classical. The book includes a CD that demonstrates music theory concepts and provides examples of the way sounds and tempos can be mixed and matched for a variety of musical experiences.Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

Author Biography

Michael Pilhofer teaches music theory and percussion at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he serves as department head of the Ensembles Department. He has worked as a professional musician for more than 18 years and has toured and recorded with Joe Lovano, Marian McPartland, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Holland, Bill Holman, Wycliffe Gordon, Peter Erskine, and Gene Bertoncini.

Holly Day has written about music for numerous publications internationally, including Computer Music Journal, ROCKRGRL, Music Alive!, Guitar One, Brutarian Magazine, Interface Technology, and Mixdown magazine. Over the past couple of decades, her writing has received an Isaac Asimov Award, a National Magazine Award, and two Midwest Writer’s Grants.  Her previous books include The Insider’s Guide to the Twin Cities (3rd, 4th, and 5th Editions), Shakira, and Behind the Orange Curtain: A History of Orange County Punk Rock.

Table of Contents

Rhythm: Keeping the Beat
What Is Music Theory Anyway?
Counting Out Notes
Giving It a Rest
Time Signatures
Naturalizing the Best
Tempo and Dynamics
Melody: The Part You Hum
The Musical Staff
Instrument Tone and Color
Half Steps, Whole Steps, Sharps, and Flats
Harmony: Fleshing It Out
Key Signatures and the Circle of Fifths
The Major and Minor Scales
Building Chords
Chord Progressions
Form: How Ita??s Shaped
The Elements of Form
Classical Forms
Popular Forms
The Part of Tens
Six Most-Frequently Asked Questions About Music Theory
Ten Cool and Useful Resources
Nine Music Theorists You Should Know About
How to Use the CD
Chord Chart
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