Music Theory For Dummies?

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  • Copyright: 2007-07-01
  • Publisher: For Dummies
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Many people grimace at the sound of music theory. It can conjure up bad memories of grade school music classes, rattle the brains of college students, and make self-taught musicians feel self-defeated. Music Theory may seem tedious and unnecessary, especially since not many people can read music. Luckily," Music Theory for Dummies" shows you the fun and easy way to understanding the concepts needed to compose, deconstruct, and comprehend music. This helpful guide will give you a great grasp of: Note value and counting notes Treble and bass clefs Time signatures and measures Naturalizing the rhythm Tempo and dynamic Tone, color, and harmonics Half steps and whole steps Harmonic and melodic intervals Key signatures and circles of fifths Scales, chords, and their progressions Elements of form Music theory's fascinating history This friendly guide not only explores these concepts, it provides examples of music to compliment them so you can hear how they sound firsthand. With a bonus CD that demonstrates these ideas with musical excerpts on guitar and piano, this hands-on resource will prove to you that music theory is as enjoyable as it is useful. Don't get discouraged by the seemingly complicated written structure. With "Music Theory for Dummies," understanding music has never been easier! Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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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