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Get more out of music with this essential guide Music Theory For Dummies makes music theory easy to understand, with a friendly, unintimidating overview of everything you need to know to become fluent at knocking out beats, reading musical scores, and learning to anticipate where a song should go whether you're reading someone else's music or writing your own. Whether you're a music student or a music lover, you'll learn to read, write, and understand music with this informative guide. With expert instruction, you'll put it all together as you compose, arrange, and create original melodies, harmonies, and chords of your own, with helpful tips for performing your pieces in front of an audience. This new third edition presents the most current teaching techniques, the newest music genres and examples, and updated information on all aspects of understanding, creating, and performing music. Studies have shown that music training improves children's' verbal and spatial abilities, and it's been associated with cognitive and mathematical benefits in adults.
The music job market is expected to increase over the coming years, and music theory is becoming an increasingly common part of education at all levels. Music Theory For Dummies provides the instruction you need to get more out of music than you ever thought possible. * Master major and minor scales, intervals, pitches, and clefs * Understand basic notation, time signals, tempo, dynamics, and navigation * Employ melodies, chords, progressions, and phrases to form music * Compose harmonies and accompanying melodies for voice and instruments Whether you intend to pursue a degree or career in music, or just enjoy listening to it, understanding the theory behind it gives you a whole new appreciation for the artistry and craftsmanship behind the pieces that give you goose bumps. It's a mix of technical skill, inborn talent, and plenty of practice and now you can try your hand at it, with Music Theory For Dummies.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 193 x 232 x 17mm | 446g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 4th Edition
  • 1118990943
  • 9781118990940
  • 7,404

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Learn to: Identify the building blocks of musicUnderstand music -- whether you're playing, writing, or analyzing itMaster the concepts of classical, rock, blues, jazz, and pop music

Get more out of music with this essential guide

Whether you're pursuing a career in music or just enjoy listening to it, understanding music theory helps you appreciate the artistry and craftsmanship involved in composing great pieces. Inside, you'll discover the technical skill, inborn talent, and plenty of practice that goes into making beautiful music.Music Theory 101 -- discover the birth of music theory, understand how theory can help your music, and get to know time signatures, rests, and beatsMeet the staff, clefs, and notes -- put notes together, master the major and minor scales, and grasp key signatures and the circle of fifthsGo the distance -- find out about intervals (the distance between pitches), chord building, and chord progressionsFind your groove -- get acquainted with musical expression through tempo and dynamics and delve into instrument tone color and acousticsThe building blocks of music -- tap into classical and popular genres to wrap your mind around rhythm, melody, harmony, and strong form

Open the book and find: The fundamentals of music theoryWays to manipulate and combine notesWhy music theory can help your musicHow to establish rhythm and shape a melodyThe keys to reading a musical scoreA handy chord chartTen music theorists you should know aboutAccess to audio tracks online to aid your comprehension
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Table of contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Music Theory 5 Chapter 1: What Is Music Theory, Anyway? 7 Chapter 2: Determining What Notes Are Worth 13 Chapter 3: Giving It a Rest 29 Chapter 4: Introducing Time Signatures 39 Chapter 5: Playing with Beat 53 Part II: Putting Notes Together 61 Chapter 6: Music Notes (And Where to Find Them) 63 Chapter 7: Mastering the Major and Minor Scales 81 Chapter 8: Key Signatures and the Circle of Fifths 95 Chapter 9: Intervals: The Distance Between Pitches 109 Chapter 10: Chord Building 135 Chapter 11: Chord Progressions 169 Part III: Musical Expression through Tempo and Dynamics 187 Chapter 12: Creating Varied Sound through Tempo and Dynamics 189 Chapter 13: Instrument Tone Color and Acoustics 201 Part IV: Musical Expression through Form 207 Chapter 14: The Building Blocks of Music: Rhythm, Melody, Harmony, and Song Form 209 Chapter 15: Relying on Classical Forms 221 Chapter 16: Tapping Into Popular Genres and Forms 231 Part V: The Part of Tens 239 Chapter 17: Ten Frequently Asked Questions about Music Theory 241 Chapter 18: Ten Keys to Reading a Musical Score 247 Chapter 19: Ten Music Theorists You Should Know About 251 Part VI: Appendixes 259 Appendix A: Audio Tracks 261 Appendix B: Chord Chart 267 Appendix C: Glossary 305 Index 309
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About Michael Pilhofer

Mike Pilhofer holds a Masters of Music in Music Education with a Jazz Emphasis from the Eastman School of Music and is an in-demand clinician. Holly Day's work has appeared in over 3,000 print and electronic publications internationally.
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