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A freindly, clearly explained primer for music theory. From what is a staff to basic chord progressions and everything in between, including key signatures, scales, modes, and much more. Each chapter and section includes a comprehensive, cross-referenced review, specially designed for optimal memorization. In addition, practical use exercises reinforce what is learned. Boo A freindly, clearly explained primer for music theory. From what is a staff to basic chord progressions and everything in between, including key signatures, scales, modes, and much more. Each chapter and section includes a comprehensive, cross-referenced review, specially designed for optimal memorization. In addition, practical use exercises reinforce what is learned. Book contains a large glossary, index, blank staff paper, and a piano keyboard which doubles as a bookmark and is used with the reviews.


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A freindly, clearly explained primer for music theory. From what is a staff to basic chord progressions and everything in between, including key signatures, scales, modes, and much more. Each chapter and section includes a comprehensive, cross-referenced review, specially designed for optimal memorization. In addition, practical use exercises reinforce what is learned. Boo A freindly, clearly explained primer for music theory. From what is a staff to basic chord progressions and everything in between, including key signatures, scales, modes, and much more. Each chapter and section includes a comprehensive, cross-referenced review, specially designed for optimal memorization. In addition, practical use exercises reinforce what is learned. Book contains a large glossary, index, blank staff paper, and a piano keyboard which doubles as a bookmark and is used with the reviews.

30 review for Basic Music Theory

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cass

    I abandoned this about a quarter of the way through. The book is immature. Too many fonts on a page, silly titles that give no indication as to the contents of the chapter. The book overuses quirky icons to let the reader know something important is being said -- somewhat akin to the "dummies" books. I read it as an ebook, but I am wondering if it may be intended as a high school textbook. The music theory is dumbed down spectacularly. Explaining in great detail whether the stem of the note goes I abandoned this about a quarter of the way through. The book is immature. Too many fonts on a page, silly titles that give no indication as to the contents of the chapter. The book overuses quirky icons to let the reader know something important is being said -- somewhat akin to the "dummies" books. I read it as an ebook, but I am wondering if it may be intended as a high school textbook. The music theory is dumbed down spectacularly. Explaining in great detail whether the stem of the note goes above or below the head. Lots of words are used when an illustration would often serve better. When the staff is introduced the hand is displayed as a good pneumonic, but I never understood for what.. So I could remember that a staff had five lines and four spaces.. Seems overkill. The book begins with a long (boring) history lesson which would probably have been more interesting if I had wanted to read history. I didn't. I wanted basic theory. I feel like this is a junior high textbook... But if so, why was it sold as a cheap ebook?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Page

    totally friendly

  3. 4 out of 5

    Denisse Garza

    I really liked this book, more than I expected.. I have seen some reviews saying that this book is "immature", because of its comical style, but I think that it's its strongest feature, since studying music doesn't have to be a pain in the ass, specially for a newbie like myself :) who at 24 years old just started studying piano. This is a great reference book, and I see myself coming back to review some information. I am also planning to buy the book "Practice of practice" by the same author :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    I almost stopped reading this as it came across as extremely basic, and almost childish, but as you get into the later chapters it feels like the author decided to abandoned his "dummies guide to..." info graphics and began actually focusing on the material. The first 3/4 of the book is all the basic stuff you learned in 3rd grade about the various notes and symbols, but once you get passed that it is a nice meaty crash course in the structures of music. Considering after reading it I now know any I almost stopped reading this as it came across as extremely basic, and almost childish, but as you get into the later chapters it feels like the author decided to abandoned his "dummies guide to..." info graphics and began actually focusing on the material. The first 3/4 of the book is all the basic stuff you learned in 3rd grade about the various notes and symbols, but once you get passed that it is a nice meaty crash course in the structures of music. Considering after reading it I now know anything about music theory I would recommend this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    This was an easy-to-read basic music theory book. It starts all the way at the beginning (this is sound! this is a note!) and works up to basic chord progressions and analysis. I bought this book as a refresher and to fill a couple of holes in my own knowledge of theory, and was very pleased.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jason Comely

    A basic but thorough overview of music theory. I wish the information was presented in a more novel or memorable way, but it's worth the read, and Jonathan seems like a congenial guy you could talk to and be inspired by.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie JNote

    I loved being able to learn more about music and gaining a better understanding of some of the things I’ve been doing while playing the keyboard. Some stuff I still may need to study more but everyday is a learning experience

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tome Addiction

    As a guitar player for over 30 years a great book to brush up on my theory.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rod Wilfong

    Very in depth, easy to read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ariel Lynn

    Where to start, where to start? Let's start with the positive: Basic Music Theory has lots of humorous parts and it starts off very easy. The book provides mnemonic devices and other tricks to remember the facts of music theory. Additionally, at the end of each chapter there are practical activities that drive home the previous reading. At the back of the book, there are also a keyboard and guitar fret to use as a study aid during the reading and afterwards. Now, onto the negatives: I'm a big stick Where to start, where to start? Let's start with the positive: Basic Music Theory has lots of humorous parts and it starts off very easy. The book provides mnemonic devices and other tricks to remember the facts of music theory. Additionally, at the end of each chapter there are practical activities that drive home the previous reading. At the back of the book, there are also a keyboard and guitar fret to use as a study aid during the reading and afterwards. Now, onto the negatives: I'm a big stickler for proper English, grammar, and, especially in a book that purports to teach on a subject like music theory and includes examples, properly depicted examples showing that which the introduction says. I think that, in the 3rd Edition of a book, it's not a huge request. Unfortunately, this book did not live up to those simple requests. In fact, it would appear that a typographical error in one of the follow-up quizzes at the end of an early chapter was purposely crafted to spell out a swear. After I realized that there were errors in the examples intended to teach novices how to read and craft music, all other examples became suspect. If I didn't understand the concept, and I looked to an example for more information, how could I trust that the example would be correct? Whoever was the editor on this book deserved to have been fired. Toward the middle to the end of this book, I found myself reading anything other than Basic Music Theory. I even read the instruction manual for my new scale as a way to complete my before-bed-reading ritual, without reading this book. If I wasn't also a stickler for finishing the books I start, I would have put this book down.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rosebud

    Only completed the first two chapters before I had to return to the library. May buy this to use in teaching piano to my niece. I never had a music theory class. So far, the author seems to use a straightforward approach, touched with humor, that might be more pleasant than music theory's reputation.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    This book goes back to basics and teaches the simple things from a point of view that is easy to understand. I can understand that some would be annoyed by the incredibly simplistic writing and somewhat childish format, but I think it makes it easier to read and.. well, it doesn't hurt to learn the basics again, now does it?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kelly McCubbin

    Nice, easy to follow, basic music theory primer with a breezy air to it. If you're new to theory, this should help. If you needed a refresher like I did, likewise. Again, it's BASIC. Don't expect much more difficult than disjunct chord movement and plagal progressions. But well put together for sure.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Arvydas Sidorenko

    Beware - the theory is with an emphasis in piano.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nitasha

    3.5

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ibraheem

    I think it's a good book for beginners but for someones who know even a little about music it will be boring .

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hriday

    An easy reference guide ideal to keep handy for a quick brush up.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shari

    Excellent book, but only finished part one and two. I'll need to get this again so I can finish. There is so much to understand, you have to take it slow.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Sorensen

    wanted to brush up on my music theory on a long plane ride. good read for that purpose.

  20. 4 out of 5

    shaun martin

  21. 5 out of 5

    BILL RAKES

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kim

  23. 5 out of 5

    Madhu

  24. 5 out of 5

    Greg

  25. 5 out of 5

    Steve

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joe

  27. 4 out of 5

    Deanna

  28. 4 out of 5

    Robert Tessmer

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bob

  30. 5 out of 5

    Debby

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