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Music Theory For Dummies
Michael Pilhofer - Jul 11, 2019 (first published in 2007)
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Music Theory For Dummies, tracks to a typical Music Theory course at the college level, breaking difficult concepts down to a manageable size for understanding and retention....
Music Theory for Guitarists
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask (Guitar Method)
Tom Kolb - May 01, 2005
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Guitarists of all levels will find a wealth of practical music knowledge in this special book and CD package. Veteran guitarist and author Tom Kolb dispels the mysteries of music theory using plain and simple terms and diagrams. The accompanying CD provides 94 tracks of music examples, scales, modes, chords, ear training, and much more!...
The Jazz Theory Book
Mark Levine - Jan 01, 1995
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The most highly-acclaimed jazz theory book ever published! Over 500 pages of comprehensive, but easy to understand text covering every aspect of how jazz is constructed---chord construction, II-V-I progressions, scale theory, chord/scale relationships, the blues, reharmonization, and much more. A required text in universities world-wide, translated...
The Practical Guide to Modern Music Theory for Guitarists
The complete guide to music theory from a guitarist's point of view (Guitar theory)
Mr Joseph Alexander - Nov 20, 2014 (first published in 2013)
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Learn guitar theory - The simple way, musical way Third Edition Are you sick and tired of guitar theory being taught in overly complicated language?  Are you looking to become a better musician and guitar player? Do you want to discover creative guitar soloing and songwriting approaches? Do you want to understand & use guitar scales, ...
Music Theory
From Beginner to Expert - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide to Understanding and Learning Music Theory Effortlessly (Essential Learning Tools for Musicians)
Nicolas Carter - Mar 17, 2018
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Unique, Practical and Straightforward Way to Learn Music Theory and Become a Better Musician, Even if You're a Complete Beginner!Updated and Massively Expanded Edition with New Exercises, and New Content!This book also features the links to Audio Examples (hosted on external website) so you can hear some music theory concepts in action and understa...
Hal Leonard Pocket Music Theory
A Comprehensive and Convenient Source for All Musicians
Carl Schroeder - Sep 01, 2002
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(Book). Following in the footsteps of the popular Hal Leonard Pocket Music Dictionary, this handy pocket-sized book is the most contemporary music theory book on the market! A step-by-step guide to harmony and theory for every musician, it includes thorough, yet to easy-to-understand analysis of: intervals, rhythms, scales, chords, key signatures, ...
Fretboard Theory
Desi Serna - Feb 20, 2015 (first published in 2008)
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Fretboard Theory" by Desi Serna teaches music theory for guitar including scales, chords, progressions, modes and more. Hands-on approach to theory gives you total command of the fretboard and music's most critical elements by visualizing shapes, patterns and how they connect. Content includes: * How to learn and practice Pentatonic and Major scale...
Twentieth-Century Harmony
Creative Aspects and Practice
Vincent Persichetti - Jan 01, 1961
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Here for the first time is an orderly presentation of the harmonic procedures to be found in music of the first half of the twentieth-century. The author examines the nature of intervals in various contexts, discusses the modes and other scales employed in modern music, describes the formation and uses of chords by thirds, by fourths, and by second...
Guitar Theory For Dummies
Book + Online Video & Audio Instruction
Desi Serna - Oct 14, 2013
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Serious about jamming, understanding, and creating guitar-driven music? Easy.With an approachable and engaging style, "Guitar Theory For Dummies" goes beyond guitar basics, presenting the guidance intermediate to advanced players need to improve their improvisational and compositional skills. Plus, with access to audio tracks and video instruction ...
The Musician's Guide to Theory and Analysis Workbook
Jane Piper Clendinning - Jun 01, 2016
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The Third Edition workbook features 4-5 double-sided worksheets per chapter, more than enough for the entire theory sequence. The workbook contains a wide range of exercises, including drill-and-practice, melody harmonization, figured bass, composition, analysis, and a wealth of real-music examples....
Elements of Music by Ralph Turek
The Everything Music Theory Book with CD by Marc Schonbrun
The Musician's Guide to Theory and Analysis by Jane Piper Clendinning
Piano Book for Adult Beginners by Damon Ferrante
The Guitar Handbook by Ralph Denyer
Music Theory for the Bass Player by Ariane Cap
How to Read Music in 30 Days by Matthew Ellul
Guitar Mastery Simplified by Erich Andreas
Guitar Fretboard Workbook by Barrett Tagliarino
The AB Guide to Music Theory, Part 1 by Eric Taylor
WP232 - Theory And Technic for the Young Beginner - Primer A - Bastien by James Bastien
Beginner Classical Piano Music by Damon Ferrante
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Theory by Michael Miller
First Steps in Music Theory by Eric Taylor
Harmony and Theory by Carl Schroeder
Harmony by Walter Piston
Berklee Music Theory Book 1 by Paul Schmeling
The Guitarist's Music Theory Book by Peter Vogl
Music Theory, 3E by Michael Miller
The Violinist.com Interviews by Laurie Niles
The Complete Musician by Steven G. Laitz
Violinist.com Interviews, Volume 2 by Laurie Niles
Ultimate Guitar Chords, Scales & Arpeggios Handbook by Damon Ferrante
Tonal Harmony, With an Introduction to Twentieth-Century Music by Stefan Kostka
Music Theory Remixed by Kevin Holm-Hudson
Basic Music Theory, 4th ed. by Jonathan Harnum
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Playing Piano by Brad Hill
Music Theory For Dummies, with Audio CD-ROM by Michael Pilhofer