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Best Music Theory Books

Unlock the language of music with top-rated theory books, as acclaimed by leading publications. A crescendo of knowledge for beginners to maestros.

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Best Music Theory Books
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Music Theory For Dummies
Michael Pilhofer - 2007-04-02
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Learn music theory with ease thanks to Music Theory For Dummies. This book covers the basics of music theory in a way that is approachable and easy to understand, with concepts broken down into manageable chunks. Ideal for college-level Music Theory courses or anyone looking to brush up on their musical knowledge.
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Music Theory for Guitarists
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask (Guitar Method)
Tom Kolb - 2005-05-01
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Discover the mysteries of music theory with this practical book and CD package designed for guitarists of all levels. Through plain and simple terms and diagrams, author and veteran guitarist Tom Kolb provides a wealth of valuable knowledge on scales, modes, chords, ear training and more. With 94 tracks of music examples included on the accompanying CD, this book is the perfect resource for any guitarist looking to improve their understanding of music theory.
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The Jazz Theory Book
Mark Levine - 1995-06-01
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Discover the definitive guide to jazz theory in this acclaimed book! With over 500 pages of easy-to-understand content, learn chord construction, II-V-I progressions, scale theory, chord/scale relationships, the blues, reharmonization, and more. Used as a textbook in universities worldwide and endorsed by legendary musicians, this book is a must-read for any jazz enthusiast.
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Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory
A Complete Self-Study Course for All Musicians (Book & 2 CDs)
Andrew Surmani - 2004-08-01
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Improve your music skills with this all-in-one theory course! With 75 concise lessons, this book is perfect for pianists, guitarists, instrumentalists, vocalists, songwriters, arrangers, and composers. The course includes exercises to help you practice music reading and writing, ear training CDs to develop your musical ear, and a review to test your knowledge after each unit. Plus, all answers are included in the back of the book for easy reference. Start mastering the essentials of music today!
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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 - 2016-08-11
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Learn music theory in a unique, practical, and straightforward way with this updated edition. Whether you're a complete beginner or an experienced musician, this book covers everything you need to know to become an expert in music theory. With audio examples to help you understand concepts, you'll learn about notes, intervals, scales, chords, rhythm, harmony, composition, and more. Easy to follow and digest, this comprehensive guide is a skill and tool you'll keep forever to create beautiful music.
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The Musician's Guide to Theory and Analysis
Jane Piper Clendinning - 2004-08-17
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Learn how music works with The Musician's Guide to Theory and Analysis. This innovative guide uses a model approach to show how music theory relates directly to practice and performance. With a focus on real music literature that students know and play, it includes all topics essential to first- and second-year theory for music majors, from fundamentals to post-tonal theory and analysis. Get hands-on tools for understanding and making music.
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The Practical Guide to Modern Music Theory for Guitarists
The complete guide to music theory from a guitarist's point of view (Guitar theory)
Joseph Alexander - 2013-03-23
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Unlock the secrets of guitar theory in a simple, musical way with a practical guide designed for guitarists. Discover creative approaches to guitar soloing and songwriting by understanding guitar scales, modes, and arpeggios. With over 200 exercises and examples, you'll master important concepts in modern guitar playing and internalize them for lasting improvement. Plus, professional backing tracks and bonus materials make this guide the ultimate tool for taking your guitar skills to the next level.
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How to Read Music in 30 Days
Music Theory for Beginners - with exercises & online audio (Practical Music Guides)
Matthew Ellul - 2020-09-28
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Learn how to read music notation quickly and easily with this step-by-step system. With over 150 music examples, 100 written exercises, 10 listening challenges, and expert tips, you'll understand music theory fundamentals and the crucial details of music notation. Compose your own music or write your own songs and build a strong foundation for more advanced music studies. With this in-depth, easy-to-follow method, your music theory questions are answered in full. Join hundreds of beginner students who have successfully mastered musical notation and fundamental music theory – it's your turn now!
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Hal Leonard Pocket Music Theory
A Comprehensive and Convenient Source for All Musicians
Carl Schroeder - 2002-09-01
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Expand your knowledge of music theory with this contemporary and easy-to-understand guide! Perfectly sized for on-the-go learning, this pocket-sized book covers everything from intervals and rhythms to chord inversions and modulation. Written for musicians of all levels, this step-by-step guide utilizes thorough analysis to give you a deep understanding of harmony and theory. With information straight from the Harmony & Theory course at Musicians Institute, this book has everything you need to take your musical abilities to the next level.
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The Musician's Guide to Theory and Analysis Workbook
Jane Piper Clendinning - 2016-06-01
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Improve your understanding of music theory and analysis with this comprehensive workbook. Featuring 4-5 double-sided worksheets per chapter, you'll have plenty of exercises to hone your skills. From drill-and-practice to composition and analysis, this workbook is filled with real-music examples to help you improve.
Music Theory for Computer Musicians (Computer Musicians, #1) by Michael Hewitt
Music Theory Remixed by Kevin Holm-Hudson
Berklee Music Theory Book 1 by Paul Schmeling
Music Theory, 3E by Michael Miller
Twentieth-Century Harmony by Vincent Persichetti
Music Theory for the Bass Player by Ariane Cap
Fretboard Theory by Desi Serna
Guitar Theory For Dummies by Desi Serna
The Complete Musician by Steven G. Laitz
The Everything Music Theory Book with CD by Marc Schonbrun
Alfred's Basic Adult All-in-One Course, Book 1 by Willard A. Palmer, Morton Manus, Amanda Vick Lethco
The Jazz Piano Book by Mark Levine
Guitar Fretboard Workbook by Barrett Tagliarino
How Music Works by David Byrne
Harmonic Experience by W. A. Mathieu
The Guitar Handbook by Ralph Denyer
Theory of Harmony by Arnold Schoenberg
The Advancing Guitarist by Mick Goodrick
The AB Guide to Music Theory, Part 1 by Eric Taylor
Tonal Harmony with Workbook by Stefan Kostka, Dorothy Payne, Byron Almén
Music Theory for Electronic Music Producers by J. Anthony Allen
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Theory by Michael Miller
WP232 - Theory And Technic for the Young Beginner - Primer A - Bastien by James Bastien
Hal Leonard Guitar Method Jazz Guitar by Jeff Schroedl
Music Theory 101 by Brian Boone, Marc Schonbrun
Harmony and Theory by Carl Schroeder
Tonal Harmony by Aa
Workbook to Accompany the Complete Musician by Steven Laitz
Workbook to Accompany the Complete Musician by Steven Laitz
Elements of Music by Ralph Turek
Harmony & Voice Leading by Edward Aldwell, Carl Schachter, Allen Cadwallader
Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks