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Best Music Theory Books

Recommendations from 27 articles, Amanda Palmer, Adam Neely, Thomas Frank and 4 others.
Best Music Theory Books
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Music Theory For Dummies
Michael Pilhofer - 2019-07-11 (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....
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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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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!...
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The Jazz Theory Book
Mark Levine - 1995-01-01
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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...
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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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Ships from USA. Will take 25-35 days...
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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 - 2018-03-17
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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...
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The Musician's Guide to Theory and Analysis
Jane Piper Clendinning - 2010-12-20 (first published in 2004)
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Emphasizing real music and music-making, The Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis gives students the hands-on tools they need to learn how music works. Theoretically current and pedagogically innovative, the Musician’s Guide series uses the phrase model approach to show students how music works in context. With a focus on real music literature t...
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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 - 2014-11-20 (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, ...
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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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(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, ...
Many DJs, gigging musicians, and electronic music producers understand how to play their instruments or make music on the computer, but they lack the basic knowledge of music theory needed to take their music-making to the next level and compose truly professional tracks. Beneath all the enormously different styles of modern electronic music lie ce...
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Berklee Music Theory Book 1
Paul Schmeling - 2011-03-01 (first published in 2005)
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Berklee MethodsThis essential method features rigorous, hands-on, "ears-on" practice exercises that help you explore the inner working of music, presenting notes, scales, and rhythms as they are heard in pop, jazz, and blues. You will learn and build upon the basic concepts of music theory with written exercises, listening examples, and ear trainin...
The Musician's Guide to Theory and Analysis Workbook by Jane Piper Clendinning
The Complete Musician by Steven G. Laitz
Twentieth-Century Harmony by Vincent Persichetti
How to Read Music in 30 Days by Matthew Ellul
Guitar Theory For Dummies by Desi Serna
Music Theory Remixed by Kevin Holm-Hudson
Alfred's Basic Adult All-in-One Course, Book 1 by Willard A. Palmer, Morton Manus, Amanda Vick Lethco
The Everything Music Theory Book with CD by Marc Schonbrun
The Jazz Piano Book by Mark Levine
Music Theory for the Bass Player by Ariane Cap
The Guitar Handbook by Ralph Denyer
Guitar Fretboard Workbook by Barrett Tagliarino
Harmony and Theory by Carl Schroeder
Elements of Music by Ralph Turek
Harmonic Experience by W. A. Mathieu
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
Music Theory, 3E by Michael Miller
Workbook to Accompany the Complete Musician by Steven Laitz
Workbook to Accompany the Complete Musician by Steven Laitz
Piano Adventures Lesson Book, Primer Level by
John Thompson's Easiest Piano Course - Part 1 - Book Only by John Thompson
Guitar Mastery Simplified by Erich Andreas
The AB Guide to Music Theory, Part 1 by Eric Taylor
Beginner Classical Piano Music by Damon Ferrante
First Steps in Music Theory by Eric Taylor
Harmony by Walter Piston
The Guitarist's Music Theory Book by Peter Vogl
The Interviews by Laurie Niles
Piano Adventures, Primer Level, Theory Book by
Ultimate Guitar Chords, Scales & Arpeggios Handbook by Damon Ferrante
How Music Works by David Byrne
Building Walking Bass Lines by Ed Friedland
Silence by John Cage
A Chromatic Approach to Jazz Harmony and Melody by David Liebman
The Chord Wheel by Jim Fleser
Music Theory in Practice, Grade 1 (Music Theory in Practice by TAYLOR ERIC (AUTHOR
Piano Adventures Performance Book, Primer Level by
The Circle of Fifths for Guitarists by Mr Joseph Alexander
The Joy of Music Leonard Bernstein by Leonard Bernstein
No Bull Music Theory for Guitarists by James Shipway
Piano Book for Adult Beginners by Damon Ferrante
Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner, Book 1 by
Star Wars for Beginning Piano Solo by
Tonal Harmony by Aa
PlayTime Piano, Level 1 (5-Finger Melodies) by
The Study of Counterpoint by Johann Joseph Fux
Theory of Harmony by Arnold Schoenberg
Guitar Fretboard by Guitar Head
Piano Adventures Technique & Artistry Book, Primer Level by
John Thompson's Easiest Piano Course - Part 2 - Book Only by John Thompson
ShowTime Piano, Level 2A (Elementary Playing) by
AP Music Theory by Nancy Fuller Scoggin B.M.E.
The Berklee Book of Jazz Harmony by Joe Mulholland, Tom Hojnacki
The Advancing Guitarist by Mick Goodrick
ChordTime Piano, Level 2B by
The Music Tree by Frances Clark, Louise Goss, Sam Holland
The Guitar Grimoire by Adam Kadmon
Vaideology by Steve Vai
Berklee Music Theory, Book 2 by Paul Schmeling
Hal Leonard Guitar Method Jazz Guitar by Jeff Schroedl
Piano Theory Workbook Book 1 by Fred Kern, Phillip Keveren, Mona Rejino, Karen Harrington
Notespeller for Piano - Book 1 by Karen Harrington
Music Theory 101 by Brian Boone, Marc Schonbrun
Jazz Guitar by Jody Fisher
Fundamentals of Guitar by Miles Okazaki
Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory by Joseph N. Straus
Doctor Mozart Music Theory Workbook Level 1A by Paul Christopher Musgrave, Machiko Yamane Musgrave
Concise Introduction to Tonal Harmony by L. Poundie Burstein, Joseph N. Straus
Student Workbook by L. Poundie Burstein, Joseph N. Straus
Bass Theory by John C. Goodman
Counterpoint in Composition by Felix Salzer, Carl Schachter
Theory Time by Heather Rathnau NCTM
Music Theory for Bass Players by Steve Gorenberg
Undefined (The Elemental Saga) by Jessica Ruddick
Jazz Theory by Dariusz Terefenko
Essential Music Theory for Electric Bass by Robert Garner
Bass Guitar Theory Nuts & Bolts by Andy Schneider
Workbook, Volume I for Aldwell/Cadwallader's Harmony and Voice Leading, 4th by Edward Aldwell, Carl Schachter, Allen Cadwallader
Music Composition for Dummies by Scott Jarrett, Holly Day
Music Theory Foundations by Jade Rosina Bultitude
Basic Music Theory, 4th ed. by Jonathan Harnum
Harmony & Voice Leading by Edward Aldwell, Carl Schachter, Allen Cadwallader
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Playing Piano by Brad Hill