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.
- Höfundar: Michael Pilhofer, Holly Day
- Útgáfudagur: 2015-02-20
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- ISBN 13: 9781118991138
- Print ISBN: 9781118990940
- ISBN 10: 1118991133
- About This Book
- Foolish Assumptions
- Icons Used in This Book
- Beyond the Book
- Where to Go from Here
- Part I: Getting Started with Music Theory
- Chapter 1: What Is Music Theory, Anyway?
- Unearthing Music Theory’s Beginnings
- Putting the Spotlight on Music Theory Fundamentals
- Seeing How Theory Can Help Your Music
- Chapter 2: Determining What Notes Are Worth
- Meeting the Beat
- Recognizing Notes and Note Values
- Checking Out Whole (Semibreve) Notes
- Homing In on Half (Minim) Notes
- Considering Quarter (Crotchet) Notes
- Examining Eighth (Quaver) Notes and Beyond
- Extending Notes with Dots and Ties
- Mixing All the Note Values Together
- Chapter 3: Giving It a Rest
- Getting to Know the Rests
- Extending the Break with Dotted Rests
- Practicing Beats with Notes and Rests
- Chapter 4: Introducing Time Signatures
- Decoding Time Signatures and Measures
- Keeping Things Easy with Simple Time Signatures
- Working with Compound Time Signatures
- Feeling the Pulse of Asymmetrical Time Signatures
- Chapter 5: Playing with Beat
- Creating Stress Patterns and Syncopation
- Getting a Jump on Pick-Up Notes
- Exploring Irregular Rhythms: Triplets and Duplets
- Chapter 1: What Is Music Theory, Anyway?
- Chapter 6: Music Notes (And Where to Find Them)
- Meeting the Staff, Clefs, and Notes
- Identifying Half Steps, Whole Steps, and Accidentals
- Finding the Notes on the Piano and the Guitar
- Using Mnemonics to Help Remember Notes
- Chapter 7: Mastering the Major and Minor Scales
- Following Major-Scale Patterns
- Discovering All That Minor Scale Patterns Have to Offer
- Chapter 8: Key Signatures and the Circle of Fifths
- Understanding the Circle of Fifths and Recognizing Major Key Signatures
- Finding Minor Key Signatures and Relative Minors
- Visualizing the Key Signatures
- Chapter 9: Intervals: The Distance Between Pitches
- Breaking Down Harmonic and Melodic Intervals
- Looking at Unisons, Octaves, Fourths, and Fifths
- Recognizing Seconds, Thirds, Sixths, and Sevenths
- Building Intervals
- Showing Major and Perfect Intervals in the C Major Scale
- Checking Out Compound Intervals
- Chapter 10: Chord Building
- Creating Triads with Three Pitches
- Expanding to Seventh Chords
- Looking at All the Triads and Sevenths
- Manipulating Triads through Voicing and Inversion
- Exploring Extended Chords
- Chapter 11: Chord Progressions
- Reviewing Diatonic Chords, Chromatic Chords, and Minor Scale Modes
- Identifying and Naming Chord Progressions
- Adding a Seventh Chord to a Triad
- Seeing (And Hearing) Chord Progressions in Action
- Applying Chord Knowledge to Fake Books and Tabs
- Modulating to a New Key
- Reaching a Musical Cadence through Chord Progressions
- Chapter 12: Creating Varied Sound through Tempo and Dynamics
- Taking the Tempo of Music
- Dealing with Dynamics: Loud and Soft
- Chapter 13: Instrument Tone Color and Acoustics
- Delving into Tone Color
- Building the Band: An Acoustics Lesson
- Chapter 14: The Building Blocks of Music: Rhythm, Melody, Harmony, and Song Form
- Establishing Rhythm
- Shaping the Melody
- Complementing the Melody with Harmony
- Working with Musical Phrases and Periods
- Linking Musical Parts to Create Forms
- Chapter 15: Relying on Classical Forms
- Counterpoint as a Classical Revelation
- Sussing Out the Sonata
- Rounding Up the Rondo
- Figuring Out the Fugue
- Combining Forms into a Symphony
- Observing Other Classical Forms
- Chapter 16: Tapping Into Popular Genres and Forms
- Feeling the Blues
- Having Fun with Rock and Pop
- Improvising with Jazz
- Chapter 17: Ten Frequently Asked Questions about Music Theory
- Why Is Music Theory Important?
- If I Can Already Play Some Music Without Knowing Music Theory, Why Bother Learning It?
- Why Is So Much Music Theory Centered on the Piano Keyboard?
- Is There a Quick and Easy Way to Learn to Read Music?
- How Do I Identify a Key Based on the Key Signature?
- Can I Transpose a Piece of Music into Another Key?
- Will Learning Music Theory Hinder My Ability to Improvise?
- Do I Need to Know Theory if I Just Play Drums?
- Where Do the 12 Musical Notes Come From?
- How Does Knowing Theory Help Me Memorize a Piece of Music?
- Chapter 18: Ten Keys to Reading a Musical Score
- The Basics
- Lead Sheets
- Full Scores
- Miniature Scores
- Study Scores
- Piano Scores
- Short Scores
- Vocal Scores
- Figured Bass Notion
- Chapter 19: Ten Music Theorists You Should Know About
- Pythagoras (582–507 BC)
- Boethius (480–524 AD)
- Gerbert d’Aurillac/Pope Sylvester II (950–1003)
- Guido D’Arezzo (990–1040)
- Nicola Vicentino (1511–1576)
- Christiaan Huygens (1629–1695)
- Arnold Schoenberg (1874–1951)
- Harry Partch (1901–1974)
- Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928–2007)
- Robert Moog (1934–2005)
- Appendix A: Audio Tracks
- Appendix B: Chord Chart
- Appendix C: Glossary
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