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Music Theory For Dummies
Pilhofer, Michael.
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1 online resource (339 p.)
Michael Pilhofer teaches music theory and percussions at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota. He's toured and recorded with Joe Lovano, Marian McPartland, Kenny Wheeler, and others. Holly Day is a writing instructor at the Open Book Writing Collective in Minneapolis.
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Music Theory For Dummies, 2nd Edition; About the Authors; Dedication; Authors' Acknowledgments; Contents at a Glance; Table of Contents; Introduction; About This Book; Conventions Used in This Book; What You're Not to Read; Foolish Assumptions; How This Book Is Organized; Icons Used in This Book; Where to Go from Here; Part I: Getting Started with Music Theory; Chapter 1: What Is Music Theory, Anyway?; Unearthing the Birth of Music and Theory; Putting the Spotlight on Music Theory Fundamentals; Seeing How Theory Can Help Your Music; Chapter 2: Determining What Notes Are Worth

Meeting the BeatRecognizing Notes and Note Values; Whole (Semibreve) Notes; Half (Minim) Notes; Quarter (Crotchet) Notes; 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 the Time Signature and Measures; Keeping It Simple with Simple Time Signatures; Working with Compound Time Signatures; Feeling the Pulse of Asymmetrical Time Signatures

Chapter 5: Playing with BeatCreating Stress Patterns and Syncopation; Getting a Jump on Pick-Up Notes; Irregular Rhythms: Triplets and Duplets; Part II: Putting Notes Together; Chapter 6: Music Notes (And Where to Find Them); Meeting the Staff, Clefs, and Notes; Identifying Half Steps, Whole Steps, and Accidentals on the Staff; Finding the Notes on the Piano and Guitar; Using Mnemonics to Help Remember Notes; Chapter 7: Mastering the Major and Minor Scales; Following Major Scale Patterns; Discovering All Minor Scale Patterns Have to Offer; Chapter 8: Key Signatures and the Circle of Fifths

Understanding the Circle of FifthsRecognizing Major Key Signatures; Finding Minor Key Signatures and Relative Minors; Reviewing 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; 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 InversionChapter 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; Part III: Musical Expression through Form, Tempo, Dynamics, and More; Chapter 12: The Building Blocks of Music: Rhythm, Melody, Harmony, and Song Form; Establishing Rhythm; Shaping the Melody

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