The Down and Dirty Guide to Music Theory

by Tom Michero

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This 57-page ebook gives you the low-down on what music theory is all about. This book is designed with the beginner in mind but has information even the pros don't know. PDF format.

Jump Into the Fundamentals

Don't read music but want to know how it works? Don't worry. This book was written with the non-reader in mind. It tackles the subject of music theory in a practical way that is easy to understand. Whether you are new to music or just brushing up, this guide shows music theory in plain language with loads of illustrations.

"Music Theory" is the term used to describe the study of how notes, chords, and scales work together to make music. Contrary to the its name, music theory is not some pie-in-the-sky hypothesis about how musicians "should" write music. Rather, it explains how musical tones relate to each other. Music theory does not crimp a musician's creativity any more than learning the alphabet hinders a novelist.

Open to Greater Musical Creativity

What you do with music theory knowledge is limited only by your own musical imagination. And, when you know how music is made you can use that information to your advantage whether you are playing an instrument or composing a song.

This 57-page book shows the "need-to-know" principles of music every musician can benefit from. With this knowledge, you will learn the difference between playing an instrument and playing music. This book covers:

 

Notes and Frequencies
Building Scales
Originating Modes
Chord Construction
Chord Substitution
Intervals
Chord Progressions
Music Vocabulary
and More.

The topics covered in this book represent the musical concepts most relevant to musicians. The book is geared toward both the beginner musician as well as the accomplished musician who wants to better understand the mechanics of making good music.

How "Theory" Can Help You

Music theory is often maligned by musicians who claim it stifles their creativity. Nothing could be farther from the truth! If anything, music theory gives your creativity more dimensions to work in. I believe that musicians who express their aversion to music theory are saying more about their fear of learning than the actual subject itself.

Music theory is not a set of rules to be memorized and then mindlessly followed. Not at all. It is an explanation of how musical tones relate to each other through time. It is up to the musician to use these tonal relationships to create an aesthetic and/or emotional effect.

Simply put, music theory gives musicians a tonal vocabulary that they can use to express themselves more fully. For a beginning music student, music theory is like a set of bicycle training wheels that will keep them out of musical trouble. For the advanced musician, music theory is the paint they apply to their musical portraits.

Table of Contents
The Minor Scale
Circle of Fifths
Chord Formulas
Diatonic Yardstick
Minor Chord Progressions

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