The richest person in the world is poor without music. Basic Music Theory is the best, easiest and least expensive book you can have with music. This text is absolutely necessary to understand what things mean in music. It answers all your questions about chords, keys, scales, notes and intervals, etc. It also includes a special method developed only by the author to learn ALL your chords in ONE EASY EXERCISE. This unique exercise alone is worth more than the entire value of most music books. Basic Music Theory will complete your musical vocabulary, help you to become a fine musician and make your study of music enjoyable.
Think of a song that resonates deep down in your being. Now imagine sitting down with someone who was there when the song was recorded and can tell you how that series of sounds was committed to tape, and who can also explain why that particular combination of rhythms, timbres and pitches has lodged in your memory, making your pulse race and your heart swell every time you hear it. Remarkably, Levitin does all this and more, interrogating the basic nature of hearing and of music making (this is likely the only book whose jacket sports blurbs from both Oliver Sacks and Stevie Wonder), without losing an affectionate appreciation for the songs he's reducing to neural impulses. Levitin is the ideal guide to this material: he enjoyed a successful career as a rock musician and studio producer before turning to cognitive neuroscience, earning a Ph.D. and becoming a top researcher into how our brains interpret music. Though the book starts off a little dryly (the first chapter is a crash course in music theory), Levitin's snappy prose and relaxed style quickly win one over and will leave readers thinking about the contents of their iPods in an entirely new way.
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Not bad at all
He really cceres all that should be covered for anybody who is introducing themselves to music theory, this is a very good book to start with. Great Job!
BASIC MUSIC THEORY
Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite
Basic Music Theory by Joe Procopio introduces readers to the concepts of music theory and music structure, starting with the very basics. This simple, but exceptionally easy to understand guide assists interested readers in learning the contents within keys, scales, intervals, chords, and chord extensions.
The author provides readers with easily read and understood concepts, a simple layout, formatted pages, and a full introduction to the basics of music. A beginner music learner can easily become comfortable studying Basic Music Theory. The author starts with the very basics of reading and understanding an entire sheet of music, by giving a great explanation of what each particular item is and its purpose. For example: the music staff and everything involved with it; the treble clef, bar line, time signature, double bar lines, and measures. As the reader progresses in studying the book, Joe offers practice exercises with included answers. As the book comes to an end, the author provides readers with advice on how to play the measures with exercises specifically for different kinds of instruments.
Not having much knowledge and understanding of music theory and structure prior to reading this book, I can confidently state I grasped the concepts being introduced, and gained exceptional knowledge on how to properly build scales, and learned the names for intervals and chords, and how they relate to one another. Joe Procopio has created a wonderful book chock full of valuable study information for anyone interested in learning about music, music theory, and music structure.