June 11th, 2012, 02:06 PM
When I made the transition from guitarist to theorist/composer, I used a self-study programmed book for theory. It wasn't theory per se, but the fundamentals of scales and chords, as well as other aspects of music, such as rhythm. I would work through a few pages, then take a mini-test, check the answers, then move on. It was very clear to understand and it was very clear what my tasks were. I see that it has been updated and is available on Amazon. I haven't looked at this version, but if it is anything like the one I used 30 years ago, I think many people here would enjoy working through it:
June 11th, 2012, 08:57 PM
larry my continued respects and thanks to you
theory teaching aids like this book interest me but i could never afford to buy it even at a 25% discount
i would have to do my own study based on the course outline and test myself thru application of the material taking notes listening to and or by the expirence of playing music
so what does it cover ?
1)The Basic Materials of Music: Time and Sound
2)The Notation of Pitch
4)Note and Rest Values
7)The Basic Scales
8)The Major Scale
9)The Minor Scales
Also included in the back are two appendixes on Piano Styles and an Orchestration Chart along with a complete Glossary of Musical Terms.
June 12th, 2012, 05:02 AM
i could never afford to buy it even at a 25% discount
If the material is good, that's not some huge pile of $$$. About the cost of a couple of lessons from a quality teacher.
June 12th, 2012, 11:54 AM
I'm pretty sure that I also used an older edition. It's fine as a workbook. Buy a cheap used one and cover up the answers if they are written in.
These days, there's nothing in that book that isn't on the net somewhere, just not in workbook format.