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ohnecael
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:54 am    Post subject: good music theory books Reply with quote

My old AP theory book just ran out and i cant access it anymore, so that leaves the question of what are good books to read and learn with.

I would say im pretty ok at theory and scored a 3 on the exam. I dont know if that helps or means anything to you guys but if you can point me in the right direction that would be helpful
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:30 pm    Post subject: Re: good music theory books Reply with quote

ohnecael wrote:
My old AP theory book just ran out and i cant access it anymore, so that leaves the question of what are good books to read and learn with.

I would say im pretty ok at theory and scored a 3 on the exam. I dont know if that helps or means anything to you guys but if you can point me in the right direction that would be helpful


I used the second edition of "Harmony and Voice Leading" by Aldwell and Schachter. Here is a link.

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I thought it was very good and very clear. Newer editions have come out since. I dont know anything about them.

Hope this helps.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:05 am    Post subject: Re: good music theory books Reply with quote

ohnecael wrote:
My old AP theory book just ran out and i cant access it anymore, so that leaves the question of what are good books to read and learn with.

I would say im pretty ok at theory and scored a 3 on the exam. I dont know if that helps or means anything to you guys but if you can point me in the right direction that would be helpful


https://www.amazon.com/Techniques-Materials-Tonal-Thomas-Benjamin/dp/0534526233/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1547971439&sr=8-1&keywords=benjamin+tonal+music

Great text that gives examples, and is clear and concise. I use this course book every time I teach music theory.

HTH!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recommend Tonal Harmony by Kostka and Payne. To me it is written in a way that non-theorists can understand. I used to use it to clarify what I had read in the Aldwell & Schachter.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone have a recommendation on this book "Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory: A Complete Self-Study Course for All Musicians (Book & 2 CDs)"
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know what "scoring a 3 on the exam" means, but you can't go wrong with Paul Hindemith's Elementary Training for Musicians followed by his The Craft of Musical Composition. Nadia Boulanger swore by them in a very demanding manner.

If you're also looking for a good jazz theory text, Mark Levine's Jazz Theory Book is also superb, but it does have a sharp learning curve.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

IMO the best:

https://monoskop.org/images/8/84/Schoenberg_Arnold_Theory_of_Harmony_1983.pdf
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