When other musicians invite you to jam, do you worry that you won’t be able to keep up?
Are you a veteran guitarist who has played for years, but you’re embarrassed to admit you have no idea what you’re doing?
If you want to take your guitar playing to the next level, compose songs like you hear on the radio, and improvise your own music, then you need Fretboard Theory.
Fretboard Theory by Desi Serna teaches music theory for guitar including scales, chords, progressions, modes and more. The hands-on approach to theory shows you how music "works" on the guitar fretboard by visualizing shapes and patterns and how they connect to make music.
* Learn pentatonic and major scale patterns as used to play melodies, riffs, solos, and bass lines
* Move beyond basic chords and common barre chords by playing the types of chord inversions and chord voicings used by music's most famous players
* Chart guitar chord progressions and play by numbers like the pros * Identify correct scales to play over chords and progressions so you can improvise at will
* Create new sounds with music modes and get to know Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian
* Add variety to your playing by using intervals such as thirds, fourths, and sixths
* Increase your chord vocabulary by using added chord tones and extensions to play chord types such as major 7, minor 7, sus2, sus4, add9, and more
* Learn how all the different aspects of music fit together to make a great song
* See how theory relates to popular styles of music and familiar songs
Fretboard Theory will have you mastering music like a pro easier and faster than you ever thought possible. Plus, it's the ONLY GUITAR THEORY RESOURCE in the world that includes important details to hundreds of popular songs. You learn how to play in the style of pop, rock, acoustic, blues, and more!
This guitar instruction is perfect whether you want to jam, compose or just understand the music you play better. The material is suitable for both acoustic and electric guitar, plus it features many references to bass.
Level: Recommended for intermediate level players on up.
Fretboard Theory is also available as a 21-hour video series that is sold separately on the author's GuitarMusicTheory.com website. Visit the website and sign up for email lessons to sample the footage.
Fretboard Theory Volume II
When you're ready to take your playing to the next level, get the second book in the series, Fretboard Theory Volume II, which is also available as a 12-hour video series.
Music Theory For Dummies makes music theory easy tounderstand, with a friendly, unintimidating overview of everythingyou need to know to become fluent at knocking out beats, readingmusical scores, and learning to anticipate where a song shouldgo—whether you're reading someone else's music or writingyour own. Whether you're a music student or a music lover, you'lllearn to read, write, and understand music with this informativeguide. With expert instruction, you'll put it all together as youcompose, arrange, and create original melodies, harmonies, andchords of your own, with helpful tips for performing your pieces infront of an audience. This new third edition presents the mostcurrent teaching techniques, the newest music genres and examples,and updated information on all aspects of understanding, creating,and performing music.
Studies have shown that music training improves children's'verbal and spatial abilities, and it's been associated withcognitive and mathematical benefits in adults. The music job marketis expected to increase over the coming years, and music theory isbecoming an increasingly common part of education at all levels.Music Theory For Dummies provides the instruction you needto get more out of music than you ever thought possible.Master major and minor scales, intervals, pitches, andclefsUnderstand basic notation, time signals, tempo, dynamics, andnavigationEmploy melodies, chords, progressions, and phrases to formmusicCompose harmonies and accompanying melodies for voice andinstruments
Whether you intend to pursue a degree or career in music, orjust enjoy listening to it, understanding the theory behind itgives you a whole new appreciation for the artistry andcraftsmanship behind the pieces that give you goose bumps. It's amix of technical skill, inborn talent, and plenty of practice– and now you can try your hand at it, with Music TheoryFor Dummies.
* Gain new perspective on keys and tonalities so that you have total control over the music you play
* Get to know scale formulas and new number systems so you know music from the inside out
* Push to and resolve on chords using dominant function and voice leading
* Change keys, borrow chords, and mix modes in order to add more variety to your chord progressions
* Get jazzy by using chromatic, diminished, and augmented passing chords
* Become a more proficient lead guitarist by narrowing your focus to the scale patterns preferred by the pros
* Make your lead lines more melodic and give them more direction with chord tone soloing
* Create new sounds and new chord progressions with the harmonic minor scale
* Add more depth and dimension to your playing by using pedal point and pedal tones
Fretboard Theory Volume II is also available as a 12-hour video series that is sold separately on the author's GuitarMusicTheory.com website. Visit the website and sign up for email lessons to sample the footage.
Level: Recommended for intermediate level players on up who have already completed the first volume of Fretboard Theory.
Thorough explanations of key topics in music technology
Content applicable to all software and hardware, not linked to just one piece of software or gear
In-depth discussion of digital audio topics, such as sampling rates, resolutions, and file formats
Explanations of standard audio plug-ins including dynamics processors, EQs, and delay based effects
Coverage of synthesis and sampling in software instruments
Pedagogical features, including:
Further Reading sections that allow the student to delve deeper into topics of interest
Suggested Activities that can be carried out with a variety of different programs
Key Terms at the end of each chapter
What Do I Need?Chapters covering the types of hardware and software needed in order to put together Audio and MIDI systems
A companion website with links to audio examples that demonstrate various concepts, step-by-step tutorials, relevant hardware, software, and additional audio and video resources.
The new edition has been fully updated to cover new technologies that have emerged since the first edition, including iOS and mobile platforms, online notation software, alternate controllers, and Open Sound Control (OSC).
- The basics of tones, including pitches, clefs, scales, intervals, and major and minor keys.
- The building blocks of rhythm, including note values, basic notation, time signatures, and tempo, dynamics, and navigation.
- How tunes are created, starting with melodies, chords, chord progressions, and phrases and forms.
- The basics of accompaniment, including transcribing, accompanying melodies, and transposing to other keys.
- Composing and arranging, including coverage of musical genres and forms, how to compose your own music, arranging for voices and instruments, working with lead sheets and scores, and performing your music.
- Helpful reference appendixes, including a glossary, chord charts, and instrument ranges.
- Exercises at the end of each chapter, and an answer key appendix.
- All-new coverage of genres, composing, and arranging.
- Expanded online ear-training and transcribing exercise content.
Drawing from philosophy, critical theory and musicology, as well as Dilla's own musical catalogue, Jordan Ferguson shows that the contradictory, irascible and confrontational music found on Donuts is as much a result of an artist's declining health as it is an example of what scholars call "late style,†? placing the album in a musical tradition that stretches back centuries.
At once among the most widely beloved and most reviled and lampooned pop stars of the past few decades, Céline Dion's critics call her mawkish and overblown while millions of fans around the world adore her "huge pipes†? and even bigger feelings. How can anyone say which side is right?
This new, expanded edition goes even further, calling on thirteen prominent writers and musicians to respond to themes ranging from sentiment and kitsch to cultural capital and musical snobbery. The original text is followed by lively arguments and stories from Nick Hornby, Krist Novoselic, Ann Powers, Mary Gaitskill, James Franco, Sheila Heti and others.
In a new afterword, Carl Wilson examines recent cultural changes in love and hate, including the impact of technology and social media on how taste works (or doesn't) in the 21st century.
Any chord progression can be seen as a combination of tonic, dominant and subdominant chords.
We employ 12 frequently used combinations which we call the core progressions. The first chapter demonstrates the core progressions in their simplest form using three major chords. Chapters 2-7 show which chords can be used as substitutes for the three majors to widen the range of expressive possibilities. This is similar to the way a painter uses a wider palette of colours beyond the primary colours of red, yellow and blue to achieve visual effects. Chapters 8 and 9 are about cyclic progressions and Chapter 10 details how to change keys.
Each chapter starts with a theory section followed by a song examples section which shows how the core progressions are used in the context of many popular songs. You can follow up what you have learned by working through the composition exercises for each chapter. There is also a revision section for each chapter to enable the reader to review the learning material.
There are two indexes, one for the song examples and one for the composition exercises. By using the links between these indexes and the contents page you can navigate the document to find what interests you. This will help you to develop a personalised approach to the learning material.
There are four additional learning modules on blues progressions, song forms, the AABA format and its many variations, and 36 chord theory which shows how any chord will function in any key.
The Secret Life of Chords is completely different to any other book on the market and is an invaluable resource for musicians of all levels.
Rhythms, melodies, and harmonies are the building blocks of music. In Music Theory Secrets: 94 Strategies for the Starting Musician, Brent Coppenbarger offers a full range of methods to help musicians, not only grasp, but remember those key elements upon which the music they play is built: pitch, rhythm, scales, key signatures, and harmony. With over eighteen years of experience teaching music theory, Coppenbarger offers the various teaching and memory strategies he has designed to help musicians understand and retain what they need to know.
Coppenbarger covers critical information on how to determine pitch, the use of meter, and how to count rhythms in simple and compound meter; explains major scales and major key signatures, as well as minor scales and minor key signatures; surveys other types of scales (such as those used in jazz) and explains how modes work; presents necessary data on scale degree names and intervals; covers triads and various types of chords; touches upon Roman numeral analysis, inversions, and figured bass; presents non-chord tones and discusses solfege singing, including several pages of sight singing using various clefs and keys (strongly recommended for instrumentalists for practicing transpositions for the appropriate clef and range) demonstrates the different techniques musicians can use for transposing keys; and finally discusses more advanced concepts such as part-writing rules, the use of sequences, and form.
Music Theory Secrets: 94 Strategies for the Starting Musician is an indispensable resource for instrumental teachers wishing to incorporate music theory into lessons, classroom teachers, high school and college students, amateur musicians, those wanting to learn to read music, home-schooled students, and college bound music students.
These drills correlate with Lesson Book 1A and the review section of Lesson Book 1B.
These drills correlate with Lesson Book 1B.
These drills are great for teaching students musical concepts and essential for developing great musical skills.
***Comes with online access to free audio demonstrating all examples. Hear how each one is played by a teacher, then play along.***
"The is a great book cover to cover! Highly recommended for the advanced beginning guitar player keen to improve their knowledge of modes." - Harry Johnson, Malta MT
Progressive Scales and Modes for Guitar is a complete system for learning any scale, mode or chord - in one easy-to-follow, lesson-by-lesson lead guitar tutorial. Suitable for all ages and all types of guitars including electric guitar and acoustic guitar. Makes it easy to memorize any new sound as well as building a solid visual and aural foundation of both guitar theory and the fretboard to learn to play guitar scales and modes. Basic knowledge of how to read music and playing guitar is required to teach yourself to learn to play guitar from this book.
• How to play electric guitar solos and how to play acoustic guitar solos
• A complete system for learning any guitar scale, mode or chord, based on the five most common chord shapes
• Practical lead guitar theory for how to improvise on guitar including when to use each scale as well as how and why it fits with a particular chord or progression
• All the fundamental techniques of guitar improvisation using alternative scales including pentatonic scales, the blues scale, whole tone scales, diminished scales and all of the guitar modes - Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian
• Lead guitar tips and lead guitar tricks that every player should know when learning guitar
• Shortcuts for how to learn guitar scales fast by getting the most from guitar practice sessions
Contains everything you need to know to learn to play guitar scales and modes today.
• Progressive step-by-step easy guitar lessons written by a professional guitar teacher
• Easy-to-read guitar music, guitar chords and guitar tabs
• Full color photos and diagrams
• 130+ guitar scale exercises, guitar riffs, guitar licks, guitar solos and guitar music examples in jazz guitar and blues guitar styles
• Jam-along progressions for every scale and mode presented in the book
Guitar lessons have never been this easy for anyone who wants to learn how to play the guitar, fast.
This ground-breaking book sets out to explore The Beatles' songwriting techniques in a clear and readable style. It is aimed not only at musicians but anyone who has ever enjoyed the work of one of the most productive and successful songwriting parterships of the 20th Century.
Author Dominic Pedler explores the chord sequences, melodies, harmonies, rhythms and structures of The Beatles' self-penned songs, while challenging readers to enhance their appreciation of the lyrics themselves with reference to the musical context.
Throughout the book the printed music and lyrics of The Beatles' songs appear alongside the text, illustrating the author's explanations.
The Songwriting Secrets Of The Beatles is an essential addition to Beatles literature - a new and perceptive analysis of both the music and the lyrics written and performed by what Paul McCartney still calls 'a really good, tight little band'.
Like no record before or since, Gentlemen is fraught with the psychological warfare, bedroom drama, Catholic guilt, reprehensible deception and uncleansable shame that coincide with relationships gone seriously wrong. This story explores what happens when intellectual sophistication is star-crossed with outspoken braggadocio, a charismatic mixture that managed to alienate the mainstream horde and arms-folded indie scenesters while, for good measure, incited outsider jealousy and condescending rumors advanced by the Fat Greg Dulli 'zine. In addition to dissecting the record's organization, arrangements and lyrics, as well as examining old articles, reviews and interviews, this book delves into the memories, experiences and influences of the Afghan Whigs, most notably those that drive Dulli, a polarizing frontman whose fierce pretentiousness, GQ appearance and gloves-off boisterousness concealed deep-rooted mental depression and chemical dependency.
Rameau's Traité de l'harmonie is divided into four books, the first of which presents the mathematical basis from which Rameau sought to derive his theories. Book Two may be considered the most important section of the Traité; in it Rameau generates his entire harmonic system from fundamental principles, explaining intervals, chords, and modes — everything, in fact, essential to musical composition in tonal style. Working from the principles developed in Books One and Two, Book Three treats the practical rules of composition, including such topics as harmonic modulation and chord progressions. Book Four concerns the practical art of accompaniment on harpsichord or organ, including the realization of a figured bass. Corrections added by Rameau in a supplement are included in the text, and all the musical examples have been reset in modern musical notation. In addition, two pages from a unique copy of the first issue of the first edition are given in facsimile. The translator's introduction discusses the history of the work, Rameau's mathematics, and his place in the history of music theory.
Modulation — the change from one key to another — is a subject of critical importance to performers and composers in their study of harmony. Reger wrote this concise guide to modulation while teaching composition at Leipzig Conservatory, and the work continues to provide valuable insights and instruction for musicians at all levels. This new edition features newly engraved musical examples.
Like all double albums, Songs in the Key of Life is imperfect but audacious. If its titular concern - life - doesn't exactly allow for rigid focus, it's still a fiercely inspired collection of songs and one of the definitive soul records of the 1970s. Stevie Wonder was unable to control the springs of his creativity during that decade. Upon turning 21 in 1971, he freed himself from the Motown contract he'd been saddled with as a child performer, renegotiated the terms, and unleashed hundreds of songs to tape. Over the next five years, Wonder would amass countless recordings and release his five greatest albums - as prolific a golden period as there has ever been in contemporary music. But Songs in the Key of Life is different from the four albums that preceded it; it's an overstuffed, overjoyed, maddeningly ambitious encapsulation of all the progress Stevie Wonder had made in that short space of time.
Zeth Lundy's book, in keeping with the album's themes, is structured as a life cycle. It's divided into the following sections: Birth; Innocence/Adolescence; Experience/Adulthood; Death; Rebirth. Within this framework, Zeth Lundy covers Stevie Wonder's excessive work habits and recording methodology, his reliance on synthesizers, the album's place in the gospel-inspired progression of 1970s R'n'B, and many other subjects.
Dusty Springfield headed south to Memphis to record a pop/soul classic;
The Kinks almost fell to pieces, and managed to make their best album while doing so;
Joy Division and their mad, brilliant producer created a debut record that still sounds painfully hip today;
James Brown mesmerized a sell-out crowd at the Apollo, in the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis;
The Rolling Stones shacked up in the South of France and emerged with one of the best double-albums ever;
The Ramones distilled punk rock into its purest, most enduring essence...
33 1/3 Greatest Hits, Volume 1: it's like a compilation album, without the filler.
Before an artistic and commercial decline that resulted in a 20-year gap between Devo's last two studio records, Freedom of Choice made them curious, insurgent superstars, vindicated but ultimately betrayed by the birth of MTV. Their only platinum album represented the best of their unreplicable code: dead-serious tricksters, embracing conformity in order to destroy it with bullet-proof pop sensibility. Through first-hand accounts from the band and musical analysis set against an examination of new wave's emergence, the first-ever authorized book about Devo (with a foreword by Portlandia's Fred Armisen) explores the group's peak of success, when their hermetic seal cracked open to let in mainstream attention, a legion of new Devotees, and plenty of misunderstandings. "Freedom of Choice was the end of Devo innocence–it turned out to be the high point before the s***storm of a total cultural move to the right, the advent of AIDS, and the press starting to figure Devo out and think they had our number," says Casale. "It's where everything changes."
Over the course of several long conversations with Josh Davis (DJ Shadow), we learn about his early years in California, the friends and mentors who helped him along the way, his relationship with Mo'Wax and James Lavelle, and the genesis and creation of his widely acknowledged masterpiece, Endtroducing.
***Comes with online access to free drum videos and audio demonstrating all examples. See and hear how each one is played by a teacher, then play along with the backing band. Also includes music score and drum animation for easy music learning.***
"Awesome Drum Learning Book! This one by far is the best one I've found. The layout makes it easy to understand and to absorb the material you're learning. Keeps everything interesting but not so simple that it's boring." - Michael Cadonic, Louisville KY [Amazon]"
Progressive Beginner Drums contains all you need to know to start learning to be a great drummer - in one easy-to-follow, lesson-by-lesson drum tutorial. Suitable for all ages and all types of drum kits. No prior knowledge of how to read music or playing the drums is required to teach yourself to learn to play drums from this book.
• How to play using all the drums and cymbals in the entire drum kit
• How to play drum beats used in popular drum grooves
• All the fundamental drum rudiments and drum techniques including playing accents, ghost notes, paradiddles, side stick and open hi-hat
• Drum theory for learning how to read drum music for beginners
• Drum tips and drum tricks that every player should know when learning drums
• Shortcuts for how to learn drums fast by getting the most from drum practice sessions
Contains everything you need to know to learn to play the drums today.
• Progressive step-by-step easy beginners drum lessons written by a professional drum teacher
• Full color photos and diagrams
• Easy-to-read drum music for beginners
• 133 drum exercises, drum rhythms and drum fills for playing drum beats used in rock drumming, blues drumming, funk drumming, country drumming and jazz drumming
Beginner drum lessons have never been this easy for anyone who wants to learn how to play the drum, fast.
3-Shape Fretboard is for intermediate to advanced guitarists interested in learning how to work out guitar scales and arpeggios for themselves. Being able to create guitar scales and arpeggios yourself can give a better understanding, while knowing the logic behind them can make them more meaningful and therefore easier to learn.
The Major Scale: It all starts with the major scale, the basis of music. All other scales and arpeggios can be defined in comparison to this scale. The book reflects this in practical terms by categorising the major scale into three different fundamental shapes, which once understood, can be used as templates to figure out other guitar scales and arpeggios.
The CAGED System: This system can help to understand the larger CAGED guitar scale shapes in terms of their single octave components. For example, the five CAGED shapes for the major (or minor) pentatonic scales that each contain twelve notes, can be learned as only two shapes of five notes, which are joined end to end to give us the five full CAGED shapes.
>> Various 3-Note per string scales can be understood as the same combination of single octave component types.
>> See how basic major and minor chords are formed from within scales and look at triad and 7th chord based harmony.
>> Each scale and arpeggio type has a question, with the answer at the back of the book in guitar tablature.
>> 3-Shape Fretboard contains 600 fretboard diagrams.
>> Intervals are grouped together in the context of the scales they are intended for, which can provide a foundation for learning intervals individually on the fretboard.
Please Note: The eBook includes diagrams not suitable for smaller screens.
"A logical and thorough approach to understanding scales, intervals and arpeggios on the guitar. All related to the universal CAGED idea of fretboard layout. Plenty to study and apply to your playing." -- Hedley Timbs, BA(Mus), Grad.Dip. Teaching (New Zealand)"I think the 3 pattern approach is very interesting and well documented. There is lots of good material and I like the approach. Very well organised, complete and clear with plenty of diagrams." -- Fabien Aubry, Composer, Arranger & Producer (Switzerland)
In order to communicate the nature and power of the band's remarkable achievement, Womack examines the Beatles' body of work as an evolving art object. He investigates the origins and creation of the group's compositions, as well as the songwriting and recording practices that brought them to fruition. Womack's analysis of the Beatles' albums transports readers on a journey through the Beatles' heyday as recording artists between 1962 and 1969, when the band enjoyed a staggering musical and lyrical leap that took them from their first album Please Please Me, which they recorded in the space of a single day, to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the White Album, and Abbey Road-albums that collectively required literally thousands of hours to produce. In addition to considering the band's increasing self-consciousness about the overall production, design, and presentation of their art, Womack explores the Beatles' albums as a collection of musical and lyrical impressions that finds them working towards a sense of aesthetic unity. In Long and Winding Roads, Womack reveals the ways in which the Beatles gave life to a musical synthesis that would change the world.
***Comes with online access to free piano videos and audio demonstrating all examples. See and hear how each one is played by a teacher, then play along with the backing band. Also includes music score and piano animation for easy music learning.***
"Okay, I am of a certain age [so] I decided to learn to play the Piano. You can actually play two handed within the first week! ...Get yourself a keyboard and this book! My brain already feels younger." - S. Mason, Austin TX
Progressive Beginner Piano contains all you need to know to start learning to be a great piano player - in one easy-to-follow, lesson-by-lesson piano tutorial. Suitable for all ages and all types of pianos including electric pianos, digital pianos and piano keyboards. No prior knowledge of how to read music or playing the piano is required to teach yourself to learn to play piano from this book.
• How to play piano chords for beginners and piano rhythms
• How to play piano notes and beginner piano scales used in piano melodies
• All the fundamental techniques of piano playing including playing chords and arpeggios with the left hand
• Piano theory for learning how to read piano music for beginners
• Piano tips and piano tricks that every player should know when learning piano
• Shortcuts for how to learn piano fast by getting the most from piano practice sessions
Contains everything you need to know to learn to play the piano today.
• Progressive step-by-step easy piano lessons written by a professional piano teacher
• Full color photos and diagrams
• Easy-to-read piano music for beginners and piano chords for beginners
• Piano chord chart containing formulas and chord diagrams for all important piano chords
• 45 piano exercises including piano chord progressions and popular easy piano music for beginners in rock piano, pop piano, country piano, folk piano, blues piano and classical piano styles
Beginner piano lessons have never been this easy for anyone who wants to learn how to play the piano, fast.
unfolds to the listener is a major key for unlocking the secrets of the
composer’s art. Musical Form and Analysis, highly regarded and widely
used for two decades, provides a balanced theoretical and philosophical
approach that helps upper-level undergraduate music majors understand
the structures and constructions of major musical forms. Spring and
Hutcheson present all of the standard topics expected in such a text,
but their approach offers a unique conceptual thrust that takes readers
beyond mere analytical terminology and facts. Evocative rather than
encyclopedic, the text is organized around three elements at work at all
levels of music: time, pattern, and proportion. Well-chosen examples
and direct, well-crafted assignments reinforce techniques. A 140-page
anthology of music for in-depth analysis provides a wide range of
carefully selected works.