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Beginning Theory for Adults

The Grown-Up Approach to Music Theory

By Nathaniel Gunod

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Beginning Theory for Adults (The Grown-Up Approach to Music Theory). Composed by Nathaniel Gunod. Book; CD; Reference Textbooks; Textbook - General; Theory. For Adults. 96 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.40269).

ISBN 0739093061.

For students of piano or guitar, this fun and friendly step-by-step introduction to music theory is written with the adult learner in mind. It is both a great self-teaching book and a great method for use with an instructor. Beginning Theory for Adults covers scales, intervals, chords, and chord inversions; major and minor diatonic harmony; keys and the circle of 5ths; plus how to read music. In addition, detailed diagrams help simplify the learning process. An ear training CD and answer key is included.

  • Lesson 2: Close and Far 
  • Lesson 3: Whole Steps and Half Steps 
  • Whole Steps 
  • Half Steps 
  • Lesson 4: The Musical Alphabet and Whole and Half Steps 
  • Lesson 5: Accidentals 
  • The Flat 
  • The Sharp 
  • The Natural 
  • Lesson 6: Accidentals and Measures 
  • Chapter Four 
  • Lesson 1: Octaves and the Chromatic Scale 
  • Lesson 2: Enharmonic Equivalents and the Chromatic Scale 
  • Lesson 3: The Major Scale 
  • Lesson 4: Tetrachords 
  • Lesson 1: Eighth Notes and Rests 
  • Lesson 2: Counting Eighth Notes and Rests 
  • Lesson 3: Dotted Half Notes 
  • Lesson 4: Time 
  • Lesson 5: Meter 
  • Lesson 1: Keys and Key Signatures---Sharp Keys 
  • Keys 
  • Key Signatures 
  • Lesson 2: Keys and Key Signatures---Flat Keys 
  • Lesson 3: All of the Sharp and Flat Keys 
  • Lesson 1: Introducing Intervals 
  • Scale Degrees and Interval Numbers in the Major Scale 
  • Lesson 2: Identifying the Size of an Interval within the Major Scale 
  • Lesson 3: Melodic vs. Harmonic Intervals 
  • Lesson 4: Interval Qualities---Major and Perfect 
  • Lesson 5: Major and Perfect Intervals in Half Steps 
  • Lesson 6: Major and Perfect Intervals Associative Repertoire 
  • Lesson 7: Harmonic Major and Perfect Intervals---Consonance and Dissonance 
  • Lesson 8: The Circle of 5ths 
  • Lesson 9: Minor Intervals 
  • Lesson 10: Double Sharps and Double Flats 
  • Lesson 11: Augmented and Diminished Intervals 
  • Lesson 12: Learning to Identify Minor, Diminished and Augmented Intervals 
  • Lesson 13: Minor, Diminished and Augmented Melodic Intervals 
  • Associative Repertoire 
  • Lesson 14: Minor, Diminished and Augmented Harmonic Intervals 
  • Lesson 1: Dotted Quarter Notes and Rests 
  • Lesson 2: Major Triads 
  • Lesson 3: Minor Triads 
  • Lesson 4: Diminished Triads 
  • Lesson 5: Augmented Triads 
  • Lesson 6: Diatonic Harmony 
  • Diatonic Harmonies of the Major Scale 
  • The Primary Chords 
  • Roman Numerals 
  • Lesson 7: Basics of Chord Function 
  • Tonic 
  • Dominant 
  • Subdominant 
  • Lesson 8: The Three Chord Categories 
  • Lesson 1: The Relative Minor 
  • Lesson 2: The Natural, Harmonic and Melodic Minor Scales 
  • Natural Minor 
  • Harmonic Minor 
  • Melodic Minor 
  • Lesson 3: Diatonic Minor Harmony 
  • Lesson 4: Circle of 5ths and Minor Keys 
  • Lesson 1: Sixteenth Notes and Rests 
  • Lesson 2: Counting Sixteenth Notes and Rests 
  • Lesson 3: Interval Inversion 
  • Lesson 4: Close and Open Position Triads 
  • Lesson 5: Triad Inversion---1st Inversion 
  • Lesson 6: Triad Inversion---2nd Inversion 
  • Triads in C Major, 2nd Inversion, Close Position 
  • Lesson 7: The Sounds of Inversions 
  • Analyzing Triads in Inversions and Open Positions 
  • Lesson 1: Eighth-Note Triplets 
  • Lesson 2: Dotted Eighth Notes 
  • Lesson 3: The V7 Chord 
  • Lesson 4: Inverting the V7 Chord 
  • Lesson 5: The Behavior of a Dominant 7th Chord 
  • Answer Key 
  • Introduction 
  • Chapter One 
  • Lesson 1: What Is Music? 
  • Pitch 
  • Time 
  • Lesson 2: The Musical Alphabet and Reading Pitch (Treble) 
  • Notes 
  • The Musical Alphabet 
  • Lesson 3: Reading Pitch (Bass) 
  • Lesson 4: The Grand Staff 
  • Lesson 1: Note Values 
  • Lesson 2: Measures and Time Signatures 
  • Lesson 3: Rests (Whole/Half/Quarter) 
  • Lesson 4: Ties and Slurs 
  • Ties 
  • Slurs 
  • Lesson 1: Ledger Lines 

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The Grown-Up Approach to Music Theory

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