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Music Theory 101

By Larry McCabe

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All instruments - Beginning
Composed by Larry McCabe. Theory and Reference - Other, Saddle-stitched, Classical, Theory and Reference. All styles. Book. 80 pages. Mel Bay Publications, Inc #99393. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.99393).

Item Number: MB.99393

ISBN 9780786659494. 5.5 x 8 inches.

Hundreds of musical components related to melody, harmony, and rhythm are blended together to make music. The study of these elements is called music theory. This book explains basic music theory as it relates to the needs of the average musician. It covers basic music reading with note names and time values, accidentals, ties, and other symbols and terms, as well as the theory behind the most common scales and chords. Quizzes throughout the book reinforce key concepts.

  • Introduction 
  • Part One: Basics 
  • The Music Staff 
  • Quiz 
  • Time Signatures 
  • Writing Clef Signs & Time Signatures 
  • Basic Time Values 
  • Basic Rests 
  • Timing 
  • Rests: Writing Practice 
  • Ledger Lines 
  • The Western Music System 
  • Enharmonics 
  • Basic Intervals 
  • Accidentals 
  • The Tie 
  • Dotted Notes 
  • Repeat Signs 
  • More "Traffic Signs" 
  • Miscellaneous Terms and Signs 
  • Part Two: Scales and Chords Scales 
  • Major (Ionian) Scale Theory 
  • Major Scales 
  • Major Keys/Key Signatures 
  • Diatonic Notes 
  • Major Pentatonic Scale Theory 
  • Major Pentatonic Scales . 
  • Minor Scales 
  • Natural Minor Scale Theory 
  • Natural Minor Scales/Keys 
  • Minor Pentatonic Scale Theory 
  • The Blues Scale 
  • Modes of the Major Scale 
  • Chords 
  • Triads 
  • Major Triad Theory 
  • Major triads 
  • Minor Triad Theory 
  • Augmented Triad Theory 
  • Diminished Triad Theory 
  • Minor triads 
  • Augmented Triads 
  • Diminished Triads 
  • Dominant Seventh Chord Theory 
  • Additional Chord Formulas 
  • Dominant Seventh Chords  
  • Diatonic Chords 
  • Chord Progression 
  • Basic Chords in Major Keys 
  • Common Chord Progressions  
  • The Cycle of Keys 
  • Chord/Scale Relationships 
  • Dominant Blues Progressions 
  • Writing and Improvising Solos 
  • For Further Reference 
  • Quiz Answers 
  • Larry McCabe 
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