Music theory resources

Chords, scales, harmony, melody, etc.
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KVRist
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87 posts since 5 Nov, 2022

Post Thu Dec 08, 2022 6:29 pm

Are there any standard treatments of music theory- be they online references or in print- that are fairly exhaustive and friendly (yet concise) for beginners?

I’ve played several instruments growing up many years ago, but as a child you care almost nothing about theory. Now I’m looking to learn it to improve my productions. I currently have the free “21st venture music theory” open source text (which I find to be somewhat terse and unclear at times), as well as “music theory for the computer musician,” which I find somewhat too slow building.

Anything anyone strongly suggests?

coquillo
KVRist
191 posts since 11 Dec, 2006

Post Fri Dec 09, 2022 3:56 am

"Open Music Theory (OMT) is an open educational resource intended to serve as the primary text and workbook for undergraduate music theory courses." Free, mobile friendly.


https://viva.pressbooks.pub/openmusicth ... roduction/

plumpgangnam
KVRer
3 posts since 12 Jul, 2015

Post Sat Dec 10, 2022 5:15 pm

I'm not a crazy beato fan, but this video is exhaustive. If you don't understand something, you may have to rewind a dozen times and there is A LOT of content to get through. so take your time. Just the first couple of minutes will take a while to absorb.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5SmcH11kUk

losangeles
KVRist
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87 posts since 5 Nov, 2022

Post Sun Dec 11, 2022 8:50 am

plumpgangnam wrote: Sat Dec 10, 2022 5:15 pm I'm not a crazy beato fan, but this video is exhaustive. If you don't understand something, you may have to rewind a dozen times and there is A LOT of content to get through. so take your time. Just the first couple of minutes will take a while to absorb.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5SmcH11kUk
Wow, this is exactly what I was looking for. I’ve since found a great resource that I was able to pick up locally, Burstein’s “Concise Introduction to Tonal Harmony.” The text is very brief, yet clear (and includes great examples of good/bad practice of each point covered).

This lecture goes beautifully with that, not only as a survey as to future points to come- to know what to focus on beforehand and how it’ll integrate later- but also as a bit of a check as to understanding. For instance, I made it about 13 min in until I started encountering some new material, however I’ll likely now pick it up more easily from the book since I know its application and have some superficial exposure to it from your video.

Thanks!

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