Books and Literature
September 12, 2009 at 8:34 am #21259
There are two theory books I got in college
Duckworth: A Creative Apporach to Music Fundamentals
Laitz: The Complete Musician
both of these books can be purchased on Alibris.com or Amazon.com for a very cheap price. I think these books cost $120 brand new but they can be purchased on one of these site from anywhere from $2-10. Significant price difference! These books cover most of what I ‘ve learned in college and are very good especially for under 20 bucks. If you are wanting to learn music theory I strongly encourage you to pick some of these books up. The version doesn’t really matter; these books cover theory that has been established for a couple hundred years.
Other ones to check out might include
Tonal Harmony by Stefan Kostka and Dorothy Payne
Harmony and Voice Leading by Edward Aldwell and Carl Schachter
These two books would be okay replacements for the Laitz book. The Duckworth is a good book for beginning theory with no knowledge of the subject.September 12, 2009 at 8:48 am #30295
I spent some time on the web and found some theory books that are public domain. Here they are… buy Catherine Schmidt-JonesSeptember 18, 2010 at 8:42 pm #30296
You are that man!October 1, 2010 at 3:14 pm #30297
Hey man, I just ordered those books! I also finally found an ACCURATE piano scales/chords online tool. I think it will be Travis approved.
This way I won’t be learning the wrong notes. That’s exciting!October 5, 2010 at 5:22 am #30298
Cool. You should keep me posted on how that goes!!!October 5, 2010 at 5:38 am #30299
Duckworth book came tonight- that was fast! Too tired now, will check it out tomorrow-ish.October 5, 2010 at 9:11 am #30300
ok. Awesome. It will be a great foundation. Feel free to ask me questions as well.February 25, 2012 at 3:49 am #30302
I’m currently enjoying Music Composition for Dummies by Scott Jarrett and Holly Day, reading samples of Dance Music Manual: Tools, Toys and Techniques by Rick Snoman, and Composition for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt. I have a Kindle, so switching from Logic Pro to reading is quite easy!February 25, 2012 at 6:06 pm #30303
KNOWLEDGE!!! You guys are awesome!!March 26, 2012 at 3:09 am #30301
I realize this thread is a little old. But thought I would post my thoughts.
The current book I’m working through on music theory is: “The Complete Idiots Guide to Music Theory” Michael Miller. I have Hewitts book on Music Theory for Computer Musicians. Had to stop reading that book because it was confusing in its presentation. Also have Hewitts book on composition but haven’t cracked it open yet.
I also have The Complete Idiots Guide to Music Composition. Also by Miller. Right now “The Idiots Guide…Music Theory” by Miller is teaching me the most about music theory. To be clear, this is not the type of music theory you learned in college where you had to know what notes resolved to what other notes etc. This is very practical music theory.
I also have Music Composition for Dummies by Scott Jarrett and Holly Day (Kindle Edition)
I have read a little of this book.
The book at the top of my list is the Complete Idiots Guide….Music Theory. Once I finish that one it will be the Composition book by the same author.
RobertFebruary 4, 2015 at 3:49 am #40739
Is very good know the fundamentalsFebruary 4, 2015 at 7:10 pm #40745
I bought this book long time ago at the Barnes and noble It call ” The Remixer’s Bible build better beats”February 8, 2015 at 4:28 am #40785
Hi Ghostsent! I’ve never seen you around but it sounds like you are a producer? I’ve bought some software to try and do so, but haven’t gotten too it. I am more of a dj I suppose. Good producers have an amazing gift for sure.
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