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  • #21259
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    graphite412
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    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.

    #30295
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    graphite412
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    I spent some time on the web and found some theory books that are public domain. Here they are… buy Catherine Schmidt-Jones

    #30296
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    Brine
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    You are that man!

    #30297
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    frogb0tter
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    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.

    http://www.8notes.com/resources/notefinders/piano_chords.asp

    This way I won’t be learning the wrong notes. That’s exciting!

    #30298
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    graphite412
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    Cool. You should keep me posted on how that goes!!!

    #30299
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    frogb0tter
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    Duckworth book came tonight- that was fast! Too tired now, will check it out tomorrow-ish.

    #30300
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    graphite412
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    ok. Awesome. It will be a great foundation. Feel free to ask me questions as well.

    #30302
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    Kipsie
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    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!

    #30303
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    KNOWLEDGE!!! You guys are awesome!! :D

    #30301
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    Hi All,

    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.

    Robert

    #40739
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    Ghostsent
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    Is very good know the fundamentals

    #40745
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    Ghostsent
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    I bought this book long time ago at the Barnes and noble It call ” The Remixer’s Bible build better beats”

    #40785
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    MPH
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    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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