Music Theory For Dummies
Welcome to Music Theory For Dummies!
What do you think of when you hear the phrase music theory? Does the image
of your elementary school music teacher scowling at you from behind the
piano pop into your head? Or perhaps a later image of fellow college students
in theory classes determinedly trying to notate theremin whistles? If either of
these ideas is anything close your own perception of what music theory is,
then hopefully, this book will be a pleasant surprise.
For a lot of self-taught musicians, the idea of theory seems daunting and even
a little self-defeating. After all, if you can already read guitar tabs and play
some scales, why would you want to cheese what you already know with
Even the most basic music theory training will give you the keys to expand
your range and abilities as a musician. A decent amount of note-reading ability
will enable you to play classical piano music, whereas some basic knowledge
about chord progressions will show you the way to writing your own