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Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory is designed for students of any age or level who want to have a better understanding of the language of music. You will learn the essentials of music through written and reading lesson and exercises, and improve your listening skills with the ear-training CDs (available separately).

Book 1 (#17231) is just this book alone, which covers Lessons 1 -25.


Complete (#17234) is an all-in-one spiral book, which contains Book 1 + 2 + 3.

Book 1 (Lessons 1-25): Staff, Notes and Pitches, Treble & Bass Clefs, Grand Staff & Ledger Lines, Note Values, Measure, Bar Line and Double Bar, 2/4, 3/4 & 4/4 Time Signatures, Whole, Half & Quarter Notes/Rests, Dotted Half & Quarter Notes, Ties & Slurs, Repeat Sign, Eighth Notes & Rests, Dynamic Signs, Tempo Marks & Articulation, Flats, Sharps & Naturals, Whole & Half Step Enharmonic Notes.

Book 2 (Lessons 25-50): Tetrachords & Major Scales, Key Signatures, Chromatic Scale, Intervals, Circle of Fifths, Perfect, Major & Minor Intervals, Augmented & Diminished Intervals, Solfège & Transposition, Sixteenth Notes & Rests, Dotted Eighth Notes & Eighth Note Triplets, Common Time & Cut Time, 3/8 & 6/8 Time Signatures, Pick-up Notes & Syncopation, Primary & Major Triads, Scale Degree Names, and Dominant 7th Chord.

Book 3 (Lessons 51-75): 1st & 2nd Inversions of Triads, Inversions of V7 Chords, Figured Bass, Major Chord Progressions, Minor Scales, Minor Triads, Augmented & Diminished Triads, Primary Triads in Minor Keys, Minor Chord Progressions, Modes, Harmonizing a Melody in Major and Minor Keys, Broken Chords & Arpeggiated Accompaniments, Passing and Neighboring Tones, Composing a Melody in Major and Minor Keys, 12-Bar Blues Chord Progression & Blues Scale, Basic Forms of Music.

Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory


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