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Understanding Basic Music Theory

Author: Catherine Schmidt-Jones
Subject: Art and Art History
Source: Open Textbook Library
Publisher: OpenStax CNX
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Although it is significantly expanded from "Introduction to Music Theory"/ this book still covers only the bare essentials of music theory. Music is a very large subject/ and the advanced theory that students will want to pursue after mastering the basics will vary greatly. A trumpet player interested in jazz/ a vocalist interested in early music/ a pianist interested in classical composition/ and a guitarist interested in world music/ will all want to delve into very different facets of music theory; although/ interestingly/ if they all become very well-versed in their chosen fields/ they will still end up very capable of understanding each other and cooperating in musical endeavors. The final section does include a few challenges that are generally not considered "beginner level" musicianship/ but are very useful in just about every field and genre of music.

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