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You need to understand, that there is a reason, why many good books, teachers and methods put so much theory into their teaching. A good foundation of music theory will give you freedom, to play whatever you like. There is nothing more exiting than to have a full set of tools on hand and to know how to use them. I think that it is not so hard to learn 4-6 ...


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The basics of music theory are the same across instruments. Notes, scales, chords, transposition, harmony, etc. are all intrument-independent at the theory level. I would not worry about finding a guitar-specific book until you have mastered the basics.


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The first "fake books" were in fact sold and distributed illegally, but that is not why they were called Fake Books. Each piece of sheet music in a Fake Book is merely a "lead sheet" of just the melody and the chord progression. It is not a full arrangement with parts written out for each musician. Consequently, musicians look at a Fake Book lead sheet and ...


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You can try to soften the spine by opening it in various locations and flexing the book gently. (Here's a nice version of the procedure, with diagrams, even; and here's another, similar graphic, this one from a bookbinder.) If that doesn't work, you can get a piece of clear plastic and leave it over the pages; not an ideal solution, but it will let you use ...


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Taking them one at a time: Is Rap music? Yes, or rather, Hip-Hop is, but in many ways it is meta-music. Going back to "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugar Hill Gang (the first release of the music beyond it's core audience), it took and recontextualized the bass line to Chic's "Good Times". The DJ technique is to take pieces of pre-existing songs and ...


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If you could make photocopies of the pieces you need without damaging the books (the spine, most likely), that would probably be best.


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Mark Levine's "The Jazz Theory Book" is quite popular, and very thorough. If you have classical theorical background, you will definitely be able to peruse it. It is however not meant as a course, more like a reference text. Jazz Theory Ressources by Bert Ligon (3 vol) is also a nice introduction.


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Ok fella, I took a look here's your review. First: technical exercises are dull. Simple. Liszt is said to have done them while reading a book. Call me closed-minded if you will, but someone who claims to have "fixed" this problem hasn't. Here are some claims made on the site, with my comments in italics: Practicing the intermediate, virtuoso, and ...


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These are the books & online resources I like, and these go way beyond basic tricks. Book: Theory of Harmony by Arnold Shoenberg Shoenberg is one of the most influential composers of 20th century. This book raises some fundamental questions about music. See also: Structrual Functions of Harmony Books: Walter Piston's Counterpoint, ... (actually, this ...


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Here's some food for thought... It can help to learn new practice techniques. Are you practicing these pieces from beginning to end each time? Maybe mix it up. Here are some ideas: Practice slowly. Really exaggerate this. Practicing is largely about muscle memory and the only way to get that is by taking your time. Record yourself and then take a break ...


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Short answer: No. The difference you see in the sheet music is that for guitar you use the G clef and pianos use both the G and F clefs. This is not much of a difference except for the visual part. The notes are notes all the same. You can learn to read piano music in 5 minutes to know the F clef plus a week to get used to it. About composing, if you don't ...


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A fascinating question I have also pondered - here are my thoughts. Someone once told me music is anything with rhythm and/or tone. Rap has both of theses. 1) As a kid of the 90's, I completely identify with this question. The other day, my parents gawked at the mere mentioned of rap and asked, "Rap? Is that still going on?!" Of course rap is music. Spoken ...


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A Fake book is book that contains music sheets for songs. Usually they contain chords and melody, but sometimes lyrics as well. These kind of books are really famous for jazz repertoire, but there have also been fake books for blues/latin/rock etc. They were called Fake Books, because the people that wrote and publish them didn't have the royalties for ...


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I use clothespins to keep the pages open. :D


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Book spines are intended to keep the book in its closed shape. As they age and are repeatedly opened, they start to stay open because the spine gets damaged. If you're careful, bending and folding won't make it any worse than the "natural" damage over time. Another option is to cut out the spine altogether. You could punch holes in the margins and use a ...


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Matthew's answer is correct. Music theory is sort of the science of how notes work together. It does not differ from instrument to instrument. Here are a few resources to get you started. Introduction to Muisc Theory Recommended Music Theory Online Tutors


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The best jazz theory book is Berklee Jazz Harmony by Barrie Nettles. You can get it from this blog http://davidvaldez.blogspot.com/2006/04/berklee-jazz-harmony-1-4.html When you are done with it you can continue with Mark Levine's The Jazz Theory Book! Highly recommended! http://www.jazzbooksreviews.com/theory/the-jazz-theory-book/


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Perhaps there is a 'best practice' (no pun intended) for learning in terms of cognitive science1, but I don't know of any such studies regarding music. In lack of such knowledge I believe it depends on your goals and motives for playing, as well as your personality (such as if you are impatient or stubborn etc). Further, different people learn best in ...


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don't take classical lessons. It doesn't prepare you adequately for jazz. The problem is that classical teachers don't teach you about chords (harmony) and they don't encourage you to play by ear or to improvise - all of which are fundamental to jazz. So, my recommendation is to find a jazz pianist in your city, someone who plays in a way that you like, and ...


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Is Rap music? Yes of cause it is. Do I need to learn conventional music for learning hip-hop music(rap)? No but it helps, many artist know how to play musical instruments Which books, videos or other resources should I follow? You need to listen to more artist and types of rap old and new. Expand what you listen to there is so much more richness and ...


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I don't know if you mean Alfred's piano books, but those are the ones that I use with my students. If you're not using Alfred's you might have a look. There are some sample PDF pages. Mikrokosmos is a great series, if you like Bartok. Getting students to play the pieces if they don't like Bartok is more trouble than it's worth. Fingering is a flexible ...


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The Musician's Guide to Acoustics by Campbell and Greated is a wonderful book that includes at least a chapter on the science and acoustics of singing - including standing waves and acoustic impedance in the vocal tract and how resonances create a formant that allows an opera singer to be heard over an entire orchestra despite putting out far fewer acoustic ...


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Your best bet is to make your own solo transcriptions. Get some software that slows down music without changing its pitch, and use it to transcribe your favorite Gary Burton solos. Like most things, when you do it yourself it's much harder and slower, but you also learn much more deeply and completely. If you simply want to play Gary Burton solos, then ...


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As the others have noted, the general theories (namely harmony and rhythm) are the most important in the context of western music. But if you consider timbre and articulation as being a part of theory, then yes, there are theroetical aspects that are peculiar to certain instruments For instance, plucked strings have limited sustain -- and this can in fact ...


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When I was growing up, my dad came up with a brilliant strategy for a stubborn binding: Bandsaw off the spine, then spiral-bind the whole book. VoilĂ ! Well-behaved Mussorgsky.


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If you do not have access to a teacher, I recommend choosing a program that will provide you with corrective feedback so that you may fix your mistakes in order to progress. In my experience, lacking this feedback you may unknowingly develop poor habits, both musically and technically. Fixing your mistakes requires seeing and hearing correct playing. So, a ...


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A great longterm fix that I've found for this issue is to just take the score to a kinko's or other copy center and have them replace the binding with a spiral binding. This way, the book can stay open on any page and you don't have to worry about the binding breaking. The only thing to watch out for is to make sure you don't lose any of the music when you ...


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AT most in the left hand, you'll play four tones simultaneously, but more often you're playing just two or three. Generally when you are harmonizing the melody, you will voice chords in both hands with the melody note on top. A standard way to do this in jazz is put the root and third or root and 7th in the left hand, and fill out two more of the chord ...


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This should really be multiple questions, because it seems that you want to know multiple things, but i'll do my best. What's the difference between trying to master a particular exercise completely, and improving on it a little bit and coming back later. What are the benefits? Practicing different exercises that focus on the same technique serves to ...


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Have I got a treat for you. Learn this stuff the way the actual composers did @ http://faculty-web.at.northwestern.edu/music/gjerdingen/partimenti/index.htm The other references given in this thread, while excellent, are counterpoint manuals, and unless you really want to write fugues and inventions, go for this "hands on" historically accurate teaching ...



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