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I signed up for the music classes at the church. There you learn first how to read music, then you'll get an instrument and start to learn it with a proper instructor.

The problem, however, is that our theory teacher is just the most terrible instructor I ever had. He is quite a bit shy, so he gets somewhat nervous and confuses himself and the concepts when explaining to the class. He also doesn't seem to be very literate (he's good with music though), so he has a real hard time with the teaching process, and everyone has a hard time and bunches of frustration in the classes.

It's also an orthodox church, so it's definitely a bad idea to complain.

So I think I should learn the basics alone, but find it hard. I learn anything alone (English, German, Computer Programming, etc), but every time I tried to learn either math or music, I found it complicated, so I think I needed something quite simple to start with.

It doesn't need to be anything complex, since the hymns in our church are quite simple too. I just need to understand the musical figures, the staff, the cleffs and their differences... Just that, the basics, because I think I'll do well once I get past those, since I already play an instrument (guitar), but I don't know anything about theory...

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    Hi Ezequel. musictheory.net/lessons is a reasonable first place to go! We don't normally recommend resources here, but if you have any questions or anything specific that's confusing you, this is a good place to ask! – topo morto Apr 1 '18 at 16:16
  • Ok, I'll take look at it. – Ezequiel Barbosa Apr 1 '18 at 16:18
  • It's all because for years l had a dream of playing in the church, now when I felt prepared to study it, I still had to wait one more year to subscribe, and now I've done it, it's that disappointment. For a while I don't have anything specific to ask, as I don't understand anything of music yet, so I think I'll try these ones you indicated above. thanks – Ezequiel Barbosa Apr 1 '18 at 16:22
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    You learn to read music, THEN you get an instrument?! Reminds me of carts and horses! – Tim Apr 1 '18 at 16:29
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    Asking for external resources is off topic, as @topomorto said, but please do ask specific questions here and we will all try to help. – Doktor Mayhem Apr 1 '18 at 20:35
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Two old (but free online pdf downloads) are Francis York's "Harmony Simplified" and Frank Shehard's "Graded Lessons in Harmony." An earlier edition of Shepard's book has the earliest definition of a "secondary dominant" that I have found (under the name "attendant chord.") There are other internet sources.

https://books.google.com/books?id=1gotAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=francis+york+harmony&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj5xp-U9ZnaAhUCw4MKHYj7BB4Q6AEIKTAA#v=onepage&q=francis%20york%20harmony&f=false

https://books.google.com/books?id=-sQPAAAAYAAJ&pg=PR4&dq=shepard+harmony&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjnkbOv9ZnaAhXGx4MKHWGrDvwQ6AEIKTAA#v=onepage&q=shepard%20harmony&f=false

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