It’s Music, Not Theory, Damn It!

Book description

Music theory? No such thing. Let - It’s Music, Not Theory, Damn It! - and companion online ear training course prove it. Skip the brain-numbing clutter found in music theory books and jump directly into the inner workings of music. Written for songwriters, players, and aspiring producers at SAE Institute media school, this DIY book and three-hour audio course (included in the price!) deliver just what you need. The approach is clear, accurate, and fun. Never dumbed down. From basics of pitch and rhythm, through scales and melody, to chords, chord progression and song analysis, this book shows lovers of music there’s nothing theoretical about this magical art. Author Bill Gordon is a Berklee graduate who has devoted his forty-year career to playing, composing and teaching music in every conceivable venue, allowing him to hone and present the architecture and structure of music in a pragmatic, practical, humorous way that can be put to immediate use by beginners, pros, and the simply curious.

Table of contents

  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. 1. How To Use This Book
  3. 2. A Broad Overview of Music Structure
  4. 3. PITCH
    1. - Naming Pitches on a Keyboard
    2. - Naming Pitches on a Guitar
    3. - Scales
    4. - The Importance & Organization of Scales
    5. - Other Scales
    6. - Determining Key
    7. - Melody
  5. 4. RHYTHM
  6. 5. HARMONY
    1. - Intervals
    2. - Triads
    3. - 7th Chords
    4. - Added 6th Chords
    5. - Minor Scale Chords
    6. - Harmonic Progression: motion from chord to chord
  7. 6. The Importance of Analyzing Songs You Love (Song Deconstruction)
    1. - Song Parts (Song Sections)
    2. - What to Listen for in a Song
  8. 7. Miscellaneous Music Terms
  9. 8. Music Notation: A Crash Course
    1. - Staff and Note Names
    2. - Note Values
    3. - Bartending: Bars, Bar Lines, etc.
    4. - Reading Music
    5. - Tempo Markings
    6. - Watching Music Go By in Different Written Forms
    7. - Major Scales
    8. - Minor Scales
    9. - Intervals, Triads, 7th Chords
  10. 9. Instead of Notation
    1. - Intervals Written Out in Letters (some examples)
    2. - Chords Written Out in Letters (some examples)
  11. 10. HOW’S, WHY’S, AND OTHER STUFF
    1. - Why This Book
    2. - Pitch, Note, and Tone
    3. - What’s a Step?
    4. - The Power of the Half-Step
    5. - Some Music Myths
    6. - The Myth That Music is Math
    7. - Why Are Scales Spelled Like They Are?
    8. - The Myth that the Cycles of 4ths & 5ths are THE Answer to Everything Music
    9. - Modes
    10. - Solfege: Soul what?!
    11. - Melodies to Play and Solfege
    12. - Natural Melodic Tendencies in a Scale
    13. - Why Roman Numerals?
    14. - Vertical, Horizontal
    15. - Compositional Textures
    16. - Voice-Leading and the Importance of Knowing Chord Inversions
    17. - Another Music Myth
    18. - The Myth of I IV V
    19. - But How Do I Find the Right Chords for My Song?
    20. - The Job of the Dominant 7th Chord
    21. - The Harmonic Series
    22. - Color Tones
    23. - Do you really want to play well?
    24. - Pitch Frequency Chart
  12. 11. Vocabulary
  13. 12. Books, Movies, and Other Resources
  14. 13. The End?
  15. Index
  16. Bonus Material
  17. About the Author

Product information

  • Title: It’s Music, Not Theory, Damn It!
  • Author(s): Bill Gordon
  • Release date: January 2016
  • Publisher(s): Kohler Music Press
  • ISBN: None