Contemporary Music Theory: A Fast-Paced Book of Theory for the Serious Contemporary Musician by Tony Llewellyn (Paperback / softback, 2013)
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- DescriptionIf you've been looking for a book on music theory that doesn't require you to learn Italian or rules of harmony that don't relate to most modern music, then this is the book for you. Contemporary Music Theory does t assume that you can read music or that you even want to. Many modern musicians have a highly developed ability to play by ear as well as advanced manual dexterity. Yet, by themselves these are t eugh. These abilities need to be coupled with an understanding of contemporary music theory that provides the framework on which to build great playing techniques. Starting at the very basics of scale construction, Contemporary Music Theory begins by teaching you how different keys are formed, as well as key signature patterns. Building on that information, you will learn about scale degrees and chord construction including majors and mirs (and their compounds), augmented and diminished chords, half-diminished, and more. The difference between diatonic and chromatic chords is then explained as understanding this will form an important foundation in improvisation theory. From there, various kinds of chord substitution are explained, including extended chords, cut chords, altered chords and progressional substitutes. Finally, learn how to apply improvisation theory in your playing as Contemporary Music Theory explains how the various scales - including major, mir, pentatonic, blues, modal scales, and more - are applied to various chord structures. If you want a good understanding of modern music theory, this book is essential.
- Author BiographyTony Llewellyn is an Australian pianist, guitarist and songwriter. He has released several albums of original gospel music, has taught privately, as well as running songwriting and guitar courses at various colleges. Several of his piano pieces were published by Australian and New Zealand Cultural Arts Limited. Author of a number of books including Successful Songwriting, Modern Piano Technique, and Guitarists' Scale Manual, Tony was Music Director of a large church for a number of years. During his musical journey, he realised how difficult it was to piece together the details of modern music theory in a systematic way. So many books provided just little bits of information that raised as many questions as they answered. Contemporary Music Theory is the result of years of putting together material on an essential subject for modern musicians interested in chord substitution and musical improvisation theory.
- Author(s)Tony Llewellyn
- Date of Publication12/03/2013
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectMusic & Dance
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight259 g
- Width216 mm
- Height279 mm
- Spine5 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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