Music Theory Made Really Easy

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This book is for everyone who loves music! I guarantee you will find it easy to understand and lots of FUN! This book is based on decades of teaching and interacting with so many wonderful students! I've tried to keep it relaxed and informal with simple explanations, lots of diagrams, funny clip art images, and my own lame attempt at humor.

I have produced a series of video lessons to supplement this book. Check them out HERE.


 

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Playing Examples for Music Theory Made Really Easy (mp3 audio files)

Chapter 1. The Major Scale
Example 1.5.1 D Major Scale for Guitar
Example 1.5.2 D Major Scale Played Across the Strings
Example 1.6.1 D Major Scale for Banjo
Example 1.6.2 D Major Scale Played Across the Strings
Example 1.7.1 Timbre
Example 1.7.2 Harmonics

Chapter 2. Reading Notation and Tablature
Figure 2.1 Alternating Thumb, Pinch
Example 2.5 (also 5.5.2 and 5.5.3) Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star for Guitar
Example 2.6 (also 5.6.2 and 5.6.3) Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star for Banjo

Chapter 3. Key Signatures
Example 3.6 No Money Rag  (Note: This audio sample was recorded with a capo on the 2nd fret, so it sounds like it is in the key of D)
Example 3.7 Amazing Grace

Chapter 4. Timing
Example 4.5.1 Clapping Quarter Notes
Example 4.5.2 Clapping Eighth Notes
Example 4.5.3 Clapping Sixteenth Notes
Example 4.5.4 Clapping Half Notes
Example 4.5.5 Clapping Whole Notes
Example 4.5.6 Clapping Eighth Note Triplets
Example 4.5.7 Clapping Mixed #1
Example 4.5.8 Clapping Mixed #2
Example 4.5.9 Clapping Mixed #3
Example 4.6.1 Rag Lick #1
Example 4.6.2 Rag Lick #2
Example 4.6.3 Rag Lick #3
Example 4.6.4 Banjo Roll
Example 4.6.5 Travis Lick
Example 4.7.1 Alternating Thumb Roll
Example 4.7.2 Alternating Thumb - Pinch
Example 4.7.3 Forward Roll
Example 4.7.4 Forward - Reverse Roll

Chapter 5. Musical Intervals
Example 5.5.1 Finding Intervals on the Guitar
Examples 5.5.2 and 5.5.3: These are covered in Example 2.5
Example 5.6.1 Find the Intervals on the Banjo
Examples 5.6.2 and 5.6.3: These are covered in Example 2.6

Chapter 6. Chord Construction
Example 6.8.1 Listen to Major and Minor Chords
Example 6.8.2 Diminished Run
Examples 6.8.3 & 6.8.4: Walking the Root Down
Example 6.9.1 Passing Chord in Measure Nine
Example 6.10.1 Sing the Major Triad for Guitar
Example 6.10.2 Resolving Csus4
Example 6.11.1 Sing the Major Triad for Banjo
Example 6.11.2 Resolving Gsus4

Chapter 7. Chords in a Key
Example 7.5.1 Chords in the Key of E for Guitar
Example 7.5.2 Identify the Note Name
Example 7.6.1 Chords in the Key of G for Banjo
Example 7.6.2 Identify the Note Names

Chapter 8. Movable Chords
Examples 8.1.1 and 8.1.2: E and D Forms
Example 8.5.1 Movable Chords for the Guitar
Example 8.6.1 Movable Chords for the Banjo

Chapter 9. The Nashville Number System
Example 9.6.1 Strum the 12-Bar Blues in E
Example 9.7.1 Guitar Chords Starting on the 6th String
Example 9.7.2 Guitar Chords Starting on the 5th String
Example 9.8.1 Banjo Chords Starting on the 4th String
Example 9.8.2 Banjo Chords Starting on the 3rd String

Chapter 10. Minor Scales and Modes
Example 10.1 Comparing the Sound of C Major and A Minor Scales
Example 10.6.1 Blues Licks In A for the Guitar
Example 10.7.1 Blues Licks In G for the Banjo (mp3)
Figure 10.5 Five Blues Scale "Boxes" for Banjo (jpg)
Example 10.7.1 Blues Licks for the Banjo Tabbed Out (jpg)
10.6 Blues in A Jam Track - Cozy (mp3)
10.6 Blues in A Jam Track - Dr. John (mp3)
10.6 Blues in A Jam Track - Travis (mp3)
10.6 Blues in G Jam Track - Cozy (mp3)
10.6 Blues in G Jam Track - Dr. John (mp3)
10.6 Blues in G Jam Track - Travis (mp3)