Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by cobrasneverdie, Jul 7, 2003.

  1. i have been playing for 1 1/2-2 years now and my teacher recomended an advanced thery book. any recomendations?
  2. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    I'll move this to General Instruction, where you should get a few responses.
  3. thanks i didn't even see that forum :D
  4. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
  5. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Surprise surprise this is the first suggestion :D
  6. thanks kids! ill see about picking one up when i get the$
  7. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Any others? I'm looking for one too.
  8. yea it would be cool to see a selection :D
  9. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2002
    Lowell, MA
    Others?! You mean to tell me there are other books out there beside Levine's?? ;)

    Seriously, Levine's book is one of my favorites. How far along are you? Did your instructor give any hints as to what type of book to get?
  10. an advanced thery book.
  11. Are you folks looking for general theory books or jazz theory books?
  12. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    I have another recommendation for a basic harmony book.

    Frank Haunschild - The New Harmony Book

    This is actually volume 1 of 2. Volume 1 picks you up at point zero, and teaches you how to read standard notation, intervals, chords, circle of 5ths, modes etc., melodiv and harmonic minor systems, up to stuff like harmonic major.

    Volume 2 covers chord changes and related theory.
  13. ConU


    Mar 5, 2003
    La Belle Province
    I find it worriesome that your instructor has'nt suggested the proper book for you at this time related to where you are at in your development.That's his responsibility.What does he instruct you in?
  14. I go way back with theory.....

    My first theory books were written by Elie Siegmeister. As theory books go, they weren't too bad, and they were an improvement over some other books like Piston's and Hindemith's tomes. But they left a lot to be desired.

    I have also looked at different approaches to theory like Schenker Analysis.

    But I am here to tell you that the BEST books out there - IMHO - were written by Peter Spencer:

    The Practice of Harmony (4th ed., Prentice Hall, 2000), and The Study of Form in Music (with Peter Temko, Prentice Hall, 1988).
  15. whats better over all? would the jazz theory have advanced thery princables?
  16. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Yes, if they're advanced Jazz theory books (like Levine's book).

    As to what's better - it depends what kind of music you want to play...
  17. punk and ska.
  18. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Ahh I see... methinks you won't be needing any advanced theory books then? :D
  19. mainly punk and ska but yes i be needing advanced theory book :D
  20. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Punk & Ska...

    You do know all three chords, right? :D