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Music Theory Book - Free Download

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by BassyBill, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    I found this online and thought it could be useful to a number of people who come to the GI forum looking for help with theory at a range of levels. It's quite nicely written and although a quick scan of this forum will show that almost any aspect of theory can be discussed at length, this little book is certainly not a bad place to start for those who want a solid background on which to base further study and investigation.

    Note that the book was originally in three separate parts (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced) to keep filesizes down, but I merged it into one PDF of eighty pages as the size of this single file is very reasonable these days with current connection speeds available to most Internet users.

    The descriptions Basic, Intermediate and Advanced are relative to each other and of course there are aspects of theory that aren't covered (for example, the mathematics of temperament and hence how we get our usual chromatic scale). It's also somewhat guitar-orientated and inevitably there's a few typos here and there. But hey, it's only eighty pages and it's FREE.

    Music Theory Basic Level (the one in my signature)
    Music Theory Intermediate
    Music Theory Advanced

    I'm sure it's okay to post this here as the information can be freely downloaded, used and copied for educational and non-profit purposes (it says so in the introduction). Acknowledgement is due to "Eowyn" at www.mysongbook.com

    I hope some of you find this useful and interesting - enjoy the read!
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  2. Thanks, this looks like it is the all in one book everyone wants.
  3. that-guy


    Aug 6, 2010
    Fantastic!! I've been looking for something like this, Thankyou bassybill (and all the writers/contributers etc)!!!
  4. Basshoofd


    Jan 14, 2009
    Finished it in one read, great book! There are some really interesting concepts that gave me a ton of new ideas. This is the kind of information that you don't see everywhere. Thanks!
  5. Warfender


    Oct 25, 2009
    Awesome. Thanks for posting this. Always good to refresh on some stuff and having in one book is nice.
  6. mambo4


    Jun 9, 2006
    excellent intro to theory for sure, thanks for sharing Bill.
    honestly, it covers practically all you will ever really need to know as a working musicians.
    I particularly appreciate the emphasis on chords in the basic level and saving modes for the advanced level. Exactly how it ought to be.
    Bass V likes this.
  7. Thanks for posting, Bill:)
  8. Art Araya

    Art Araya

    May 29, 2006
    Palm Coast, FL
    great resource
  9. Hawaii Islander

    Hawaii Islander Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2007
    Rio Rico, AZ

    Thanks for providing the file!
  10. Sketchy


    Jul 15, 2010
    Bristol, UK
    Thanks, Bill. I've been looking for advanced theory for a while, it's ridiculously hard to come by. You rock.
  11. garmenteros

    garmenteros Bass Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2008
    Dominican Republic
    Just downloaded it, lets see if I can benefit from it...
  12. paganjack


    Dec 25, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    That is a really well-laid out introduction to theory; it definitely makes the most sense to put modes at the end. I like it!
  13. Thanks for this! I'm always searching for new information regarding music theory (since I'm to stubborn to go to a teacher... :scowl:) This will be a great help.
  14. Page 4 - isn't a 13th the 6th an octave higher?
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  15. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Thank you. This book can't hurt me none. :)
  16. dozicusmaximus


    Mar 18, 2009
    Austin, TX
    Thank you
    I'll print it out from work tomorrow mwahahahaha.
  17. loinmute


    Feb 11, 2011
    Thank you, sir
  18. younggun


    Jul 19, 2008
    San Antonio
    Yes. In the same way the 9th is also the 2nd, and the11th is the 4th. Anytime you have an extension above the octave, just subtract 7 and it will give you the scale note.

    I agree with everyone's assessment, this is a well laid out quick synopsis of basic theory. Thanks for posting it.
    Gospel Bass Player likes this.
  19. So that's a mistake on page 4 then: (a "13th" is a 5th an octave higher)

    Fantastic resource just the same...
  20. Morning Beer

    Morning Beer

    Oct 2, 2009
    Cheers!! :D I need this!

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