Music Theory Books

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Knives, May 28, 2005.

  1. Knives


    Mar 18, 2005
    Athens, Ga
    So I am looking for a music theory book to learn from this summer. Looked at a few at barnes and noble and everything they had in stadard music notation was in treble cleft. So I look through a few more and I find Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory , which has everything in treble and bass cleft... I think, so I am just wondering if anyone here has taken a look at it and knows if its worth my money.
  2. Bassist4Life


    Dec 17, 2004
    Buffalo, NY
    I am not sure how much music theory knowledge you currently have, but this book has enough theory to last you a lifetime:

    The Jazz Theory Book by Mark Levine

    You made mention to treble clef vs. bass clef and standard notation; theory books tend not to be instrument specific. If anything, you'll find that a lot of theory books use the grand staff (treble and bass clef) and make references to the piano. Theory books don't favor an instrument; however, the concepts and lessons in them should be applied to your instrument.

    Good luck picking out a theory book. If you want a theory book that has a focus on bass playing and non-standard notation, you might find something at