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theory refresher

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by uethanian, Aug 6, 2012.

  1. uethanian


    Mar 11, 2007
    here's my situation...i'm a senior undergrad (not in music) and i'm making a big push to get into a dutch carillon conservatory post-graduation. like with any keyboard instrument there's a strong focus on composition and arranging...carillon has an unusually small repertoire so arranging is even more stressed.

    so now's the time to get a leg up on my theory. but i haven't really touched the stuff since high school (well, at least western theory). the last thing i did on the classical side was figured bass on harpsichord...on the contemporary side i played jazz piano/bass for a few years. so i know a fair amount of theory. i'm fine with identifying chords and progressions. writing them is another story. i never studied counterpoint, renaissance or baroque...that's probably the biggest hurdle because carillon is really rooted in that stuff.

    i'm asking any theory buffs and composers/arrangers here, what areas should i focus on, and what books would you recommend for self-instruction?

    very rough video of myself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LztzXRRSf6E&feature=youtu.be
  2. fmoore200


    Mar 22, 2011
    Theory of Harmony by arnold schoenberg is an intense read
  3. uethanian


    Mar 11, 2007
    i found a pdf online, i'll look through it

    this looks really good, i'll be ordering a copy

    would it be worthwhile to work through fux's? i got a few chapters in and it just didn't seem all that applicable...

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