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Dec 9, 2023 - 7:47:24 AM
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DougD

USA

11716 posts since 12/2/2007

This was inspired by some of our members desire to learn some music theory, especially how to read music. I was going to post it in one of those threads, but I think it deserves a topic of its own. Here it is:
viva.pressbooks.pub/openmusictheory/
This is meant to be a college or high school AP level course in music theory. Its free and can be downloaded in .pdf format. It also includes a lot of multimedia features (I think MuseScore)is embedded somehow), and is geared towards screen readers too. I haven't studied it thoroughly, and it gets pretty advanced, but I think even the basics would be helpful for fiddlers wanting to learn.
There are also references to outside sources that are worth pursuing. For example, Musicnotes, a site mostly selling digital sheet music, also has a blog area, with a section on music theory. Their blog on modes seems very concise and easy to understand.
Hope it might be helpful.

Dec 9, 2023 - 10:07:44 AM
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carlb

USA

2617 posts since 2/2/2008

Haven't looked through it yet, but mighty hefty book at just under 1300 pages.

Dec 11, 2023 - 4:23:46 AM

Erockin

USA

840 posts since 9/3/2022

I'll be checking this out a little closer. Thanks, Doug

Dec 11, 2023 - 12:12:30 PM
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DougD

USA

11716 posts since 12/2/2007

Carl, you don't have to read all of them! Its really intended as an ebook where you might have a few pages open at a time. I found it by searching for "clef music" and only looked at a few sections. The authors said that after the fundamentals section, the other ones can be studied in any order.
Eric, I think the fundamentals section might answer some of your questions. Just take it one step at a time.

Dec 11, 2023 - 12:25:15 PM

Erockin

USA

840 posts since 9/3/2022

quote:
Originally posted by DougD

Carl, you don't have to read all of them! Its really intended as an ebook where you might have a few pages open at a time. I found it by searching for "clef music" and only looked at a few sections. The authors said that after the fundamentals section, the other ones can be studied in any order.
Eric, I think the fundamentals section might answer some of your questions. Just take it one step at a time.


That's it Doug! I'm taking it all 1 step at a time now. Allowing time to "jam" and experiement but going back to the basics and fundamentals will hopefully train my brain to listen!

Dec 11, 2023 - 1:58:08 PM
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381 posts since 12/2/2013

As much as I love theory, IMO this is the best link in that file that could supersede all of that data,

Ear Training

Dec 11, 2023 - 3:20:41 PM
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DougD

USA

11716 posts since 12/2/2007

Looks useful. Since someone here was asking about online ear training, I meant to mention that the music theory course has a sight singing appendix at the back. I haven't tried it though.

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