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Thread #134323   Message #3055940
Posted By: Don Firth
17-Dec-10 - 06:18 PM
Thread Name: Vast archive of music theory PDFs
Subject: RE: Vast archive of music theory PDFs
Some of these approaches to music theory would send Bach or Beethoven, with their fingers in their ears, screaming over the nearest hill. Overcomplicated. VERY overcomplicated!

Scroll down to Piston, Walter – Harmony (1959) and take a look. This is the book we used in the music theory classes at the Cornish School of the Arts (a music and art conservatory in Seattle). Very clear and comprehensive, and step-by-step rather than throwing you into the deep end of the pool right off.

We also used a harmony workbook put together by Paul Hindemuth, but I don't see that particular one on the list.

There's a lot of good stuff in that index, but just taking a few random looks could scare a person off from even trying to learn something about music theory. Theory is kinda complicated, but it isn't nearly as complicated as some of this makes it look.

Don Firth (been there, done that!)