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Hey everybody! Happy weekend!

I’m just wondering if there’s any piano books I can read to understand theory better. I’ve just subscribed to the pianist magazine but looking for some books I can read which doesn’t require a piano.

(I have a lot of spare time at work and want to continue to develop myself as a pianist)

Or if there are any particular books from musicians that you think would help?

Thank you for your time.

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I worked through ABRSM music theory levels 1 to 5 with my teacher. Level 1. If you don't have a teacher the answer books are also available. After level 5 I selectively did parts of future levels.

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I forgot to mention there are a couple of small pocket summary books but they are rather terse.

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The American music professor named Toby Rush has written Music Theory for Musicians and Normal People which is free and in popular form. It begins with very basic music theory and continues to quite advanced topics.

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Thank you both!

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I recommend this one and associated answer book:

The Complete Elementary Music Rudiments, 2nd Edition https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FBLQLMY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_lnYcGbT32MJ9E

TSCRA - The Complete Elementary Music Rudiments, 2nd Edition: Answer Book https://www.amazon.com/dp/155440278...c_WoYcGb8XW0XPX?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

Publisher’s description:
Perfect for older beginners and adult students, this book teaches everything from the Elementary Music Rudiments Series, 2nd Edition, in one book with accompanying Answer Book. Effective for private study or as a school or college text

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Thank you weaklefthand!

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If you like 'workbook' style, check out the Fundamentals of Piano Theory series by Keith Snell.


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The Royal Conservatory of music has work books from absolute beginner to highest levels. They are a very hands on approach.

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The "Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory: A Complete Self-Study Course for All Musicians (includes 2 CDs)" is well edited and has no superfluous content. There are several versions available. There is a 1998 version (white cover with 16 boxes) and a 2004 version (orange with a few more pages). Some versions have CDs included with some basic ear training. The complete versions contains all 3 books (the three books are sold individually also).
https://www.alfred.com/essentials-of-music-theory/b/?page=1&sort=popularity

If you like Jazz, Alfred's also publishes a Jazz theory book, which is more advanced.
https://www.alfred.com/alfreds-essentials-of-jazz-theory-complete-1-3/p/00-20812/

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I joined a community college class. Seemed easier when a teacher was explaining and quite cheap. Music 1.

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My teacher has been working through this book with me: https://www.amazon.com/Alfreds-Basi...no+theory&qid=1611614014&sr=8-1.

So far I have not encountered anything I did not know previously but since I am a returning student, it makes a lot of sense. I would say it could suit your purpose. Have not finished it yet though. If you want to work from the very fundamentals though (starting from identifying notes and practicing identifying notes), you might give it a go. Although, I'd probably just go with other people's recommendations, figured I'd list what I'm using too. smile


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