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.
Hello again PWABF.
It’s been a while since i was last here, lotta life has happened in between. Since recently experiencing a bit of a returned sense of piano-learning mojo, i’m back at a familiar place, so to speak .... picking and choosing activities to help further myself along in the intermediate-adult-learning process that for me has me in a place that is removed BUT effectively not far removed from true beginner 😐 .... my true beginning happened in the spring of 1971, lasted about 6 weeks before i stopped so as to have more time to devote to Little League Baseball 😢 (true) ... then resumed in the summer of 2014 at the age of 55.
Be this as it may, music theory as it relates to my piano endeavors is high on the short list of my renewed learning priorities. With so much PW history & archives plus the attendant many many people/personalities/threads/posts as a potential resource, a minor priority is trying to provide acceptable input to a given PW forum that likely already has similar input spread across many months, threads & replies ..... and this minor prefers to find an existing thread into which i can post/comment rather than reinventing, again, the same/similar PW wheel, IE. finding an appropriate, existing thread rather than creating a new one ..... itself somewhat of it’s own “theory “ dilemma .... work with me 😊
Okay, enough boring you with some of my bio background, i was pleasantly surprised to have recently found an on-line book of basic piano music theory in which there are many resources referenced, most if not all of them on-line, to include Piano World!
Disclosure - i have no affiliation with the author, who himself admits to being an Adult Beginner! ... this is not intended to disturb folks who may dismiss him at face value as a worthy teacher of this subject 🙃http://www.lakesidepress.com/PianoSyllabus.pdf
excerpt from page 145 of 152:
“ .... Encyclopedic Sources - websites
• Highly recommended is www.basicmusictheory.com.
There you can look up any scale, chord or interval, and have a full explanation.
• Another comprehensive website is www.musictheory.net
• Piano World is a website for everything piano. It includes piano forum, an online
discussion of every conceivable topic related to pianos and piano playinghttps://pianoworld.com/
PianoTV.net - Comprehensive set of Youtube vid .... “
My apologies for unintended redundancy if this is already been-there, done-that old news here. IMHO, learning music theory is its own long endeavor by itself without being attached to a person endeavoring to be a player of any one or more instruments .... in other words, anyone can easily spend a lay-lifetime or 4, 8 or more years of college or other advanced study in becoming better learned in music theory ..... ergo, some piano beginners may well have better results if they first begin learning relevant theory from a beginner’s theory resource before delving into more advanced theory resources.