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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

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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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Originally Posted by Balcon
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 playing
https://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.

Best regards,

-drew

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Second the ABRSM grade 1 to 5…and Alfred essential.


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Seth Monahan has a whole series of videos on music theory and they are absolutely amazing:
https://youtube.com/c/SethMonahan/

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This is a great thread and good question.

Originally Posted by Piano-no-jitsu
I joined a community college class. Seemed easier when a teacher was explaining and quite cheap. Music 1.

How did you like taking a class? I was thinking about doing this as I can't keep the momentum going on theory study on my own. I also study theory with my teacher but I don't think it's a good use of costly lesson time.

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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.
I really like how this one is written very easy to read.


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