Beginners Theory Books for teenagers and adults

If you are an older pupil and having your first theory lessons, the following books are recommended.

Theory Of Music Made Easy Grade 1

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  • Theory of Music Made Easy - Grade 1

Theory of Music Made Easy Grade 1 presents the rudiments of theory divided into short chapters. This popular series by Lina Ng is designed to prepare musicians for exams as the information is presented in bite size sections, and each volume in the series builds on the work of the last. There are revision chapters, covering two topics at one time and it is interspersed with cheerful illustrations, making learning more fun.
Topics covered include Time Values (Semibreve, Minim, Crotchet, Quaver), Time Signatures (2/4, 3/4, 4/4), Notes on the Stave (Treble and Bass), Semiquaver, Rests, Ties, Dotted Notes, Accidentals (sharp, flat, natural), Semitones and Tones, Key Signatures (D, G, F), Scales (C, G, D and F), Intervals (2nd to Octave), Tonic Triads, Rhythm Writing (Two-bar Rhythm), Performance Directions (Terms and Signs), General Exercises and Know Your Italian Terms.

The Theory Of Music Made Easy Grade 2

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  • Theory of Music Made Easy - Grade 2

Theory of Music Made Easy Grade 2 by Lina Ng builds upon what has previously been learned from the series and tackles new topics such as ledger lines and Italian terms, triplets and note groupings. This book is in the same format as Theory of Music Made Easy Grade 1, with lots of familiar animated friends and some new ones too. Each topic has a number of exercises to consolidate what has been taught and puzzles and games are interspersed throughout to aid memory. Every fourth chapter is a revision session to ensure that information has been absorbed. Contents: Ledger Lines; Time Signatures (2/2, 3/2, 4/2, 3/8); The Major Keys (A, B flat, E flat); Triplets; The Minor Keys (A, E, D); Grouping Notes and Rests; Intervals (2nd to Octave); Rhythm Writing (Four-bar Rhythm); Performance Directions; General Exercises; Know Your Italian Terms; Revision Exercises.

Theory of Music Made Easy Grade 3

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  • Theory of Music Made Easy - Grade 3

Having covered basic theory in the first two volumes, the third tackles more complex issues such as chord structures and compound time, chapters that act as a revision for work from earlier grades, as well as the topics required to sit the ABRSM Grade 3 Theory Exam. Contents: Demisemiquaver; Major Keys With Four Sharps Or Flats; Tonic Triads; Beyond 2 Ledger Lines; Transposition; Compound Time (6/8, 9/8, 12/8); Rules of Compound Time; Minor Keys with Four Sharps Or Flats; Grouping Notes And Rests In Compound Time; Scales And Key Signature (Revision); Four-Bar Rhythm; Intervals; Simple Phrase Structure; Performance Directions; General Exercises; Revision.

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