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Practical Theory: Complete, Spiral-Bound Book [Spiral-bound]

Sandy Feldstein
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  • Spiral-bound: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.; Spi edition (Jun 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882842250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882842257
  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 23.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 853,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A combination text and workbook in three volumes. All areas of music theory are covered in a concise and practical manner and each level contains 28 lessons.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple & Easy To Understand 28 Aug 2002
This book would be very valuable to anyone learning music theory. It will teach you the basics, from note length and timing, right through to some of the harder aspects of music theory such as transposition. It is ideal for a beginner who requires a grasp on the subject, or even for anyone interested in playing a musical instrument. The book provides excersises through-out, and it has mini 'tests' and the end of each subject chapter. Each chapter is broken down into smaller sections, these sections usually only cover one page and have a useful 'fill in the gaps' section at the bottom of each page. The whole book is easy to complete and the each excersise can be broken down to allow the user to finish the book before a specific deadline if necessary. I would highly recommend this book to and beginner to music theory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to music theory 29 Sep 2014
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I have tried other ways of learning music theory and not had much success. So returning to absolute basics I tried this course of study. Although I am only a third the way through this course I am pleased and surprised at the ease with which it moves through the subject. It is not a childlike approach but breaks the subject down to small bites of one page per subject. The explanations are very straight forward and to the point. Each lesson has questions where the students practices what has just been learnt. If in doubt look back at the lesson for the answer. Every about four lessons there is a section of review questions on what has been learned so far. Again very straightforward but with answers at the back of the book. I feel that I am now making very good progress and recommend this method to anyone wanting to learn music theory.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Practical Theory Complete" minus some 30 Jan 2003
By A. Lee - Published on
This book serves as an excellent introduction to very basic but important concepts in music theory and gives a small introduction for composition. Being spiral bound and with each lesson being in a worksheet format, I have used this book with my private lesson students (junior high school and high school students) with much success. All the material is easy enough to be self taught or does well in reinforcing review material.
With such a good review, why only 4 stars you ask? If you are looking for a book to learn the details of basic music theory and all the extra tidbits (i.e. why duple time is preferred for particular compositions; what is duple time; what would compound time be good for?) then this will leave you displeased. Consider what you are trying to get out of the book before purchasing this one. This book would come no where close to an academic level theory class. I would recommend :: Steinke - Basic Materials in Music Theory :: for a thorough examination of basic music theory if that is your intended goal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all "self taught" muiscian. 4 Feb 1999
By Winson Wong ( - Published on
If you are a self taught musician, but are having a hard time communicating technically with other musicians during rehearsal, this book is a must. This workbook start of at the very basic and elevates to reveal every delicate aspect of the wonderful language of muisc.
Eighty-four lessons total, spiral bound, you will transform yourself into a confident musician with in a season!
61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent theory book 15 July 2000
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Thorough but concise intro to (or review of) music theory. As an adult music student, I found this book easy to follow, & helpful in clarifying the general principles of music theory. My music teacher, who has seen all manner of texts, was very impressed by its layout & content. Great value for the price--I recommend it without hesitation. My preteen is finding it helpful as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very solid self-instruction book 3 Oct 2002
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Sandy Feldstein's PRACTICAL THEORY COMPLETE is a well-organized book on music theory. It has exercises that are excellently designed and effectively reinforce the material in the lesson. Each lesson is short and can be learned in a matter of minutes. This feature allows for anyone to tackle the ideas and material at their own pace regardless of how busy their life may be.
Unfortunately, there is one downfall to this book. It is very, very basic and never reaches some of the more sophisticated topics which I had hoped to learn. For those with just a little experience playing a musical instrument or with vocal music, the entire first half of the book should be review. PRACTICAL THEORY COMPLETE stops after teaching the most simple ideas behind harmony, chords, and music composition. Its title is thus a little misleading. That's my only caveat, however, as the style of presentation and method of teaching are both excellent.
I would highly recommend purchasing this book if you have no music experience whatsoever and are interested in picking up some basic ideas. For those who already know some music, please look elsewhere. You will probably be a bit disappointed by the lack of depth.
45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Beginning--but not the Final Word 2 May 2004
By K. Mahood, Ph.D - Published on
As a music educator with over 30 years of experience and who has taught well over five thousand persons the joys of making their own music, I am still having some of my students purchase this small (and inadequate) workbook, but only after having studied all the basics using a book I'll mention in a moment. In other words, if you are starting out, do NOT purchase this book. I have been so discouraged with the current music theory "workbooks" which claim to be "easy" but NEVER explain anything. This book is unorganized, certainly not comprehensive in chord content (and that's important). But, this book does offers a certain value for the average keyboard student who needs a review. I know the reader is now asking, "well, what IS the best book to purchase?" Currently, there is only ONE "non-aligned" (that is, written to be used independently from method books like Bastien or Thompson) theory workbook---but it is dated. I would advise the reader to purchase the "John Brimhall Theory Workbook (Complete)". It's published by Hansen House. This workbook is certainly the best organized I've seen (although it STILL does not explain much, it simple "tells" the reader the facts (so do all the other workbooks). It also---like every other theory book I've used---come with errors: such as having all major chords abbreviated using a capitol "M" after the chord---which has not been used since the 1850s. Also, most music theory workbooks never reveal the "mystery" of what is a "double sharp" or "double flat" (neither does Feldstein OR Brimhall). I have been working on producing a new comprehensive music theory workbook, but don't look for it until 2006. Lastly, a bit of advice: all authors of music theory books "assume" that the reader understands "something" about playing the keyboard. After teaching beginners of all ages for many years, that assumption is false. My best advice? Purchase the Brimhall for basics and then---find a GOOD teacher (and that means not going to the neighbor down the street who gives lessons so they can have some extra money!). Ask questions; find someone who takes time to explain; remember, this is supposed to be more fun than "root canal" (with apologies to my dentist!).
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