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    A book for musicians who have tried to learn music theory before, but just came away from the attempt feeling thwarted, frustrated and unloved. Music Theory for the Weary presents the ins and outs of music with clarity and continuity. To use this book, you should be able to read some basic music notation on the treble clef, and have some familiarity with the piano keyboard.
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Chapter One: Scales 1
  • The Piano Keyboard 1
  • C Chromatic Scale 2
  • C Major Scale and Key of C 3
  • Scale Practice 5
  • Examples in the C Scale 6
  • Scale Degrees 7
  • Circle of Fifths 7
  • All the Sharp Keys 8
  • All the Flat Keys 13
  • Worksheets for Major Keys 16

Chapter Two: Chords 18
  • Triads 18
  • C Harmonized Diatonic Scale 19
  • Major Chords (1 - 4 - 5) 21
  • Minor and Diminished Chords 21
  • Perfect Cadence 22
  • 1 - 4 - 5 Examples 23
  • Chord Inversions 24
  • Minor Chords and Examples 25
  • Rhythm Changes and Examples 26
  • Side Trip: Ear Training 28
  • Major Versus Minor Chords 29
  • Dominant 7th Chords 31

Chapter Three: Other Keys 33
  • Key of G 33
  • Examples in the Key of G 36
  • Key of D 37
  • Examples in the Key of D 39
  • Comparing Across Keys 40
  • Chord Family Worksheets 42
  • Comparing Across Flat Keys 47
  • Twelve Bar Blues 49
  • Triad Spellings 51
  • Chord Family Summary 52
Chapter Four: The Circle of Fifths 53
  • Main Diagram 53
  • Uses for the Circle of Fifths 54
  • Secondary Dominant Chords 57
  • Backcycling 60
  • Mixing in the Minor Chords 61
  • Christmas Carol Examples 63
  • The General Case: Scale Degrees 64
  • Morning Has Broken 65
  • More Examples 67
  • Quadrad Chord Qualities 68
  • Quadrad Details 69
  • Jazz Examples 72

Chapter Five: Minor Keys and Modes 75
  • Natural Minor Scale 75
  • Harmonic Minor Scale 77
  • Melodic Minor Scale 79
  • Pentatonic Minor Scale 80
  • The Musical Modes 81
  • Jazz Improvisation on the Modes 83
  • Three Major Modes 85
  • Ionian Mode (1st) 85
  • Mixolydian Mode (5th) 86
  • Mixolydian Examples 88
  • Lydian Mode (4th) 90
  • Three Minor Modes 91
  • Dorian Mode (2nd) 92
  • Dorian Examples 93
  • Phrygian Mode (3rd) 95
  • Phrygian Dominant Scale 95
  • Double Harmonic Scale 95
  • All Scales Ranked for Brightness 96
  • C Complex Chords 97
  • Where to Next? 98
  • Index 99
  • My Musical Background 100
  • The Circle of Fifths (reprise) 101

Music Theory for the Weary - Scales, Chords and the Circle of Fifths

by Bruce Emery

SKU: 578-34

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A book for musicians who have tried to learn music theory before, but just came away from the attempt feeling thwarted, frustrated and unloved. Music Theory for the Weary presents the ins and outs of music with clarity and continuity. To use this book, you should be able to read some basic music notation on the treble clef, and have some familiarity with the piano keyboard.
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Chapter One: Scales 1
  • The Piano Keyboard 1
  • C Chromatic Scale 2
  • C Major Scale and Key of C 3
  • Scale Practice 5
  • Examples in the C Scale 6
  • Scale Degrees 7
  • Circle of Fifths 7
  • All the Sharp Keys 8
  • All the Flat Keys 13
  • Worksheets for Major Keys 16

Chapter Two: Chords 18
  • Triads 18
  • C Harmonized Diatonic Scale 19
  • Major Chords (1 - 4 - 5) 21
  • Minor and Diminished Chords 21
  • Perfect Cadence 22
  • 1 - 4 - 5 Examples 23
  • Chord Inversions 24
  • Minor Chords and Examples 25
  • Rhythm Changes and Examples 26
  • Side Trip: Ear Training 28
  • Major Versus Minor Chords 29
  • Dominant 7th Chords 31

Chapter Three: Other Keys 33
  • Key of G 33
  • Examples in the Key of G 36
  • Key of D 37
  • Examples in the Key of D 39
  • Comparing Across Keys 40
  • Chord Family Worksheets 42
  • Comparing Across Flat Keys 47
  • Twelve Bar Blues 49
  • Triad Spellings 51
  • Chord Family Summary 52
Chapter Four: The Circle of Fifths 53
  • Main Diagram 53
  • Uses for the Circle of Fifths 54
  • Secondary Dominant Chords 57
  • Backcycling 60
  • Mixing in the Minor Chords 61
  • Christmas Carol Examples 63
  • The General Case: Scale Degrees 64
  • Morning Has Broken 65
  • More Examples 67
  • Quadrad Chord Qualities 68
  • Quadrad Details 69
  • Jazz Examples 72

Chapter Five: Minor Keys and Modes 75
  • Natural Minor Scale 75
  • Harmonic Minor Scale 77
  • Melodic Minor Scale 79
  • Pentatonic Minor Scale 80
  • The Musical Modes 81
  • Jazz Improvisation on the Modes 83
  • Three Major Modes 85
  • Ionian Mode (1st) 85
  • Mixolydian Mode (5th) 86
  • Mixolydian Examples 88
  • Lydian Mode (4th) 90
  • Three Minor Modes 91
  • Dorian Mode (2nd) 92
  • Dorian Examples 93
  • Phrygian Mode (3rd) 95
  • Phrygian Dominant Scale 95
  • Double Harmonic Scale 95
  • All Scales Ranked for Brightness 96
  • C Complex Chords 97
  • Where to Next? 98
  • Index 99
  • My Musical Background 100
  • The Circle of Fifths (reprise) 101