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The AB Guide To Music Theory Part I

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Media: Book
Series: ABRSM Examination Materials
Catalogue #: D4460
ISBN: 9781854724465


The AB Guide To Music Theory is intended to help people learning music to understand how music is written down, what the various signs and symbols denote, and what is meant by the common technical words used by musicians. Arising out of this, it provides an introduction to the basic elements in harmony and musical structure.
In the main, this book deals with the subjects of the Associated Board's theory syllabus for Grades 1-5. However, for the sake of continuity, the information has not been broken up to correspond with individual grades.

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Scores 9.2 out of 10 based on 13 reviews
9 out of 10


Hawkswick GB
Concise and clear.
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Confirmed purchase: 14 April 2016
Published on: 28 April 2016
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Weston s Mare GB
Looks excellent throughout.
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Confirmed purchase: 11 September 2015
Published on: 30 September 2015
10 out of 10


Readable and clearly explained
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Confirmed purchase: 11 May 2015
Published on: 26 May 2015

Musicroom Reviews

Rating Review
Customer Rating Very valuable for that piece of sheet music that has just the one symbol on it that you don't understand. It makes a great reference book but the way it is written is very much like a school book and not very easy to understand. I would still recommend it for just the sake of finding out when a symbol is killing you! Very concise up to grade 6 piano i would say. I recommend, good price too!
Daniel Meeks

Customer Rating Excellent book for using alongside actual lessons with a qualified teacher. But can be used just as well for those people who are self-taught

Customer Rating Excellent and easy to follow. I have used this book in conjunction with the AB Music theory books for many years and, used correctly, it provides lots of easily explained information on a subject many children and adults find quite daunting.
See more reviews by Andrea McEneny GRSM LRAM - (NANTWICH, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating A good revision book handy for anyone doing grade 1 - 6 theory. Helps a lot.

Customer Rating The reference book to have if you need to know anything covered by the Grades 1 - 5 syllabi. Logically laid out in subject chapters, with cross references to the companion 'Music Theory in Practice' workbooks, I issue it to all students using these books!
See more reviews by John - (LUTON, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating Clear and concise, presented in reader-firendly layout with a helpful index at the back, this book is an important companion in the learning of music theory. Extra examples or even practice questions are lacking however.

Customer Rating Easy to use alongside the music theory in practice work books, as enables students to work alone too
See more reviews by www.piano4solihull.co.uk - (Solihull)

Customer Rating Excellent book, easy to understand.

Customer Rating Excellent book, easy to understand.

Customer Rating I am also 65 and, with my excellent teacher many years my junior, I find that this book helps me further to understand what she is teaching me.

It never hurts to get the teaching and explanation from more than one source and this book is excellent for just that.
See more reviews by Chris Oliff - (Bristol, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating I am now at Grade 4 book and, whilst my teacher is very good, I clearly have myopia at times. Perhaps at 65 I am just not learning as well as I once did!!!

I strongly recommend using this book as an invaluable supplement to theory learning - it works so well with the theory books and, I am sure, will make all the difference to my exam results.
See more reviews by Chris Oliff - (Bristol, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating really helped me so far with my therory
See more reviews by - (Newton-le-Willows, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating Very easy to understand - exactly what we need.

Customer Rating My daughter who is 9 found this an extremely useful reference book for her grade 5 theory. The only criticism is that it is not particularly child- friendly, accurate and informative as it is. Although she managed well with it it could have grasped her attention and thereby aided her memory retention more if there was a version with language and visuals aimed at the younger player, but nevertheless straighforward to use.

Customer Rating Comprehensive and very condensed - takes great concentration to read and digest but seems the best single volume I have found on the subject.
See more reviews by Mosie Exeter - (Exeter, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating Comprehensive and very condensed - takes great concentration to read and digest but seems the best single volume I have found on the subject.
See more reviews by Mosie Exeter - (Exeter, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating All you need to know for the early grade theory exams in a compact handy to carry book. I deal for teachers to cover the knowledge for students of a variety of standards.

Customer Rating Excellent resource for teachers to teach students music theory. Just the right amount of detail to ensure your students pass their theory exams.
See more reviews by Miss Lau - (Wembley, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating My children seemed to be getting nowhere with music theory, as going to classes, or paying for private tuition was difficult. I've decided to teach them myself, and this book is really helping me understand theory (I did G5 theory over 30 years ago), and help them as they work through the ABRSM booklets. I strangely enjoy reading it as it's very clear and ordered. It's probably a bit too complex for the kids (aged 13 and 10) to follow by themselves. Thoroughly recommended for older children of parents - have a go and save time and money.

Customer Rating Bought this thinking it included theory exercises but it didn't. Maybe the advert could be a bit more precise, but the content was really good.

Customer Rating An excellent reference text, well indexed and easy to follow. Invaluable to aspiring musicians.
See more reviews by Sudy - (Penrith, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating This was recommended by my music tutor as being one of the best theory books. I agree it is the best I have come across to date.

Customer Rating This contains all material needed to reach the required standard for every Grade up to 5.
See more reviews by croso1o

Customer Rating Excellent book, very easy to understand.

Customer Rating Perfect introduction for a late-starter like me, only just learning piano after children have flown the nest and having no knowledge of theory at all..

Customer Rating Great book for the beginner and beyond. Would recommend
See more reviews by bluetufty

Customer Rating I have had this book for a few months and it has taught me all I need to know to complete the ABRSM Music Theory in Practice books to grade 3. It is written in almost academic style so I wouldn't recommend it for a young child.

Customer Rating Well written guide to music theory that has succeeded in reminding me of all the things I learned at school. Highly recommended.
See more reviews by Silky - (St. Albans, United Kingdom)

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Sales Rank: Not specified
Published on: Not specified
Format: Theory
Length: 112 pages
Language: English
Publisher: ABRSM Publishing
Author: Eric Taylor

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