Music Theory PDF

music theory ebookThis booklet on music theory was specially prepared by the Simplifying Theory team, with over 350 pages of exclusive content.

Many people have suffered when trying to learn music theory. If this is your case, there is no need to worry: music theory books and materials are usually very boring and difficult to understand, and this is not your fault. That feeling that it is only possible to learn music theory if you have a lot of prior knowledge is a lie.

Have you ever found material that explains everything right from the start, without any need to seek explanations elsewhere? Have you ever seen any carefully organised materials, set out module by module, with the student’s learning being the main concern?

The good news is that nowadays this material exists. Apart from having everything duly organised and very well explained, this is also the most complete and the most inclusive material on music theory that you could find.

Between 2014 and 2020, over 20 thousand students have already studied using our materials, a figure which increases even more every month. Students from all levels, from those who know nothing at all about music theory to those who have already worked as professional musicians: everyone has benefited from the Simplifying Theory course booklet.

What will you find in this booklet?

This booklet, presented in PDF format, has links in the menus, so you can browse through the document with much greater ease (on clicking the link in a menu, you shall be automatically directed to the page which contains that issue). Look at an example:

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The quality of the material is the same as in the articles presented here on this site, carefully organised and containing exclusive content not available on the site. Didactic tools used include tables, diagrams and symbols:

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Our main goal here is that of teaching music theory in a simple way, covering a wide range of topics about harmony, melody, musical notation, and the history of music, while always showing the practical applications of each of the concepts.

This booklet is a complete manual on music theory, a guide for beginners, intermediate students, and even advanced learners.

Contents of the Music Theory Booklet in PDF Format

This material has over 350 pages of content, organised in the following structure:

Module 1

What is Music?
What are musical notes?
What is Timbre?
What is Sharp and Flat?
What are Tones (Whole Steps) and Semitones (Half Steps)?
Identifying notes on instrument

Module 2

Intervals, enharmonics, pitch and intensity
What are scales?
Shapes for natural scales
What are degrees?
Diminished, augmented and perfect intervals
What are octaves?

Module 3

What are chords, triads and tetrads?
Complementary concepts about degrees
What are chord notations and bars?
Notation for fingering
What is a chord arpeggio?
Some relevant definitions

Module 4

How to name chords – Part I
How to name chords – Part II
How to name chords – Part III
How are chords of a key formed?
Tonal, atonal, passing notes, outside notes
Chromaticism – Chromatic Scale

Module 5

Introduction to improvisation
Relative minor
Counter parallel chords
Greek modes
Modal Music
Pentatonic Scale
Introduction to Blues
Blues Scale – Blue Note

Module 6

Harmonic Functions
Supertonic, mediant, leading-tone
Tritone, the sound of the devil
Deceptive Resolution
Inverted Chords
Modulation (concept)
Target notes in improvisation

Module 7

Octave Displacement
Target Notes by Chromatic Approach
Cadences and Chord Progressions – Part 1
Cadences and Chord Progressions – Part 2
Cadences and Chord Progressions – Part 3
Cycle of Fifths and Fourths
Secondary Dominants

Module 8

Tension Notes and Avoid Notes – Part 1
Tension Notes and Avoid Notes – Part 2
How to use suspended chords?
Disguised Chords
Tone x Tonality
Parallel Keys
Closely related keys

Module 9

How and where to apply the scales
Harmonic Minor Scale
Melodic Minor Scale
Altered Scale
Symmetric and asymmetric scales
Chromatic Approach Chord
Diminished Chord
Diminished Scale
Quartal Harmony

Module 10

Equivalent Chords VII° = V7(b9)
The SubV7 Chord
Interpolated Chord
Borrowed Chords
Modulation (Resources and Analysis)
Bebop Scale (Bebop Jazz)

Module 11

Hexatonic (Whole tone) Scale
Hexatonic Scale and the Lydian Dominant Mode
The II7 chord
The IVm6 chord
Improvisation with outside notes
Advanced Improvisation in Blues
How to Improvise in Jazz

Module 12

Reharmonization – Part 1
Reharmonization – Part 2
Reharmonization – Part 3
Reharmonization – Part 4
Reharmonization – Part 5
Advanced Blues Harmony
Rhythmic Analysis
Mathematics in Music

Module on How to Read Guitar Tabs

Notes, chords and techniques.

Module on How to Read Sheet Music

All about sheet music (18 lessons).

Each module of the booklet contains exercises, for you to grasp the content! There are over 120 exercises with answer key, so that you can be sure that you really are making progress.

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