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Learning to Read Music
How to Make Sense of Those Mysterious Symbols and Bring Music Alive
3rd Revised edition

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Contributors:  Peter Nickol (author) 
List Price: £9.99  Online Price:  £8.49
Format: Paperback ( 134 pages)
ISBN-10: 1845282787
ISBN-13: 9781845282783
Publication Date: 21 May 2008
Availability: Available
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Whether you want to learn how to play an instrument, or just refresh your existing capability, whether you sing in a choir, or would simply like to follow scores while listening, this book will help you achieve your aim. It leads you carefully through the basics of pitch, rhythm, keys, scales, chords, and much more, building your knowledge chapter by chapter until you are able to read music with ease. The visual index of musical symbols laid out at the start will make clear the task at hand.Reference to common instruments and familiar tunes will help bring your learning to life, while self-testing and chapter summaries ensure that you develop and retain this new skill. By the end of the book, you will have come a long way. Your knowledge of music notation will be a pleasure to you, and a useful tool. As well as its practical applications for any performer, this book will give you insights into how music is put together. You will have the feeling of knowing the music from the inside out.

REVIEWS:
"'Good for reinforcing what has been learnt and excellent for keeping alongside your favourite pieces of music.' Education Otherwise 'An excellent book for anyone who would love to be able to read music but thinks it would be too difficult...very easy to understand and well written.' A reader 'Useful for non-specialist primary teachers, who often find teaching music a daunting business.' Music Journal 'Especially ideal for anyone who is learning to play an instrument.' A reader 'This book was purchased just so I could learn the principles of music (written music, scales, keys, chords etc) without guitar techniques getting in the way. I have to say it is a fantastic book, with each chapter being easy to read and digest, I would recommend it to anyone that wants to learn music theory and sheet music, 5 star book without a doubt.' A reader * 3rd edition of this versatile and straightforward guide"

AUTHOR BIOG:
Peter Nickol is an award-winning music book editor. He has produced many books widely used in schools. He is based in Exeter, Devon.

CONTENTS:
Spot the dot visual index of symbols
Preface
1. High or low
2. Long or short
3. Rhythm and beat
4. Tunes
5. Sharps and flats
6. Scales
7. Keys
8. Major and minor
9. Rhythm round-up
10. Chords
11. Odds and ends
12. Case studies
A final word
Glossary
Answers to questions
Further reading
Useful addresses
Index.

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