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Basic Music Theory: How to Read, Write, and Understand Written Music Paperback – Import, 27 Oct 2013
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Jonathan Harnum is a multi-instrumentalist with over 30 years of experience practicing, performing, and teaching music. Harnum earned a PhD in music education from Northwestern University, and is the author of The Practice of Practice; All About Trumpet; Basic Jazz Theory; and Sound the Trumpet: How to Blow Your Own Horn.
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One omission from the first edition was a very funny page on the blues. Perhaps it was not politically correct enough for the new publisher ( self published). Interestingly, this book is custom printed on demand by Amazon, so it takes a few extra days. Excellent binding, but some captions have strange formatting.
It's really quite thorough while being concise.
The book is set out in seven parts, each part progressing the readers knowledge and ability in a logical manner. Naturally, parts 5, 6, and 7 require more of the reader than the earlier chapters, but I haven't come across anything that better explains the theory behind intervals and chords. It's an American book with American notation, so Harnum talks in terms of whole notes and fractions of notes, not crotchets and quavers, but that's fine with me.
I have two pieces of advice... Buy the book and, don't skip any section, test, or review until you're absolutely certain you understand the theory. Otherwise you'll either be a less competent musician, or you'll end up re-reading sections (like I did!).