Music Theory

One of the books kicking around my house that I decided to read was “Music Theory”(1) that my wife had from college. I have some musical background and used to perform fairly regularly but have no formal training in music so figured this may be a good introduction.

The book itself is very much a college book: it is somewhat of a reference manual along with exercises and advice that the information therein should be accompanied by sufficient drilling to make the important information practicable. As I did not do the exercises very little of the information actually stuck, particularly as the book moved on.

Some of the higher level (especially those earlier) concepts were of interest and the read through provided my a sparse framework that I can work on populating over time and can use this book to consult. I have plans to dig more into music again including capturing a fair amount of music using LilyPond and so this book will likely help frame going deeper into analysis of the inscribed pieces.

I did enjoy that the content reflected the notion expressed in the preface that “theory follows practice” since that seems to often be inverted in some minds “in music, as in many other fields”; the abstract overtakes the concrete and too much attention can be diverted away from reality.

JONES, George. Music theory. New York : Barnes & Noble Books, 1974. ISBN 0-06-467168-2.