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    Essentials books

    Hi Everybody,

    I compose music by ear and i feel like is time to get some knowledge about music theory and harmony.

    Think that i know almost nothing about music theory.

    Wich books would you recommend me? Starting from the beginning.

    Wich are the essentials for you?

    Thanks in advance.

    Best.

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    Re: Essentials books

    Two college texts I liked a lot are:

    "Elementary Harmony" by Robert Ottman
    "Technique of Orchestration" by Kent Kennan

    Both of these have been around since the 70's, but the common practice period hasn't changed much since then .

    There is also an Advanced Harmony by Ottman, but it sounds like you should start with the first one.

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    Re: Essentials books

    Thanks for the advise.

    Best.

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    Re: Essentials books

    Quote Originally Posted by rav
    Hi Everybody,
    I compose music by ear and i feel like is time to get some knowledge about music theory and harmony.
    Hearing and Writing Music - Professional Training for Today's Musician by Ron Gorow.

    I have it and for ear training I believe it's very well thought of.

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