I'm going to chart my foray into learning music theory - as much as a record for me but would be pleased if any others felt like joining in. As well as capturing the trials and tribulations I'm going to post links to articles and videos I find interesting or useful along the way.
I asked for some recommendations via Facebook for book-based material and got a whole range of suggestions (I am fortunate to know (mostly in real life) some amazingly knowledgeable people/pros so there was no shortage of interesting suggestions)
First some caveats/bits of background:
1. I don't 'need' to be able to read - certainly it's not a focus at this point. That may change should I get to a point I'm happy with and fancy a new area of pursuit.
2. Primary goal for now is to understand the nuts and bolts of music to help rather than hinder creativity and songwriting (rather than trial and errors chords and finger shapes :-)
3. They types of music I'd like to create lie far more in songs that get sung, chords, nice chord harmony and voicing etc than it does in spicy lead playing or modal excursions. Each to their own :-)
Some of the suggestions I got from my FB chums look to be aimed at the more experienced musician, or the very serious student of the art, and/or are presented in a way that assumes you'll be learning to read everything as you go. For me this is likely to lead to frustration and may turn me off so I've decided to go for things more populist in presentation for now.So where am I starting?
First up I grabbed this cool iOS app - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/waay-music-theory-for-songwriting/id974357313?mt=8https://vimeo.com/132273102
It starts VERY simple - perfect. The exercises at each stage can be gone back and taken again and again and it generates the questions fresh each time
I also loved the novel presentation of Hooktheory - so I have grabbed the iPad version of their book Hooktheory 1 : https://www.hooktheory.com/music-theory-for-songwriting
I think this and Waay will cover overlapping ground and I like seeing the same concepts covered differently.
As I was in a bit of a buying frenzy (come on, we all do it when excited to start something new) I also found myself grabbing the Kindle version of this https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00CLNXGH8/ref=oh_aui_d_detailpage_o02_?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I probably could have done without that one but I was on a roll ;-) The recommendations I got
As I say, these varied enormously. The ones that felt not like "me" I sidelined for now, but a few people, all of whom are very solid on both their professional practice and teaching, recommended a couple of the Associated Board books so I have grabbed https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1854724460/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
(arrived this morning - thanks Prime)
(arriving more slowly, non-Prime :-(
I've been using Waay for a couple of days and like it, and I'm going to spend a few days also looking over my other material and decide whether to spread my time across them or stick to just one. At the same time I've dug out a cool book I bought years ago on fretboard learning (am also aware of the various Youtube guides to exercises for this)
I've kept a note of all the other recommendations I got, and will (fingers crossed) start to feed them in when I have the fundamentals understood so that they can be of more help.
Capturing it all here may end up being something purely for my own amusement and reflection, but that's ok. If anyone *does* feel like chiming in/joining in/commenting though that'd be awesome.
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