Popular Music Theory Books

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Hooktheory I: Music Theory Hooktheory I: Music Theory (ebook)
by (shelved 41 times as music-theory)
avg rating 4.69 — 153 ratings — published 2012
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The Jazz Theory Book The Jazz Theory Book (Spiral-bound)
by (shelved 21 times as music-theory)
avg rating 4.44 — 655 ratings — published 1995
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Theory of Harmony Theory of Harmony (Paperback)
by (shelved 16 times as music-theory)
avg rating 4.31 — 477 ratings — published 1978
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The Study of Orchestration The Study of Orchestration (Hardcover)
by (shelved 13 times as music-theory)
avg rating 4.29 — 486 ratings — published 1982
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Harmony Harmony (Paperback)
by (shelved 9 times as music-theory)
avg rating 4.20 — 203 ratings — published 1941
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Hooktheory II Hooktheory II (ebook)
by (shelved 8 times as music-theory)
avg rating 4.81 — 31 ratings — published
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What to Listen for in Music What to Listen for in Music (Paperback)
by (shelved 7 times as music-theory)
avg rating 3.92 — 6,562 ratings — published 1939
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The Jazz Piano Book The Jazz Piano Book (Spiral-bound)
by (shelved 6 times as music-theory)
avg rating 4.52 — 242 ratings — published 2005
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Music Theory for Dummies Music Theory for Dummies (Paperback)
by (shelved 6 times as music-theory)
avg rating 3.75 — 476 ratings — published 2007
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Silence: Lectures and Writings Silence: Lectures and Writings (Paperback)
by (shelved 5 times as music-theory)
avg rating 4.21 — 2,804 ratings — published 1961
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How Music Works How Music Works (Hardcover)
by (shelved 5 times as music-theory)
avg rating 3.94 — 13,808 ratings — published 2012
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Writing Better Lyrics Writing Better Lyrics (Paperback)
by (shelved 5 times as music-theory)
avg rating 4.15 — 483 ratings — published 1995
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Treatise on Harmony Treatise on Harmony (Paperback)
by (shelved 5 times as music-theory)
avg rating 3.85 — 40 ratings — published 1971
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Counterpoint Counterpoint (Hardcover)
by (shelved 4 times as music-theory)
avg rating 3.85 — 102 ratings — published 1972
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Basic Music Theory Basic Music Theory (Paperback)
by (shelved 4 times as music-theory)
avg rating 3.79 — 180 ratings — published 2001
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Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music (Paperback)
by (shelved 4 times as music-theory)
avg rating 4.18 — 796 ratings — published 2004
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New Musical Resources New Musical Resources (Paperback)
by (shelved 3 times as music-theory)
avg rating 4.11 — 35 ratings — published 1996
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The Structure of Atonal Music The Structure of Atonal Music (Paperback)
by (shelved 3 times as music-theory)
avg rating 3.89 — 38 ratings — published 1977
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Orchestration Orchestration (Paperback)
by (shelved 3 times as music-theory)
avg rating 4.04 — 113 ratings — published 1955
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“My teacher, Ben Johnston, was convinced that our tuning is responsible for much of our cultural psychology, the fact that we are so geared toward progress and action and violence and so little attuned to introspection, contentment, and acquiescence. Equal temperament could be described as the musical equivalent to eating a lot of red meat and processed sugars and watching violent action films. The music doesn't turn your attention inward, it makes you want to go out and work off your nervous energy on something.”
Kyle Gann

Ray Harmony
“Theory is a six-letter dirty word to most musicians, but hey, musicians love dirty words, right? And just like all the other dirty words, theory is easy to learn and fun to use!”
Ray Harmony, Hack Music Theory, Part 1: Learn Scales & Chords in 30 minutes

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