#1
alright well since i really want to learn my music theory and i dont want to get a teacher for that i figured i should just buy a book. or two.

so to you theory people. what are some good books for learning theory?

like something for beginners that explains everything well. i know my music theory somewhat but i want to polish it. very well and i want to learn all the basics very well.
so have at it! id be very helpfull if they sell them at guitar center tho.

you could reccomend me a beginners book and then an intermediate book too.

also i play: neo-classical, metal, blues, jazz, fusion. stuff like that. but i dont know much jazz. i just like to mess around with it.
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#2
Fretboard logic and fretboard mastery are my favourites. Both amazing imo.
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#3
Few great theory books

The Jazz Theory Book - Mark Levine
The Jazz Piano Book (though your not a pianist, there's an amazing lot of stuff about various voicings in here)
Nicolas Slonimsky's Theasaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns
The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization
Tonal Harmony - Kosta Payne
Harmony - Walter Piston
Chord Chemistry

There are plently of online lessons for basic stuff, here on UG, and google, they are your freinds.
#5
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Nicolas Slonimsky's Theasaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns


i woudnt call that a theory book.

and apart from the ones mentioned there is also Harmony and Voice Leading by Aldwell and Schachter
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What would you call it than, a scalar resource book?


if somebody wanted to learn how music works, i wouldnt just throw that infront of them.

and yes, scalar resource book is a good name for it.
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if somebody wanted to learn how music works, i wouldnt just throw that infront of them.

and yes, scalar resource book is a good name for it.

dunno, i have mixed emotions about that book... Its huge, and it is freakin scary. A scalar reference or resource it is not... amazing patterns in it though... damn Slonimsky...
#11
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This is not a theory book, but its a really awsome guitar book anyway
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#12
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dunno, i have mixed emotions about that book... Its huge, and it is freakin scary. A scalar reference or resource it is not... amazing patterns in it though... damn Slonimsky...


in retrospect, i was wrong to say it was a scalar reference book.
#13
another option is www.musictheory.net

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#16
I like the Berklee books, that's just personal preference though.
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