The ABC of musical theory - PDF by Ralph Dunstan

The ABC of musical theory

The ABC of musical theory
The ABC of musical theory - PDF by Ralph Dunstan 


with numerous original and selected questions and exercises

The following pages were primarily intended to provide a series of graduated questions and exercises covering, as far as possible, the whole field of what is commonly known as Musical Theory, or the Rudiments of Music; and it was further intended that the work might be used in connection with any standard text-book. 

In dealing, however, with the more difficult parts of the subject, such as Syncopation, Transposition, the C clef in various positions, Determining the Key of given passages, and other similar questions which often puzzle the beginner, the author found that most of the text-books on Musical Theory gave less information than the ordinary student needed. 

It was therefore deemed advisable to include a concise summary of the essential Rudiments of Music, which might serve either for instruction, revision, or reference.

 It is hoped that the teacher who may use this little work with his pupils will find his labours lightened and that the questions and exercises are sufficiently varied and comprehensive to enable the student to understand the subject thoroughly and to prepare for any of the usual examinations. 

For the Sixth Edition, the Section dealing with Musical Ornaments has been revised and extended and supplemented by a complete set of Exercises based on extracts from the works of the chief composers from Couperin to Chopin. A. B C of Musical Theory.

some contents:

CHAPTER I. NOTES AND RESTS 1
Questions on Chapter I ... ...
Exercises in Chapter I
CHAPTER II. TIME SIGNATURES 12
Simple Times
Compound Times ... 14
Table of Beat Notes 15
Questions on Chapter II: 17
Exercises on Chapter II ... ... ... ... 18
CHAPTER III. MAJOR SCALES AND DIATONIC INTERVALS 24
Table of Major Key Signatures 29
Intervals .'. 30
Inversion of Intervals ... ... ... ... ... ... 32
Table of Diatonic Intervals and Inversions 33
Questions on Chapter III 33
Exercises on Chapter III 34
CHAPTER IV. MINOR SCALES, CHROMATIC INTERVALS, CHROMATIC SCALES ... 40
Table of Relative Keys 40
Construction of Minor Scales 40
Tonic Major and Tonic Minor 43
Chromatic Intervals 43
Chromatic Scales ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 44
Questions on Chapter IV... ., 46
Exercises on Chapter IV 46
CHAPTER V. MUSICAL TERMS, SIGNS, ABBREVIATIONS,... &c 50
Graces or Embellishments ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 54
Exercises 58
CHAPTER VI. MISCELLANEOUS 67
Syncopation 67
Exercises 69
The "C" Clef 69

the book details :
  • Author: Ralph Dunstan was born at Carnon Downs in the parish of Feock, Cornwall and is buried at Perranzabuloe. He is honoured now as one of the greatest song collectors in the Cornish musical tradition. Dunstan is best known for his work The Cornish Song Book published by Reid Bros Ltd of London in 1929.
  • Publication date:  1922
  • Company: London, J. Curwen
  •  Great book with illustrations and examples and exercises,

  • Download The ABC of musical theory 16 MB -PDF ebook 



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      Anonymous July 14, 2022 at 7:55 AM

      would not download for me

      • Adam Sherif
        Adam Sherif July 14, 2022 at 8:45 AM

        Link fixed

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