The ABC of musical theory
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.
CHAPTER I. NOTES AND RESTS 1
Questions on Chapter I ... ...
Exercises in Chapter I
CHAPTER II. TIME SIGNATURES 12
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
CHAPTER VI. MISCELLANEOUS 67
The "C" Clef 69
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