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The title of this book is very misleading. I think it is too complicated for an absolute beginner and it will not make a listener of any level an expert. I consider myself an advanced beginner and there is very little content with which I was not already familiar. It is a solid summary for someone with some musical experience to help them gain a better understanding of basic theory.
Also, being an audio book, I was expecting audio examples of the concepts, but there isn't a single one. There are a number of places where this would have been helpful. For example, when talking about major and minor scales, it would have been helpful to have an audio example demonstrating why major scales are considered to be happy and minor scales sad. To not go beyond simply reading the text of the book is a big miss on the opportunity to take advantage of the audio medium. There are a number of very good free resources on the internet that provide the same content and include audio examples. For me, there wasn't the 'value add' I expected for the price.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
for almost everything he keeps saying this will be covered later. which is fine but he keeps using those terms and goes on talking without explaining the terms or concepts he is using..
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
No. I purchased this expecting that sound examples would be audible - i.e. played on a piano. Instead, the audible book refers to figures and diagrams which are not available to me. I order to see these, I have to purchase an additional kindle version. I feel swindled!
Has Music Theory: from Absolute Beginner to Expert put you off other books in this genre?
Yes - the book is fine, but I'm only getting half the story which reduces the effectiveness by a considerable percentage
Would you be willing to try another one of Bryan Howard’s performances?
Not via Audible
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Any additional comments?
There should be a notification on the purchase page, warning that essential material from the publication will not be available without an additional purchase
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Narrations was clear. Pacing is good but I need to relisten to absorb entirely. only problem was referencing a pdf which I don't have.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful