QUOTE(Yorkie @ Sep 9 2011, 04:56 AM)
i re started by using the theory in practice books and there are also good easy to learn books out there as well-its a question of finding them.
i failed the last exam by 10 points but that was cos i was ill and im usless at it myself
QUOTE(Pixie*Porsche @ Sep 8 2011, 12:44 PM)
It's intervals / chords / cadences etc. that I'm really struggling with.
I've got the pink and blue book, will read through them
I thought that about with cadences myself but even im getting 10 out of 10 for all of them now
i am struggling with intervals as you cant tell the differences between augmented and minor etc
Always start calculating intervals by number. That way the differences are more obvious.
Start from the assumption that the lower note is the tonic of a major scale. This gives you the starting point of intervals being major or perfect. Then adjust a semitone at a time. Andante-in-c told me her tip which is to have your hands one above the other and move the top and bottom hand up or down a semitone so that you can see if the interval becomes bigger or smaller.
A semitone smaller than major is minor.
A semitone smaller than minor or perfect is diminished.
A semitone bigger than major or perfect is augmented.
A semitone bigger than minor (if you need it) is major.