QUOTE(pizzazzman2000 @ Jan 22 2012, 08:54 AM)
I need some small advice, and I'd appreciate your valuable suggestions. I am currently learning the violin grade 1 under ABRSM, and I am about to begin the violin grade 1 theory.
My question is: which books should I buy for theory?
In the online shopping section of abrsm.org, I found 3 text books:
"first steps in music theory" by Eric Taylor
"The AB guide to music theory,part 1" by Eric Taylor
"Music theory in practice,grade 1" by Eric Taylor.
I am really confused. Which ones should I buy? What's the difference between these 3 books?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Hi there. I'm self taught in theory to grade 5 a few years ago, I just bought the AB Guide to Music Theory part 1 book and a load of practice papers and worked through it laboriously. I found it very hard but got there in the end. The First Steps in Music Theory wasn't around then. I've bought it since and think it's much better to learn from, I wish I'd had it years ago. The Music Theory in Practice books are very helpful but not enough on their own I think. I'd say get all three eventually if you are planning to work through the grades, but for now the first and last ones will be really useful to you. Just my humble opinion. Good luck!