Popular Music Theory Guidebook Debut - Grade 5

4.00 out of 5

Rockschool's Theory Guidebooks are the ideal introduction to music theory for musicians, composers, students and teachers, designed for use with Rockschool's theory exams, as study and teaching aids, or as standalone guides.

Rockschool's Popular Music Theory Syllabus is regulated by Ofqual and offers UCAS points at Grades 6, 7 and 8.

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The Rockschool Popular Music Theory Guidebook (Grades Debut–5) is a stylish and comprehensive introduction to music theory for students of Rockschool's theory exams. Rock and pop music is analysed in depth, making this essential reading for students of all popular styles. Use it with the accompanying Popular Music Theory Workbooks (Grades Debut–5) to ensure success in your exams.

Rockschool's Popular Music Theory series is also ideal for Music Technology, GCSE and Further Education students.

Your Debut - Grade Guidebook includes sample questions from each of the following sections of your theory exam:

  • How music is constructed and written on the stave
  • The most common scales in rock and pop
  • Rhythm notation and time signatures
  • Directions, dynamics and articulations
  • Harmony theory and common chord progressions
  • Specialist notation and techniques for all rock band instruments
  • The role of the instruments in different styles of music
  • How to read and analyse a musical score
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Catalogue # MUSRSK011501

There is no errata for this book.

  • By TonyS on 21 April 2015
    4.00 out of 5

    Great Ida for rockschool to fo this. The nice thing about it is the application to popular music. There is a clear need for this. However.. The content is very terse and limited in depth. I have constantly had to refer to other web site content and books to get good and clear understanding of much of the basic theory. In other areas it would have been nice to have a clear example of the approach to take in perfoming a particular task, Eg, transcription. I have given this four stars for the intent but the content I think is lacking. It would be good if this could be improved.

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