I was trying to study some music theory today, and I’m not too fond of how most music theory books are organized. Ideally, in my opinion, they should teach entirely by examples, showing fragments of pieces, showing their similarities, and extracting the “rules” from them, so that you can immediately see where they apply. Instead they tend to list the rules, give theoretical examples that are over simplified, and then maybe mention one or two examples, or leave such analysis for you to do as an exercise. Argh! That’s a stupid way to do it! Why not start off showing immediately, right from the start where the rules apply, where they come from? That would be far more helpful than two-bar theoretical example figures. Leaves me scratching my head wondering where and how do I apply this?
Examples examples examples!!