Aren’t books archaic? Don’t they age quickly? It’s the internet age, books are for old people.
Okay, good points. But I have some good points, too.
It all depends on the book. Some books do go out of style very quickly, but those are not good books. The music books I’ve listed below are books that don’t age — they’re evergreen. I think they’ll be around for a long while, benefitting who-knows-how-many artists.
That’s because the Authors know what they’re talking about, and they talk about useful stuff in inspiring ways. The thing with the internet is that anybody can start a blog and start pushing nonsense information into the world. A lot of times, we don’t know much about some of these Bloggers, why we should listen to them, or if what they’re saying is even true.
But not everybody gets a book deal. To land a deal with a publishing company, you must be someone who has experience, knowledge, and/or authority on your chosen topic. And every book has an “About The Author” section (or at least the Author’s website) so we can judge for ourselves if the book is worth reading.
Plus, books give you a ton of great content all at once — all compiled together in a nice orderly fashion. Websites have some organization, but they don’t feed you content in a specific order that makes sense for the given topic.
(Also, I’m a sucker for reading physical books, especially hardcovers. It just feels good to hold one in your hands. It’s much better than staring at a screen, in my opinion).
So here are the books I’ve read that have definitely kickstarted me into pursuing my goals with more intensity.
Can you learn music theory from a book?
Yes, definitely. Books are a good medium for learning music theory because everything you need to know is laid out on the page. You can read the explanations and see images, then you can revisit specific sections of the book if you need to. If you really want to learn music theory, buying one or two music theory books can be a great investment.