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My guitar instructor recommended it to me, but not in a mandatory fashion, just that it may help. I figured I’d ask others what they think of it before I may purchase it, seeing as how it’s a very expensive book.

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I would try that first as you have a teacher that seems to have used that book and he is thus available to help you understand it if you have problems. If you like it, he should have a copy of that specific edition so you could see if its worth playing the higher price for the differences in the edition. It depends on what you’re trying to achieve. I have limited experience with Tonal Harmonywhich was one of two books used during my first semester of AP Music Theory. If you’re just going for a basic understanding of chord structure and progressions, Tonal Harmony could help, but I don’t think it’s necessary to spend so much money on a textbook like that when you can get the same core information for free from sites like musictheory.


Tonal Harmony and other books like it go beyond chord structures and progressions and delve into a lot of the intricacies of music since the eighteenth century.

I don’t see why most guitarists, including classical players, would need to know counterpoint if they’re coming to music theory from a purely performance-based angle. Additionally, the book’s coverage of more contemporary styles such as jazz was pretty cursory from what I saw I hope I’m not confusing it with the other book I used when I’m remembering the bits of popular music, but either way, it’s not a focus. Without knowing what styles you’re into, it’s pretty hard to give a definitive recommendation, but unless you’re taking a music theory course or are really into eighteenth-century compositions, I’d advise you to save a few bucks and look elsewhere.

I’m assuming that you’re looking to enhance your theory knowledge just to improve your performance because you said you were recommended the book by your guitar instructor, though I could be wrong. As well as others who composed for the classical guitar in a quite similar style?

Besides, counterpoint is rather more fundamental to music than chord structures and progressions are, and that’s reason enough for an aspiring performer to be aware of what it is and how it works. All that said, Kostka-Payne is not seen favorably around here, even though it is the assigned textbook in many introductory courses.

The recommended theory texts listed in the subreddit FAQ are quite satisfactory.

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Yeah, I was kostla overstepping my bounds with that comment. I’m really not that experienced with classical guitar and was just making my own conjectures. I also wasn’t thinking about if OP wanted to compose. I own tonal harmony 7th edition we use the 6th edition in my theory class and have found it very useful for general information of music theory. I would recommend getting the 6th edition because there is pagne difference between the two and it has all the content of the 7th edition.


Tonal Harmony is a pretty decent theory book. It starts with the basics and takes you all the way through late 19th-century harmony. There’s even editiion decent introduction to atonal harmony aka set theory.

I use it with my students; it’s pricey, to be sure, but spread out over 2 years it’s not bad at all. A general perspective on counterpoint is that the vertical ‘dimension’ determines consonance and dissonance, but the horizontal ‘dimension’ determines just about everything else.

But this is not so different from what the basso continuo looked like. But they might be asked to cover a prog-rock piece with some fugal elements.

Or kosfka improvise variations on an existing piece, for which an awareness of contrapuntal principles as well as diminution is often helpful. The latter is pretty kosstka why some introductory texts from the 17th century actively taught these principles, even to amateur players.

Besides, there’s nothing that says you can’t look at a text with a different approach later. Sure, but the problem with this is that starting with a text which is reliant on such an old-fashioned approach can only confuse the student. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy. Log tonall or sign up in seconds.

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