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A Note From the Author

Dear Theory student,

Congratulations! You have just done the very best thing for your theory education - you’ve bought this book.

How to Blitz! Theory Grade 1 contains more information, more revision and more worksheets than any other theory
text book.

One of the best features is the clearest and easiest section on music notation ever written. It assumes you’ve never
actually seen music before. If you already know how to read music, you will find this section SUPER EASY!!! Whizz
through it and impress all your friends.

Although music theory applies to all instruments, not just piano, it is the piano keyboard that is most helpful in
demonstrating certain things you need to learn, such as semitones and accidentals. The reason for this is that the
piano keyboard is a visual pattern. If you are learning to play an instrument other than piano, you’ll find plenty
of piano keyboard diagrams in the book to help you understand some of the concepts more easily.

So, have fun and enjoy working through this book. Every time you see this icon it means there are more
practice examples you can download from the BlitzBooks website. Go to www.blitzbooks.com.au to download FREE
manuscript, flashcards, worksheets and more!

Happy Theory-ing,

Samantha
ISBN �-8770��-3�-2
First edition published 200� by A & S Coates Pty Ltd
P.O. Box �5�0 Maroubra NSW 2035
Copyright © Samantha Coates 2006
20�0 edition
This publication is excluded from the AMCOS Schools' Licence Agreement

All rights reserved. This publication may not be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any
means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publishers.

It takes more than an author and a publisher to produce a book - it takes enormous support from friends and
family. Thank you to everyone who has helped me on the BlitzBooks journey, but most of all to Andrew, Thomas
and Courtney... without you three, there would simply be no books.

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Table of Contents

A Little Bit About Rhythm .................................................................................................................3

Intro to Pitch ........................................................................................................................................4

Clefs, Notes, and Stems .....................................................................................................................7

Leger Lines ...........................................................................................................................................�2

Revision of Stuff So Far ..................................................................................................................�3

Sharps, Flats and Naturals ..............................................................................................................�4

Naming and Drawing Notes ..............................................................................................................�8

Tones, Semitones and the Major Scale ....................................................................................... 22

Scale Degree Numbers .................................................................................................................... 24

Tiny Test .......................................................................................................................................... 28

Scales with Accidentals/Scale Worksheets .............................................................................. 29

Timed Test .......................................................................................................................................... 35

Naming the Key/More on Scale Degrees .................................................................................... 36

Intervals .......................................................................................................................................... 40

Revision of Heaps of Things ........................................................................................................... 43

Tonic Triads ........................................................................................................................................ 44

Very Important Revision Test ....................................................................................................... 46

Time and Rhythm ............................................................................................................................... 48

The Anacrusis ......................................................................................................................................5�

Grouping .......................................................................................................................................... 53

Completing the Bar ............................................................................................................................ 55

Another Test on Stuff .................................................................................................................... 58

Folk Songs .......................................................................................................................................... 60

Transposition .......................................................................................................................................6�

Word Search ...................................................................................................................................... 65

Terms and Signs ................................................................................................................................ 66

Timed Test II .................................................................................................................................... 68

More About Signs .............................................................................................................................. 69

Final Revision Test .............................................................................................................................7�

Mad Multiple Choice ......................................................................................................................... 72

Test Paper... sort of ......................................................................................................................... 75

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Intervals

 An interval is the distance between two notes.

 The bottom note is known as the ‘tonic’ note - scale degree no. 1.

An interval where both notes are the same pitch is called a ‘unison’ (it is never called a ‘1st’).
To name an interval, simply count up from the bottom note. Fill in the missing names:

Unison 2nd ____ ____ 5th ____ ____ 8ve (Octave)

Name these intervals above the tonic of F. Remember, the bottom note counts as no. �!

____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____

Name these intervals above the tonic of G. Same deal as before... bottom note is no. �!

____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____

Check this out! The 4th above F needs a B flat
because of the key signature of F major!

Check this out! The 7th above G needs an F sharp
because of the key signature of G major!

Q: Which two intervals require accidentals? A: The 4th above __ and the 7th above __ !!!!

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Writing Intervals is Easy

Sometimes you are asked to draw an interval above a certain tonic note. The tonic note
shows you which scale the interval comes from.

If the tonic is C, that means C major, which has no sharps or flats. You don’t need to
worry about any accidentals for intervals in C major. (Phew!)

Write these intervals above C. (Ok, the unison won’t be ‘above’! It should be so close that it touches the tonic.)

2nd 4th Unison 5th 8ve 3rd 6th 7th

Make sure your ‘2nd’ is to the side like this  not this  !

If the tonic note is G, that means __ major, which has an F sharp. There’s just one
interval which will need an accidental... (hint: see previous page!)

Write these intervals above G:

3rd Unison 7th 8ve 4th 2nd 6th 5th

If the tonic note is F, that means __ major, which has a __ _____. Again, there’s only
one interval which will need an accidental...

Now write these intervals above F:

2nd 4th Unison 5th 8ve 3rd 6th 7th

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The folk song ‘Frere Jacques’ may or may not be on the current syllabus, but you will still find it in your folk song
book. You can still pick out all the mistakes like lack of phrasing, time signature in the wrong place, etc etc!

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IMPORTANT NOTICE!
The writing of folk songs from memory is no longer part of the Grade 1 Theory exam. You will only be required
to recognise the whole or part of one or more folk songs set for the Grade. Discuss this more with your teacher!

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