Before beginning this book it is important to make sure that you have some prior knowledge. This book focuses on the ABRSM Grade 5 theory requirements. Included is some revision of topics such as clefs, intervals and chords. However, there are certain things you need to make sure you know before reading this book for everything to make complete sense.
Note lengths of demisemiquaver, semiquaver, quaver, crotchet, dotted crotchet, minim, dotted minim, semibreve, breve and respective rests.
All Simple and Compound time signatures, as well as their groupings. The meaning of duple, triple and quadruple.
Be able to read notes in the Treble, Bass and Alto clefs, including those using ledger lines. You should also be able to move between these three clefs without changing the pitch of your notes.
Accidentals including double sharps and flats. You should also have an understanding of enharmonic equivalent notes.
All scales up to five sharps and flats, both major and minor keys. The difference between harmonic and melodic minor scales.
The degrees and technical names of your notes i.e. tonic, supertonic etc.
Intervals up to, but not exceeding, an octave including use of descriptive words such as major, minor, perfect, diminished and augmented.
Be able to identify the triads of I, IV and V in root position, in all keys up to five sharps and flats.