Garage Band Theory Extras!

There’s lots of stuff in Garage Band Theory Extras – but I think best is the MuseScore files because they let you hear every example in GBT, as well as a bunch that aren’t in the book.

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Learning to play by ear requires listening, and with GBT’s MuseScore files, you can listen to all of the examples.

Garage Band Theory and MuseScore


And you do NOT have to be able to ‘read music’ to listen to them.

Put your instrument down, click ‘play’ – and watch and listen. Easy to slow ‘em down, speed ‘em up. Easy to select a section and make it loop when you want to learn it.

There’s tablature for banjo, bass, guitar, mandolin and ukulele
as well as standard notation for keyboards and transposing instruments
300+ pages for each instrument, over 2000 altogether.

I like MuseScore, it’s free, works great, register and get access to the excellent well moderated forums.

There’s a folder called MuseScore Basics that has instructions for opening a file and a few other functions that are useful for playback and practicing.

MuseScore reviews:

GBT YouTube & Web, MuseScore Basics, more  The GBT YouTube channel has every song that’s mentioned in GBT by at least one artist, more than 400 videos, and the list here is sorted alphabetically by song title and artist as well as by chapter.
There are over 300 web links to WikiPedia, Britannica or, biographical info for every artist or band.
There’s a few links to MuseScore tutorials on YouTube. It’s pretty easy to get running for basic playback, well worth the effort. 

The folder “GBT music by Duke Sharp” (39mb) contains recordings I made of 11 songs that are used as examples in GBT.

Amazing Grace – After the Battle of Aughrim – Greensleeves – Home on the Range – Oh Susannah
Scarborough Fair – Silent Night – Swallowtail Jig – Swinging Baritone Bouree
Take Me Out to the Ballgame – You Are My Moonshine

MP3 for play along basic chords” (140mb) is back up tracks for practicing basic chords, melodies, etc.

Amazing Grace – Auld Lang Syne – Greensleeves – Home On The Range – House of the Rising Sun
Jingle Bells – Red River Valley – Scarborough Fair – Silent Night
Take Me Out to the Ballgame – We Wish You A Merry Christmas