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I want to do the music theory exam grade 5 this year (online, which will take playce in noevmber - aprox 98 or so days time), though i have no knowledge of any other grade music theories.

What books do you suggest I get?? Also, how will i know if a book is up to date? because i searched on amazon and the most recent one is a 2018 published one. Is this outdated for 2020, or is it good to revise solely off of (as well as past papers?)

Is this good to use? https://www.amazon.com/Grade-Five-Mu...5762460&sr=8-2

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I would suggest buying the ABRSM music theory books, they have some explanations and example questions in them. Just a question, do you play a music instrument? If you have no knowledge of any other music theory grades then you may struggle and it may be a good idea to buy some for the previous grades to have some more practise, plus a lot of the topics are explained in the earlier grades.

Here is the grade 5 book they have

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Music-Theor...m+music&sr=8-2
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I would suggest buying the ABRSM music theory books, they have some explanations and example questions in them. Just a question, do you play a music instrument? If you have no knowledge of any other music theory grades then you may struggle and it may be a good idea to buy some for the previous grades to have some more practise, plus a lot of the topics are explained in the earlier grades.

Here is the grade 5 book they have

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Music-Theor...m+music&sr=8-2
thank you! Yes i play the violin but never actually understood theory, or did deep study in it
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I would suggest buying the ABRSM music theory books, they have some explanations and example questions in them. Just a question, do you play a music instrument? If you have no knowledge of any other music theory grades then you may struggle and it may be a good idea to buy some for the previous grades to have some more practise, plus a lot of the topics are explained in the earlier grades.

Here is the grade 5 book they have

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Music-Theor...m+music&sr=8-2
I saw that on there but I'm worried if it's out of date? since it had been published in 2008
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thank you! Yes i play the violin but never actually understood theory, or did deep study in it
What grade are you on out of interest? I’m working towards my grade 8 on the flute and out of general knowledge I can complete grade 3 theory without any practise, though if I was going to sit grade 5 I would need to practise a lot and potentially get a teacher
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I saw that on there but I'm worried if it's out of date? since it had been published in 2008
The questions will still be more or less the same, all of my friends use those books. What examination board are you planning to sit with? I recommend you look at the music theory syllabus as the knowledge needed is roughly the same but may vary a little bit.
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What grade are you on out of interest? I’m working towards my grade 8 on the flute and out of general knowledge I can complete grade 3 theory without any practise, though if I was going to sit grade 5 I would need to practise a lot and potentially get a teacher
I can currently play grade six. However, during a levels i want to self teach, do the theory test this november (through studying books, and doing practice papers, using online resources too), and reach grade 8 as well as entering competitions. Yeah, seems a lot but I have high hopes... working at a grade 8 yourself?? That's great! I hope all goes really well for you, and I'm sure you'll find a great teacher soon since evryone is eager to get back on track after the pandemic ends.
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The questions will still be more or less the same, all of my friends use those books. What examination board are you planning to sit with? I recommend you look at the music theory syllabus as the knowledge needed is roughly the same but may vary a little bit.
ABRSM I believe? ...examination board... sorry, if it's not abrsm then I'm not really sure. what examination boards are there?
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I personally have never seen that music theory book. The one I got for my grade 5 was dark blue:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Music-Theor...=fsclp_pl_dp_1
Also the First AB guide to music theory might be useful, as it covers grades 1-5:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/AB-Guide-Mu...s%2C167&sr=8-1

Grade 5 really isn't that hard. The only reason I did it so late is because I had a late introduction to music theory. I hardly even revised and did the early slot (my college let you do it winter or summer, I did it winter) and I got a distinction. If you're grade 6 now and are doing music a-level, you'll be absolutely fine. And remember if you do get stuck on anything, your instrumental teacher (or class teacher if you do a-level music) will be able to help you.
I'd also recommend musictheory.net. It's good for theory and aural, which is useful for practical exams too.
I'm grade 8 classical guitar, voice and theory (standard, the exams are too expensive), and I'm studying at a conservatoire in September, so if you have any questions about that, feel free to ask!
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The ones I’m most familiar with are ABRSM and Trinity, I know there are some others but these are the main ones.
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I personally have never seen that music theory book. The one I got for my grade 5 was dark blue:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Music-Theor...=fsclp_pl_dp_1
Also the First AB guide to music theory might be useful, as it covers grades 1-5:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/AB-Guide-Mu...s%2C167&sr=8-1

Grade 5 really isn't that hard. The only reason I did it so late is because I had a late introduction to music theory. I hardly even revised and did the early slot (my college let you do it winter or summer, I did it winter) and I got a distinction. If you're grade 6 now and are doing music a-level, you'll be absolutely fine. And remember if you do get stuck on anything, your instrumental teacher (or class teacher if you do a-level music) will be able to help you.
I'd also recommend musictheory.net. It's good for theory and aural, which is useful for practical exams too.
I'm grade 8 classical guitar, voice and theory (standard, the exams are too expensive), and I'm studying at a conservatoire in September, so if you have any questions about that, feel free to ask!
Thank you so much! I really appreciate that. This really helps. And no, I'm not doing music a levels though that would be fun!
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I can currently play grade six. However, during a levels i want to self teach, do the theory test this november (through studying books, and doing practice papers, using online resources too), and reach grade 8 as well as entering competitions. Yeah, seems a lot but I have high hopes... working at a grade 8 yourself?? That's great! I hope all goes really well for you, and I'm sure you'll find a great teacher soon since evryone is eager to get back on track after the pandemic ends.
Thank you! You seem very motivated which is great and I hope you’re able to achieve everything you desire.
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Thank you! You seem very motivated which is great and I hope you’re able to achieve everything you desire.
You made my day! I hope the same and more for you too!
I'm gonna smash the next two years...hell yeah
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The book I used was this one, https://www.amazon.co.uk/All-One-Gra.../dp/0993447503 which I found really helpful for ABRSM and someone who had never done any theory before. Grade Five theory is not too bad though, the only prep I did for it was this book and learning some words, and I got a distinction too. To be honest, I think that most of the books are pretty much the same.
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Hey,

I got these https://www.amazon.co.uk/Music-Theor...s=books&sr=1-1 for each of grades 1-5.

It took about 9 months from scratch and I managed to get a distinction. Towards the end of book 5 I ran out of time (I didn't learn the words but luckily they were all German and I speak German so that was lit hahaha).
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The book I used was this one, https://www.amazon.co.uk/All-One-Gra.../dp/0993447503 which I found really helpful for ABRSM and someone who had never done any theory before. Grade Five theory is not too bad though, the only prep I did for it was this book and learning some words, and I got a distinction too. To be honest, I think that most of the books are pretty much the same.
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Hey,

I got these https://www.amazon.co.uk/Music-Theor...s=books&sr=1-1 for each of grades 1-5.

It took about 9 months from scratch and I managed to get a distinction. Towards the end of book 5 I ran out of time (I didn't learn the words but luckily they were all German and I speak German so that was lit hahaha).
Thank you so much! These were really helpful guys
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Hi, I teach music theory along side piano and recommend ‘hello music theory’ for worksheets and practice papers, along side working through the ABRSM workbook -https://hellomusictheory.com/worksheets/grade-5/ Hope it helps!
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