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Reviewed Work(s): A Guide to Musical Analysis by Nicholas Cook
Review by: Thomas Janson
Source: Music Educators Journal, Vol. 74, No. 1 (Sep., 1987), pp. 13-14
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc. on behalf of MENC: The National Association for
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Each of the 167 exercises was writ-

ten to achieve a specific musical
goal. Exercises include warm-up
chords, chorales, ear-training, flexi-
bility, slurring, major and minor
scales, scale studies, chromatic
scales, tonguing, rhythmic and
Aten extended examples are listed as G
reading etudes, articulation, synco-
necessary references. I did not find pation, triplets, odd meters, dotted
this to be absolutely mandatory, as note studies, and unique exercises
Cook's shorter examples and my called "Balance Builders".
knowledge of the standard scores
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