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HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
As the language of this book is chiefly colloquial, in the manner of a teacher addressing a class, it is suggested that each Chapter be read out aloud at the lesson, paragraph by paragraph, either by the teacher or by a student. In the case of Self Instruction reading aloud is no less necessary.
The thirty Chapters should answer for the usual forty weeks' work of the scholastic year, allowing for repetition and reviews and for an examination at the close of the year. No Chapter need be hurried through and none need be left until it is mastered.
Aim to train both the eye and the ear and to cultivate the imagination. Try everything and listen to it carefully. Write nothing without striving to imagine how it sounds. Verify this afterward by playing or singing it. Learn to know Scales, Intervals, and Chords by their looks, without having to spell them out, just as one knows a word at sight. Learn to analyze what is heard.
Let each paragraph as it is read be discussed freely and fully. Play both the examples and the exercises many times over. Never be contented with an exercise which does not sound satisfactory. Never pass by anything which is not thoroughly understood and mastered.
Write all the exercises in the spaces provided in the book, using a medium soft lead pencil for the purpose. Before writing in the exercises, however, work them out on a separate slip of paper or music writing tablet. Put them in the book only after they have been worked out satisfactorily.
Pay strict attention to the Questions at the ends of Chapters. Always be able
to answer these correctly and in your own language, at all times.