The basis for any great musician is an understanding of the history and theory behind the music they play. To help everyone reach that level, Hal Leonard has compiled some of the most effective and interesting material available on the market today. So if you want to see where we've been so you can help shape where we go as a musical community, this category is definitely for you. To help narrow things down, as there are quite a few books here, start by searching by specific type of learning material. From biographies to criticisms to practice and performance books, this selection covers a broad spectrum of topics so you can study every aspect of music history and theory. If you want to refine your search even further, there is even theory organized by specific instrument and skill level so you can advance your technique while you learn.
If you're looking for a recommendation, just take a look at the long list of best sellers. For biographies, check out the incredibly written Hal Leonard Guitar World Presents: Stevie Ray Vaughan Book or the SkyDog: The Duane Allman Story (Book) to delve deep into minds of a pair of musical geniuses. If you're looking for theory, consider the Hal Leonard Pocket Music Theory Book and the Hal Leonard The Chord Wheel for a compressive look at the fundamentals. There are even games that can make learning fun like the All-Purpose Music Flashcards, Rhythm Bingo Level 1, and Music Symbol Bingo.
Hal Leonard is a name you can trust when it comes to music theory and history. Responsible for the development of millions of musicians over the past half century, their material was created to be accessible and approachable so everyone has an opportunity to learn. Becoming a great musician isn't always easy, but with a strong understanding of the basics you'll be well on your way.