Chapter 8 of the Outline of basic music theory – by Oscar van Dillen ©2011-2020

The beginner’s learning book can be found at Basic elements of music theory.

Overview of chapters:

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Sound and hearing
Chapter 3: Musical notation
Chapter 4: Basic building blocks of melody and harmony
Chapter 5: Consonance and dissonance
Chapter 6: Circle of fifths and transposition
Chapter 7: Concerning rhythm, melody, harmony and form
Chapter 8: Further study

Additional exercises

So far, the following exercises I developed to go with this Outline of basic music theory, treating various theoretical aspects practically, reading, writing, hearing and singing exercises:


Exercises in reading and writing

Rhythmic solfeges

audio files in three tempi of the rhythmic building blocks are on soundcloud

Basic melodic solfeges

Chromatic melodic solfeges

Comprehensive solfeges

Mixed levels

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Modulating melodies

Harmonic solfeges

Examples of written exams

Online media


Audio files in three tempi of the rhythmic building blocks can be found here


Instruction on rhythm 1

Instruction on rhythm 2

Instruction on rhythm 3

See also

Book: “Outline of Music Theory” in preparation

Over seven times as big as this basic outline, written by Oscar van Dillen, publication foreseen for the future, see

External links


Oscar van Dillen ©2011-2021

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