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Books, Products

Advanced Clarinet Studies

Advanced Clarinet Studies: The Art of Chunking

Advanced Clarinet Studies…. This method book was developed to allow clarinetists to master the powerful learning strategy known as “chunking.”

Rockin’ the City of Angels

Rockin’ the City of Angels: Celebrating the Great Rock Shows of the 1970s

During the 1970s, rock bands were making expansive concept records with sweeping themes and their albums promised “theater of the mind” promoted by elaborate stage shows.

Symphonies & Scorpions

Symphonies & Scorpions: Ramblings of a Wand’ring Minstrel on the Boston Symphony’s Far East Tour of 2014

In 1979, Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) was the first American orchestra to set foot in China after normalization of relations with the US following the tumultuous Cultural Revolution.

Secret Language

The Secret Language of the Heart: How to Use Music, Sound, and Vibration as Tools

The Secret Language of the Heart: How to Use Music, Sound, and Vibration as Tools for Healing and Personal Transformation, by Barry Goldstein.

Lester Lanin

LESTER LANIN: An intimate view of America’s Favorite Society Dance Band and its Leader

One of the most in-demand bandleaders of all time, Lester Lanin began his career in the 1920s and his popularity grew worldwide.

Drummer's Perspective

From the Riser: A Drummer’s Perspective II

A sequel to the popular A Drummer’s Perspective, David Phillips captures images showing the energy, excitement, and emotions of drummers playing live.



Today, double bass drum playing or double pedal playing has made its way into every style of music. This book, “Double,” brings together all the basic techniques professional drummers need to master the double pedal.


BOWIE: The Illustrated Story

Widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians and performers of the past five decades, David Bowie released 27 studio albums from 1967 until January 2016, two days before he died.

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin: All the Albums, All the Songs

Author Martin Popoff examines the music of Led Zeppelin as a complex amalgam of blues, rock, folk, and country.

Audio Made Easy

Audio Made Easy, or How to Be a Sound Engineer Without Really Trying, 5th Edition

A concise and comprehensive guide to audio and recording equipment and techniques, Audio Made Easy contains everything you need and nothing you don’t.