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Books, Products

A Soprano’s Duet Book: 10 Masterwork Duets From Baroque, Classic, Romantic

This book is a collection of 10 of the world’s best-loved selections for soprano and another voice, representing a wide range of styles and composers.

The Pat Metheny Real Book: Artist Edition (C Instruments)

Through his writing, recording, and performances, jazz guitarist Pat Metheny of Local 34-627 (Kansas City, MO) has created a significant body of work that makes him one of the most important voices of modern music.

Freddie Mercury: A Kind of Magic

Freddie Mercury: A Kind of Magic provides a rare look at the talented singer, songwriter, and musician whose four-octave voice defined the sound of Queen.

The Gibson 335 Guitar Book: Electric Semi-Solid Thinlines and the Players Who Made Them Famous

In 1958, Gibson’s ES-335 semi-solid first combined the qualities of hollow body and solid body guitars. This book covers all the classic variants that came after: ES-345, ES-355, and ES-330, as well as lesser known offshoots like the Crest, the ES Artist, ES-Les Paul, and signature models.

Eric Ewazen: A Song From the Heart

Originally composed for trumpet and piano, “A Song from the Heart” immediately captures performers and listeners. A beautiful melodic solo sings over a lush piano accompaniment with passages that linger in the mind well after the performance.

The Ultimate Songbook of Piano Classics

This collection of more than 250 best-loved piano masterpieces from the Baroque period through the 20th century, includes works by beloved composers, from Bach and Dussek to Krebs and Tchaikovsky, and many more.

Electronic Guitars Design and Invention: Groundbreaking Innovations

Electronic Guitars Design and Invention: Groundbreaking Innovations

Designers of today’s electric guitars draw heavily on great instruments created in the ’50s and ’60s. This book details how those masterpieces happened, why they are still relevant, and the effects they continue to have on modern guitar design.

Steel Drum Minus 1 Play-Along

Steel Drums Minus 1 Play-Along: Arrangements with Recorded Steel Band

Alfred’s Pop Steel Drum Series book and CD set includes medium to difficult traditional calypso and pop classics with “virtual” steel band backing tracks and treble clef lead sheets for any melodic instrument.

Make Your Own Music: A Creative Curriculum Using Music Technology

Make Your Own Music is a complete classroom curriculum for learning and teaching music technology, incorporating composition ideas, notation, and digital audio workstation (DAW) proficiencies.

An Outlaw and a Lady: A Memoir of Music, Life with Waylon

An Outlaw and a Lady: A Memoir of Music, Life with Waylon

This book by singer-songwriter Jessi Colter tells the story of her career, love, and faith, as well as life as the wife of music legend Waylon Jennings.