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Books, Products

Tone Wizards

Tone Wizards: Interviews with Top Guitarists and Gear Gurus on the Quest for the Ultimate Sound

Tone Wizards is a valuable resource for every guitarist, providing inspiration and ideas for discovering and evolving your own tone and style.

Greatest Hits for Piano

Greatest Hits for Piano

This Greatest Hits series of books for piano, vocal, and guitar, each covers a decade of music with more than 40 pop music favorites. Piano accompaniment, vocal melodies, lyrics, and guitar chord diagrams are included. Currently available are The 1960s, The 1990s, and more.

Exploring Classical Mandolin

Exploring Classical Mandolin Technique and Repertoire

Exploring Classical Mandolin will give you an introduction to mandolin, including techniques from around the world, common practices, and essential repertoire.

Rise Again Songbook

Rise Again Songbook

An essential resource for anyone who loves music and group singing, Rise Again is the second songbook from Local 1000 (Nongeographic) members Peter Blood and Anne Patterson.

Robben Ford

Play Like Robben Ford: The Ultimate Guitar Lesson

With this comprehensive book, you’ll learn about Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) member Robben Ford’s gear, tone, techniques, styles, songs, licks, signature phrases, and more.

Berklee Jazz Keyboard Harmony

Berklee Jazz Keyboard Harmony: Using Upper-Structure Triads

This workbook will enrich your playing through advanced jazz harmonies. Practical exercises and concise descriptions will help you develop sight-comping and create full and colorful voicings for all chord types.

The Savvy Music Teacher

The Savvy Music Teacher: Blueprint for Maximizing Income & Impact

This book is a blueprint for earning a steady income as a music teacher

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys: A Memoir

Viv Albertine, lead guitarist of The Slits, offers a rare look back at the 1970s punk scene through a female perspective, capturing the historical importance of punk in a way few books have done.

Starter Classics

Starter Classics: 32 Essential Classic Solo-Piano Repertoire

Lee Evans, longtime member of Local 802 (New York City), compiled this refreshing book of 32 solo piano pieces.

Getting Started with Music Production

Getting Started with Music Production

This book is designed to teach musicians and budding audio engineers how to take advantage of the latest digital technology to unleash their creativity.