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Books, Products

Hal Leonard Trumpet Play-Along

Hal Leonard Trumpet Play-Along Series

The Hal Leonard Trumpet Play-Along series is designed to help you learn to play tunes quickly and easily with printed music and access to online audio tracks for download and streaming

Ultimate Easy Play-Along Series

Alfred’s Ultimate Easy Play-Along Series

Great for students, Alfred’s Ultimate Easy Play-Along series features easy-to-play arrangements of guitar parts from classic recordings in both TAB and notation.

How Music Dies (or Lives)

How Music Dies (or Lives): Field Recording and the Battle for Democracy in the Arts

In this book author and Grammy-winning producer Ian Brennan chronicles his journeys to find new and ancient sounds, textured voices, and nonmalleable songs as he presents readers with an intricate look at our technological society.

The Skin Above My Knee

The Skin Above My Knee

In her memoir, The Skin Above My Knee, former oboist and Local 802 (New York City) member Marcia Butler tells how she rose out of an abusive home to become a brilliant musician and artist.

Mastering the Bow

Mastering the Bow Studies for Bass, Part 2: Spiccato

The goal of this book is to help bassists develop a wide vocabulary of sounds with the bow through exploration of the expressive potential of bow strokes that combine movements, offering an infinite variety of musical gestures

How to Record at Home on a Budget

It’s never been easier to record at home, but it still requires some know-how. This book covers equipment—digital audio workstations, standalone digital recorders, and mobile devices; the use of effects; plus mixing and editing.

Blues piano legends

Blues Piano Legends: 16 Note-for-Note Piano Transcriptions from 12 Blues Icons

Blues Piano Legends includes 16 transcriptions with lyrics for tunes that all blues fans should know, including: “Big Chief,” Professor Longhair; “Bloody Murder,” Otis Spann; “Boogie Woogie Stomp,” Albert Ammon

jazz session trainer

Jazz Session Trainer: The Woodshedder’s Practice Kit

In this book Local 6 (San Francisco, CA) member Larry Dunlap, a respected arranger, composer, and teacher, provides a series of tools to prepare musicians for jazz jam sessions.

Violin Secrets: 101 Strategies for the Advanced Violinist

This resource for serious violinists tackles a number of topics, from achieving immaculate intonation to advanced techniques like fingerboard mapping, controlling vibrato, and navigating in high positions. It includes tips from top master classes and conservatories across the country. The book also explores strategies for effective practice, as well as overcoming performance anxiety and winning […]

The Music Never Stops

The Music Never Stops: A Journey into the Music of the Unknown, the Forgotten, the Rich & Famous

Dick Weissman of Local 20-623 (Denver, CO), former member of the folk group The Journeymen, describes what the music scene was like as a rising star in the 1960s.