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Books, Products

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.

New Jazz Standards

New Jazz Standards

Carl Saunders of Locals 47 (Los Angeles, CA) and 369 (Las Vegas, NV) has spent his life playing trumpet with some of the most well-known and exciting bands in the US, including hitting the road at 18 with Stan Kenton’s band.

The Christmas Family Songbook

The Christmas Family Songbook

Whether your plans are to gather friends around your piano at home or to entertain at a company party, nothing brings people closer than singing songs together.

Songs of the 2000s

Songs of the 2000s: 70 Songs with Online Audio Backing Tracks

This book from Hal Leonard’s New Decade Series provides a synopsis of iconic songs from 2000-2010 for piano, vocals, and guitar. Each volume in the series includes sheet music and audio that is accessed online for download or streaming.

The Musician Says

The Musician Says: Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom

The Musician Says: Quote, Quips, and Words of Wisdom, compiled and edited by Benedetta LoBalbo, Princeton Architectural Press,

Crash Course in Scales

Crash Course in Scales

An indispensable theory workbook for intermediate-level students, Crash Course in Scales will show you all you need to know about scales.