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Books, Products

Joe Allard

Joe Allard: Lessons from the Master

Joe Allard is considered one of most influential and brilliant woodwind teachers that ever lived.

Cello, Bow, and You

Cello, Bow, and You: Putting It All Together

In Cello, Bow, and You, cellist, certified Alexander Technique teacher, and Local 802 (New York City) member Evangeline Benedetti has pioneered an approach to playing that is a synthesis of the cellist’s musical thought, knowledge of the dynamic properties of the instrument and bow, and ability to move effectively according to the mechanics of the human body and laws of gravity.

Sitting In Series by Alfred Music

Soloing is an important part of playing, but when you are practicing on your own it is difficult to get the creative juices flowing without a band.

Building Solo Lines

Building Solo Lines from cells for all instruments

This book provides a practical method for developing the ability to create convincing jazz solos in a wide variety of situations.

Evelyn Dove

Evelyn Dove: Britain’s Black Cabaret Queen

The first black female singer on BBC Radio and the first black British female singer to work in America, Evelyn Dove was a trailblazer in the arts industry.

From the Island of Berkeley

From the Island of Berkeley: Memoirs from a California-Born Hawaiian

From the Island of Berkeley: Memoirs from a California-Born Hawaiian, by Patrick Landeza, Addison St. Books,

Sticking It Out

Sticking It Out: From Juilliard to the Orchestra Pit a Percussionist’s Memoir

Set against the backdrop of a rapidly changing New York City in the 1980s, Sticking It Out recounts Local 6 (San Francisco, CA) member Patti Niemi’s years mastering her craft and struggling to make it in a cutthroat race to a coveted job in an orchestra.

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.