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Books-Resources, Products

Rockabilly Bass: Slap Technique, Creating Bass Lines & the Rudiments of Rockin’ String Bass

Johnny Hatton, of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), teaches students the tricks and technique of playing rockabilly bass.

Melodious Etudes for Bassoon

Based on the vocalises of Marco Bordogni, each compilation of etudes is drawn from some of the most musically appealing study material in the vocal repertoire.

Erich Korngold: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35

This new edition of the violin solo part to the Korngold Violin Concerto in D Major is the first-ever to include Jascha Heifetz’s performance notations.

Shuo Chang for Guitar (Revised Edition)

Internationally celebrated composer Chen Yi is famously admired for her inventive instrumental textures, often inspired by the cross breeding of Chinese and Western instruments and sonorities. While plucked Chinese instruments have appeared in or inspired many of her works, Shuo Chang is the first Chen Yi composition for solo guitar—automatically marking a significant contribution to […]

A Song from the Heart (For Trombone And Piano)

A beautiful cantabile song without words, A Song from the Heart has all of Ewazen’s expressive elegance and is a perfect recital piece both for students and professionals. Originally composed for trumpet and piano, this lyrical work has been transcribed for trombone by the composer.A Song From the Heart (for Trombone and Piano), by Eric […]

David Foster: Eleven Words

Sixteen-time Grammy Award-winning composer and legendary producer David Foster, of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), has released this personal and heartfelt collection of piano solos.


Musical Swiss Army Knife The Akai Professional MPK Mini III 25-key Keyboard Controller offers everything the modern producer demands: universal compatibility, compact size, and an arsenal of pads and assignable controls. Features include a new Gen 2 enhanced dynamic keybed, a four-way joystick for pitch and modulation control, a built-in arpeggiator, and a sustain pedal […]

Aloha by Elk

Virtual Music Creation Putting the “together” back into music, the new Aloha by Elk service offers real-time remote music creation and performance. It creates a virtual shared studio, rehearsal room, stage, and/or classroom with options to stream performances to audiences over social platforms. It allows musicians, producers, and educators from different locations to create, rehearse, […]

Cordoba Flamed Mahogany Ukulele

The Cordoba 15CFM ukulele adds exotic flamed mahogany and striking color options to Cordoba’s best-selling ukulele, the 15CM. The all-flamed mahogany construction provides a full, rich sound and appointments like an abalone rosette and black body binding. Additional features include silver tuners with pearl buttons, premium Aquila strings, and a sleek satin finish available in […]

Pitch Fork Polyphonic Pitch Shifter/Harmony Pedal

Pitch Shifting Powerhouse The Pitch Fork Polyphonic Pitch Shifter/Harmony Pedal by Electro-Harmonix features two independent pitch shifting engines with full control over each. Both will transpose your pitch up or down over a three-octave range and detune +/- 99 cents. With rock solid tracking, an organic, musical tone, and extensive control, it’s your ultimate harmonizer. […]