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Books-Resources

Piano Tales

In this publication, author and pianist Martin Doepke presents 13 compositions that transport us into a fantasy world. Each piece tells its own story, one romantically playful, the other mystically melancholic or with a pulsing rhythm. All players can expect a variety of musical genres (film music, musicals, etc.). Piano Tales, by Martin Doepke, Universal […]


The Ballet Orchestra Clarinetist, Volume 1

This volume contains excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s three ballets: “Swan Lake,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “The Nutcracker.” Each excerpt is annotated and discussed as to how it should be played musically, and suggestions that may help players facilitate the technical aspects of the music and be aware of any performance concerns. Authors Plotkin, of Local 6 (San […]


Adventures in Arranging

Richard Niles’ new book will help you become a better musician, composer, and arranger. Niles, of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), encourages musicians to think, explore, and discover their own inner voice to develop a personal style. The exercises stress that there is more than one way to solve a musical challenge, demonstrating that orchestration, […]


A New History of American and Canadian Folk Music

Dick Weissman’s A New History of American and Canadian Folk Music presents a provocative discussion of the history, evolution, and current status of folk music in the United States and Canada. This book examines the history of folk music and how it evolved from an agrarian style as it became increasingly urbanized. Scholar-performer Weissman, of […]


12 Canonic Studies (for two oboes)

Twelve etudes are presented in a specific order. The first is in unison in C major, the second in seconds in C minor, the third in thirds in D major, the fourth in fourths in D minor, and so on. Most feature a 16-measure theme, followed by two 16-measure variations. The final etudes are in […]


Charlie Parker: The Complete Scores

In honor of Charlie Parker’s 2020 centennial, and in conjunction with his estate, Hal Leonard has published Charlie Parker: The Complete Scores boxed set. The collection features a hardcover book with 40 note-for-note transcriptions for all the instruments that played on each iconic track. Published to coincide with the centennial of Parker’s birth on August […]


Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano (Transcribed from the Sonata for Clarinet)

Bernstein’s clarinet sonata has been transcribed for alto saxophone, with some optional alternative notes for players who might require them. Includes access to online piano accompaniments. Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano (Transcribed from the Sonata for Clarinet), by Leonard Bernstein, Boosey & Hawkes, www.boosey.com.


George Harrison on George Harrison: Interviews and Encounters

Grammy-winning music writer Ashley Kahn dispels the misnomer of George Harrison as “The Quiet Beatle” through Harrison’s own words. Kahn collects and arranges interviews and articles spanning Harrison’s career, from The Beatles’ first radio interview in 1962 to online chats in 2001, the year he passed away. Through Kahn’s chronological arrangement, Harrison shares his life […]


Jazz Brushes for the Modern Drummer: An Essential Guide to the Art of Keeping Time

In this book, Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer, composer, educator, and producer Ulysses Owens Jr. explains the history of the development of the brushes in jazz along with exercises and illustrations for better performance. Includes: play-along tracks and demos, instructional videos, bonus interviews, and a comprehensive list of recordings of jazz brush players. by Ulysses Owens […]


Up Jumped the Devil: the Real Life of Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson’s recordings have profoundly influenced generations of singers, guitarists, and songwriters. Yet until now, his short life—he was murdered at the age of 27—has been poorly documented. In this definitive biography, the authors relied on every interview, resource, and document they have collected over 50 years of research. The book will astonish blues fans […]








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