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Books-Resources, Products

playing with ease

Playing with Ease: A Healthy Approach to Guitar Technique

Playing with Ease is a book about ergonomic technique for the guitar, as well as other instruments.

michael drapkin

Michael Drapkin: How to Work on Clarinet Reeds, Drapkin’s Book of Clarinet Calisthenics

In his two latest books, bass clarinetist Michael Drapkin of Local 802 (New York City) offers advice and assistance on improving your technique as well as your physical instrument.

arban complete conservatory method

Arban Complete Conservatory Method for CC Tuba

This revised and newly engraved edition of Jean Baptiste Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method for CC Tuba is based on the comprehensive system of study that Arban first developed more than a century ago.

the silent musician

The Silent Musician: Why Conducting Matters

This book is not intended to be an instruction manual for conductors, nor is it a history of conducting. It is for all who wonder what conductors actually do.

contrapunctus xv/es ist genug

Contrapunctus XV/Es ist genug

In Contrapunctus XV/Es ist genug from the Meridian Folio collection by the Meridian Arts Ensemble, Jon Nelson adds a modern variation to “Es ist genug.”

becoming creative

Becoming Creative: Insights from Musicians in a Diverse World

Becoming Creative explores how social and cultural factors enable or inhibit creativity in music. Author Juniper Hill integrates perspectives from ethnomusicology, education, sociology, psychology, and performance studies, while prioritizing the voices of practicing musicians and music educators.

Triplets: 40 Triplets and 10 Ways to Play Them

Triplets: 40 Triplets and 10 Ways to Play Them, Independence with Triplets

“Triplets: 40 Triplets and 10 Ways to Play Them” is a must-have for students and teachers. “Independence with Triplets” covers advanced techniques.

Liszt: Piano Works and Other Works

Liszt: Piano Works and Other Works, Early Versions

“Liszt: Piano Works and Other Works” from Editio Musica Budapest presents two alternate versions of Franz Liszt’s seminal “Weihnachtsbaum.”

Franz Wohlfahrt:

Franz Wohlfahrt: Foundation Studies for the Violoncello, Book 1, 60 Studies

Wohlfahrt’s Foundation Studies have long been successful tools for violinists and violists in mastering their instruments. This new edition is written for cello students.

The Violinist’s Daily Warm-Ups and Scale System

The Violinist’s Daily Warm-Ups and Scale System

This collection of daily violin warm-ups compiled by renowned instructor Roland Vamos is effective for professionals and students alike.