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Books-Resources, Products

Fretboard Freedom

Fretboard Freedom: A Revolutionary Approach to Chord-Tone Soloing

Fretboard Freedom uses chord shapes, two-note-per-string arpeggios, and extended pentatonic scales to help you visualize the entire fretboard in a logical manner by following 52 weeks of lessons.

Basics in Jazz Arranging

Basics in Jazz Arranging

Basics in Jazz Arranging covers how to find the right song, how to adapt songs to the jazz style, how to set up your first small-group charts, and how to write for brass and woodwinds

Trumpet Sound Effects

Trumpet Sound Effects: Circular Breathing, Split Tones, Extreme Embouchures, and Much More!

Trumpet Sound Effects explores everything from half-valve and growl sounds to percussion sounds and mutes. It teaches dozens of inventive effects…

Helpful Resources for Flying with Musical Instruments

Helpful Resources for Flying with Musical Instruments The AFM TEMPO Sourcebook This is the union’s guide to the effective administration of our TEMPO Program. The manual can be found in the Document Library section of the AFM website in the Legislative Office folder. We strongly recommend AFM local officers, boards, regional and player conferences, and TEMPO […]

roger waters

Roger Waters: The Man Behind the Wall

This book looks at the life of musician, activist, and Pink Floyd icon Roger Waters in an attempt to uncover the truth and depth behind the man.

jazz virtuostics

Jazz Virtuostics for Timpani: Etudes, Exercises, and Lead Sheets, Volume 1

Jazz Virtuostics for Timpani: Etudes, Exercises, and Lead Sheets Volume 1, by Jonathan Haas and Ian Finkel, Bachovich Music Publications…

Piano Styles of 23 Pop Masters

Piano Styles of 23 Pop Masters: Secrets of the Great Contemporary Players

Piano Styles of 23 Pop Masters: Secrets of the Great Contemporary Players, by Mark Harrison, Hal Leonard Corporation. Get an in-depth look…

Buck Owens

Buck ’em! The Autobiography of Buck Owens

Buck Owens began creating his own brand of country music in Bakersfield, California, where he changed the way country records were mixed, produced, written, and perceived.

Classic Swing Drumming

Classic Swing Drumming: Methods and Techniques for the Development of Swing Feel

For more than 40 years, swing drummer Gregory Caputo, has played with many legends of swing, from Phil Woods to David Brubeck and Duke Ellington.

Tin Pan Alley

The B Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song

Drawing on previously untapped archival sources and on scores of interviews, this book illuminates broad musical trends.