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Books-Resources, Products

Jazz Theory: From Basic to Advanced Study

Jazz Theory: From Basic to Advanced Study Written as a means to bridge the gap between theory and practice for amateur and professional musicians, this book provides a strong theoretical foundation. It begins with music fundamentals and moves through post-tonal theory, integrating ear training, keyboard skills, and improvisation. The included DVD has 46 play-along audio […]

The Beatles: Original Keys for Singers

The Beatles: Original Keys for Singers The Beatles: Original Keys for Singers features authentic vocal/piano transcriptions for 25 Fab Four tunes in their original keys. Among the songs in the book are: “And I Love Her,” “Blackbird,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “The Fool on the Hill,” “Here, There, and Everywhere,” “I Will,” “Lady Madonna,” “Let It Be,” […]

Method for Chromatic Harmonica

Method for Chromatic Harmonica Jazz harmonicist Max De Aloe first devised this method for learning chromatic harmonica to meet the needs of his own students. Unable to find a suitable method book, he put together his own teaching tools, which included an in-depth study of harmonica, as well as notation, both of which are not […]

Line Games

Line Games: An In-Depth Study of Single Note Lines for Guitar Line Games: An In-Depth Study of Single Note Lines for Guitar is designed to help you develop the vocabulary of jazz improvisation while simultaneously developing and maintaining single-note technique. Jazz musician, teacher, and Local 292 (Santa Rosa, CA) member Randy Vincent uses lines and […]

My Matchless Mother and Me: With Recipes, Music, and Memories

My Matchless Mother And Me In this unique recipe book, Local 427-721 (Tampa Bay, FL) member Lucille Rose D’Armi-Riggio combines her talents and passions for cooking and music. She reminds us that it’s never too late to discover a new talent through 240 pages of pure enjoyment—delicious recipes and music. In the back of the […]

The Art of Sensuality and Its Impact on Great String Playing

Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) member Alan de Veritch uses the wisdom gained from almost a half-century as a performer, teacher, mentor, and coach in putting together this guide to playing with sensuality. In the book, he attempts to help players expand their awareness of their inner most feelings and emotions in an effort to […]

The Tommy Emmanuel Experience

The Tommy Emmanuel Experience explores the incredible talent and charisma of one of the world’s greatest guitar players. As fan Dick Ward follows Emmanuel to concerts and workshops all around the country, he discovers, not only the depth of the Australian guitarist’s genius, but the man behind the guitar as well. This is not just […]

The Ultimate Guide to Singing: Gigs, Sound, Money & Health

Containing the heartfelt contributions of 135 industry singers, producers, engineers, coaches, doctors, agents, managers, and social media gurus, The Ultimate Guide to Singing offers singers insights that only come from years of valuable experience. The content follows a singer’s life and includes information on a wide variety of topics: getting gigs, working with gear, improving […]

Acoustic Rock Riffs: Over 40 Essential Classics

Acoustic Rock Riffs provides a one-stop library for more than 50 of the most popular riffs and intros every acoustic guitar player should know.

The Complete Classical Music Guide

This book covers 1,000 years of classical music in a fun and easy-to-read format. It’s packed with color photographs, composer biographies, and information on major works and innovations, arranged in chronological order from Early Music (1000-1600) through Modern Music (1900-present). The first three chapters introduce the basic elements of classical music, classical instruments, and a […]