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Books-Resources, Products


The Business of Audio Engineering

The Business of Audio Engineering, Second Edition Many musicians eventually set up their own studios in order to record their music, but they may also hope to earn some additional income recording others. Even if you don’t have your own studio, audio engineering can be an excellent side career. Audio engineer and technical support specialist […]

Neil Young

Neil Young: Waging Heavy Peace

Neil Young: Waging Heavy Peace With a career spanning more than 40 years, Neil Young of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) is one of the most enduring and popular singer-songwriters of all time. In his first autobiographic memoir he reflects on his life, from childhood in Canada to the ’60s with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, […]

Beyond A Love Supreme

John Coltrane and the Legacy of an Album

Beyond a Love Supreme: John Coltrane and the Legacy of an Album In Beyond a Love Supreme: John Coltrane and the Legacy of an Album, author and jazz professor Tony Whyton provides a detailed analysis of this legendary album. He attempts to interpret it in a spiritual context, comparing it to some of Coltrane’s later […]

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 […]

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