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Books, Products

Charles Ives

Charles Ives’s Musical Universe

In this landmark volume on Charles Ives, the largest ever published, detailed analyses are provided across his output, from Variations on America to the Universe Symphony, at last revealing much of the structural “code” that underlies his music.

The Worship Bass Book: Bass, Espresso, and the Art of Groove

The Worship Bass Book is a fun, informal, practical resource for bassists playing in the worship environment. It covers a broad range of considerations to effectively function as a rhythm section for a team-oriented worship group, plus valuable instruction and helpful direction regarding bass techniques…


Book: Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger is an icon in rock and roll culture. Now in his 70s, he continues to perform his inspiring lyrics and celebrated dance moves with the same cheekiness and attitude that first made him an international sex symbol more than 50 years ago

The Real Book

The Real Book: Volume V, C Instruments

The Real Book is extremely accurate, neat, and designed for practical use, and each of its more than 400 songs is fully licensed for use.

Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner: The Lighter Side

This unique, entertaining, and eclectic book about Richard Wagner features a wide range of curious facts, lively anecdotes, and thought-provoking quotations relating to the man and his music

Inventing the American Guitar

Inventing the American Guitar: The Pre-Civil War Innovations of C.F. Martin and His Contemporaries

This book traces C.F. Martin’s evolution as a craftsman and entrepreneur and explores the influences and experiments that led to his creation of the American guitar that’s played around the world today.

There goes gravity

There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll

For four decades, Lisa Robinson, music journalist and contributing editor at Vanity Fair, has had unparalleled access to the biggest names in music, from John Lennon to US to Lady Gaga to Jay Z.

Bass Hanon

Bass Hanon: 75 Exercises to Build Endurance & Flexibility for Bass Guitar Players

This bass guitar exercise book will help you increase your endurance and flexibility, challenging you in fun and methodical ways

Strings Attached: One Tough Teacher and the Gift of Great Expectations

Strings Attached: One Tough Teacher and the Gift of Great Expectations is about Jerry Kupchynsky’s, a very strict but rewarding teacher and his students.


25 Great Trumpet Solos

25 Great Trumpet Solos by musician Eric J. Morones of Local 7 (Orange County, CA) contains solo transcriptions in standard notation, lessons on how to play them, biographies of soloists, instrument information, photos, and more.