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Books

Nashville Songwriter: Inside Stories Behind Country Music’s Greatest Hits

Nashville Songwriter shares true stories of the inspirations behind hits, as recounted by some of the biggest multi-platinum country songwriters. This book from music biographer Jake Brown includes exclusive commentary from country superstars and interviews with today’s biggest hit writers on Music Row. Included are the stories behind Local 433 (Austin, TX) member Willie Nelson’s […]


Music of the Soul: Composing Life Out of Loss

Music of the Soul: Composing Life Out of Loss


Perfect Pitch Method: A Musician’s Guide to Recognizing Pitches by Ear

Perfect Pitch Method: A Musician’s Guide to Recognizing Pitches by Ear


Chasing Woodstock: Finding the Cost of Freedom

Chasing Woodstock: Finding the Cost of Freedom


Gypsy Jazz Guitar Volume 1: A Tribute to Gypsy Jazz

Gypsy Jazz Guitar Volume 1: A Tribute to Gypsy Jazz presents the best examples of performances past and present and showcases the aspects of rhythm and lead guitar in gypsy jazz…


One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band

One Way Out chronicles the journey of the band from its formation in 1969 until today, and provides musical and cultural insights and riveting road stories of personality conflicts…


Rolling Stones Gear: All the Stones’ Instruments from Stage to Studio


Rolling Stones Gear: All the Stones’ Instruments from Stage to Studio tells the story of the band through the instruments they used live and in the studio…




Playing for Singers: The Mike Greensill Method


Playing for Singers: The Mike Greensill Method provides a practical guide to the art of vocal accompaniment for jazz or cabaret pianists…




A Jazz Portrait of Frank Sinatra

Oscar Peterson: A Jazz Portrait of Frank Sinatra


This book is a note-for-note solo piano transcription for the Oscar Peterson Trio’s album A Jazz Portrait of Frank Sinatra. Peterson’s interpretations of 12 Sinatra standards includes:




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.










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