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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.

The Art of Memorizing Music

By Heart: The Art of Memorizing Music

In this book, Local 198-457 (Providence, RI) member Paul Cienniwa takes readers from personal anecdote to practical skills for becoming a successful memorizing musician

Robert Plant

Robert Plant: Lullaby and … the Ceaseless Roar

Released last fall, Robert Plant’s Lullaby and . . . the Ceaseless Roar is the singer’s first batch of original songs in almost 10 years.

Legends of the Doc Watson Clan

Milestones: Legends of the Doc Watson Clan

Created and compiled by Doc Watson’s daughter, Nancy Watson, this book set includes stories by Doc and other family members, collages of more than 500 Watson family photos, plus 94 recordings spanning 1954-2007 on four CDs

Modalogy: Scales, Modes & Chords

Modalogy: Scales, Modes & Chords: The Primordial Building Blocks of Music

This music theory reference book presents a unique perspective on the origins, interlocking aspects, and usage of the most common scales and modes in occidental music

Double Bass Drumming and Power Fills Workout

Double Bass Drumming and Power Fills Workout

This book was designed to help drummers at every level strengthen their playing and sharpen their skills, while developing strong double bass rock grooves and power hand/foot fills for use in playing situations.