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Books, Products

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.

DVD Funk and R&B Bass

At a Glance: DVD Funk and R&B Bass

The At a Glance series pairs an instructional DVD lesson taught by a professional bassist with a supplemental book for comprehensive learning

Favorite Festival Solos

Favorite Festival Solos: 10 Great NFMC Selections

Favorite Festival Solos: 10 Great National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) Selections contains early to late elementary solos from federation festival lists. These recital and studio favorites are: “Autumn Is Here,” “Cossack Dance,” “Stately Procession,” and “Wind in the Bamboo Tree” (William Gillock); “Fiesta Fun” and “Indian Dance” (Carolyn Miller); “A New Day” (Carolyn C. […]

The Ultimate Guitar Bass Bonanza

The Ultimate Guitar Bass Bonanza: 50 Great Rock Bass Transcriptions in Notes and Tab

The Ultimate Guitar Bass Bonanza contains 50 note-for-note accurate transcriptions for top songs including: “Another One Bites the Dust” (Queen), “The Boys Are Back in Town” (Thin Lizzy),  “Brick House” (Commodores), “Carry on Wayward Son” (Kansas), “Come Together,” (The Beatles), “Creep” (Radiohead), “Livin’ on a Prayer” (Bon Jovi), “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Nirvana), “Smoke on […]

Worship Drum Book

The Worship Drum Book: Concepts to Empower Excellence

This guide is for drummers in contemporary churches or for drummers in traditional churches that are transitioning from organ or piano to worship supported by a full rhythm section. Author Carl Albrecht of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) shares his more than 30 years of experience in the modern worship movement. The book addresses important traditional […]