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Fretboard Freedom

Fretboard Freedom: A Revolutionary Approach to Chord-Tone Soloing

FRETBOARD-FREEDOMFretboard visualization and navigation are among the most elusive of guitar concepts to master. Fretboard Freedom uses chord shapes, two-note-per-string arpeggios, and extended pentatonic scales to help you visualize the entire fretboard in a logical manner by following 52 weeks of lessons. With this one lick per day method you will learn to navigate the neck with greater ease you will improve your fluidity in lead playing and improve your ability to play what you hear in your head. Fifty-three tracks of examples are included on an audio CD.

Fretboard Freedom: A Revolutionary Approach to Chord-Tone Soloing, by Troy Nelson, Hal Leonard Corporation, www.halleonard.com.

Mixcraft 7

Acoustica’s Mixcraft 7

Music Maker

Mixcraft 7Acoustica’s Mixcraft 7 music production and multi-track recording workstation software provides thousands of music loops and dozens of audio effects and virtual instruments. You can record audio, arrange loops, remix tracks, score and edit video, and mix and master tracks to create polished, professional compositions. The new Mixcraft flexible performance panel lets you take to the stage with automatically synced, nonstop audio, and MIDI clip grooves. Turn your computer into a fully-stocked professional music production center, live or in the studio.


Roland JD-Xi

Crossover Keys

rolandThe Roland JD-Xi interactive analog/digital crossover synthesizer is compact, powerful, versatile, and fun. Equipped with 37 keys, it features a true analog synth engine and a wide selection of SuperNATURAL digital sounds. It’s packed with features for music creation including built-in drum kits, a four-track pattern sequencer, and gooseneck mic for use with the synth’s Vocoder and AutoPitch effects. The unique crossover sound engine, gives musicians both the warm, smooth response of classical analog, and the clarity and versatility of modern digital in one keyboard.


roger waters

Roger Waters: The Man Behind the Wall

roger watersThis book looks at the life of musician, activist, and Pink Floyd icon Roger Waters in an attempt to uncover the truth and depth behind the man. Tracing his life, from his childhood in England to today, and all the controversies in between, it is packed with insight and exclusive interviews with friends and associates. It also includes a complete discography and many rare photos.

Roger Waters: The Man Behind the Wall, by Dave Thompson,
Back Beat Books, www.backbeatbooks.com.

P-115 Portable Digital Piano

Yamaha’s P-115 Portable Digital Piano

Precocious Portable

keyboardYamaha’s P-115 portable digital piano replaces its P-105 with upgraded features at an affordable price. P-115’s Pure CF Sound Engine reproduces the sound of the Yamaha concert grand with improved damper resonance and reverb effects, to allow the use of dynamics not typically available in a digital piano of this size and price range. Other upgrades include a controller app for iOS, expanded polyphony (192 notes), and 14 drum rhythms. Its aux outputs and USB port enhance connectivity. An optional furniture stand and piano-style pedal unit give it a stylish appearance. P-115 is available in black or white.


Sledgehammer and Sledgehammer Pro tuners

Sledgehammer and Sledgehammer Pro tuners

Clever Clip-On

Sledgehammer and Sledgehammer Pro tuners Korg’s Sledgehammer and Sledgehammer Pro tuners feature easy-to-view liquid crystal displays and securely clip to your guitar or bass. The tuners have modes for guitar, bass, flat, and capo and a calibration function lets you adjust to all concert pitches. A built-in memory function offers convenient back-up. The Pro model is precise up to +/-0.1 cent, plus its high contrast 3D display can be viewed three ways: regular, strobe, or half-strobe.


Classic Swing Drumming

Classic Swing Drumming: Methods and Techniques for the Development of Swing Feel

Classic-Swing-DrummingFor more than 40 years, swing drummer Gregory Caputo, a member of Locals 9-535 (Boston, MA) and 171 (Springfield, MA), has played with many legends of swing, from Phil Woods of Locals 577 (Pocono, PA) and 802 (New York City) to David Brubeck and Duke Ellington. In this book, Caputo explains the fundamentals of swing drumming with many examples. Included are comments from many world-class musicians explaining what they like to hear from a drummer. Also available is Caputo’s Classic Swing with Modern Drive CD, featuring Phil Woods.

Classic Swing Drumming: Methods and Techniques for the Development of the Swing Feel, by Gregory Caputo, Pittsfield, MA, www.gregorycaputo.com.

Tin Pan Alley

The B Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song

The-B-SideDrawing on previously untapped archival sources and on scores of interviews, this book illuminates broad musical trends. It tells the story of how the stream of songs making up the Great American Songbook more or less dried up around 1950, a few years before rock and roll arrived. The B Side is about taste, and the economics and culture of songwriting, as researched and told by acclaimed cultural historian Ben Yagoda.

The B-Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song, by Ben Yagoda, Riverhead Books, Penguin Group, www.penguin.com.

The Art of Memorizing Music

By Heart: The Art of Memorizing Music

by the heartIn this book, Local 198-457 (Providence, RI) member Paul Cienniwa takes readers from personal anecdote to practical skills for becoming a successful memorizing musician. It will give you techniques to boost your memorization skills, which you will carry for the rest of your life. Even if you already have a solid memorization practice, it will inspire some new or different approaches, while also reinforcing your own convictions. Many of the techniques presented are good for any type of practice. Even for nonmemorizing musicians, the book is a useful foundational study of how to practice.

By Heart: The Art of Memorizing Music, by Paul Cienniwa, Providence, RI, www.amazon.com.

Samson C01U Pro

Samson C01U Pro USB Studio CondenserMicrophone

Samson C01U ProThe Samson C01 capsule is one of the best mics for the money. Now, that great capsule is tucked inside the beautifully designed Samson C01U Pro USB studio condenser microphone, a perfect all-in-one solution for musicians and broadcasters alike. It’s great for quick demos, audio for Youtube videos, voice-overs, and podcasts. No other interface is required—just plug it into your Mac, PC, or iPad USB port and this large diaphragm condenser mic is ready to go. It even has a 1/8-inch jack on the front for headphones.