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1. Searching for the Sound:My Life with the Grateful Dead
by Phil Lesh
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Asin: 0316009989
Catlog: Book (2005-04-18)
Publisher: Little, Brown
Sales Rank: 631
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Right in time for the Grateful Dead's 40th anniversary, eccentric bass player extraordinaire Phil Lesh has delivered fans a most welcome gift: his autobiography. There are many books out there about the Dead told from the perspective of roadies, journalists, third party observers, and fans.However, with the exceptions of Jerry Garcia's ramblings in Garcia: A Signpost to New Space and Conversations With the Dead, Lesh's Searching for the Sound is the first time a founding member of America's favorite band tells their own story of what it was like inside the Grateful Dead. And what a wonderful, strange tale it is.

Phil Lesh, considered the most academic of the group due to his avant-garde classical composition training, literate mind, and passion for the arts, decided to write his story himself. Written without the crutch of a ghostwriter, Searching for the Sound might be considered disjointed in places, but overall it comes across as conversational, intimate, informative, and candid (particularly regarding topics of drug use and death). If you are familiar with the band and their extended family, their history, the sixties' musical milestones and influences and all the band's famous tales (the Garcia/ Lesh "silent" confrontation, being busted on Bourbon Street, the Wall of Sound), you may be a little disgruntled there is not much new here in the way of content. However, what is "new" and totally satisfying is Phil's warm, optimistic perspective on the many events that helped shape his life. As described by Lesh, his life's journey, much like the Dead's music, is "a [series] of recurring themes, transpositions, repetitions, unexpected developments, all converging to define form that is not necessarily apparent until it's ending has come and gone." For the many fans who enjoyed the fruits of his life pursuit of sonic explorations,Searching for the Sound isa welcome addition to their Dead library. --Rob Bracco ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars What the professor, er I mean, the bass player is thinking
I'm so full of music and nostalgia, having just finished this book. I didn't want it to end. I'm exhausted--feeling like I just danced my way through a weekend of shows--and yet, so high on the memories, I'm thrilled and honored to write this review. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Phil, for writing "Searching For The Sound." It's a wonderful book. The best I've read about the Dead. Thank you for sharing everything behind that omnipresent smile you always seemed to have on stage.

Our intimate circle of Deadhead cohorts--best friends, pals, passing and long-term acquaintances that began in Southern Illinois (particularly along with the fabulous and memorable cover group, "Uncle Jon's Band,") through our crew called "East Bay Deadheads For Peace" formed during one of many Berkeley Greek Theater shows, always called Phil "The Professor." I confess I never knew why until I read this book. Wow. Phil brings an intellectual integrity to the story of his own musical education and, of course, to the band--to the history of the music driving The Grateful Dead, and to all of us who continually flocked to see them play for us and for each other. Phil lets us in. Tells us what it was REALLY like. Even when I knew what was coming, I experienced the pains (and the joys) through a different and certainly wiser set of eyes. This book is written with true love and deep respect for all members of the band and above all, for THE MUSIC.

What amazes me most about his book is the clarity of Phil's memory. He recounts (particularly the early days) with such detail that I can't help but believe this is transcribed from personal journals. Passages like: "the whole urban symphony of Industrial Man, coming from near and far, high and low, finally weaving a shimmering web of discontinuous rhythm, and in the longest slow fade ever, subsiding over hours to a dull roar, felt rather than heard, only to rouse itself anew as the sky brightened with the light of another day." Whew! This amazing, true, brutally honest, funny, insightful memoir is full of such . . . such . . . stuff! And it's not just trippy memory-packed description that blew me away. When he describes the "dark and stormy night" that defined their Woodstock experience, he describes the faltering sound-system as an electrical edifice with "a saber-toothed crotch cricket of a hum."

To anyone who not only experienced the phenomenon that was (is) the Grateful Dead, and particularly to those who appreciate the value of music, I highly, highly recommend this read. I haven't felt this emotional over a book in a long, long time. I love you, Phil.

From the author of "I'm Living Your Dream Life," and "The Things I Wish I'd Said," McKenna Publishing Group.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's all about the MUSIC
It is so refreshing to read a book by a musician who is in it for the MUSIC.I knew some background on Mr. Lesh.I'm not a rabid Deadhead...never quit my job and followed them on tour or anything, but I have seen them at least six times.I've read the books by Hank Harrison, Blair Jackson and Rock Scully and enjoyed them all, and have many of their CDs.But Lesh's book is a well-written memoir of what it was like being on that wonderous ride through that unique time in history.If you want to hear stories about shagging endless lines of groupies, or snorting endless lines of cocaine, go elsewhere.Lesh touches on the drug element in the band, but doesn't dwell on it....except for maybe the LSD experimentation which was so crucial the the development of the band. And I've honestly never read such a "dead-on" (sorry) description of the effects of mind-altering drugs.Lesh is obviously an intelligent man, and to be honest, he loses me occasionally when talking about electronics/sound/acoustics, but I knew enough about him to expect that.

It's rare you get to read a book by a dedicated musician, and not a *ROCKSTAR*.Listening to the Grateful Dead taught me a lot about listening to music in general. After appreciating the dynamic between Garcia, Lesh and Weir, I was able to move on to Coltrane, Garrison, Jones and Tyner and many more great combinations after that.I've always admired Lesh as a musician, but now I also admire him as a writer, a husband and a father.Go in peace, Mr. Lesh! Thanks for the great read!

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally, a great book on the Dead
Searching for the Sound is a great book for any GD fan.

Written by an insider, this is the definitive work on the Dead.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the best book on the Dead
I have been on the bus since the sixties in the bay area, when liking the Dead defined yourself to your peers as an uncool nerd and a bit of a weird-o.Nice to hear Phil's journey from the inside.He comes across as warm, human, honest and of course, brilliant.This dude can write...nearly as well as he can play.My wife, who isn't a head, loved reading it, just for the literate writing and the anecdotes.

The funniest part of it for me was when I caught Phil in two or three errors of chronology or fact, especially about the business side of the Dead, mostly in the seventies.But he explains how that could have happened, especially during that dark time.

He reminds me a bit of John McCain...having been at death's door, he now has his priorities and values clearly defined and doesn't so much care what you or I (or Mickey, Bill and Bob) think.

A great read, a spiritual quest.Warm-hearted and full of hope.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love Will See You Through
Phil Lesh was the oldest member of the Grateful Dead and the member with the most college education - he studied music and classical composition at several Bay Area universities. Thus, it's not surprising that he is the first member of the band to write a book about his Grateful Dead experiences.

"Searching for the Sound" is enjoyable for Deadheads. All the band milestones you know about, both positive and negative, are included: the Acid Tests, Altamont, the New Orleans bust, the Canadian train trip, the Bozo and Bolo Buses, the Wall of Sound, Pigpen's deterioration and Jerry Garcia's drug use. But Phil also throws in a few other interesting tidbits, such as:

*Phil's first instrument was the violin, then he took up the trumpet to play jazz. He learned the bass on his own after Jerry showed him which strings corresponded to which notes.
*He moved out of 710 Ashbury in part because of Jerry's loud snoring.
*After the Lenny Hart money fiasco, Mickey Hart didn't officially quit the band; essentially, he took a long leave of absence and still socialized with band members.
*Jerry showed up for a performance of Wagner's Ring cycle wearing sweats, and fell asleep during the opera.
*Due to the high cost of constant touring, the band members never made more than a general cost-of-living wage until "In the Dark" in 1987.

The book is well-written and for the most part easy to read. (His description of his visions during an accidental onstage LSD overdose must be read to be believed. You'll see the notes, too!) Its only real flaw is that Phil includes several very technical passages describing electronic equipment set-ups that mean nothing to the amateur. But those can be skipped over. Put on a Dick's Picks (or Ives' Fourth Symphony) and enjoy this insider's look at the Dead. ... Read more

2. Elvis by the Presleys
by Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie Presley
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Asin: 0307237419
Catlog: Book (2005-05-03)
Publisher: Crown
Sales Rank: 440
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Think of Elvis by the Presleys as the ultimate souvenir guide from your tour of Graceland. The 256 pages are packed with family photos, reminisces, and still-life photography of Elvis's possessions. The book is also a companion volume to the multimdedia event that brings the personal side of Elvis to the masses from the recollections of just six family members: wife Priscilla; daughter Lisa Marie; cousin Patsy; along with Priscilla's mom, dad, and sister. Many of the words written here were not in the TV show but one assumes what will make this a keeper are the photos. Along with candid shots, there are stills of the home movies seen on the CBS special (and subsequent--and expanded--DVD), and the still life shots by Henry Leutwyler get your mind racing. Here one can dwell on Elvis's guitar and think of all the music that came out of it. You can spy his phonograph with the record that was on it when he died, his wallet, an autographed Bible, his first contract, a hand-drawn football play, even his FBI badge along with pristine views inside Graceland. Some shots seem like filler (a boot, "with the original mud," Lisa Marie's crayons), but the overall impression is you are viewing pieces from the Museum of Cool, circa 1970. Several of Pricilla's passages and some of the images allude to Elvis's dark side: the massive reference book on pills and three guns are shown (plus the TV Elvis shot) looking like items from a murder investigation. Ultimately, do we really learn anything new about Elvis? Perhaps not, but there are several segments where Priscilla (the main voice) draws us in with her emotional recollections. The book (and program) is never better than telling the courtship in Germany when a homesick solider found an older-than-her-age 9th grader. Elvis by the Presleys does not try to be compressive; it succeeds as a warmer, more heartfelt tribute to The King. --Doug Thomas ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars For The First Time, The Inside Story by Elvis's Family
Elvis's wife, daughter, and others in the immediate family tell the story of Elvis Presley from the inside looking out. It is very interesting to have this new perspective on the life of Elvis Presley. In addition, there are some wonderful photos included in the book. Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars New Discoveries
Reading through this book I realized that a lot of what the media said was untrue.This book gave a different insight to the values Elvis kept close to his heart. It tells about his complex personality, but at the same time the sensitive side to Elvis that he hid from the public.The book told how generous he was and at times to perfect strangers.He loved to make people happy.He loved his family life. I recommend this book because it tells the truth about Elvis from the people who were closest to him.This book is truly a must read for an Elvis fan.

4-0 out of 5 stars great pictures
I gave this book 4 stars because it does not have a lot to read in it. but it does have some really good pictures. the few stories init were good but just wish there was more text. anyone looking for a good picture book of elvis this is the one for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible
Even though i'm only 14 i've been an elvis fan from a very early age and have collected numerous items, books, DVd's etc... but this seemed to give you an inside look to his personal choice. Priscilla and other Presley family members have been lucky to share their life with him and now they're letting us have an insight. Excellant!
Helen, 14, New York ... Read more

3. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (20 Volume Set
by Stanley Sadie, George Grove, Stanle Sadie
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Asin: 1561591742
Catlog: Book (2000)
Publisher: Groves Dictionaries Inc
Sales Rank: 254695
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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This is the big one -- 20 thick volumes packed full of information on musical history, composers, artists and more.It carries a big price tag, but it's an invaluable aid for the serious student or writer. Grove has several other dictionaries, opera and jazz among them, but if you can only handle one, this is the one to get. This text refers to the 20 Volume edition of this title. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Don't believe that you are getting 20 books.
Although the announcement makes you think that maybe yo will be getting 20 books for a song, you will be singing a different tune when it arrives. You will get one (yes, 1) volume selected apparently at random. I got volume 13.

2-0 out of 5 stars dumbed down
Four stars for what has been carried over from the 1980 version, zero stars for what has been appended to it. We can't entirely blame the dictionary for the poor quality of most of these additions. The dictionary depends on a large pool of contributors, most of whom hold academic positions, and our academies are beset with insufficiently acknowledged problems.

One problem is the graduate-school analogue of what in secondary schools has been called "grade inflation". We might call it "degree inflation". Unqualified candidates are routinely pushed through graduate school; mediocre minds are awarded doctorates and assume faculty positions. This is partly the result of a misguided egalitarianism and partly the result of a quid-pro-quo cronyism. In any case, it is self-perpetuating and self-proliferating. It manifests itself here most obviously in rambling pseudo-intellectual essays on such empty buzzwords as "postmodernism".

Another problem is commercialization. It manifests itself here most obviously in vacuous and clumsily written (and randomly strewn with rock journalism cliches) extended accounts of various pop music figures, such as, for example, Bob Dylan and David Bowie. (Both Bob Dylan and David Bowie have composed interesting song lyrics and are worthy subjects for popular culture historians, but neither have any particular MUSICAL significance.)

5-0 out of 5 stars The definitive dictionary of music and musicians
One could never hope for a 'compleat' dictionary of music and musicians any more than one could hope for hope for a 'compleat'library of knowledge in one publication. But, just as the Encycopeadia Britannica has come to be seen the most comprehensive summary available of knowledge generally, so has Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians come to be seen as the ultimate summary of information available about music and musicians.

The question now is: when will 'Grove' follow the Encyclopaedia Britannica and reach out to a wider audience via CD-ROM and Internet on-line services? For this reviewer: the sooner the better

Ian Bowie

5-0 out of 5 stars The standard reference - deservedly
Discursive and authoritative, the one failing is the lack of convenient text search. When available on CD-ROM with that capability, it will be an ideal reference.

5-0 out of 5 stars I also wish there was CD rom version of this coming out just
I love using this book to write several papers I have had To write and different terms I have had to look up. I someday hope I can also own my own set. ... Read more

4. Sinatra : The Life
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Asin: 0375414002
Catlog: Book (2005-05-17)
Publisher: Knopf
Sales Rank: 296
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars The Age of Sinatra
We know Frank Sinatra - we don't know Summers and wife.

"They buried a man in California on May 14, 1998, but they didn't bury Frank Sinatra. Rock 'n' roll couldn't bury him, disco and rap couldn't. Elvis and the Beatles couldn't." What makes you feel you can, Summers?

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book on Ole Blue Eyes
Frank Sinatra was a Man of many faces,but He had a Persona about Him that you would never soon forget.I've read so many books about him&this One truly captures another side of him.nothing changes my mind of Him as a Artist because I always say that you have to seperate the person from there craft they are two totally different beings.Sinatra is One of the Music Worlds Greatest Treasures period. Sinatra did His thing as He wanted He sang"My Way"&He never strayed from that&You can always respect a stand up Cat.very interesting reading&Details.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Latest Sinatra Book is a Winner
This new book on Sinatra is a great read and most people reading the book will find it difficult to put the book down. It deserves to be a best seller. In short, it is a highly entertaining page turner with many photographs that show Sinatra at most stages of his life, and has an excellent free flowing writing style like a magazine article. Furthermore, the authors did a good job and it eclipses prior books - it is a substantial book about 590 pages long with 200 pages of notes.

Most people, especilally older ones, know the Frank Sinatra success story. The present book gives the rest of the story, the not so pleasant but possibly more fascinating hidden side of the Sinatra story - what was going on behind the scenes. Since many parts will be controversial, the authors have been very cautious and very conservative with the details of their story. In any case, I suspect it is probably close to 100% correct - that is my guess. Out of the total of about 590 pages, the authors have an impressive 200 pages dedicated to backing up the facts of their story including many sources, references, public information, etc. and they give much detail on where they got all their information. Fortunately for the reader, all those 200 pages of notes are neatly placed at the back of the book, and the text itself, just under 400 pages, is a free flowing and easy read with many photographs.

The story starts with the family immigration from Italy to America, and then continues with his youth and his parents living in Hoboken, NJ, right across the river from New York city. It is one of a number of New Jersey ocean port towns in the area that had strong mob ties- and Hoboken was made famous by the 1954 Marlon Brando movie On The Waterfront. The story continues through his start as a singer, his breaks in show business, the movies, his wives including first wife Nancy and their children then on to Ava Gardner and the other marriages. Ava Gardner was an obsession that lasted until her death according to the book. Then it is on to the numerous girlfriends including Bogart's wife Lauren Bacall. The authors take us through the criminal charges for assault on a reporter, assault against a 20 years old actress, the days in Las Vegas, his connections with Marilyn Monroe, his numerous contacts with politicians including the Kennedy family and more.

The reason that some will not like this book is that some of the details are not pretty, and they are linked to organized crime. This can be traced to Sinatra's father who comes from the same small town in Sicily as some of the most famous mob leaders of his time; the mob link was previously widely known and it is not new to this present book. Frank had ongoing and continuous contacts with these people as did his father. His parents ran an illegal bar during prohibition using mob supplied liquor, supplied by their Sicilian connections.

It is claimed that he got his singing start with these connections, and later in his career he got his part in the movie From Here to Eternity, in a style similar to that depicted in the Godfather movie, i.e.: serious and credible death threats aimed at the movie producers if they failed to hire Sinatra. However, once he became famous he continued a strong interaction with many mob figures including Sam Giancana in Chicago. According to the book, Sam Giancana was not an isolated incident - there were many. One or a few incidents like Giancana might have been considered an error of judgement, but the authors detail perhaps dozens of other crime figures, many with photographs and notes and other information. They even claim that Sinatra transported cash for the mob. Sinatra would deny all of this in public, even years later after many of the other people were dead, but there are too many references to come to any conclusion other than what is described in the book.

The other not so pretty part of the story involves his famous temper, impatience, and similar behaviour with women and associates, and even beating a reporter. With his fame and success came sex appeal and power. He was diverted from his first marriage to Nancy by many women including Ava Gardner and others, many being the most famous and most beautiful of the day, and sometimes many decades younger than himself such as Mia Farrow. But he was unable to maintain the relationships and marriages, due largely to his temper, his expectations, and his manner or life style.

This is a fascinating read, and I highly recommend the book. It is similar to some prior biographies on Sinatra but refined and expanded. It has a lot of back up material and an excellent collection of photographs. My opinion of him did not change from reading the book. I already new he was a fairly independent and strong headed guy who did things his own way oblivious to the social norms - as per his song "My Way". Maybe this tough guy connection percolated through to his public image and that is one reason why he was famous?

Fascinating book, this is a buy: 5 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Book on Sinatra So Far
We have had the records. We have the CDs and Videos.And finally we have THE BOOK! The most carefully researched and factually presented document on Sinatra the man. It tells the complete story, for the first time, of the twentieth century legend who thrilled us with his wonderful gift of story telling in music. It is simply the best book on Sinatra so far.

2-0 out of 5 stars Whose "Life" Is It Anyway
Frank Sinatra is generally regarded as the finest popular singer of his time so it seems logical that any book entitled "Sinatra-The Life" would have to take off from the music.

Without the music there would be no "Mob", no starlets, no movie roles,no bodyguards...none of the egocentric trivia the Sinatra biographers generally like to focus on.

Kitty Kelley in her 1986 hatchet job spent so little time on Sinatra's artistry one would be hard put to realize she was writing about a musician.

Anthony Summers and Robin Swann, authors of "Sinatra The Life" are not quite as mean spirited in their tone as Kelley was, but they spend so much time dwelling in the gutter, it's almost as if it was an inconvenience for them to touch upon the music (some of which they get wrong--there was no "recitation" on the "Watertown" album

Summers and Swan devote a huge portion of the book trying to finally cement Sinatra's connection to the Mob....

Does anyone really care at this point if the "Mob" helped get Sinatra the role of Private Maggio?....did the "Mob" give Sinatra's terrific Oscar winning performance--did the "Mob" record a body of musical work that remains unparalled in the history of American popular culture?Did the "Mob" make worldwide standards out of obscure showtunes such as "Lady Is A Tramp" and "I've Got You Under My Skin?"...Is the "Mob" responsible for the fact that millions can date the events of their lives by what Sinatra album was in release at the time.

An artist of Sinatra's stature and longevity deserves at least the same sort of 2 volume treatment that Elvis received from the excellent Peter Guralnick.

Suffice it to say that amazingly enough the definitive biography of Frank Sinatra has yet to be written...

"Sinatra-The Life" ain't it........................

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5. The Mixing Engineer's Handbook (Mix Pro Audio Series)
by Bobby Owsinski
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Catlog: Book (1999-11-01)
Publisher: Artistpro
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Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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Secrets of the top recording engineers revealed at mixdown! Learn the evolution of mixing, regional mixing styles, the six elements of a mix, rules for arrangements and principles of building your mix! Learn the secrets of EQ and magic frequencies along with adding effects, EQing reverbs, sonic layering of effects, calculating the delay time and much more! This book extensively covers stereo mixing with an expansive chapter on mixing in 5.1 surround. Plus, it includes an incredible third section filled with interviews with the top engineers in the field such as George Massenburg, Allen Sides, Bruce Swedien and over a dozen more! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars THE Book on Mixing
"Mixing Engineer's Handbook" teaches what the engineer greats of various genres do to get great mixes. It has really helped me understand different approaches to mixing, as well as taught quite a few nice tips and tricks. I learned a lot from it, even though I have been recording and mixing professionally for over 10 years. In my bookshelf there are a LOT of books abour recording and mixing, and this one clearly stands out as the best. Another good book I'd like to recommend is "Professional Microphone Techniques", which also features a a nice chapter on EQing. The interviews have also been a great help when making purchase decisions for new studio gear.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book. My copy is worn out .
It is worth buying just for those two or three magic tricks you may have been missing from your mix. But its also a fun read, full of interviews that give you a broad spectrum of opinions and war stories from some of the industry's best. Good nerdy discussions/debates on things like modern compression techniques. This book can really fill in the gaps for you and get you caught up with the big boys at the mixing console.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible
It hit the spot. Exactly what i was looking for.

5-0 out of 5 stars After going back through the book, changed to 5 stars!
Upon deeper inspection of the contents of this book, I had to change my review. I am finding this book absolutely phenomenal.
I thought at first that there were too many interviews (nearly half the book) and not enough real tips and guidelines. I was wrong. The first half of the book gives some good starting points and tips (EQ settings, Compression ratios/settings, mixing in effects etc...) What I have found to be almost more valuable are the interviews. They are full of tips and "here's how I achieve this sound" type of comments.

This is only my second day I've really been digging in to this book and applying it to my work. I've already seen drastic improvements. I wish I had found this book when it first came out! This is cetainly not the end all solution to every recording question you may have, but I have found this book to be worth every cent I spent on it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Getting Golden Ears
This book is really about the things that top mix engineers say they pay attention to most in mixing. It gives the reader insight into the ideas that have moulded their thinking, and listening skills. Equipment lists are supplied, but there is not a lot of discussion about how to set up the gear in detail. This is a good thing, because a book can not deliver the kind of understanding that listening to recordings can give. You can easily get the CDs that are discussed to hear what each mix engineer is talking about. There is more than enough information to duplicate some of the best mixes ever made if you want to.

If you are constantly searching the net, or magazines for mix trix, and you want the best collection of these tricks available, stuff people hang out in studios for months, or years to acquire, then this book is for you. ... Read more

6. Bono: In Conversation with Michka Assayas
by Michka Assayas
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Asin: 1573223093
Catlog: Book (2005-04-21)
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover
Sales Rank: 160
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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For the first time ever, Bono--the biggest rock star in the world--tells his life story.

Bono's career is unlike any other in rock history. As the lead singer of U2, Bono has sold 130 million albums, won fourteen Grammys, and played numerous sold-out world tours, but he has also lobbied and worked with world leaders from Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to Nelson Mandela on debt relief, AIDS, and other critical global issues. He has collaborated with the same musicians for nearly three decades and has been married to his childhood sweetheart since 1982. His life, at all turns, resists the rock star clichés.

In a series of intimate conversations with his friend Michka Assayas, a music journalist who has been with the band since the very beginning, Bono reflects on his transformation from the extrovert singer of a small Irish post-punk band into one of the most famous individuals in the world; and from an international celebrity to an influential spokesperson for the Third World. He speaks candidly about his faith, family, commitment, influences, service, and passion. Bono: A Self-Portrait in Conversationis the closest we will come, for now, to a memoir from the iconic frontman of U2.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Conversations Between Friends
If you wanted to ask Bono a question, what would it be?

Would it be about the music?

Would it be about his personal life? Perhaps the deaths of his parents?

Would you ask about the formation of the most successful band in history?

Perhaps you'd want to know more about his work in support of AIDS and hunger releif.

All of these questions, and many, many more are asked and answered in this book. In fact, almost the whole book is a series of questions that ramble from subject to subject with no pattern. These questions and answers are like a normal conversation flows between friends.

Because they are friends, a true respect exists between the two men and it comes out in the book. This means that there is great insight shown into how Bono thinks. And it comes out that he thinks very well indeed.

This is a fascinating book, not just because of the fascination with the singer, but because of the insight he brings to us about places like Africa and the Soviet Union.

4-0 out of 5 stars Trip inside Bono's head
U2 is the greatest band of my lifetime.How could I resist 323 pages of Bono pontificating?Obviously, I couldn't.Is Bono a little self-indulgent?You bet.Does he avoid dishing the dirt?Absolutely.But he does provide quite a bit of insight into what makes him tick.He is a remarkable human being.

This is by no means a "tell all" book.The book briefly mentions Adam's problems with addiction, which were so bad at one point that he actually just didn't show up for a show in Sydney, a show that was being filmed for TV!But there aren't any details.There's some lip service paid to the group's (minus Adam) involvement with Shalom Christianity (a group devoted to understanding the Scriptures), but again, no real details.The details we get in this book are the little ones that make up day-to-day family life, past and present..., and ALOT about Africa.6500 Africans die each day of a preventable, treatable disease.It's hard to argue when Bono suggests that deep down we don't really believe in their equality. Bono's trip to Africa after the Live Aid concert seems to be a real turning-point in his life, and there are many pages devoted to his time there and his efforts to bring Africa's problems to the world's attention.

But it's not all heavy seriousness.There's alot of poking fun at Bono's admittedly giant ego.Naturally, there are more than a few great quotes:"I can do the high-life; I can do the low-life; it's the in-between that gives me trouble."I'm paraphrasing.I've started using the line myself, and have kind of made it my own, as I did with, "The God I believe in isn't short of cash, mister...."Back to the heavy stuff, there's some interesting commentary on the Sandinistas and the events that inspired "Bullet the Blue Sky".Bono saw things first-hand.

Naturally, there's some talk about other musicians.Bono clearly loves Prince.Oddly, it appears that Bono thinks The Rolling Stones (the only band I can think of with the longevity and enduring creativity of U2) as almost fluffy pop musicians.He doesn't come out and say it, but it's between the lines.

In short, the book is a must-read for the U2 fan, and a great read for people curious about the life of a very unique individual who might very well one day win the Nobel Peace Prize.It's missing the stories of sex and drugs, but it's clear, despite what Bono might have said on God Part II, that rock and roll can really change the world.

5-0 out of 5 stars A humbling perspective of a man in power....
I must admit that when I saw this book, I was hesitant at first to read it.I thought it was going to be another "entertainment book" about U2 and their career.Little did I realize that this book is very in-depth about "the man behind the shades".Bono shares his joys, his struggles, and his adventure in this book.It covers anything from his family, his inadequacy as a celebrity, the workings of U2, his activism, faith, and other topics.This book is definitely a must read for anyone who loves U2's music and wants to gain a better understanding of Bono.

5-0 out of 5 stars A fascinating look into Bono's character
A long-time fan of U2's music and impressed by Bono's activisim, I was anxious to read this new book. And I loved it! I couldn't put it down!

Written in a coversational style, I at first thought it may be difficult to follow. Instead, I pleasantly realized that it made me feel as if I was listening to Bono talk to a group of which I was part. Because we are actually reading his words, I thinkwe really get a look into Bono's mind - or even his soul.

Every topic I could want to hear Bono talk about is covered - his music, the band, his family, his belief in God, and his activism. It had it all.

I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about what makes Bono tick. It confirmed to me that he has a very big heart, a great intellect, and incredible talent.

Enjoy! ... Read more

7. Inside Out: A Personal History Of Pink Floyd
by Nick Mason
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8. Apple Pro Training Series : Advanced Logic Pro 7 (Apple Pro Training)
by David Dvorin
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If you want to do more than simply use Logic to improve the audio in your video projects-if you want to start actually creating and producing music with it-this Apple-certified guide provides the key. Whether you're a composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, studio programmer or simply want to create and produce pro-quality music in your Logic-based home studio, you'll find all the self-paced, step-by-step instruction you need here to begin creating your audio master works immediately. As both a professional musician and a former employee of eMagic and Apple (the former and current makers of the software), author David Dvorin knows Logic like no one else. Here, he uses project-based tutorials to reveal all of its secrets, including its newest: advanced DSP techniques and the ability to layer MIDI instruments and split channels. In short order you'll be scoring and composing; jamming with Logic's software instruments; employing advanced mixing, editing, and production techniques; and more. A companion CD includes trial software and the lesson files needed to complete the book's exercises.

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9. This Is the Ultimate Fake Book With over 1200 Songs for Keyboard, Vocal, Guitar, and All 'C' Instruments (Fake Book Series)
by Hal Leonard
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This fake book is a cornerstone for many musicians' libraries. With over 1200 songs in all styles of music, this third edition has been updated to include even more great songs and recent hits. From jazz standards to Broadway blockbusters and country classics to pop chart-toppers, this book has the songs you're looking for all in one convenient collection. It is comb-bound with locked tabs to ensure long-lasting durability. Songs include: Alfie * All the Things You Are * Always * And So It Goes * Autumn in New York * Beauty and the Beast * Brazil * Blue Skies * Body and Soul * Call Me Irresponsible * Can't Help Falling in Love * Candy * Caravan * Change the World * Cry Me a River * Duke of Earl * Easter Parade * Edelweiss * Endless Love * Everyday * A Foggy Day * Friends in Low Places * Georgia on My Mind * Heart and Soul * Here's That Rainy Day * How Deep Is the Ocean (How High Is the Sky) * I Love Paris * I Shot the Sheriff * I'm Always Chasing Rainbows * I've Got the World on a String * The Impossible Dream * Isn't It Romantic? * It's Only a Paper Moon * The Lady Is a Tramp * Lazy River * Let's Fall in Love * Love Is Here to Stay * Makin' Whoopee! * Memory * Mona Lisa * Moon River * Moonlight in Vermont * My Funny Valentine * My Heart Will Go On * Oh, Pretty Woman * * Operator * Piano Man * Precious and Few * Release Me * Roxanne * Satin Doll * Small World * Somewhere Out There * Sophisticated Lady * Speak Softly, Love (Love Theme from "The Godfather") * Splish Splash * Strawberry Fields Forever * Summer in the City * Tears in Heaven * Ticket to Ride * Unforgettable * Waltz for Debby * What'll I Do * When I Fall in Love * When You Wish Upon a Star * You Are the Sunshine of My Life * (You're So Square) Baby, I Don't Care * and hundreds more! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Three thumbs up!
An excellent resource with, as the wordy title implies, over 1200 standard and not so standard songs. This book has a great selection of songs, covering a wide range of material. Great for weddings and other gigs, there are plenty of songs in here that should cover a variety of shows. This may not be the one and only book you'll ever need to cover all your gigs, but it will probably quickly become your most referenced source. This is a highly respected book among gigging musicians, and it will pay for itself many times over.

This new edition is updated with yet another selection of current and classic tunes. Included in each song is the melody line, the chords, and the lyrics written for piano, vocal, guitar, and all "B Flat" instruments. This book even includes charts for over 855 guitar chords, as well as 9 different classified song listings. Great collection, well worth the price. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Collection!
This is the first Fake Book I have ever owned. I have been using it almost daily for 9 months with my Hammond Organ, and I have been able to get some pretty amazing sounds for a beginning keyboardist. It includes a great variety of tunes, and I am continuing to discover new ones every day, it seems. Lots of show tunes and older tunes, but I am left wanting a few more pop/rock titles so I am ordering "Best Fake Book Ever" next. There truly are a LOT of songs, though, and I have to say it is a great book to have!!

5-0 out of 5 stars playing the piano all the time now
First I bought singing lessons on CD, "Voice lessons TO GO" by Vaccarino, and did them religiously for a couple of months. I had been playing piano as an adult for 2 years, so I bought this book. Yey! It is so great I can play and sing my favorite tunes. And my Chord changes are getting so much smoother with myt eachers help. Because I want to be singing these songs, I am finding myself playing the piano all the time now.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than the Best Fake Book Ever
For those over 40, this book is MUCH better than the Best Fake
Book Ever. I went to the Hal Leonard website to find the complete index of songs for this book before I bought it. UNFORTUNATELY, because this book was so good, I did not bother to look at the complete list of songs before buying the Best Fake Book Ever. I just assumed it would be of the same high quality as this one. Wrong! The songs were much more obscure. From now on, I will find the publisher's website, study the index listing the contents, and then go to Amazon to purchase.

1-0 out of 5 stars What to play or not to play, that is the question.
I'm looking for a fake book that's easy to read. I basicly want to learn chord progressions and key changes. What do you recommend? Music of choice gospel not too old! Contemperary and Urban Gospel.I here jazz music sets a good foundation for Gospel music. Where should I start? ... Read more

10. Fretboard Logic SE:The Reasoning Behind the Guitar's Unique Tuning + Chords Scales and Arpeggios Complete (The Fretboard Logic Guitar Method Parts I and II)
by Bill Edwards
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The Special Edition is the first two volumes of the Fretboard Logic guitar series combined with a special discount. Part One deals with the pattern organization of the fretboard which results from the guitar's unique tuning system. Part Two teaches the tone groups of music - Chords, Scales and Arpeggios - by building them in the context of this pattern organization, and thereby eliminating the usual guesswork and rote memorization associated with these areas of a guitarist's education. This alone can take years off the learning curve. Combined, the two parts form a solid foundation by which a guitarist can intelligently pursue the music styles of their own choosing, and play them on the guitar types which they prefer. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Like a Rosetta stone for the guitar.
Fretboard Logic SE is a great book that manages to distill a vast amount of information into a very concise and usable form. In a way, it's like a Rosetta Stone for the guitar. As I read the book, I "felt the light go on" over and over as bits and pieces I'd picked up over the years clicked into place and I began to understand how they related together.

It covers a method called the CAGED system, which uses barre forms of the C, A, G, E, and D chords (thus the name). These chords are movable as a block to anywhere on the neck, the benefit being that you always know how to find a chord near where your hand is currently on the neck.

Building on the CAGED system are various major and pentatonic scale forms, so that you can easily play runs - which are the basis for solo, riffs and improvising.

It gives sensible explanations of music theory and how it pertains to playing the guitar. Building upon this he shows how to form the common chord types - (major, minor, sevenths, etc) in any key.

It's opened up the guitar for me. I've only been playing my acoustic guitar a couple months, and I can sit and watch a guitarist on TV now and understand what I see him doing. I may see his hand on the fretboard and notice that his hand is making an E form, moved to the 8th fret. Sometimes I can make out that it's a 7th by hearing it. That's something I can reproduce immediately or later. Or I can (slowly) improvise along with a song I hear by using the pentatonic scales I've learned. I can hear and see the chord progressions from I to IV to V and back.

You'll still need lots of practice to toughen and strengthen your fingers and hands and to make them quick and limber, but Fretboard Logic SE is a great book to start with or to brush up with if your more advanced. It will save you a great deal of frustration and make your learning quicker and more productive.

5-0 out of 5 stars A bit repetitive, but incredibly useful
Bill Edwards had me impressed very much with his philosophical thought before I ever read any of his Fretboard Logic series. His approach of appealing to both sides of the brain, as well as the study of human intelligence, learning, and everything else involved in the developing stages of one's guitar playing, plays into this series very well.

When I finally decided to give this book a shot, I was still quite skeptical. The reviews seemed impossible, and the elusive yet highly praised simplicity of approach was, at the very least, dubitable. However, I was not disappointed in the end.

FL is not a book, unlike the title might suggest, with enourmous amounts of text in really fine print, explaining Platonic origins of music and guitar. Rather, it is an approach to the system around which all of guitar is organized. It made me wonder, in the same way I wonder about chess, whether, whoever it was that invented the now-standard tuning for the guitar, planned out all of the possibilities that guitarists have explored over the years and still continue to explore.

The approach of the first two volumes, surprisingly enough, is not very musical. It focuses strictly on the guitar, and the elements which the guitar tuning produces. A patient individual willing to learn the guitar, with no musical background, would benefit the most from this section. It asks you to let go of all preconceptions of what music is, of what guitar playing is, and instead, to focus on the instrument itself, and the possibilities that its uniqueness creates.

The second part (volume II) builds on the information acquired in the first part, and re-invents basic musical elements, but approaches them from the standpoint of playing them on guitar! A good analogy of this would be learning language before ever discovering a need to speak it: wouldn't it be great not to have to learn it while having to use it, but rather to have learned it beforehand? Guitar is no more than a tool for music expression, and a very well designed one at that - so let us learn the tool first, and then use the tool to create music, without having to think how to apply the tool for the music itself. I find it brilliant.

Be forewarned, however: this approach is only for the patient. It is holistic, not reductionist. It's not something that will happen overnight, it is something that needs constant work and dedication. On the bright side of that, very little memorization is required, once some essential elements of music are understood - Mr. Edwards goes through these at the beginning of part II.

I also stated that the book is a little repetitive. Perhaps it only seemed that way to me, since I had very significant musical background before taking on this method. It works well to reinforce what has already been shown, and to make sure that the reader understands how what he read before ties into what he will be reading next. It works, and everything is there for a reason.

In short, buy this book, learn, and enjoy.

5-0 out of 5 stars A twist in the right direction
There are a lot of positive reviews for this book. Here's another one.
I've been playing on and off for 16 years. Took lessons a long time ago and have read countless books on the subject. Nothing comes close to accomplishing what this book did for me in 2 days.

I am familiar with music theory but on a very basic level. I never commmited certain things to memory (modes, circle of 5ths) but I can name the notes on the fretboard.

I had never heard of the CAGED method but was quite used to viewing chords as patterns on the neck as opposed to individual notes. This book took that fact and explained it in a way that had me playing all over the neck after ONE night studying it.

It will show you how there are only a few basic chord SHAPES that when played in a certain order will repeat themselves moving up the neck. For me, seeing this fact instantly opened my eyes to the layout of the fretboard and has given me the knowledge to greatly improve my playing because I can now move all over the neck and hit the right chords in ways that allow for easier soloing around them.

Some comment that this book is no substitute for conventional theory education. I'll agree to that (especially if you will be playing with assorted musicians) but firmly believe that there is also no substitute to this book and the method it lays out.

Everyone learns at a different pace and some things 'click' better for some people. For me, the CAGED method in two nights completely changed how I view the instrument, and has allowed my playing to open up considerably.

3-0 out of 5 stars A lot of good ideas but not for people with small hands
Fretboard Logic SE is a valuable book and you'll understand a great deal more about the logic of the guitar's tuning and fret system within the first few pages but if you have small hands and/or short fingers you may find some of the alternate fingerings and barres required in this system to literally be beyond your reach. People with long fingers and/or average to larger than average hands will no doubt have an easier time of it.

Example: The standard way of learning an open G chord requires playing it with the index, middle and ring fingers (think 1st, 2nd and 3rd fingers) with the fourth finger (pinkie) along for the ride and possibly available to change the voicing within the chord or to maybe add a ninth ("A" above G). In the Fretboard Logic way of doing things the standard open G chord is played with the middle, ring and pinkie fingers (2-3-4) so as to leave the index available to "barre" in the moveable form as you go up the fretboard. This requires spanning the space of a full open fret with your index finger at the same time you are using fingers 2-3-4 to fret the E, A and E strings. I can't draw a picture here so it's best to pick up a guitar if you have one or draw yourself a picture of a fretboard to help visualize. Basically, if you can make that reach back with your index finger across a full fret while fingering with 2, 3 and 4 then this system should be fully workable for you. If you can't do it (and I can only manage it with difficulty), you'll still get a lot out of the book and increase your knowledge but portions of the system may well be "literally out of reach".

The CAGED system of moveable chords/positions really is rather brilliant. Even if you don't buy the book, borrow a copy from your local library or from a friend. There's nothing wrong with adding to your knowledge. If the system was totally workable for everyone I'd have rated it five stars. As it is, with limits on people (most women, children, young teens and some men) with smaller than average hands, I can only go three. (Too bad Amazon doesn't have a way to go three and half.)

4-0 out of 5 stars Learn to 'see' the guitar the way it's played
Most music is taught from a piano mentality... a long string of notes stretching from too low to sing to too high to sing. Edwards maps out music on the guitar the way notes are found on it, by strings, shapes, and relationships. His method allows you to move from tons of rote memorization to knowing a few things which apply to the whole fretboard.

You'll learn the elementary chord shapes which will allow you to play any major chord in at least five different voicings. You'll be able to take what you already know and translate it into what you need. (How do you play an E flat minor?).

You'll also learn the five pentatonic scale shapes and to see the relationship between them.

In the second half of the book, he takes the fundamentals and translates them into making music in various styles. ... Read more

11. The Rock Snob's Dictionary : An Essential Lexicon of Rockological Knowledge
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Catlog: Book (2005-04-12)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Rock Action
From its high concept title --tell me you don't know exactly what you're in for with a title like this one!--to the snarky, witty prose within, The Rock Snob Dictionary is sheer delight from A to Z. Although you may find fault with some of their less considered proclamations --how wrong they are about Scott Walker!-- co-authors Daly and Kamp have come up with a new twist on "rockology" that should have readers smiling from start to finish. Makes a great gift, too, for the rockist inclined obsessive on your gift registry... unless they already have it, which of course, they will. (You can't buy anything for a TRUE rock snob. And you can believe me, because I am never wrong and I am always right).

5-0 out of 5 stars Very cool book
I was surprised that no one has written this book before.Everyone knows some know-it-all who just HAS to have the last word in any conversation about music.

Like Dean, this dude who was my shift supervisor at the AutoZone.I remember putting "2112" on the tape player in the garage, and Dean lectured us for 10 minutes about how Ginger Baker and Mo Tucker were better drummers than Neal Peart from Rush (which is total b.s.), and rambled on about some "brilliant" Syd Barrett solo album that no one ever heard about.And whenever "Teenage Wasteland" came on the radio, Dean couldn't help himself from making sure we all knew that the song was really called "Baba O'Reilly".We were changing the coolant on an Impala one day and the owner had left "Metal Machine Music" and a Captain Beefheart CD on the dashboard, and old Dean just about went nuts.When the Impala owner came to pick up his car, you would have thought Dean was meeting his long-lost twin that the hospital separated at birth.

Anyway, there's definitely someone like Dean who was your annoying freshman roommate, a chick you used to date, or you, so this book is awesome.Especially if you spend a lot of time on the can, since this book is broken down into bite-sized nuggets and doesn't require more than 2 minutes of attention at any given time.Rock on.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book rocks, just like Husker Du!
I ordered this book to give away as a gift, but after it arrived, I ended up buying another copy just for myself.Somehow, it manages to pay tribute to frequently-neglected artists, critics and other rock-related people and things, while simultaneously making fun of them.Almost every page, something made me say "Yes!! That's so true! I can't believe someone else noticed that about Crazy Horse."And then there would be something right afterwards that made me say "Cool.I didn't know that Marianne Faithful co-wrote and inspired the Stones' 'Sister Morphine'."

Bottom line:Hilarious and informative.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's a Primer, It's Ammo, It's Hysterical!
In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that I am by no means a "Rock Snob." I worship very devoutly, humbly, and exclusively at the altar of the Beatles, the Stones, and The Who.I don't, for example, know anything about Shuggie Otis, Richard Hell, the MC5, Norwegian Death Metal, Countrypolitan, ESG, or the numerous other characters and concepts so hysterically defined in this accessible book.Or I should say, I didn't know about these things until I got this book, so I can definitely attest that the Dictionary ably fulfills one of its avowed goals of serving as a primer for curious music fans.Not every entry is as obscure as those I've mentioned.There were a lot I'd heard of but never quite fully understood or appreciated: Gram Parsons, Robert Fripp, John Mayall, XTC, and so on.In any event, it's so fun to page through (the cross references are excellent!) that it really doesn't matter if you know them or not.If you are any kind of music fan, you should definitley check this out - you'll get a laugh, some knowledge, and some ever-useful ammo next time a true Snob confronts you in an all-knowing tone.Besides the definitions, I also loved the interspersed editorial entries where the authors compile some special lists, such as "Fifth Beatles, in order of worthiness," "Rock Snob Filmography," and "Rock Snob Hall of Fame/Shame."Anyway, after reading this I still do not refer to Bob Dylan as Zimmie (and never will) but next time I meet someone who does, I'll know they're a Snob and be ready for battle! ... Read more

12. Study of Orchestration, Third Edition
by Samuel Adler
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The third edition of this high successful orchestration text follows the approach established in its innovative predecessor: Learning orchestration is best achieved through familiarity with the orchestral literature; this familiarity is most effectively accomplished from the music notation in combination with the recorded sound. The text has been revised to reflect the most informed reactions to the first and second editions, as well as Professor Adler's revisions. For comprehensiveness, conciseness, and contemporaneity, The Study of Orchestration remains without peer. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book -- well worth the $$ spent
I read all the other orchestration books first, mostly because they were available to me in libraries for free. However, I wish I had been able to start with this one -- I would have learned much more quickly.

I dithered for about eight weeks before deciding to spend the $71 on this book and the $100 on the CD set (which must be purchased separately) -- and the two together have been worth it in every way. It's a wonderful text. You can't learn everything from one book, but this is one hell of a good place to start. The ability to hear various reorchestrations of the different pieces is absolutely invaluable, and no other book can provide you with this kind of instruction.

Initially I was scared off by some of the errors (of fact and of judgment) listed in the reviews below, but I was relieved to see that most of them had been either fixed or altered in the third edition. For examples, the word "blaring" in the Hindemith discussion (Ch.11) and the problematic trombone glissando citation are totally gone in the third edition.

The section on guitar, banjo, and mandolin is indeed inadequate as a discussion of those instruments, and I wouldn't use that part of the book if I wanted to write for those instruments. Actually, I can't think of one orchestration book, except maybe Blatter's, that does/did have an adequate discussion of these instruments, because they're simply not often used in the orchestra; if you need a thorough discussion of the guitar, banjo, mandolin, and all the rest of the guitar family, you'd probably be better off getting a book *devoted* to those instruments rather than an orchestration book. The guitar family is very complicated and has traditions behind it which are far different from those behind the orchestral instruments.

Incidentally, the range given for the classical guitar is not exactly *wrong*, though it is low (open 6th string to the 12th fret on the 1st string) -- but it is the range commonly given in orchestration books. Go figure.

I've read the book by Kent Kennan just about twice, and I recommend it for further reading before delving into the older books by Piston, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Berlioz-Strauss. The Kennan book would also make a fine supplement to Adler, because Kennan has a way of pointing out certain facts that give you a "key" to very complex situations; for instance, he points out that the most successful multiple stops on the violin are made of sixths, fifths, and open strings -- a fact which can free the student to write multiple stops with confidence (so long as s/he checks them out later on a fingerboard chart), and his discussion of the trombone glissando, at least, is better than the one found in Adler.

All in all, if you've got $80 to blow on an orchestration book (or even better, $170 to blow on book plus CD package), this one will be worth the money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect ...... almost
This is an excellent book, probably the best I've seen dealing with orchestration. It is laid out very well and very clearly. Some previous music knowledge is definitely needed.

It covers everything from basics to complex. I did, however, feel that it could have went into a little more detail on more recent developments and modern performing techniques, which are often only briefly mentioned.

The accompanying CDs are very good and they demonstrate the majority of examples in the book. I would have preferred, however, if the video clips were on a seperate disc to the audio examples, and so, I could have the videos CD in my computer, and the audio CDs in the stereo. Instead, I found myself ejecting and inserting CDs a lot. I could not play the audio examples on my computer, because when you load the CD, there is only one folder - videos. It did turn out, however, that the audio files were actually there, and could be found if you opened Windows Media Player first. (I only found this out by reading another review on this website). A little confusing.

Apart from that though, which isn't an issue now that I know about it, this book and CDs are excellent. They may set you back a few pounds, but they will last a lifetime.

4-0 out of 5 stars Some minor problems with the CD Roms...
A couple of people asked me to tell them what I thought of the book (and cd's) once I got them so I thought I would share a couple of things I discovered. Hopefully this will help someone out, somewhere along the way.

I have no classical training in music at all so I can't give an indepth analysis of the information presented. I can offer my impression on how the information is presented though, from my "non-trained" point of view.

The book is generally straight forward and easy to understand. I find it to be intelligently written and thoughtfully layed out. This book does assume some prior knowledge of music though. I have never actually learned to read music so for some exmaples I had to dig out an old school book on music theory.

The accompanying CD's are professionally produced and have great examples of different playing techniques and the like.

A couple of things that irked me though; No matter what CD you want to look at (there are 6) You first need to load up CD no6 and sit through the intro. From there you are presented with a main menu. If you want to look at strings it will pop up a message saying; "Please insert cd no-1" There is no way around this. This becomes annoying as the cd's are clearly marked with their content. You know that percussion is on disc 4 but you still have to go through the procedure described above, each and every time.

The intro features what looks like a student orchestra playing a short piece. This is interesting enough to watch the first few times but becomes downright annoying after that. There is no option to skip the intro which is a big mistake in my book. I studied multimedia at college and some of the things mentioned above were specifically what we were told NOT to do when producing a CD ROM.

Another interesting point to note; Throughout the book it shows examples of music and different playing techniques. In the book, next to an example it will have wording like; CD1/Track 4

For a while I assumed these were music tracks in the CD Rom production itself. On closer inspection though, there was no track listing of songs at all. I loaded a cd into my computer and browsed it's contents. There was one folder called "videos" and nothing else. I was starting to think that they had made a mistake and not included the audio tracks at all. I then went to folder options under windows and selected "show hidden files and folders" - still nothing.

Finally, as a last resort, I opened up Windows media player and clicked on the cd. Suddenly 97 untitled tracks of audio appeared. I clicked on the first one and a voice said; "Chapter 3, Example 1" (or words to that effect. I'm at work at the moment) Suddenly the book took on a new dimension. Every example I had been reading through had an audio example backing it up. I am now starting back at the beginning of the book to hear exmaples of what I have been reading this whole time.

The other main gripe is that it is almost impossible to tell at Amazon or anywhere else whether or not you get the book when you purchase the cd's. You don't. I bought the cd "package" and after a week received nothing but the cd's themselves. I had to place a second order for the hardcover book.

Hopefully my trials and tribulations will save someone else some time and heartache. I should say, I am really impressed with the book and cd's for the sheer amount of information contained in them. THe ability to hear audio examples of what I am reading really blows me away too. I just think some refinement needs to be done on the integration of the cd's and the book, and the presentation of the information.

Regards, Scott.

4-0 out of 5 stars Question
I found the CD to be helpful but the last CD seems to have a problem. The CD won't install! It does not even have a program file to install. Only the audio file shows. Does this happen to everyone who bought this 6 enhanced CD? Please reply. Thanks.

4-0 out of 5 stars Without peer, but not without problem
I've used Adler's Study of Orchestration (2nd ed.) each time I've taught orchestration, and the quality of the text coupled with the CD examples make it by far the best standard orchestration text I've seen. That the reader is able to hear not only examples taken from music, but also able to compare various spacings, doublings, and orchestrations of even single chords is invaluable. As I tell my students, it's not so much who is playing a line, it is who is playing a line in a given place--and the only way to learn what an instrument sounds like in its various registers is to hear it there. Especially helpful are passages like Adler's discussion of woodwinds in the symphony orchestra (Chapter 8) in which several possible orchestrations of a single musical passage are illustrated, discussed, and presented on CD, allowing readers to recognize and judge for themselves the relative quality. It is this, that much in orchestration is not particularly wrong or right, and that there are many many ways to score a particular passage, that makes orchestration so difficult to teach; and Adler is sensitive to the issue.

But any book of this scope is likely to have some problems, and this is no exception. I'll mention only two that have struck me in particular as a trombonist, neither of which are particularly serious in and of themselves, but whose presence is at best unwelcome and perhaps even somewhat distressing in a textbook.

First, Adler's discussion of the trombone glissando (chapter 10) is inadequate and separated by several pages from his discussion of the overtone series as it relates to the trombone. Given that the way a trombone glissando works is inseparable from the overtone series, this seems strange indeed. The situation is compounded by Adler's example from Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra, of which he says "The following glissando, first for the bass trombone, then for the tenor, is perfect, since it extends from seventh to first position." Any trombone player will tell you that in fact Bartok got it wrong, and the bass trombone glissando is impossible without doing some serious cheating. On the bass trombone using an attachment in F or E one can only play a perfect 4th, not a tritone, in that particular harmonic; and bass trombonists have come up with all kinds of ingenious tricks to play this devilish passage which looks so easy to the ill-informed. It is FAR from perfect. While this little quirk of the trombone isn't really very important in the grand scheme of orchestration it makes me wonder how many other instrumental quirks have gone unnoticed.

More important, however, are some oddities of Adler's observations and discussions of the examples he chooses. In chapter 11, in the unit on the brass choir as a homophonic unit, Adler exerpts a passage from Hindemith's Noblissima Visione. He describes the passage as "a 'dark' doubling" and ascribes this to the fact that "neither the trumpets nor the horns ever go too high." Later he seems to contradict himself. "The brilliance of this passage as it is scored comes from the unison of the horns and trombones rather than of blaring trumpets." Never mind the prejudicial "blaring" (surely a trumpet can be played in the high register and sound brilliant without blaring); which is it--brilliant or dark? Try as we might, neither my students nor I can ever hear this as "dark". At best, the last measure of a five measure passage might be considered so because of the low register, but in fact the trumpets, horns, and trombones all do go fairly high in one of the preceding measures. If one fifth of a passage is sufficient to consider the entire passage "dark", why isn't one fifth of the same passage sufficient to consider it "bright"? Adler goes on to say "If Hindemith had wanted an extremely bright sound, he could have transposed it up a third or a fourth and had the trumpets and the horns at an extremely high register." Well, no....the passage is not complete in itself, but part of a larger piece--a passacaglia, no less. In order to transpose the passage, Hindemith would have had to either transpose the entire movement (which would in turn have required a transposition of the entire piece in order to keep the same key relationships) or have written some modulating passage--unimaginable in a passacaglia. It is simply wrong to consider that transposing a particular passage is an acceptable way to orchestrate "brightness" or "darkness" without regard to tonal relationships of the whole. That is not to say that the passage could not be brighter or darker, but to do so with orchestration requires dealing with the instruments and their registers, not the pitches. If Hindemith had omitted the horns in the first 4 measures, then brought in horns and omitted trumpets in the final 5 notes, perhaps even putting the first trombone up an octave on those notes the passage would have been significantly brighter. There is even more that is problematic about this discussion--in fact it seems the most poorly argued in the book, but I believe I've made my point.

However, as a classroom tool, The Study of Orchestration is as yet unequalled, and examples like the Hindemith allow the careful teacher the opportunity to develop the students' critical and analytical skills. The workbook has its own problems, which I won't discuss here, but the book and CD are well worth repeated study and thought. ... Read more

13. Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within
by Kenny Werner
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Paperback book and CD set. Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within is a book for any musician who finds themselves having reached a plateau in their development. Werner, a masterful jazz pianist in his own right, uses his own life story and experiences to explore the barriers to creativity and mastery of music, and in the process reveals that "Mastery is available to everyone," providing practical, detailed ways to move towards greater confidence and proficiency in any endeavor. While Werner is a musician, the concepts presented are for every profession or life-style where there is a need for free-flowing, effortless thinking. Book also includes an audio CD of meditations narrated by Kenny to help the musician reach a place of relaxed focus. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Kenny's Really Got It!
I read Kenny's book while I was at sea for 3 months, and listened to the CD many times. My playing has really opened up, and I think he's right about all of it. When asked about effortless mastery, Bird said,(paraphrased) "Learn all the technical stuff and then forget it,just play!" That is strictly analogous to practicing correctly, and entering the space. Werner's remarks about the importance of learning the melody, how our minds ruin it for us because we continually rush through the music thereby missing what in fact we are after, practicing up-tempos by just "wiggling your fingers", his observations RE: Bill Evans and Horowitz videos, his "get real time" approach to self-assessment about how to really improve, how to practice, the distinction familiar and unfamiliar as opposed to easy and difficult, and his concept of the Learning is lovingly written... it encourages and shows how to give ourselves permission to really play from our hearts...and effortless mastery emerges from that...boldly insightful and generous.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thinking about our playing takes no effort!
Since chapter one, I got a surprise. I read the first chapter and went out to think about what I had just read. I realized my life was pretty much like Werner's. And just as his life had changed, my life should change too. I always had the urge to take courses on music and read more and more books on technique and some other technical aspects of music. And what I'd always get were 'new toys' for playing, but as I didn't learn how to play with them, I'd be frustrated. Reading Effortless Mastery helped me gain the courage to look within myself and I happened to undertand why I'd felt like that all this time. This is an amazing book for musicians! I couldn't play one more note on my keyboard until I really discovered the secret for mastery. And now I know what it is. If you want to get the idea, READ ON!

5-0 out of 5 stars Indispensible and Brilliant from Start to Finish
One night I had a terrible, terrible time in my beginner's jazz ensemble class. Every note I played sounded more horrible than the one before. I distinctly remember, as I was walking toward the train station from the New School in Greenwich Village, New York City, eying every dumpster I saw and thinking -- I could toss my flute in one of those, and I would never have to think about music ever again. But I couldn't quite bear to throw thousands of dollars away, so I didn't throw my flute into the trash.

Fortunately, also that night in class, the teacher recommended Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner to another student who was also floundering. The title stuck with me, so the next day I went out and bought the book.

I immediately read the book at least four times through, and I did the meditations daily for over a month. The book and meditations cured my feelings of inadequatecy and rid me forever of the stage fright that had been a problem too.

If it hadn't been for this book, I would have quit playing music, and missed out on thousands of hours of joy as a musician, a composer, a band member and as a jazz performer in the very same New York City neighborhood where I took my first jazz ensemble classes.

Warmest heartfelt thanks, Kenny Werner, for keeping me playing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great
If you want to that last push to take your playing to the next level or if you have hit a flat spot in your growth read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book will change your life...
I just can't say enough good things about this book. I've read this book way too many times to count. Every time I'm in a musical "funk" I pull it out and read it again. It has been the single most influential book on musical thought I've ever checked out. I almost am ready to buy another copy as it's been practically destoyed as I've passed it around to friends and students (who then usually go out and buy the book for themselves...)! It's now a required text for all of my students who study with me.
I'm not huge into meditation, but many people may find that aspect of the book very appealing. Werner really hits home with his words in this book. From composition to teaching to performing, there is something in it for everyone, not just jazz musicians. Every time I read the book, it rekindles my love for performing.
If you're ready to take your musical thought and playing to an entirely different level you have to check this book out. Kenny's words are genuine and really will hit home with most everyone. ... Read more

14. The Piano Book: Buying & Owning a New or Used Piano
by Larry Fine, Douglas R. Gilbert, Keith Jarrett
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This bible of the piano marketplace is indispensable to buyers and owners of pianos, amateur and professional players alike. Hundreds of thousands of pianos are bought and sold each year, yet most people buy a piano with only the vaguest idea of what to look for as they make this major purchase. The Piano Book evaluates and compares every brand and style of piano sold in the United States. There is information on piano moving and storage, inspecting individual new and used pianos, the special market for Steinways, and sales gimmicks to watch out for. The supplement lists current prices for more than 2,500 new piano models. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars THE comprehensive reference for piano buyers and owners
After carefully reading this easy-to-understand book, you will be more knowledgeable and better-informed than virtually any salesperson you'll meet. Rather than relying on salespersons' "soundbites," you will have a comprehensive knowledge of the truly important aspects of quality for any piano, used or new, grand or vertical, and be able to compare features from brand to brand or dealer to dealer. Having played the piano for over 30 years, I very much enjoyed learning so much about the construction and features of this instrument. The book validated many of the perceptions which I already held about certain brands, and allowed me to expand my horizons and look at others I hadn't really considered. In fact, I ended up purchasing a higher-quality brand than I expected to, which I hadn't even really considered at the beginning. If you are in the market for ANY piano, or just interested in learning more about pianos, this book is worth far more than its small cost.

A final note- if shopping for a new piano, it is ESSENTIAL to also purchase the current Annual Supplement to The Piano Book, which provides cumulative updated information since the publication of the full book, and most importantly, it gives list prices for every new piano available in the U.S., which in my experience were accurate. Mr. Fine also provides extremely helpful advice on expected discounts from list price, and negotiating the selling price with the dealer.

I've had two piano teachers and at least one technician recommend The Piano Book to me, and they were absolutely right.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Must-Read
The Piano Book by Larry Fine (not the same of 3-Stooges fame, I take it), is a must-read if you are thinking of buying a piano. Fine names names--the skinny on all available modern pianos you are apt to find in a dealers' showroom, new and used. Reviewed are servicability, construction quality,tone, and street prices. Armed with this book, a consumer takes a big step towards getting the most piano for his or her money and, most important, reduces the likelyhood of being stuck with an overpriced dog.

To put it another way, I have not met a piano salesperson or dealer who had anything really bad to say about any piece in his or her inventory. Tone quality is something you can distinguish after hearing a few good pianos, but the actual quality of the instrument and how it will hold up over time is known only by those who regulary service them in the field. This is good to know, especially with so many asian-made pianos of questionable quality floating around on the used market.

If you're looking for an entry-level practice piano or a full 9' concert grand, this book will help you cut through all the manufacturers' and dealer hype.

Fine's knowledge of the instrument is great.

2-0 out of 5 stars For JapanChina only; Not helpful for quality European pianos
I purchased this book based on the glowing reviews on Amazon as well as on other piano related sites. The book IS a great concept and appears to be quite comprehensive on first glance.

However, if you are shopping in Europe or are interested in including in your search quality European piano manufacturers (many of which have been around 100-150 years) the book is hopelessly incomplete and, more than once, severely out of date and inaccurate. On the entries for various German brands Mr. Fine keeps repeating phrases such as "no pianos appear in our survey", "I have heard that...", "I played on one once...", "it is difficult to make distinctions" or simply copies text from the advertising brochures of the manufacturers.

The ratings and rankings in the summary section and classification of quality are clearly indicated to be the opinion of Mr. Fine, yet are based on only anecdotal evidence. Worse yet, information on changes in ownership or farming out of manufacturing which has taken place in some instances during the last years -- with an enormous impact on quality -- is not reflected in the rankings.

In summary, this is a great book if you know nothing of pianos and are shopping in the States on the low end for cheap Chinese knockoffs or consumer products from the likes of Young Chang, Kawai, Yamaha, etc. If you are trying to sort out the middle/quality or top of the market, include European brands, or buy a traditional grand piano, the book is incomplete and based on heresay/opinion rather than research. It is not terribly useful and can be at times misleading.

5-0 out of 5 stars Differences between editions...
I own the first edition of this book and it has some advantages over the subsequent editions. In particular, he gives specific ratings for each brand of piano. As I understand it, some piano makers who felt offended by this (i.e. their piano's didn't rate as well as they wished) threatened to sue Mr. Fine, so the ratings were removed from subsequent editions.

Ideally, if you really want the best reference, get the latest edition and supplement, but augment it with the first edition if you can find a copy (yellow cover).

5-0 out of 5 stars influences salespeople
There's not much to add to the superlatives written about this book except to note that simply having it in your possession can influence salespeople!

I took this book with me in Sept. 2003 to buy a "nearly new" piano at the annual sale of the prestigious Peabody Institute in Baltimore. The salewoman noticed it and said, "I see you have Larry Fine's book. I bet you'll leave here with a good piano at a great price."

Throughout our tour of the many pianos on sale, I felt as though she was being more factual because I had the book! And, because I had read parts of it, I was able to ask more questions about the types of materials used in construction of the various parts.

I bought a 2 month old Kawai GM-10 for about 2/3 list price! Not only did the book give me independent in-depth information on the Kawai, but several paragraphs (p.118) to read comparing it to other brands in terms of sound, feel, durability, warranty, etc.

Now, every time I sit at my piano, I feel an added confidence that I'm playing the finest instrument I could afford. ... Read more

15. Singing for the Stars: A Complete Program for Training Your Voice (Book & 2 CD's)
by Seth Riggs, John Carratello, R. J. Miyake
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5-0 out of 5 stars This is the BEST book on singing I've seen.
I've read just about every book on singing and this one is the best! Written in plain English, this book is easy to understand and the exercises actually work. But stick with it, it took me months to see results but I ended up being able to sing way up into my head voice (no falsetto). For male singers, true head voice is rare. Just look at the singers that he's taught, from Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder to opera singers, everyone raves about Seth! This book comes with two cassettes with examples of the vocal exercises. Use them and you can't go wrong. Unfortunately, I had to un-learn all the bad habits taught to me by many so called professional teachers. Get this book and you can't help but improve.

5-0 out of 5 stars the only book worth buying on singing
Having gone through pretty much every current book on the topic of improving your singing technique, I can tell you that this book is the only one worth buying. The Rock Singer's Survival Handbook a close second, written with the right spirit and is worth reading, especially the concepts on pitch and overall voice health, but it makes singing seem harder than it really is, which is why Seth's approach is so great. Singing is simple and you already know how to do it, you just need to stop trying to push your voice to doing things it won't. You know what your voice can and can't do, and the displine is more in accepting and maximizing this than doing "breathing exercises" or developing "mental pictures" of your tone or lord knows what else.

Granted, all the praise lavished on Seth on practically every page is purely nauseating, but let him have that, and learn from what he has to say. He didn't get to be the most in demand vocal instructor by doling out crap. The CD's that come with it are awesome, and will really make you work. Overall, a bargain at twice the price.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, But Definitely Overrated
It's not that Seth doesn't know what he's talking about, it's that he thinks he knows everything.

This method will NOT turn an untrained singer into an Opera singer. It bothers me how Seth makes it seem like his students are the best singers, they're not! (And if they are is not totally because of him) Most of them are no more than average vocalists.

This book will be beneficial to those untrained singers who have a good voice (and can carry a tune). And also to trained singers. What it will do for you is teach you that singing should not involve the straining of muscles. Don't believe that he is the best voice teacher of America, any good teacher knows that when singing should not be a strenuous activity and that the larynx should remain relaxed (what he means by the "Speech-Level Singing" euphemism.

The vocalizes in this book are very valuable... they lead you to a relaxed approach of singing, just make sure to discard any arrogance you sense, he is right about most of the things he is saying (that voice teachers tell you do this and that instead of teaching you how to do it) but breath support and management are important, understanding the concepts of resonance are important as well... and yes it's true, they are over-emphasized by many. It is also true that good vocal technique should be applicable to any style of singing. What is important when you sing is that 1. you are not risking your vocal health and 2. that you sound good.

If you are into pop, dig into the book. If you want to sing better without a voice teacher, dig into the book. If you can't get into your head voice, dig into the book. IF YOU SING WITH STRAIN, dig into the book. Don't believe ONLY what Seth has to say, his stuff is very valuable, but it's not everything.

If you are a serious singer who uses mind over matter this program will help you.

5-0 out of 5 stars I think Tom McKinney should have given it five stars
I have been trying to figure out why one of the commentators on here, Tom McKinney, only gave this book/CD a 3 star rating, and yet claims, "This book is the best introduction to singing and continuing healthy voice production ever written." McKinney claims this book/CD was the basis of his success, and yet he only gives it a 3-star rating? What's up with that, I can't figure it out. His comments are a lot of hot air, full of his own ego, blathering away about his own accomplishments, looks like. Well I bought this book and CD, because almost everybody else gave it a five star rating, and it is a really good set, I think it deserves five stars, and not because Tom McKinney used this web site to promote himself. I've never even heard of Tom McKinney. Does he even exist?

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent systematic approach to singing!
Seth Riggs' speech level singing technique is incredible, it can dramatically improve the singing voice of any motivated person. The book singing for the stars is a great overview of this technique and is the next best thing to having a Certified Speech Level Singing Instructor. People spend thousands of dollars buying instruments yet so many are skeptical about spending anything on your voice! why not spend a little on your voice, this book in conjuction with lessons (or phone lessons) by a certified teacher will bring about dramatic results, it is definately worth the cost. This technique has proven itself time and time again. ... Read more

16. Into the Woods (Vocal Score)
by Stephen Sondheim
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Stephen Sondheim's Tony-Award winning musical includes: Agony * It Takes Two * Stay With Me * Any Moment * No More * No One is Alone ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Sure it's expensive, but you pay for what you get
This book is not for the intermediate pianist who wants to find some new music to play for the family at the family reunion. Not unless you've got a whole bunch of singers who want to join in...
This book contains ALL the music, compressed into one unit for the piano, and is the ultimate book for a piano accompanist- say in rehersal or such. Here lies the reason it costs so much: the market for this book is the amateur or even semi-professional theatre groups perfoming this show.
As this type of piano book, it's incredible. Every bit of music found in the musical is in the book, from underscoring to... well, you name it. And while it's fun to go through the book and learn the pieces, and say "hey, it sounds just like the recording!" it won't be much fun for anyone else to listen to unless you've got a singer (I'm learning to sing just so I can flush out my playing). Which, of course, is the whole point of the book.
Great music (Sondheim, of course), sounds great, and is perfect for accompanying a vocalist. Just make sure this is what you want.

5-0 out of 5 stars Re-published to perfection!
"Into the Woods," originally produced on broadway over a decade ago, has recently been revived with the re-printing of the vocal score and instrumental parts. Using sophisticated software (Finale) the publisher has made the score easier to read, has added instrumental cues, and has made the print larger. The wonderful music of Stephen Sondheim from "Into the Woods," is much more accessable. (The purchase of the book does not give the buyer permission to perform the play!)This edition is very good -- hundreds of times better than the old one! ... Read more

17. Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop, A History
by Frank Driggs, Charles Haddix
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There were but four major galaxies in the early jazz universe, and three of them--New Orleans, Chicago, and New York--have been well documented in print. But there has never been a serious history of the fourth, Kansas City, until now.In this colorful history, Frank Driggs and Chuck Haddix range from ragtime to bebop and from Bennie Moten to Charlie Parker to capture the golden age of Kansas City jazz. Readers will find a colorful portrait of old Kaycee itself, back then a neon riot of bars, gambling dens and taxi dance halls, all ruled over by Boss Tom Pendergast, who had transformed a dusty cowtown into the Paris of the Plains. We see how this wide-open, gin-soaked town gave birth to a music that was more basic and more viscerally exciting than other styles of jazz, its singers belting out a rough-and-tumble urban style of blues, its piano players pounding out a style later known as "boogie-woogie." We visit the great landmarks, like the Reno Club, the "Biggest Little Club in the World," where Lester Young and Count Basie made jazz history, and Charlie Parker began his musical education in the alley out back.And of course the authors illuminate the lives of the great musicians who made Kansas City swing, with colorful profiles of jazz figures such as Mary Lou Williams, Big Joe Turner, Jimmy Rushing, and Andy Kirk and his "Clouds of Joy."Here is the definitive account of the raw, hard-driving style that put Kansas City on the musical map. It is a must read for everyone who loves jazz or American music history. ... Read more

18. Evening in the Palace of Reason : Bach meets Frederick the Great in the Age of Enlightenment
by James R. Gaines
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One Sunday evening in the spring of his seventh year as king, as his musicians were gathering for the evening concert, a courtier brought Frederick the Great his usual list of arrivals at the town gate. As he looked down the list of names, he gave a start.

"Gentlemen," he said, "old Bach is here." Those who heard him said there was "a kind of agitation" in his voice.

So begins James R. Gaines's Evening in the Palace of Reason, setting up what seems to be the ultimate mismatch: a young, glamorously triumphant warrior-king, heralded by Voltaire as the very It Boy of the Enlightenment, pitted against a devout, bad-tempered composer of "outdated" music, a scorned genius in his last years, symbol of a bygone world. The sparks from their brief conflict illuminate a pivotal moment in history.

Behind the pomp and flash, Prussia's Frederick the Great was a tormented man. His father, Frederick William I, was most likely mad; he had been known to chase frightened subjects down the street, brandishing a cane and roaring, "Love me, scum!" Frederick adored playing his flute as much as his father despised him for it, and he was beaten mercilessly for this and other perceived flaws. After an unsuccessful attempt to escape, Frederick was forced to watch as his best friend and coconspirator was brutally executed.

Twenty years later, Frederick's personality having congealed into a love of war and a taste for manhandling the great and near-great, he worked hard and long to draw "old Bach" into his celebrity menagerie. He was aided by the composer's own son, C. P. E. Bach, chief keyboardist in the king's private chamber music group. The king had prepared a cruel practical joke for his honored guest, asking him to improvise a six-part fugue on a theme so fiendishly difficult some believe only Bach's son could have devised it. Bach left the court fuming. In a fever of composition, he used the coded, alchemical language of counterpoint to write A Musical Offering in response. A stirring declaration of everything Bach had stood for all his life, it represented "as stark a rebuke of his beliefs and worldview as an absolute monarch has ever received." It is also one of the great works of art in the history of music.

Set at the tipping point between the ancient and the modern world, the triumphant story of Bach's victory expands to take in the tumult of the eighteenth century: the legacy of the Reformation, wars and conquest, and the birth of the Enlightenment. Most important, it tells the story of that historic moment when Belief -- the quintessentially human conviction that behind mundane appearances lies something mysterious and awesome -- came face to face with the cold certainty of Reason. Brimming with originality and wit, Evening in the Palace of Reason is history of the best kind, intimate in scale and broad in its vision.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating!
This book begins and ends with the challenge issued by Frederick the Great of Prussia to Johann Sebastian Bach:a 21-note theme designed to resist having the rules of counterpoint applied to it.Bach was to improvise a three-part fugue on the theme.When he accomplished this to the astonishment of all gathered, Frederick upped the ante:make it six-part.Well, that took a little longer -- two weeks -- and became the Musical Offering, a thirteen-movement rebuke-in-music to the king.

The book probes deeply into the events leading to the challenge.Bach, to the author Gaines, represents the Age of Faith, while Frederick represents the Age of Reason.We learn all about the history behind these two ways of thinking about the world as well as each man's individual history.

Besides being a book about Bach and about Frederick, this book delves into the structure of Bach's music and what he was trying to say with it.It also explores the history of the Germanic states around the time of Frederick.Toss in the influence of the church, philosophers of the time, scientists, thinkers, and musicians (including Bach's sons), and you have a rich story that goes beyond music, or rather, one that infuses music into every aspect of the universe (indeed, one of the theories of Bach's time was that the universe resonated with a perfect harmony).

It's a book about the clash between two men who represented two different worlds, but it's so much more than that.It's easy to read, impeccably researched, and even witty, and touched on so many topics -- religious, geopolitical, philosophical, as well as musical -- that I couldn't imagine just one book covering.

I'm a musician myself (though somewhat of a hack).I've played some of Bach's pieces, but never really appreciated what he was trying to say in them.I'm looking forward to approaching them again with this new information.My personal recording collection doesn't currently contain much Bach, but with the selective discography at the back of this book, you can bet that'll be changing!

I've also visited Sanssouci (Frederick's palace in Potsdam, which is just as over-the-top as the book describes).Should I ever find myself back there, I'll certainly see it from a more "enlightened" viewpoint.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Revenge of Genius
"Evening in the Palace of Reason" explores Bach's Musical Offering in incredible depth.What brought forth Bach's "Offering" of such unimaginable complexity?An annoyed genius--you just have to love that.For years I have read biography after biography (with one sterling exception--see my early reviews) that portray Bach as a kind of small town savant who was later and fortunately "discovered."Oh, so far from the truth...

Mr. Gaines reminds us that Bach was at the very center of his world--that Bach embodied the ideals of the Baroque.For this reason the juxtaposition of Bach and Frederick the Great is an excellent vehicle for demonstrating the ideas that were the power behind Bach's transcendent music.The reader is shown that Bach was no less a King in his own fashion than was Frederick--instead of armies to project power, Bach had an absolute mastery of musical art that despite the passage of 250 years still speaks to billions of people.What this book convincingly argues is that Bach was quite aware of his power and the supremacy of his beliefs and that he used the Offering to send a message.

In visiting Frederick's palace, Bach not only accepted the challenge he knew was coming but he so conquered the rigged game that the other side figuratively left and went home.I had no idea how messed up King Frederick really was, even if he could play a passable flute--this is the kind of "x-files" history that puts the great ideas of history in context and is fun to read.

In reviewing the aged Bach's life, Mr. Gaines leads one to consider the loneliness of a man who knew that he could speak a language of eternal beauty that few people had the patience to hear.We all know that Bach had a temper and demanded excellence from students and justice from his employers; however, in reading this book we are introduced to the mature Bach so confident in his power that he delivered a clear rebuke to a King.

Mr. Gaines makes a compelling argument that perhaps our culture could stand to return to those absolute truths that so moved Bach.That constraint and limitations can bring forth sublime creations denied to those who throw off the perceived shackles of convention.Highly recommended and a must-read for any disciple of Bach.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, wonderful book
I have been playing Bach all my life, I have read everything about him, and I have never come across a book that brought him so vividly alive. I honestly never knew who he was before this book. I never quite understood the forces that motivated him, how and why his music could be as moving as it is, how he could have maintained such integrity in such adverse circumstances (his own sons were against him!), why he was so dismissed during his life. Now I understand that, and a great deal more. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It changed my view of Bach and in a way my view of why the world we live in is the way it is. ... Read more

19. Understanding Music (4th Edition)
by Jeremy Yudkin
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Catlog: Book (2004-03-09)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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This book focuses on music of the Western tradition in a global context -- from the Middle Ages to the present. Historical and cultural background are clearly explained, but the emphasis is on “active listening.” A number of completely fresh pieces are integrated among the universally acknowledged masterpieces, and all are presented in fine performances, accompanied by illuminating and accessible Listening Guides (coordinated with available CD or cassette).Explores the activity of concentrated Listening. Shows students that music, like literature and the other arts, can be subjected to intellectual and critical thought and analysis. Includes careful consideration of the contributions of women. Examines the often overlooked aspect of patronage and audiences. Features serious analysis of the history of popular music.For anyone interested in music. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very approachable
This book is a nicely done introduction to music appreciation for Western audiences. It includes an overview of musical genres and traditions from the Gregorian chants through Hip Hop rap.The book is organized into chapters according to musical era with chapters for the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Baroque era, the Classic era, Nineteenth Century, and Twentieth Century.Beethoven receives a chapter of his own.There are also chapters on World Music, music theory, listening techniques, jazz, and popular music.Within each era, there is a general description of musical development of the times, and then several well-known representative composers are profiled. Yudkin goes out of his way to include information about the contributions of women and minorities tomusic. Interspersed with the text are listening guides with notes for active listening for specific pieces of music to exemplify the prose.The listening guides include such information as instrumentation, lyrics and translations, short segments of notation, as well as comments keyed to specific time spots for the selection on the student or faculty CDs (sold separately).The book is amply illustrated with black-and-white reproductions of paintings and photographs.Each chapter also includes a section of colored plates with artwork or scenery typical of the era and location.At the end of the book are a glossary and index.

One aspect of the book that I particularly liked was the fact that it began with World Music, describing aspects of music that are found the world over.Instead of approaching the topic as if all classical music is from the Western tradition, Yudkin explains that Western classical music is simply one kind of music found in the world, and there are other classical music traditions that are quite different.Only after he has established this point does he turn to an in-depth description of the classical tradition most familiar to his audience, the Western tradition.Throughout the book, I was quite impressed with Yudkin's global rather than ethnocentric approach to Western classical music.

The layout of the book is exceptionally well done.Although there numerous short articles for special topics inserted in the text, as well as the listening guides, and images with captions, the text is neatly cut so that sentences are rarely left hanging or continued across page turns when such items are included.My only complaint is that quotations about composers are printed in the margins in light yellow ink, which can be extremely hard to read.Also, a few of the listening guides in the popular music section contain nothing besides lyrics; they could benefit from a few additional words of analysis as found in the listening guides earlier in the book.

Overall, the book is quite accessible and interesting to students of with varying musical backgrounds.Although I've been exposed to classical music all of my life, there was much about the tradition that I remained completely unaware of.After reading Yudkin's explanations, I find that there is a lot more to listen to than I had noticed before.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Collection
What a great collection of music - from classical to international to opera to jazz.There's something for everyone, but I personally enjoyed all the genres.The selections were representative of the styles of music, and were enjoyed by all. ... Read more

20. Listen : Brief
by Gary Tomlinson, Joseph Kerman
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4-0 out of 5 stars A good introductory text
I have had this book prescribed as a textbook for a music history and theory course. This is a good book for such a purpose, it covers much. (This review is on the third edition).

Unit I has 5 chapters covering the fundamentals of musical theory. Sound, time, pitch, structure, form and style. Unit II is a 4-chapter overview of early music, starting with the Middle Ages. Unit III covers the 18th century in 6 chapters, starting with Late Baroque. Unit IV focuses on the 19th century, starting with Beethoven and finishing with the Late Romantics in 5 chapters.

Unit V: The Twentieth Century, was my favourite section. The prelude chapter discusses the concepts of music and modernism. The next chapter covers the early 20th century, then there is a chapter on alternatives to modernism,and the fourth chapter covers the late 20the century. Chapter 24 focuses on music in America: Jazz.

The book is organised around listening samples. These are available on a set of a 6 accompanying CDs. I liked the samples chosen. The late 20th century chapter, for example, discussed works by Ligeti, Berio, Varese, Cage, Crumb, Leon, Gubaidulina and Reich.

An alternative to "Listen" is Music: An appreciation" by Roger Kamien. It seems to me to have a bit more on artistic context, whilst at the same time covering more topics at slightly more depth.

However, "Listen" is well organised (always a good sign), and richly illustrated. Historical events are touched upon, and there is some reference to other art forms in context with the music of the time. I would recommend it as an introductory text even if you don't need to read it for school. Of course a book like this can cover topics only to a limited depth.

4-0 out of 5 stars You Will Find It More and More Interesting
With the accompanied 6 CDs, Joseph Kerman has written one of the most interesting and comprehensive introductory music text.Not so much a memory-and-fact type of textbook, Kerman's uncanny ability to describe music experience has made this a success.Students do not need musicianship prerequisite to read this book.From ancient to modern, the book gives a broad overview of some of the masterpieces with insights and explanations.Excellent reading. (Note: The 6 CD set mentioned in this review is sold separately, and is not included in the price of the book. -Ed.)

5-0 out of 5 stars comprehensive history of Western music
This book makes learning about music interesting and fun.It begins talking about basic structures of music (rhythm, harmony, tonality, etc.) but mostly follows the history of recorded music starting from the MiddleAges through Baroque to Jazz.It does a good job relating the developmentof music to other artistic developments of the time, like painting andarchitecture.With the CD you can listen right along and learn a lot ofinteresting things about music a novice like me had never thought aboutbefore. ... Read more

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