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81. Rise Up Singing: The Group Singing Songbook
by Pete Seeger, Annie Patterson, Kore Loy McWhirter, Peter Blood
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Asin: 1881322122
Catlog: Book (2004-10-28)
Publisher: Sing Out Publications
Sales Rank: 8695
Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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Lyrics and guitar chords for nearly 1,200 songs are arranged in a compact, easy-to-use format in this comprehensive collection. Folk revival favorites; Broadway show tunes; Beatles songs; hymns, spirituals, and gospel standards; songs about peace, freedom, labor, and the environment; and chanteys are among the types of songs included. This revised and retypeset version of the enormously popular group singing songbook makes this essential resource easier to read and use than ever before.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Sing your heart out!
Like most people, I had to get this when I saw a friend's copy. So much great stuff! I've been singing out of it for years, and now I'm starting to play mandolin and using the chords for the first time. I sympathize with the people who have difficulty with the notation in the book, but as a total beginner I can figure most of it out. There are a lot of songs that are included more for their admirable political content rather than for their lyric power. Since I, like almost anybody else, have never heard them, I can't comment on their musical charms, but they aren't destined to survive. But there's so much timeless music here: a must-have treasure.

5-0 out of 5 stars You'll sing your heart out and finally know all the words
I love to sing all types of songs, but when I came across this book, I thought I had died and gone to song heaven. 90% of my favorites were included (and I know a lot of songs)and it's great to have them all in one place.

The catagories are many and the print is easy to read. Plus, you get chords, which I appreciate since I play an autoharp. The cross references to other catagories at the end of each section is useful also.

I have used this songbook at many, many singalongs and hope that someday, they will come out with a vol.II to cover the small percentage of my favorites not in this volume. Until then, I will continue to rise up singing each and every time I use this great book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Not all to everyone but I *love* it.
With knowledge of most basic chords and a fondness for folky music (traditional & revival + related - old English/Irish, spirituals, 60s-70s pop) I'll page through for hours picking through these tunes.
I'm familiar with ~ 15% of the songs here but that's still loads. When I pick up a new Leadbelly CD or hear a classic on the radio I look it up and usually find it - dog ear another page.
Some of the reviews seem to be looking for a teaching guide. I wouldn't call S.O. that but if you're looking for a classic source of classic tunes, definitely pick this one up!

5-0 out of 5 stars one of my very favorites
When I first came across the first edition, at the Philly FOlk Fest, I literally jumped up and down in excitement. They were sold out and while we waited for a new supply to arrive a friend and I sang our way through the sample book. I had to buy the second edition a few years ago because my original copy was falling apart, quite literally. (But I still have it; couldn't bear to throw it away.) The second ed adds a much-needed songwriter index.

You couldn't play the songs in this book if you don't already know the tune, since only chords are listed for most songs. On the other hand I can't open to any page without finding songs I know (and usually, love). Many of these are songs you won't find in other songbooks. All are singable. Included songs run the gamut of folk music (and that includes trad, Celtic and other ethnicities, folk-rock, singer-songwriter, and on and on) as well as Motown, Tin Pan Alley, a few showtunes, and more. When I first came across the first edition, at the Philly FOlk Fest, I literally jumped up and down in excitement. They were sold out and while we waited for a new supply to arrive a friend and I sang our way through the sample book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Indispensible & a classic
This book has to be experienced to be believed. Compressing 1200 songs into less than 300 pages, it is a masterpiece of concise musical reference. The songs are organized into chapters based on themes, but there is also an excellent index which even lets you to look up a song by its first line. Extremely handy!

Some people have mentioned finding the book confusing or poorly laid out/organized. While I disagree I can understand how it might be that way for some. The abbreviated chord notations don't convey the timing details as well as regular sheet music, and there are no melody notes (vocal part) so you really have to be somewhat familar with the song. But there is a definite logic to their notation system, which is explained at the beginning of the book, and I think they've done a fabulous job of squeezing a huge amount (and variety) of music into a really small space. It replaces several times its weight in other songbooks and the spiral binding is not only convenient but also very durable. ... Read more

82. Walk On: The Spiritual Journey of U2
by Steve Stockman
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Asin: 088419793X
Catlog: Book (2001-11-01)
Publisher: Relevant Books
Sales Rank: 8700
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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One of the world's leading voices of faith and social activism also happens to be one of its biggest rock groups. The band members drink, smoke and swear — yet a radical biblical agenda and faith fuel their life and work. Welcome to the dichotomy of U2, arguably the greatest rock group on the planet.

Walk On: The Spiritual Journey of U2 explores the questions and controversy surrounding the deep-rooted religious themes of the group's music. It is a spiritual companion to their albums. It exposes the real meaning behind many of their songs and performances.

From the group's beginnings at the Shalom Christian fellowship in Dublin all the way through their seeming rebirth on their most recent album, the book brings to light the struggles and triumphs of the band members' Christian faith. How have they kept it so vibrant in the harsh light of the world stage? Have they found what they're looking for? Why has the Church shunned them? Join author Steve Stockman in pouring over more than twenty years of interviews, analysis and insight in an unparalleled quest to answer the burning questions everyone wants to know. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars I finally found what I'm looking for...
Doesn't it always seem like U2's spiritual life gets short shrift?--one question per interview with Bono. I always want more, and Stockman has delivered it. He uses his extensive knowledge of the U2 Canon combined with his pastoral skills to bring understanding and insight to the meandering postmodern faith journey of the world's most fascinating band.

While Stockmen draws heavily on already printed interviews and media sources for his direct quotes of band members (many of which I'd read elsewhere first), I found his comments on their comments helpful and surprisingly, not distracting. In fact, Stockman's own faith is refreshing in a world of evangelicalsim that doesn't give much breathing room to artists. U2, as he describes them, is the quintessential postmodern expression of faith through art. No wonder they rankle at times. And no wonder they inspire!

This book is especially satisfying to fans who've memorized lyrics, attended multiple concerts and read anything related to U2. Stockman pulls the pieces together in one long satisfying research paper that is neither stuffy or fluffy. Instead, he writes in comfortable prose and uses well-documented research.

The only thing missing is a fresh interview with Bono so that Stockman could have asked him his three questions.

This book encouraged me in my faith journey--to keep being true to questions and answers, and to live my spiritual life authentically.

4-0 out of 5 stars I finally found what I've been looking for...
Doesn't it always seem like U2's spiritual life gets short shrift?--one lousy question per interview with Bono. I always want more, and finally, Stockman has delivered it. He uses his extensive knowledge of the U2 Canon combined with his pastoral skills to bring understanding and insight to the meandering postmodern faith journey of the world's most fascinating band.

While Stockmen draws heavily on already printed interviews and media sources for his direct quotes of band members (many of which I'd read elsewhere first), I found his comments on their comments helpful and surprisingly, not distracting. In fact, Stockman's own faith is refreshing in a world of evangelicalsim that doesn't give much breathing room to artists. U2, as he describes them, is the quintessential postmodern expression of faith through art. No wonder they rankle at times. And no wonder they inspire! My expression of faith was challenged by Stockman's incisive thoughts about how to be a Christian in a postmodern world.

This book is especially satisfying to fans who've memorized lyrics, attended multiple concerts and read anything related to U2. Stockman pulls the pieces together in one long satisfying research paper that is neither stuffy or fluffy. Instead, he writes in comfortable prose and relies on well-documented research.

The only thing missing is a fresh interview with Bono so that Stockman could have asked him his three questions.

This book encouraged me in my faith journey--to keep being true to questions and answers, and to live my spiritual life authentically.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended book about U2
Walk On, The Spiritual Journey of U2 brilliantly tells the story of the spiritual side of U2, arguably the biggest band in the world. The author does a good job of not spending too much time on any certain period of time. Rather, he outlines the changes the band has gone through, and the frustration of being typecast by the church and the media alike. The author describes the feeling you get at a live U2 concert. How does one retain their Christian views when you're not able to attend church without a crowd gathering? This book answeres this question and many more. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys U2's music, or anyone who still hasn't found what they're looking for.

3-0 out of 5 stars Postmodern, huh?
"U2's post-modern worldview ... allows mystery and confusion to sit alongside faith." (p.150)
Well, at least explain what you mean by 'post-modern.'
The big problem I had with this book was that Stockman mentions the terms, "Church," "Evangelicalists (is that the same as "evangelists?")" and "Evangelical Christianity" several times each but never bothers to explain what those terms mean.
I was reignited a year ago in a church unlike most other churches I've seen. It may go down as the best move I ever made. I go to an impressive church and I'm not ashamed of it.
When I read past the vague terminology and Stockman's bitterness toward America and "the Church," I found tremendous insight regarding the Biblical themes that are inherant in this band's music. I like U2 more than ever and recomend that all Christians look into this band. Jesus is one of their fans - maybe that's why they've lasted so long.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Companion for the U2 Fan
"Walk On" is a very informative book on the spiritual background of the group. Stockman has followed the group from the beginning and knows what he's talking about. For me, being both a Christian and a U2 fan, I found this book facinating because it answered so many questions, the main question being the spiritual integrety of the group. What I learned from the book was as much a lesson on biblical faith vs. the modern Christian right as it was on U2. Stockman makes clear the presure put on Bono and U2 to become the poster band for Evangelical Christians in the US, when the last thing they wanted to do was become alligned with hypocritical people and televangelists. As a result, U2 changed thier persona and made their albums and tours into an act to show the decadence and emptyness of superstardom. All the while, Stockman contends that U2 (minus Adam) has a deeply rooted faith born in Ireland where being a Christian was about as radical a thing as you could be. Each chapter of the book centers around a different album thoughout the bands career where Stockman digs deeper into the lyrics, eventually leading to the most recent "Elevation" tour. When I saw the Elevation tour in 2000, it left feeling blessed as if I was in Church at a worship service. Bono states the same thing about the tour and their latest music, which is more of a return to faith. The only knock on this book is that Stockman talks almost entirely about lyrics, and doesn't really cover the musical directions the band has taken over the years. While this was his intent, it was a little frustrating to read, for example, about the lyrical triumph of "Zooropa" when the music was at it's most experiental state. I suppose this book would be even better if read along side another book that chronicles the bands musical direction from album to album. Overall, this book tought me a lot about U2, the religious community of today, and my own personal faith. I highly recommend it to anyone who really wants to understand the heart behind the greatest rock band today. ... Read more

83. Suzuki Violin School (Suzuki Violin School Cd): Vol. 1
by Shinichi Suzuki
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Asin: 0874874858
Catlog: Book (1999-10-01)
Publisher: Warner Bros Pubns
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Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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Dr. Shinichi Suzuki did extensive research to develop his series of violin repertoire books. The pieces are presented in the Suzuki Violin School CD series. Performed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki himself, these are excellent instructional materials! Suzuki Violin School CD's are available for Volume 1 (0485), Volume 2 (0486), and Volume 3 (0487). ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Suzuki CD a must for students
The Suzuki philosophy is based upon the idea that children can learn music in the same manner they do their native language, through repetitive listening. This listening is then followed up with 1) Individual Instruction with a trained Suzuki teacher 2) Group lessons on a bi-weekly / weekly basis 3) Parent Involvement 4) Encouragement. Students begin lessons as early as two years old and through repetition of small and enjoyable steps begin building a music vocabulary. This high quality CD gives a foundation for pitch memory and a framework of music language from which a well trained teacher can build upon. There is also a version of this CD which is performed by David Nadien; the benefit is there are also recordings of the piano accompaniments without the violin so that students can practice with the piano. Both the Suzuki and Nadien versions of the Suzuki Violin School recordings are fabulous. My only wish is that the final two volumes, 9 and 10, were also on recordings.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
I assumed that with the name Suzuki and Violin School that this purchase somehow would be a starter for a young boy to help train him to play the violin. But it does not do that. I was extremely disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars The first step
I am a "Suzuki kid" myself, now a Suzuki Violin teacher. This is Volume I of 10 in the Suzuki Method Violin repertoire. It is vital that you read Dr. Suzuki's book, "Nurtured By Love" before beginning any Suzuki program. Technique is nothing without a full understanding of the underlying philosophy here, so make sure you agree with Dr. Suzuki's ideas, then find a teacher who feels the same way. You and your child are in for the time of your lives!

4-0 out of 5 stars Suzuki : Violin School Cd (Suzuki Violin School Cd
Suzuki's selections for volume 2 are not only carefully paced for the advancing student, but a joy to listen to. The songs are varied and engaging for children and parents alike. The melodies are more complicated than volume 1, and explore several different keys and techniques. Gavotte from Mignon is especially enjoyable, with its changes in texture. The song is as fun to play as it is to listen to. Other favorites include a Handel Bouree, Schumann's "The Two Grenadiers", and Paganini's "Theme from the Witches Dance". There are also several "essentials" such as Schubert's Waltz and Minuet in G.

I highly recommend this CD as a way to engage young children in classical music. The songs are not so long, the melodies are clear and catchy, and the music introduces the violin in a child-friendly format. ... Read more

84. The Future of Music : Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution
by Dave Kusek, Gerd Leonhard
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Asin: 0876390599
Catlog: Book (2005-01-01)
Publisher: Berklee Press
Sales Rank: 34465
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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For the next generation of players and downloaders, a provocative scenario from a music industry think tank. From the Music Research Institute at Berklee College of Music comes a manifesto for the ongoing music revolution. Today, the record companies may be hurting but the music-making business is booming, using non-traditional digital methods and distribution models. This book explains why we got where we are and where we are heading. For the iPod, downloading market, this book will explain new ways of discovering music, new ways of acquiring it and how technology trends will make music "flow like water," benefiting the people who love music and make music. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Future Of Music
I would reccommend this book to anyone who is thinking of going into the industry. Speaking from a vocalist's perspective, alot of the time we forget the other important aspects of the ever changing music industry in our effors to remain artistic and undiluted, forgetting that they all work hand in hand. This book I feel has enlightened me with sound judgement and speculation. It has also inspired me to formulate a strategy on how i plan to fit in. I now feel as though I have valuable and priceless knowledge on every aspect of that which i love and desire to suceed in-

3-0 out of 5 stars Not much new here.
If you've been following the industry there is not much new here. About 3 - 4 chapters were interesting to me. And it's not a thick book. Mostly facts. Their speculation on the future is probably not all accurate. For example I think they are missing the boat on subscription services which I believe will not be very large or influential. However their speculation that merchandise that is peripheral to music will be larger profit center is probably accurate. Good book for a naive but aspiring young musicians.

Book is really not about music but merchandising.

5-0 out of 5 stars Positive perspective might prove to be perfect...
Through my own enlightenment I decided a while back to stop downloading albums from the Internet for free. I now use iTunes online music store, or I go to an actually CD retailer and buy my favorite music. While this is a breakthrough in my life, I'm afraid others might not ever come to grips with the reality of illegal online downloading. This has bothered me for sometime now but I never really thought anyone would do anything about it, because of computer hackers and software developers always a step ahead of the good guys. The Future of Music has shown me that there IS hope. This new plan to make music like running water, or a utility, is a great idea. The idea is that users will pay a monthly bill just like their water, electricity or cable. The book also dives into the new markets of cell phone ring tones, Internet radio, and the use of music in video games. The author's can clearly see the direction the industry is headed, and they're ideas are a great start to what might turn into a musical revolution. This is a great book for anyone looking to get a head start on the competition, or just want to look through the crystal ball and into the future.

4-0 out of 5 stars A compelling manifesto
By declaring their book a manifesto, the authors of this excellent book make their bias and intentions clear. While the arguments for their vision are compelling, this is not a ride for the sceptic.

The book is a comprehensive exploration of a number of key areas of the music industry and a powerful argument for change in the recording industry. When they drift into philosophy towards the end the results are a little lacklustre, but the industry-focussed content is well put together and very useful for anyone wanting to picture how music might work in a decade's time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Expertly Cogent And Still Layman Accessible
Written with a smoothly flowing cadence this tome engages both the expert and layman reader and offers a survey of the digital music landscape from both a 30,000-foot-view *and* on a rubber-meets-the-road level.This book provocative, interesting and on appropriate occasions humorous.The writer's occasional biting statements are more cheeky than sarcastic as the authors' genuine adoration of music and the business of music is evident.This book can be appreciated by the casual reader, industry members, fans of technology and students of sociology, economics, history and even observers of the human condition.Although the book is about the impending world of music the book, like the subject it covers, is really describing future cycles of patterns springing from places deeply encoded in human nature.A philosophical discussion, this volume is also an industry handbook.I highly recommend this book to anyone interested any aspect of music, or most aspects of technology, philosophy, economics, social behavior, law or history. ... Read more

85. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
by Legs McNeil, Gillian McCain
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Catlog: Book (1997-09-01)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Funny, sad, outrageous, offensive..what can ya say?
I vaguely remember the punk rock movement when I was in school. But where I grew up, you didn't hear any of the music. So it was with great interest that I picked up this book and I have to say, it is one of the best tomes I have read in a long time.

What made this work for me was the different voices and takes on the movement by the people who actually lived it, not the pontifications of self-important rock critics. By reading the accounts, I got a better idea of why the music was as it was, where the inspirations came from, how it was to live the life of an underground musician at a time when rock and roll stars took themselves too seriously.

The sadness, the insanity of it all came across very vividly. No doubt some people I know would be shocked at some of the confessions and language, but so wonderful to see how people really feel.

If you are a fan of rock history like me...GET THIS BOOK! But be forewarned, it is not for the faint of heart, or the easily offended. But what is life without a little shock?

5-0 out of 5 stars "It's about gesture, and shock tactic" (Mary Harron)
I wanted to read a comprehensive history of Punk Music, so I ordered a copy of "Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk." I imagined that I was going to read a book that started with a sentence along the lines of "Punk Rock music started in..." blah, blah, blah. So I was initially a little disappointed in the format of "Please Kill Me", but as I read more, the book's style grew on me.

"Please Kill Me" is written in anecdotal style with absolutely no editorial comments. The book is essentially quote after quote from the movers and shakers in the music industry. Contributors include--the musicians, their girlfriends and boyfriends, groupies, wives, record producers, roadies, journalists, and hangers-on.

My purpose was to learn more about Punk Rock, and "Please Kill Me" certainly helped me to achieve that goal. Before reading this book, my impression was that Punk Rock started with the Sex Pistols. I learned I was wrong--Punk Magazine, for example was in existence prior to the Sex Pistols. The book begins with quotes about the music industry beginning in 1965 and traces the roots of Punk--the major bands--the musicians, and the book concludes in the mid-90s. There's a lot of information here about the Doors, Iggy Pop, the Ramones, the New York Dolls, and many, many others. The book concentrates on the music scene in America, and the American roots of Punk before moving on to explore the British Punk scene. Quotes from Malcolm McLaren are quite explicit when he describes how he was influenced by his management of the New York Dolls. McLaren describes his desire to take the "politics of boredom" back to England, and he also cites the influence of Richard Hell on the Sex Pistols: "this image of this guy, this spiky hair, everything about it--there was no question that I'd take it back to London." The book includes quotes regarding the differences between British and American Punk. Some of the best analyses come from Mary Harron (Punk Magazine) and Malcolm McLaren (manager of the New York Dolls and the Sex Pistols).

The book also spent quite a bit of time explaining the club scene in America--and I read probably more than I wanted to read about who vomited in whose toilet. Some of the quotes were not very important--but others were very nicely linked (and relevant) to others.

I couldn't help but find myself gathering impressions of many of the high-profile musicians--Lou Reed. Patti Smith, Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop, for example. A great deal was said about each one, and after a while, certain trends became apparent.

At the end of the book is a "Cast of Characters." Everyone who is mentioned in the book is alphabetically listed here--along with a short explanation of who they were, their involvement, and the date of the death (if applicable). Many people quoted in the book are now dead. I'm rather surprised any are still alive after reading about the drug and alcohol binges. The "Cast of Characters" is invaluable. When I first started reading the book, I was completely lost, and I had to flip to the back of the book so that I could place the quote, but after a while, I didn't have to do this quite as much. The "Cast of Characters" is a great source for additional reading too. I picked up several more book suggestions from this resource. If you want to learn more about Punk music or the music scene, I heartily recommend "Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk."--displacedhuman

5-0 out of 5 stars Better to burn out than fade away
"Please Kill Me" is a beautifully arranged oral history of punk music in America. Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain are heroes for clipping together hundreds of interviews and making it not only coherant (it reads like everyone is in the same room together), but visceral - when Stiv Bators gets in a knife fight on the street or the Ramones pee into Johnny Rotten's soda, you're right there with them. It's a great read, and totally entertaining.

And something else, too. McNeil and McCain have the benefit of hindsight - they didn't arrange this book until long after punk was no more. The writing during the glory years have a wonderful, kinetic urgency to them - but as the music started to get co-opted, and people started to die as a result of hard living, the book becomes genuinely moving and heartfelt. And the fact that so much time is spent on "forgotten" artists is totally heartwarming - and completely in the spirit of the music, and the movement.

You can skip around "Please Kill Me," but it's a much better read from cover to cover. Read it, and emit a deep, mournful sigh at the next Blink 182 song you hear.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great read.
Please Kill Me is a fantastic and highly entertaining exploration of the early American punk rock'n'roll scene. This is the REAL history of punk baby! Killer interviews with the true heroes of punk about the crazy exploits and wild times in mid to late 70's New York. Please Kill Me features lots of interviews with members of The New York Dolls, Heartbreakers,Ramones, The Dictators, the founders of Punk magazine and many, many more people that were part of the CBGBs scene.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wildly entertaining
A rollicking great read of the road from late 60's bands like the Velvets and the MC 5 to the original glam band, the NY Dolls, to NY punk and beyond as told by those who were there. Centered in decadant and decaying NYC of the time, the stories of drugs, music, artistic inspiration, sexual liasons, and classic "I was there" stories about performances (from the first Ramones show, Iggy's glass act, and the NY Dolls at the Mercer) this book is a snapshot of time gone by. At the same time, given the way pop culture works, so many of today's bands owe their existence to these pioneers, many/most of whom never made much money at their craft.

With the passing of Dee Dee and Joey Ramone in recent years, and icons like Johnny Thunders and Nico before them, this book's snapshot of the late 60's and early 70's takes on something of a bittersweet edge. A wonderful book you may be tempted to read again and again. ... Read more

86. Composing Music : A New Approach
by William Russo
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Asin: 0226732169
Catlog: Book (1988-02-15)
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Sales Rank: 54533
Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
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Aimed at those who have some knowledge of music but not formal training in composition, this concise introduction to composing starts right in with a brief composition exercise, then proceeds step by step through a series of increasingly complex and challenging problems, gradually expanding the student's musical grammar.

"This is a wonderful book for anyone who is developing improvising skills or who would like a fun way to explore music."--Jim Stockford, Co-Evolution Quarterly

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2-0 out of 5 stars fails to teach application of theoretical principles well
I see that most people have high ratings for this book, but I cannot give it more than 2 stars for several reasons. First of all, the book does give a ton of exercises, but I didn't find these very useful--most of them were very simple exercises that had restrictions on how you could write the piece. This book does give much information about music theory, and the author does allow you to use this theory to write small (usually 10-15 bar) monophonic melodies, but by the end of the book this was all that I had learned to do. Yes, I did learn a lot of theory but I did not learn how to use the theoretical concept to its fullest potential when I composed a piece. At the end of the book, I found that, since the book gave me no practice at writing for more than one instrument at a time, I was not any better of a composer than I was at the start of the book.

In my opinion, the author should add a CD to the book to illustrate how each concept he teaches is used to its fullest potential in a musical example. A major part of learning to compose is to listen and imitate--without listening, how are you supposed to know how to use this new music theory that you have just learned?

Overall, the book is just a music theory book with a bunch of useless (to me, anyway) compositional exercises. Perhaps this book is for people who already have experience composing for a while. Personally, I am an ameateur and have piano skills and I wanted a book to teach me to compose, but I am afraid it did not help me very much, and I don't think it will help other ameateurs either.

5-0 out of 5 stars Clear, logical, complete.
The book's author is clearly influenced by minimalism not only in his approach to music, but also to writing and music instruction. His clearly modal approach to both melody and harmony is presented in superbly logical and fluff-free sequence of explanations and exercises. Some of advanced chapters on topics such as mating lyrics with music or writing picture music are brilliant as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
This is one of the best "How to" books I have ever read on any subject.

It works on several levels. Even though it takes a "beginners" approach to introducing many topics, it doesn't shy away from "real" music. For example, even the first simple exercise contains something different - 5/4 time. A beginner will simultaneously learn the basics of chord progressions and melody writing, stripped down to the bare essentials, while delving into modern techniques like 12-tone rows and picture music.

The key to the book is the concept of restricting the musical palette by some simple rules, to prevent the budding composer being overwhelmed by the possibilities. Right from the first page, you are working on real composition examples.

Even though the book is not particularly aimed at computer music or sequencing, electronic music enthusiasts should find it useful. A lot of the minimalist techniques are ideal for sequencing. Plus, if your musical background is pretty basic, and you are looking to broaden it with a mix of traditional and contemporary techniques, this book should take you a long way.

By its very nature, a book like this can only touch on some areas. So you will probably want to supplement it with some other material if, for example, you want a bit more detail on counterpoint. Still, it manages to cover a huge amount of ground, with the most detail where it counts most - developing and harmonising melodies, and a very good section on writing music to lyrics (ie songwriting).

One last point - a lot of theory and composition books miss the mark with contemporary musicians because they approach the subject from the purely "classical" angle of cadence and resolution. This book is soundly classical in its approach to harmonisation and melodic development, but uses the comfortable pop/jazz approach to chord progressions, so it shouldn't lose any reader.

Highly recommended!

4-0 out of 5 stars Solid fundamentals
I'm a musician and songwriter with a degree and many years' experience. But when I took on a project to create an opera with a playwright friend I found that my theory was rusty -- and I was also venturing into types of composition I'd never done before. I wanted a good solid book that would help me review my long-ago theory classes and layout a framework that would help me structure my composition.

The book's been a very pleasant surprise. It's quite intermediate in level. If you're not comfortable with a lot of theory basics, it would be a hard place to start. Similarly, experienced composers looking for inspiration for new directions probably won't find it here (or not enough to make it worthwhile). However, especially for composers with some experience, the book is an valuable way to brush up on theory, begin to apply that theory to examples and exercises and try some new approaches to writing.

If that's the type of book you're looking for, I heartily recommend this title.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Piano Players Dream
Every keyboard player should buy this book. This book contains the most straightforward explanation of diatonic harmony in print. It can transform your keyboard playing. ... Read more

87. A New Approach to Sight Singing
by Sol Berkowitz, Gabriel Fontrier, Leo Kraft
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A time-tested classroom performer! In this text the authors place sight singing in the context of musicianship as a whole, offering readers a coordinated body of carefully graded melodies, duets, and short pieces for voice and piano while reinforcing their comprehension of tonal and post-tonal harmony. The flexible structure of this new Fourth Edition and the wealth of material it contains combine to make the book completely adaptable to the individual needs of today's developing musicians. A brand new chapter contains over 150 melodies from the standard classical and folk repertories, providing a transition from sight-singing exercises to the literature students will encounter throughout their careers in music. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great book, but older editions better
I bought this book mainly because I was using an older
edition of the book I borrowed from library. Comparing
that to the available literature, I found it extremely
educational and well organized. It is a great book
that takes you slowly through different skills of
sight singing, with plenty of exercises for each one.
The exercises are sorted from easy to more complex
ones. The book is fit for people both singing in
chorus or solo. The rest of the book are exercises
that are more like music pieces (rather than
exercises) and come with piano accompaniment and one
chapter is dedicated to duos.

However to me it seems that this edition is a little
more simplified and less serious than the previous
ones. Also I think for the price you pay, you deserve
a more decent cover than plastic comb (the earlier
editions are hardcover).

5-0 out of 5 stars For the serious singer
This is a fabulous, progressive book of sight-singing exercises for the serious vocalist.It should be noted that this book will NOT teach you HOW TO is not a tutorial in that sense.You have to know the basics already, such as recognizing music notation and key signatures.However, the exercises are the best I've found yet as "raw material" for reinforcing the solfege and rhythm aspects of sight-singing.It includes both "contrived" exercises by the authors as well as excerpts from well-known songs and classic literature.Be aware that the site has multiple listings for this book...when purchasing, especially used, make sure you get the 4th edition, because it includes revisions and additional exercises that were not part of previous editions.New, it is pricey, but I purchased a beautiful, used copy here and saved a bundle off the list price.Worth every penny!

3-0 out of 5 stars I gave it three stars because...
I gave this book three stars because it is the textbook for my sight-singing/dictation class here at college and seeing it on Amazon gave me the creeps simply because that class haunts and consumes me! :) So I guess it's a good book because it's really helped out my sight singing techniques, but still... it frightens me to see this book on Amazon :) I don't think I could look at it unbaised ever again. :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Review of "A New Approach to Sight Singing"
The authors of this book are simply incredible! It is the greatest tool for sight-reading I have ever seen. There are many things to work on in this book besides reading melodies. This book contains melodies for sightsinging, duets, a sing and play section that incorporates piano playinginto the sight singing. There is also a glossary of terms and an appendixof frequently used musical signs that can help the beginner or theforgetful musician in training. There are exercises of every variety inthis book. Exercises are written in all the major and minor keys, includingthe harmonic and melodic scales, in the treble, alto, and bass clefs, andthere are even exercises that revert to the Greek modes. This book isperfect for all sight singers, from the beginner to the most accomplishedmusician. ... Read more

88. With Billie
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89. Music Fundamentals, Methods, and Materials for the Elementary Classroom Teacher (with Audio CD), Third Edition
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90. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
by Douglas R. Hofstadter
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Twenty years after it topped the bestseller charts, Douglas R. Hofstadter's Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid is still something of a marvel. Besides being a profound and entertaining meditation on human thought and creativity, this book looks at the surprising points of contact between the music of Bach, the artwork of Escher, and the mathematics of Gödel. It also looks at the prospects for computers and artificial intelligence (AI) for mimicking human thought. For the general reader and the computer techie alike, this book still sets a standard for thinking about the future of computers and their relation to the way we think.

Hofstadter's great achievement in Gödel, Escher, Bach was making abstruse mathematical topics (like undecidability, recursion, and 'strange loops') accessible and remarkably entertaining. Borrowing a page from Lewis Carroll (who might well have been a fan of this book), each chapter presents dialogue between the Tortoise and Achilles, as well as other characters who dramatize concepts discussed later in more detail. Allusions to Bach's music (centering on his Musical Offering) and Escher's continually paradoxical artwork are plentiful here. This more approachable material lets the author delve into serious number theory (concentrating on the ramifications of Gödel's Theorem of Incompleteness) while stopping along the way to ponder the work of a host of other mathematicians, artists, and thinkers.

The world has moved on since 1979, of course. The book predicted that computers probably won't ever beat humans in chess, though Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov in 1997. And the vinyl record, which serves for some of Hofstadter's best analogies, is now left to collectors. Sections on recursion and the graphs of certain functions from physics look tantalizing, like the fractals of recent chaos theory. And AI has moved on, of course, with mixed results. Yet Gödel, Escher, Bach remains a remarkable achievement. Its intellectual range and ability to let us visualize difficult mathematical concepts help make it one of this century's best for anyone who's interested in computers and their potential for real intelligence. --Richard Dragan

Topics Covered: J.S. Bach, M.C. Escher, Kurt Gödel: biographical information and work, artificial intelligence (AI) history and theories, strange loops and tangled hierarchies, formal and informal systems, number theory, form in mathematics, figure and ground, consistency, completeness, Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometry, recursive structures, theories of meaning, propositional calculus, typographical number theory, Zen and mathematics, levels of description and computers; theory of mind: neurons, minds and thoughts; undecidability; self-reference and self-representation; Turing test for machine intelligence. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Multi-faceted Thesis
Ancient runic languages scrawled onto South Pacific stones. Gödel's Incompleteness Theorum. Shifted perspectives in artistic pencil pictures. Modern artificial intelligence research. Masterpieces of Baroque harmony.
It's not often that bestselling books manage to link all of the above items in a highly satisfying blend of fact and philosophy, but Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid defies both convention and classification.
The book is such a sprawling, wide-ranging argument that it's difficult to know where to start. Personally, I most enjoyed the chapters on the location of meaning within symbols; Hofstadter's description of the essential elements of a message's structure caught my interest because it seemed applicable in many fields: literature, cryptography, and psychology, to start. I was also quite intrigued by his exploration of the brain's mode of operation: sense impressions stored as complex 'symbols.' Fascinating. The long sections on mathematics and the often goofy dialogue chapters were trying, yes, but persevere; better parts lie in store.
Hofstadter's case is best made when he follow a topic through many disciplines. Though I ultimately disagree with his position on the feasibility of artificial intelligence, he has produced a stimulating read, and I am thankful for it. It is far superior to my other late-night literary conquest of the summer (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) and I recommend it to anyone with pondering time to spare.
Oh, and as a side note: don't buy Yudkowsky's review. Nothing personal, but this isn't the only thinking man's book out there. It just investigates so many nooks and crannies that almost anyone can find something to further pursue.

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential reading
GEB is a great jumping point into issues of the philosophy of the mind, the underpinnings of mathemetical logic and the possibility of artificial intelligence and consciousness.

The book explores a number of themes - one of the most important is joining together disparate forms of 'strange loops' - paradoxical self referential constructs that pop up in in art (Escher and Bach fugues), mathematics (Godel's theorem), religion (Zen buddhism), AI and various other places.

I agree with another reviewer - everything in GEB leads towards an understanding the mind (Hofstadter's field is of course AI/cog science) - it's not just a random romp - but it's a misleading exagerration to say GEB is trying to provide a bottom-up theory!

It is true, some of the foundations of AI such as propositional logic are explored and various metaphors for the mind are developed as well as the importance of circular self-referentiality, and emergence of complex behavior from simple primitives - but the implications for AI and cognitive science are always rather vague and the HOW is mostly left as an open-ended question.

This open-endedness perhaps contributes to the rambling feeling of the book. Of course these questions are great mysteries and it's not surprising that GEB doesn't provide a neat theory to tie it all together.

At it's size it is a rather daunting book to read in one go, but since a lot of chapters are rather independent it is possible to dip into it from time to time, i find myself picking it up occasionally and re-reading random chapters, usually i notice something new to ponder on.

For me the most unique contribution of this book is the pointing out the importance of 'strange loops' in so many areas of thought (although they're never formally defined). I found myself constantly linking this idea to other things - for example Jacques Derrida's notion of deconstruction seems to me most easily understood as about creating a linguistic strange-loop to point out the limitations of language and philosophy itself.

I don't think the book has really dated much at all the central ideas are timeless and AI and cognitive science haven't advanced to a point that invalidates anything, although Fermat's theorem has now been solved.

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read for all aspiring thinkers
The Atlanta Journal Constitution describes Gödel, Escher, Bach (GEB) as "A huge, sprawling literary marvel, a philosophy book, disguised as a book of entertainment, disguised as a book of instruction." That is the best one line description of this book that anybody could give. GEB is without a doubt the most interesting mathematical book that I have ever read, quickly making its place into the Top 5 books I have ever read.
The introduction of the book, "Introduction: A Musico-Logical Offering" begins by quickly discussing the three main participants in the book, Gödel, Escher, and Bach. Gödel was a mathematician who founded Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem, which states, as Hofstadter paraphrases, "All consistent axiomatic formulations of number theory include undecidable propositions." This is what Hofstadter calls the pearl. This is one example of one of the recurring themes in GEB, strange loops.
Strange loops occur when you move up or down in a hierarchical manner and eventually end up exactly where you started. The first example of a strange loop comes from Bach's Endlessly rising canon. This is a musical piece that continues to rise in key, modulating through the entire chromatic scale, ending at the same key with which he began. To emphasize the loop Bach wrote in the margin, "As the modulation rises, so may the King's Glory."
The third loop in the introduction comes from an artist, Escher. Escher is famous for his paintings of paradoxes. A good example is his Waterfall; Hofstadter gives many examples of Escher's work, which truly exemplify the strange loop phenomenon.
One feature of GEB, which I was particularly fond of, is the 'little stories' in between each chapter of the book. These stories which star Achilles and the Tortoise of Lewis Carroll fame, are illustrations of the points which Hofstadter brings out in the chapters. They also serve as a guidepost to the careful reader who finds clues buried inside of these sections. Hofstadter introduces these stories by reproducing "What the Tortoise Said to Achilles" by Lewis Carroll. This illustrates Zeno's paradox, another example of a strange loop.
In GEB Hofstadter comments on the trouble author's have with people skipping to the end of the book and reading the ending. He suggests that a solution to this would be to print a series of blank pages at the end, but then the reader would turn through the blank pages and find the last one with text on it. So he says to print gibberish throughout those blank pages, again a human would be smart enough to find the end of the gibberish and read there. He finally suggests that authors need to write many pages more of text than the book requires just fooling the reader into having to read the entire book. Perhaps Hofstadter employs this technique.
GEB is in itself a strange loop. It talks about the interconnectedness of things always getting more and more in depth about the topic at hand. However you are frequently brought back to the same point, similarly to Escher's paintings, Bach's rising canon, and Gödel's Incompleteness theorem. A book, which is filled with puzzles and riddles for the reader to find and answer, GEB, is a magnificently captivating book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A readable Mobius strip
If you have never read this book, then I'd like to say that it has a lot of the most greatest knowledge out there. It doesn't just deal with math, art, and music, but also with zen, philosophy, self-ref, self-rep, holism, reductionism, and everything else that is considered pure knowledge of cognitive science and general intelligence. I don't know why some of the people rating it have no idea of what's it about; it's not about Godel's theorem like many think it is, it's about consciousness and how the power of the mind and the "I" comes out of the inanimate matter that creates us. That's not it, the second part of the book talks about computer programming and AI. Can a computer program ever have a sense of self or compose meaningful music? Hofstadter's response to the second one was: "Only if that AI could go through the maze of life on it's own, fighting it's way through it and feeling the cold of a chilly night, the longing for a cherished hand, the inaccessibility of a distant town, the regenaration after a human death, the...and only then can it be considered to do so."
This book really has more than that. I can't say all of the things mentioned in it, not in this tiny little review, but I can say that you should probably read it and hopefully understand it because it truly is a masterpiece.

1-0 out of 5 stars Pseudo-science at best
I quite agree with the reviewer from East Hartford. Maybe I am not extremely eligible to comment on the portions dealing with Escher and Bach, respectively (I have no appetite for Escher. I like chamber music of Bach and somtimes play his keyboard music but my performance level is, of course, that of amateur.)
But I must say the part dealing with Gödel's Theorem of Incompleteness is *complete garbage*. I am convinced anyone with a degree of mathematics will agree with me: for those who have no background in mathematics, I assure you that Gödel's theorem concerns a problem in "formal logic" and has nothing to do with human-cogno-something.
If this book were meant to be a cult literature, that would be okay: I don't care anyway.
But if this is meant to be an entertainment for people with no scientific background, I rate this alchemy or pseudo-science at best. ... Read more

91. Ear Training: One Note Complete Method
by Bruce Arnold
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This Ear Training method has been developed to teach the student how to hear the way musical sounds are organized within a key. With proper application, the student will be able to instantly recognize: Which notes other musicians are playing. What key a chord progression is in. What the notes in a given melody are. These are all invaluable tools for both playing and composing music. This Complete Method is recommended for students who have little or no music training. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars You Can Do It
I noticed that some people seem to be confused about why the CDs that accompany this book are all in one key. I took this excerpt from the FAQs for Fanatic's Guide and Ear Training One Note Complete from the publishers website.

"You will definitely want to play vamps in different keys. You will want to sing in different keys too. But remember as far as the ear training goes - ALL KEYS ARE THE SAME. The 3rd in C major will sound exactly like the 3rd in F# major. The 3rd always sounds like the 3rd. You want to do other keys mostly to build up your music theory ability to know for example what the b6th in Gb major is quickly. That is where I recommend using the Music Theory books so you can speed up your music theory knowledge so it's ready when your ears are."

I have found myself that when I started there were things that didn't make sense to me. Through contacting Mr. Arnold and reading the FAQs from hundreds of students I have learned many things. Two of the most important are don't judge something until you truly understand it and perception grows over time mostly through learning and studying. The most important thing I've learned from my interactions with Mr. Arnold is that understanding how I learn and controlling my mind's tendencies will be the real challenge to learning anything including ear training.

5-0 out of 5 stars A lot of work, but worth it
I just bought the complete set after having the one-note beginner set for a long time. Some of the notes came to me very quickly, and then others have taken a long time. I should note that I didn't really make significant progress until I committed to listening to the disc extensively throughout the day, at least 4-5 times, with special attention paid to being present and listening to the entire cadence, then focusing on the note and letting it ring out before I attempted to name it. When I get it wrong, I go back and listen to the example again, making sure to let the note ring out before naming it so that I know I have actually *heard* the note and absorbed it consciously. For others, this may come quickly, but I'm also trying to unlearn old habits from a previous interval ear-training program I worked on.

For those who have also used previous interval-based courses, be warned that the note from a previous exercise can "hang over" and create an interval effect with the next note that colors it. When I notice this, I usually back the CD up and listen to it again to make sure I can hear the sound of the note in relation to the key. This seems to help.

I'm enjoying this course because it explains, in a direct experiential way, what I can only describe as the "harmelodic" effects of melodies versus various keys and chords. (Oddly, this course has taught me that I used to hear the 5th as the "root" note, and so I've been surprised to actually hear what the root of a key really sounds like...)

I'm still waiting for the benefits of the course to show up in general listening, although I've found I notice a lot of note-vs.-key effects in very tonal baroque music, especially the way the pieces cadence and resolve to the keynote (and which has enormously benefited my enjoyment). Being able to hear shifting key centers in "out" jazz or "atonal" classical music is a long way off, though.

A previous reviewer wondered about the use primarily of C as the key for the exercises. Remember that with the addition of sharps and flats, every other key is basically a variation of C, and what you learn in C can be transferred (with some work) into other keys. Also, I went ahead and bought the Fanatics Guide to Sight-Singing, which explicitly has you work through all 12 keys singing scale degrees. This definitely helps you retrain to hear the note in relation to the key instead of by interval. Oddly, hearing the major 6, for instance, in every key helps me hear how that degree is the same in every key, but it's also made me notice how something else about each of the 12 notes stays the same, no matter which degree it functions as. I've begun to notice a certain thing about A "underneath" the sound of its key function that stays the same. But, I guess that's an altogether different topic.

Anyway, I think this is a worthwhile course and it explains some things I had noticed before but had no way to access or study in a systematic fashion. I can say that my guitar playing has benefitted, although its been more subliminal so far, and manifests as kind of a subconscious ability either to hit the right notes or to make "out" notes "work," and the sense of my playing being more intentional and coherent. Learning parts by ear has also become a lot easier, although I'm a long way from being able to hear something once and just play it.

3-0 out of 5 stars The pluses and the minuses.
It appears that like other reviewers I am in the midst of using this book to improve my "ear" as I write this review. I've had a month to work with it, mostly for about 5-10 minutes a day, because it is a rather intense workout. I like Arnold's approach: that rather than memorize every single tone possible (good lord!) and rather than relying on the "interval" method (which is incredibly deceptive), we should learn notes in relation to the whole, so that we can play within/comprehend that whole--isn't that the point, after all? Kudos to Arnold for going to some length to explain this in the book, and even for including commonly asked questions, complaints, and reports of progressive. It helps make sense of his approach, and his explanations are what I'd consider accessible to students at any level. Three discs are included with a slim booklet; that is quite nice. Each disc has 99 tracks, of course only seconds long but that's all that's required. The music and pause time before answers is shorter in each of the three discs. The booklet includes written answers as well.

The method seems helpful, and it is set up quite nicely. ... Was this a needless expense? I guess the explanatory essay might be worth it, but it mostly serves as a reassuring authority of the "relation" principle--for example, no matter what key you are in, or how many octaves apart the tone is, the root note is the root note; the seventh is the seventh; the flat sixth is get the idea. The cds might be worth it for convienience's sake alone, perhaps. (By the way make sure your player has shuffle, or you'll memorize the order of answers. Also, the exercises are with piano, not guitar. I find this no problem, but you might.) Another annoyance is Arnold's acceptance of the Key of C paradigm that pervades music instruction. All three cds use C. Why not use different keys on each disc? Just to prove your point? It should not make a difference if the premise is right, but it would be refreshing to the student and increase her or his confidence.

Take note this is a frustrating set. (But this is coming from someone who has never been able to play anything "by ear".) The learning process is intense for the "ear-challenged" such as myself, but this seems like it'd work better than the other methods, or by random luck or wishful thinking. You are basically asked to proceed by intuition, or some likewise indescribable way of learning. A serious trial by fire. If you need a "how do I do it" guide this is not the place to come. It's more like learning a language by being surrounded by it for a long time, and *not* by someone handing you a vocab list and rules for turning the present tense into the past: you'll learn it, and you might even be better at it because it's *in* you, so to speak, rather than *on* you. But it is an intense and probably prolonged experience.

I hope this helps you decide whether this is for you, and if it is worth the price. I haven't noticed any improvement in myself that I am not convinced isn't just luck; but it could be so subtle I don't see it yet. I do imagine it will help. Time will tell.

4-0 out of 5 stars It works for me
Mr Arnold's approach is different from conventional ear training methods which focuses on hearing the intervals.

His approach focuses on identifing (naming) pitches you hear with reference to a "key center" that you perceive when you listen to a short musical phrase, a motif or a cadence, etc.

This helps especially during live gigs which require my responses to other musicians's playing.

5-0 out of 5 stars if you really want to learn something... do this.
If you don't really want to learn something, this will be useless to you. Mr. Arnold points out that this is hard. I've been working with the method for about 2 weeks now, and I'm here to tell you that it is DRIVING ME CRAZY. But the more I work with it, the more sense it makes, and the more it is rearranging my brain.
I have worked on eartraining for years, in college as a music major, and after college, ongoing for over 10 years. I could never get the traction I wanted, no matter how I worked. And really, I couldn't tell that anyone else had either.
Turns out that I had been trained in every counter-productive method Mr. Arnold mentions in his work. A lot of horrible habits, given to me by people I trusted...
Those habits are really, REALLY hard to break. But I now believe that it can be done. And after so much sweat over so much time, I'm now certain that the level of hearing I've wanted for so long really is possible. It's really HARD, and I expect to be working on this for years. But, hey... I also expect to be a musician until I die, so it's very much worth the work to do it right.
(One last note: when I first read Mr. Arnold's writing on this method I nearly cried. It was like he'd looked at everything I was doing wrong and all the time I'd wasted and said, very directly, "You should stop that. And you should grit your teeth and do this, if you really want to fix anything." Honestly, the man had my number. Maybe he has yours. You got the guts?) ... Read more

92. Best of Contemporary Christian: Over 400 Songs Melody, Lyrics and Chords (Fake Books)
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This great fake book contains over 400 contemporary Christian songs, ranging from the standards to today's current hits. Artists represented include: Avalon, Steven Curtis Chapman, DC Talk, Amy Grant, Jars of Clay, Crystal Lewis, Sandi Patty, Petra, Point of Grace, Rebecca St. James, Michael W. Smith, Jaci Velasquez, and more! Songs include: Abba (Father) * Awesome God * Beauty for Ashes * Butterfly Kisses * Can't Live a Day * Crucified with Christ * El Shaddai * Father's Eyes * Flood * Friends * The Great Adventure * His Strength Is Perfect * How Beautiful * I Could Sing of Your Love Forever * I Will Be Here * Jesus Freak * Mary, Did You Know? * People Get Ready ... Jesus Is Comin' * Shine * Thank You * Via Dolorosa * The Warrior Is a Child * Where There Is Faith * You Are My All in All * and hundreds more. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars What can I say?
An awesome book with literally hundreds of Christian songs!!!
Everything from Amy Grant to dcTalk to BeBe and CeCe.
If you are wanting a good songbook to learn how to play some of your favorite Christian songs (mostly from the mid-to-late '90's and before) then get this book!!!!
My only regret is that it is mainly songs of an adult contemporary/soft pop/praise&worship genre, whereas I enjoy music that's a little heavier... That and the fact that the book is so big I have a hard time keeping it on my keyboard's music stand. :)
Music notes are small but clear, lyrics are easy to read and the indexes and guitar chord chart are all great.
Overall, an excellent book. :) ... Read more

93. A Pirate Looks at Fifty
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For the millions of fans of Jimmy Buffett's music as well as his bestselling books, Tales from Margaritaville and Where Is Joe Merchant?, here is the ultimate Jimmy Buffett philosophy on life and how to live it.As hard as it is to believe, the irrepressible Jimmy Buffett has hit the half-century mark and, in A Pirate Looks at 50, he brings us along on the remarkable journey which he took through the Southern hemisphere to celebrate this landmark birthday.
Jimmy takes us from the legendary pirate coves of the Florida Keys to the ruins of ancient Cartegena.Along the way, we hear a tale or two of how he got his start in New Orleans, how he discovered his passion for flying planes, and how he almost died in a watery crash in Nantucket harbor.We follow Jimmy to jungle outposts in Costa Rica and on a meandering trip down the Amazon, through hair-raising negotiations with gun-toting customsofficials and a 3-year-old aspiring copilot.And he is the inimitable Jimmy Buffett through it all.
For Parrotheads, for armchair adventurers, and for anyone who appreciates a good yarn and a hearty laugh, here is the ultimate backstage pass--you'll read the kind of stories Jimmy usually reserves for his closest friends and you'll see a wonderful, wacky life through eyes of the man who's lived it. A Pirate Looks at 50 is a breath of fresh air and a ingenious manual for getting to 50 ... and beyond.
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4-0 out of 5 stars I gotta go where it's warm!
This is an unassuming book that sneaks up to you with a warm enjoyable feeling. I've always wanted to know what Jimmy Buffett is like when he's not on stage, and I'm happy to find out that he's a genuine person with enough flaws to make him interesting.

I was particularly pleased to see that Jimmy didn't do a Jerry Springer spill yer guts kind of tale, but instead just related stories as they came to mind. Jimmy comes across as a man who's found his niche. You have to have respect for a guy who hasn't had more than 1 or 2 top ten records and still manages to sell out every concert.

Some people may not enjoy all the fly fishing stories and the flying descriptions. I did, but I'm one of those types who reads everything including the back of cereal boxes. (Sick I know, but hey there's probably a 12-step program for it somewhere!).

This book is like a comfortable afternoon in the hammock...not much gets accomplished, but it's a wonderful way to spend the day.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Typically Unique Buffett Experience!
This was a typically unique Jimmy Buffett experience whereby he weaves his personal "songline" into an entertaining narrative to be enjoyed by Parrotheads, fishermen, "flying boat captains", and anybody with an adventurous spirit! I gave this 5 stars for the sheer entertainment may not be a literary masterpiece, but it's a lot of fun!

I especially enjoyed the vivid explanations of Caribbean history. As a high school social studies teacher, I think some of Jimmy's descriptions would be very motivating for some of my students and I plan to incorporate some of them into my Global Studies lesson plans.

In an earlier review, I read that this is more of a man's book since most women wouldn't be interested in fishing or seaplanes. As a woman, I found these sections very interesting. Granted, flying planes and fishing aren't my hobbies, but learning something new is always fun. I don't think gender should influence one's decision to read this book - just keep an open mind!

5-0 out of 5 stars A big kid's fantasy
Each time I read this book, I pick up previously missed "words of wisdom", and am transported along with him to all the adventures he describes so intimately, all over the world. Here is a man who went for his dreams, freely admits when he screwed up, and made it in a way we can only imagine. I absolutely loved this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Caribbean Soul
I first read this book on my honeymoon on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and it has truly inspired me. A fellow sailor from childhood, I had lost touch with my ties to Mother Ocean as I pursued a career in engineering that was successful by conventional standards but left me feeling like something was missing. This book reminded me what it was. Jimmy Buffett is an incredible storyteller, and has lived a life many (like me) only dream of. He makes you want to visit each and every place he describes. Some may claim that this book does not deserve 5 stars because it is not a literary masterpiece, and if you want a literary masterpiece, this book is not for you. If you are looking for an enjoyable vacation read, or for inspiration to truly live life instead of following the status quo, then this is a 5-star book for you!

5-0 out of 5 stars The man behind Margaritaville
Playing on his classic song "A Pirate Turns Forty", Jimmy Buffett weaves an autobiographical tale that takes you to that mystical place in our minds called Margaritaville.

The book is long on facts, going through Jimmy's life as a youngster, covering the famous story of how he picked up the guitar to meet girls, and through the life as a family man and musician.

An interesting point that comes across is that Jimmy Buffett is not just this carefree guy who sings on stage all day long. He has his own nuances, such as a need to overpack. How does that fit into the life of the troubador? It doesn't, and that peek behind the illusion makes this journey a personal one.

The one downside is that if you're not a Parrothead, the book is probably not for you. If you are a Parrothead, get out the blender, set the chair just right on the deck, and enjoy the book on a lazy sunny afternoon. ... Read more

94. Music: The Art of Listening
by Jean Ferris
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InterMuse is a software package that adds a new dimension to music appreciation classes.By offering students the ability to create their own listening guides for any piece of music they choose, InterMuse allows professors to design project-based appreciation assignments for the first time.

Using the InterMuse software, students simply tag their chosen piece with text, graphics from the free InterMuse image bank, or imported images from clip-art files or the Internet.The resulting file can be delivered on disk or by email, giving the professor a clear idea of what the student is hearing.

InterMuse comes loaded with the listening guides from Music: The Art of Listening, fifth edition.The demonstration version comes with one listening guide from each text.In addition to the guides, the software provides multimedia presentations of Music History and Fundamentals, and helpful self-testing.

All told, the software is like a personal tutor, or an electronic Teaching Assistant for your music appreciation students. ... Read more

95. Fretboard Logic III Applications:Creative and Analytical
by Bill Edwards
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5-0 out of 5 stars The third part of what you already doing...

'Fretboard Logic III' is the third part of the mr. Edwards' job... remember, to teach us to 'kill the beast'?... or,

If the 'Fretboard Logic I & II' works for you, the 'Fretboard Logic III' will works for you, too... with emphasis on 'works for you'..., or

Worth every buck..., or

No doubt, this book is quite ok...

Seven Stars = I + II + III = VII... :)

Wished I could get the 'FL Logic' DVD for zone two... :(

4-0 out of 5 stars Good but not as great as SE
Containing a load of chord progressions and theory it makes for a very thick book.The only sections in the book that can be of use to most guitarists is the specific styles section, and the section that is used to build up your dexterity on the fretboard.The other stuff is complicated and imo unnesscesary theory.As another reviewer put it, it may not be worth your time.I reccomend instead finding a book by Troy Stetina that goes into the style of rock or blues you wish to play.

3-0 out of 5 stars Useful in part, but might not be worth your while
On my high praise of Mr. Edward's approach (in my review of the first two volumes of this series), it may come as a bit of a surprise that I consider this - a continuation of the method - unworthy of the rest of it. However, there are several reasons for it, and few, if any, of them are the author's fault. His intent is to keep the series accessible to as wide an audience as possible.

The first two volumes, which I recommend in the combined anniversary edition, go through the organization of guitar as an instrument, with the promise of actual music coming into play at a later time. Well, this volume is where the music not introduced in the second volume comes in.

Applications - Creative and Analytical (ACaA) is not necessarily something to be read in sequence. Rather, it is something to refer to as an encyclopedia, upon need of certain elements. If you're anything like me, you may find that you will buy this book for 20 out of the 170 pages of it, and end up using the rest just to make yourself feel that you haven't wasted any money.

ACaA goes through the fundamentals of music theory in this book. He uses guitar, not piano, to expain them, which is a bonus, but learning, or re-learning, to read standard notation may be a bit of a drag. Not that it isn't worth it, but it's something that can be acquired in other sources. It's not that difficult.

Another thing ACaA covers are technical development exercises, particularly for lead playing. Again, something we can easily find elsewhere. Rhythmic and melodic exercises, same thing. In short, there is a lot of material that, unlike the stuff in the first two volumes, can be found in other places in a duplicate fashion - Mr. Edwards simply adjusts it to his teaching style.

ACaA also includes some original compositions by Mr. Edwards, which is a nice addition, but the analytical application takes away from the creative aspect - having the tool (the guitar), to discover the music for oneself and grow with it. I've seen bands with guitarists who have mastered this approach - their playing is quite bland, with very little spark to it. In other words, this third volume is insufficient to make one a great guitarist, not just a great guitar player.

There is a very useful section on chord progressions, from which any player would benefit, and which all fans of volumes I and II will love. And to give credit where credit is due, there are many great pedagogical techniques in this volume, which are worth looking at, even if only academically. Also, there is a ton of great advice regarding learning techniques for everyone in this book, so don't write it off based on its negative aspects.

Also, on a negative note, there is a number of typographical errors in this book, which, unless you already know the concept being explained, might give you a little trouble.

To conclude, this book is something to consider. However, as Plato notes, be careful with logic - use it only once you've verified that the axioms of your system are true. I will use similar advice: use this book well, but don't limit yourself to it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fretboard Logic should be an Easier Way to Learn Guitar!
I had been struggling to learn guitar for years, that is until Fretboard Logic.I have both the Video and Volumes I & 2 and let me tell you I am playing G U I T A RNOW!

The moment I got the book and began pouring into it I was turned on. I figured out what I was doing wrong after just reading a few paragraphs of certain topics.

The way Bill (I kinda feel close to the guy now after hours of watching him on video) teach in the book and on video is very logical... that is, he makes it simple. Once you understand the fretboard, scales are no problem. But trying to learn scales without understanding the fretboard you are probably in for years of frustration; believe me, I know.

The C.A.G.E.D. system takes you all over the fretboard. Once you learn the forms and positions (which is simple) along with the CAGE system you are on your way. The rest is just mechanics and preference.

I am now playing with a band and getting great reviews from both the band members and the audience. BTW, I am lefthanded so I had to reverse a lot of figering shown on the video and was still able to do well, so I know you righthanded folks can.

My son, who just started playing bass 2 mths ago is learning at a fast pace. I ordered the Fretboard Logic video and book for Bass for him and he loves them.

I just wanted to give Bill his "props" and say to anyone who's trying to learn or get over the hump, Fretboard Logic is the way to go. I've wasted thousands of dollars on videos where the instructor seems more impressed with himself than trying to teach; and books where you are taught songs, scales, modes, etc, not application. Fretboard Logic is a godsend. If you are brand new to guitar I think you need to get books or videos that will teach you the basics; how to hold a guitar, a pick, etc. Don't spend a lot of money just get something that will familiarize you with the basics. Once you have the basics down, order Fretboard Logic (get the workbook that has both volumes in it I & 2). if you are a visual person like myself you may also want to order the video too.

Just wanted to spread the Love,

5-0 out of 5 stars You Must Have This Series
An excellent followup to an essential series on guitar.Edwards fills in all the gaps from intervals to chord progressions.I have found his suggestions useful in songwriting and breaking out of improvisational ruts.You really can't afford to be without this series if you are serious about guitar and music. ... Read more

96. Modern Recording Techniques
by David Miles Huber, Robert E. Runstein
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Catlog: Book (2001-06-01)
Publisher: Focal Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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As the most up-to-date, authoritative recording guide available, Modern Recording Techniques addresses the rapidly growing market of project studio recording, the large base of home music production using multitrack, hard-disk, and MIDI technologies.It provides anyone wishing to learn professional recording with everything they need to fully understand the tools and day-to-day practices of music recording and production.

Even more user-friendly than before, the fifth edition of this classic will bring the book fully into the world wide web arena, with new and expanded information on digital audio, streaming, surround sound, and DVD production and manufacturing. The fifth edition is completely updated to include new industry changes and trends, as well as those still on the horizon. Website callouts, general web references and demos, programs and applications have been included throughout.

The new website,, houses all ancillary material for MRT. This site includes examples, demos, updates, soundfiles/midifiles, manuals, discussions, and more.

With Modern Recording Techniques you can:

*Explore the tools, tips, and toys for getting better results in both the professional and project recording studio
*Master the basics of dynamics, noise reduction, and other forms of signal processing, in both the analog and digital domain
*Gain in-depth insights into hard disk recording, digital audio technology, electronic music, synchronization, analog and digital console technology, mixing, and console animation
*Learn practical microphone placement techniques, monitoring fundamentals, CD mastering, and important tips on getting your music to market
*Check out new developments in new media, desktop audio, and music technologies for the web
*View over 500 figures, including photos of the latest equipment and emerging technologies

Most popular book on music recording among students, musicians, and audio engineers alike

The most up-to-date, authoratative recording guide available

New companion website includes examples, demos, and updates
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3-0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners
This is a good overview if you are new to the industry. Lack of detailed information limits its usability if you already have some experience. I would recommend Yamaha's Sound Reinforcement Handbook and Bobby Owsinski's Mixing and Mastering Engineer's handbooks over this for more specific tips.

5-0 out of 5 stars Information at your fingertips
Modern Recording Techniques was the first of many books I have read in my study of Sound Design. Where this book does get a little complicated and at times the structure throws me off, this book is the best I have found so far. Similar books, such as the Yamaha Sound Reinforcement Handbook, read like instruction booklets that are so confusing that you are not sure if you are reading about a microphone or trying to put together a bookshelf.

This book has stayed on my computer desk and by my side for the past year. Definitely worth the money!

3-0 out of 5 stars Introduction guide
Modern? As a reprint this book is getting pretty old now and would really benefit from some new material. I'm also not sure who the audience is meant to be. It's too generalised to appeal to someone who understands the fundamentals of recording and yet would probably scare off someone who is relatively new to the subject.

The format is very text bookish and is let down by the lack of solid tips, techniques and examples that would have bought this otherwise ordinary book to life.

Unless you have the luxury of already owning all the other recording books advertised on Amazon I would shunt this one further down the list.

4-0 out of 5 stars Thorough, but uncolored
Huber has assembled a synopsis of audio recording, which is great for the uninitiated, but I find that the book, while definitely at home in my music recording library, is not opinionated enough to be more than a starting reference. There is a decided lack of opinion on recording issues that often polarize music recording professionals. By being all things to everyone, this book is simply a starting point, albeit an excellent one, well laid out and with chapters that progress in logical order. If you seek pros and cons on recording techniques, you may find some here, as well as a generalization of what is available.

5-0 out of 5 stars Concise presentation, excellent illustrations, up-to-date.
This is the 4th edition of a book which has been in print for more than 20 years. The 4th edition has been up-dated to include current practices and equipment for sound recording. Although directed to music recording, this book provides an excellent foundation for work in theater, film, television, and multi-media.

I have used this book as the principal text for the first quarter of a three course sequence in Sound Design for Theater, Film and Video at UCLA. ... Read more

97. How to Write Songs on Guitar: A Guitar-Playing and Songwriting Course
by Rikky Rooksby
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Catlog: Book (2000-07-01)
Publisher: Backbeat Books
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Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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Rikky Rooksby helps you transform your guitar-playing skills into creative songwriting techniques. Using well-known songs as examples, plus lots of easy-to-read graphics, he explains and demonstrates how lyrics, melody, harmony, and rhythm work in a song. Rikky's straightforward style will have you up and writing on your guitar with easeâ€"even if you never have before.

You'll learn how to write words to melodies and vice versa; how to understand, develop, and embellish a melody; how chords create harmony; and how tempos and time signatures differ. The book also analyzes classic and unusual song structures and their elementsâ€"from intros to bridges to codasâ€"and discusses the benefits and problems of writing songs on different kinds of guitars. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The cream of songwriting books
I looked at a lot of books on songwriting before I bought this one. I felt that if I read one more book that told me I had to write songs just like the ones I heard on the radio, I'd vomit. I'm not interested in writing crap - or taking advice from people who are. Then I found this book. Rooksby clearly believes that a great song transcends whatever is "popular" at the moment. He breaks down some of the great songs of the past 50 years and shines a light on what makes them so timeless and evocative. While this is basically a theory book (covering chord types, chord progressions, key changes, etc.), don't let that scare you off. He keeps it as uncomplicated as possible and in all honesty, these are things you really should know if you aspire to write top quality songs. All the greats have this knowledge, despite the myth of the "self-taught" musician. The author uses hundreds of examples from classic songs of every era and every style (the diversity is amazing - just about anyone will find something that clicks) to illustrate the way these things work in a real song. There are also sections on lyric writing and recording demos but the real strength, in my opinion, lies in the musical ideas Rooksby so efficiently imparts and the respect he shows for great songs and the artistry behind them, not just of-the-moment "hit" songwriting. What a refreshing change from the vast majority of songwriting books on the market! No book can really make you a songwriter but if your goal is to write quality songs that you can be proud of, whether or not they make you an instant millionaire, this book will teach and inspire you. It would be a bargain at twice the price! Even if you don't play guitar!

5-0 out of 5 stars A true eye opener for the beginning songwriter.
Until reading this book, I wrote songs using only intuition and experimentation. This method worked fairly well, but I often found myself at the end of a dead-end street, with no clue of how to get to where I wanted to go. I still rely principally on what "sounds right" when writing songs, but this book has given me a GREAT resource for extricating myself from those dead-end situations. The author brings a wealth of knowledge to the subject and presents his lessons in an extremely readable and understandable format. Got a great verse and chorus, but can't seem to find the right chords to link the two together? Consult the book, and within minutes you'll have a number of ideas to start playing with. You'll never write a great song using this book as your only guide, but add a little intuition and creativity, and you'll be very pleased with the results. This book is HIGHLY recommended for the guitarist (novice to pro) who has only limited theoretical knowledge. It honestly changed my approach to songwriting.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty helpful...
This really did help mme to write songs better. I can't explain this. I mean I think that it is a lot simplerthn he makes it tou to be, but his basic idea and philosophy on songwriting changed the way that I write songs and I still use his approach when writing songs today. there really isn't all that muh else to say. If you want to buy it then you should. (...)

5-0 out of 5 stars More than just a songwriters book!
I discovered this book at my local library and was so impressed with it that I had to buy a copy for my bookshelf. There is certainly a wealth of information of great interest to the aspiring songwriter but beyond that there is also a wealth of information for people who want to be better at playing the guitar. Rikky Rooksby goes into the intricacies of chords and progressions in a way that makes the complex simple and understandable to anyone with even a passing understanding of theory. If you're looking for a songbook full of tabs this ain't it. If you're looking for a book that *will* make you a better guitarist and/or songwriter, I can't recommend this book highly enough. An enthusiastic five stars!

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't let his name fool you!
I had this book on my table and somebody laughed, "Ricky Rocksbys Writes Songs on Guitar"...

They scoffed... but honest this is a very good book...

Will get you thinking in patterns like a jazz musician without overwhelming you with theory... lots of fresh ideas (and looking at old ideas in a fresh new light). ... Read more

98. Music in the Western World : A History in Documents
by Piero Weiss, Richard Taruskin
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Catlog: Book (1984-02-01)
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This classic anthology assembles over 200 source readings, bringing to life the history of music through letters, reviews, biographical sketches, memoirs, and other documents. Writings by composers, critics, and educators touch on virtually every aspect of Western music from ancient Greece to the present day. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fine collection edited skillfully for readability & breadth
This is a particularly fine collection of a couple of hundred readings on Western Music from the ancient Greeks to the 1980s.That is a broad span, but the editors, Weiss and Taruskin, have done a fine job and keep things moving in a lively manner.The energy and vitality of these articles holds the reader's interest and wondering what treasure is coming next.

Of course, this is a perfect volume for students in courses on music history and music appreciation, but it is also a very fine book for the general reader who is interested in learning more about the history of Western Art Music ("Classical Music").

What I like about volumes of source readings is the way the writings give a better context and flavor of their time than any later writing.Yes, the editors have to provide some context for us, and the editors do make choices about what to provide to us and they are almost always in translation, but they make a valuable contribution to one's education about the matters at hand.

This is a fine collection that is edited in a skillful way for readability, breadth, and vitality.Superb job!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best collection of its kind
A fabulous collection for professors, students, and amateurs alike.More concise than others out there without sacrificing the breadth and importance of the readings.Editors' introductions are extremely helpful in placing each reading in context.A must-have for evey music lover.

5-0 out of 5 stars recommended entertaining and thought-provoking selection of essays and curiosities. It amused me to learn that Shoenberg called Stravinsky (with bitter sarcasm) "Modernsky". Milton Babbitt's notorious "WhoCares If You Listen?" article is followed by an apposite rebuttalevoking (though not alluding to) the second part of C.S. Lewis's brilliant"The Abolution of Man".

Also recommended: PENTATONIC SCALES FORTHE JAZZ-ROCK KEYBOARDIST by Jeff Burns. ... Read more

99. Guitar Player Repair Guide: How to Set-Up, Maintain, and Repair Electrics and Acoustics
by Dan Erlewine
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Catlog: Book (1994-01-01)
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Sales Rank: 7493
Average Customer Review: 4.65 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Fix-It Guide For The Guitarist
Any Luthier or Luthier wannabe will find this reference a nirvana of guitar goodies. Dan Erlewine is the modern master of guitar repair and set-up and his text is proof. You might have run across his tips and techniques in Stewart-McDonald's Guitar Shop Supply Catalog. This book is not only helpful for a plethora of repair tips; it is also a must-have for any guitarist. Erlewine shares his knowledge of how the guitar works and how to make yours sound and play it's best. You'll love this one!

4-0 out of 5 stars Gave me the confidence to dig in.
I've been playing for years, but never did much more than change my strings. I decided it was time to learn how to start adjusting my own guitars so I bought a few books on the subject; this is the one that I keep turning to. Very thorough instructions with helpful illustrations and photos; recommendations for a basic journeyman toolkit all the way up to what you need to start your own repair shop. Separate sections are included for Fenders and Gibsons, recommended setup tolerances etc; The interviews with the master guitar players are interesting, if a little superfluous, but their techs are also interviewed, and provide useful tips and tricks. I have only 2 nits to pick: some of the illustrations- such as the one on how to wind strings properly-could be more clear. Perhaps with arrow directions (I know this probably makes me sound like a ..., but this book is so close to a 10 that I figure I'll just mention it .) Finally, it's getting a little bit dated, having been written in the early 90's right after SRV's untimely death. Certainly the principles and methods of guitar repair and setup haven't changed since then, but a new millenium edition would be great. Overall, an excellent, book and if you're like 99% of guitarists out there who need a guide that will show you how to set up your collection with confidence, but don't need to become a luthier, this might be the only book you need to get.

5-0 out of 5 stars A best all-around general reference available
This is the most comprehensive book I've ever found on guitar adjustments, repairs and refinishing. If you're going to do anything more than install strings on your guitar, it's a "must-buy".

The author is specific and detailed in every process described, and he covers just about every aspect of guitar care. he has information specific to Fender and Gibson, among other brands.

He covers general maintenance issues such as installing strings, adjusting intonation, etc. that every player ought to be able to do. He also gets deep into details on major repairs, refinishing, the tools involved - you name it.

The author is very specific about materials and finishes, down to showing how to repair individual chips and cracks and what to use on nitro vs. poly finishes.

While there is more detail here than the casual user needs, I've always felt that it's better to have MORE detail then needed rather than too little information. This book guided me through a complete 12-coat refinish of a bass, plus defretting the fingerboard. The result was excellent.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must Read for Players
I have Erlewines other great book on setting up guitars. This is also a great book. Very informative and surprisingly entertaining.

4-0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive introduction to guitar repair/maintenance
This is a good book that provides a lot of information -- far more than most non-luthiers will ever need... but it is there just in case. I found that it helped me talk with my local luthier about getting my guitars set up, and it gave me the confidence to make a small repair myself (glue down a loose fret end). There is some uncommon advice that could only be given by somebody who had done this work for years e.g. don't use lemon oil, which although popular tends to discolor plastic trim. The book also took the time to consider the stratocaster style guitar and Les Paul style guitars separately -- a good idea since Fenders particularly can have a range of issues (e.g. related to the neck attachment and tremolo) that are not relevant to the Les Paul. Dan also includes set-up information from some top guitarists (such as BB King). So if it is that darn good (and it is) why only 4 stars? Well, the book is looking dated now -- it could with a good overhaul, not from the author but from the publisher, to make the text more readable and the images clearer (like the excellent DK range of books). ... Read more

100. Just Jazz Real Book, C Edition
by Warner Brothers
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Catlog: Book (2001-07-01)
Publisher: Warner Brothers Publications
Sales Rank: 69699
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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· 250 Songs

· Just Classic Jazz Standards

· Just The "Right" Changes

· Suggested Chord Substitutions

· Lyrics Included

· Extensively Cross-Referenced

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5-0 out of 5 stars Hands down, the best!
This volume of jazz tunes was compiled with the musician in mind. I say that because the publishers focused on: a.) accuracy, b.) quality selection, and c.) ease of use. If you're looking for a real or fake book, look no further. This is where to invest wisely.

Here is why this real book differs from the rest:

1.) It is sturdy and spiral bound.
2.) It uses a large JAZZ font for the chords that is easy to see.
3.) The songs are in the ORIGINAL keys.
4.) The selection is excellent.
5.) There is a DISCOGRAPHY included; you can go to the recordings and understand the arrangements it uses.
6.) There is an extra chapter on voicings.

You'll fall in love with the chord changes--so rich and beautiful. I ordered this along with the Just Standards volume, and I can see I'll be using them for a long time.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the way all fakebooks should be
Honestly, I have a cabinet full of fakebooks and sheet music so it's gotta be something special to get me to spend money on yet another one. The Warner Brothers "Just Jazz Real Book" is something special, and it should be the model that all other fakebooks follow. Easy to read and use, comprehensive, wonderful type, good alternative chordings, etc. I have to use leadsheets on stage and these can be copied from the book and used as they are.... The leadsheets are often one full page and sometimes two but never more than that and never less either (I hate quarter-page-sized leedsheets!). Also included are intros to songs that often get left off of normal Hal Leonard-variety fakebooks in an attempt to save space, especially the Gershwin selections. There's not much fluff here either - it's all pretty much useable and recognizable material that every pro should have. ... I highly recommend this book and hope to see more like it.

5-0 out of 5 stars great new series
warner brothers music has come out with a line of fake books -- jazz, standards, and blues. i have the just jazz book, and it is a winner. the typesetting might be the nicest thing about this book. it has a great handwritten look to it, balanced layout, and is very easy on the eyes. try playing out of a hal leanard pop or standards fake book sometime -- chord names are written in the same microscopic font used for the lyrics, and are set too close to the lyrics in the lines above them. your head aches after a few tunes.

for me, the song selection is superior to the 500 song monster that's out there, even though it's only (!) 250 songs. yes, that's completely subjective, too bad there's no table of contents posted here so you can see for yourself.

a final nice feature, in the back of this book, is a great short section on chord voicings, substitutions, and chord theory. ... Read more

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