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124. Tons of Runs: For the Contemporary
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125. The Elvis Treasures
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126. The Musician's Guide to Pro Tools
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121. The Praise and Worship Fake Book: For Worship Leader, Praise Band & Soloist
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Asin: 5559892661
Catlog: Book (2003-11)
Publisher: Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing
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122. The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier
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Asin: 0375758623
Catlog: Book (2002-03-12)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Sales Rank: 4361
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Walking his two young children to school every morning, Thad Carhart passes an unassuming little storefront in his Paris neighborhood. Intrigued by its simple sign—Desforges Pianos—he enters, only to have his way barred by the shop’s imperious owner. Unable to stifle his curiosity, he finally lands the proper introduction, and a world previously hidden is brought into view. Luc, the atelier’s master, proves an indispensable guide to the history and art of the piano. Intertwined with the story of a musical friendship are reflections on how pianos work, their glorious history, and stories of the people who care for them, from amateur pianists to the craftsmen who make the mechanism sing. The Piano Shop on the Left Bank is at once a beguiling portrait of a Paris not found on any map and a tender account of the awakening of a lost childhood passion. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars For lovers of music, piano, travel and life
This is a wonderful book for anyone who loves music, and in particular, piano, as well as traveling, even if not particularly in France. The author gives a genuine and sincere account of his feelings about his life in Paris, as well as the realities of living in a foreign country, of foreign ways of doing business, forming relationships, and of course, his love of music and the piano.

These loves of music and the piano are so evident, so full of life. Some people might be bored or distracted by Carhart's details regarding pianos, however, as a music lover, but one who do not even play piano, I loved reading about the details involved with the instrument.

As a lover of travel, and a person who has spent considerable amounts of time in a number of foreign countries (although France is not one of them), partially so that I could learn others' ways of living, I also thoroughly enjoyed reading about real-life details of living in another country.

I also enjoyed that unlike "A Year in Provence," "Under the Tuscan Sky," "A Cottage in Portugal" and many other books such as these, Carhart does not spend the entire book writing of the difficulties of getting anything done in these countries (even though it's true!). It was nice to read about other aspects of living abroad.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves music, piano and other culture's and their idiosyncracies.

4-0 out of 5 stars A lazy read for piano lovers
Thad Carhart's The Piano Shop on the Left Bank is a disarmingly simple book on the surface that will appeal to piano dreamers -- anyone who has either owned or enjoyed playing a piano. The book is slow in the unwinding of its story, and you can easily put it down and pick it back up at your leisure.

The story focuses on the growing relationship between the author, an American in Paris, and Luc, the very French owner of a piano shop tucked away in Paris' Latin Quarter. As the author spends time in the piano shop, his love, interest, and knowledge for this instrument reawaken after years of lying dormant. He realizes his dream to own a piano and begins taking lessons again.

The friendly piano shop owner, Luc, has a passion for pianos from all eras. He brings every piano to life as though each large, cumbersome instrument that passes through his shop were a special person. He wants to match up pianos with the right owner. The most shameful treatment is to leave a piano sitting in a corner, unused and unloved.

The book also weaves in the beautiful history of the piano, from the piano's origins in Italy to its heyday at the turn of the 20th century. The piano, one of the most popular and revered musical instruments, was at the center of Americans' social life before the invention of radio and TV. There is a sadness as you realize that the golden age of the piano has passed. All piano makers of the early 20th century are in decline, with only Steinway surviving as an independent company.

The author leaves us with hope as he describes a new piano maker on the scene -- Fizoli. Fizoli had a dream to build the best piano, challenging the way all pianos were built and starting over from scratch in his development of them. Today, his dream has become a reality as he builds pianos world-renowned for their special soundboards and rich, melodic tone. Ironically, the best piano company is in Italy, home of the piano. And with piano shops like Luc's reviving and fixing up old pianos, the piano will continue to be the world's best-loved instrument. The dreams will live on.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Find
My piano teacher recommended that I get this book. I had seen it on Amazon's website, but I didn't feel that I wanted to order it. I am so glad that I did. As others have said-it is an easy read. However, Thad Carhart captures the joy that I , and I'm sure others, have felt regarding pianos,music,composers,music history, and taking piano lessons.

If you love playing the piano as much as I do you will enjoy this book. I even put a quote from the book on the back of the recital program for my students. -"I was again struck with how deeply satisfying it was to play any kind of music at all on my piano. Emotionally, physically, intellectually, spiritually; its satisfactions were limitless, its impact on my life profound."
I can't say it any better than that. Lovely book!!

4-0 out of 5 stars A warm Paris read
Thad Carhart has written a breezy and easily readable book about pianos, Paris and people. It's the kind of book you might consider taking in on a rainy day (if you're "down") or better yet, on a warm day sitting in the sun.

I'm a pianist who found the nicest parts of "The Piano Shop" had to do with the people the author encountered.... my favorite was Jos, the overly-boozed piano tuner, though I did appreciate Carhart's insights into piano construction, reconstruction and the musical elements that are essential in completing the package of what goes into making a fine piano. He introduced me to a term I had never encountered..."fall board" (the piano key lid).

My one objection is the author's continued "over fascination" with pianos. It really sounds more like a fetish and if he had been able to tone down that part of the book he would have had a more compelling story. Still, it's a book to be recommended, as I heartily do.

5-0 out of 5 stars For the love of the piano
Thank you, Thad, for so beautifully capturing the vast range of emotions that pianos stir in their aficionados. What a gem! This book will become a classic, just like the classic pianos that mysteriously show up and pass through Luc's atelier. I greatly enjoyed Thad's command of language, his keen and affectionate observations of his French collegues (only in France would Thad be viewed as an American, in any other culture a person with such an in-depth understanding of the culture and fluency of language would have been adopted as a local), and the manner in which he conveys the feelings pianos evoke in him. I also enjoyed the growing familiarity between Thad and Luc and the evolution of humour in their discourses. And despite the tragedy of the situation, had to laugh when Thad - with utmost sensitivity - points out how the unfortunate alcoholic Jos would wake up in train stations across France.
My preferred piano is the Sauter - I love the warmth and richness of its song - and most generously my mother gave me the piano that once brought much joy to dad. Just like Thad observes so well, one is often greatly attached to a particular instrument because a loved one who has since passed on used to play it. And hearing music come alive again, music that was once played by someone who no longer is alive, can cause strong emotions to surface. Shortly after my father passed on I attended an Evgeny Kissin (sp?) concert, and when EK started playing one of my father's favorite Chopin pieces, I could no longer control myself ... (I guess in a quiet concert hall you just try and quietly blow into a handkerchief). I also remember piano lessons I took as a child in France, and reading Thad's desciptions brought back memories. The teacher I had back then was not as gifted as some other ones in other countries at drawing out my enthusiasm for this wonderful instrument. Thad's logic when looking for an appropriate teacher for his children made a lot of sense.
The Piano Shop on the Left Bank is a most evocative book and a must-have for anyone who is affected by the sounds of a piano as well as the beauty of language. ... Read more

123. This Business of Music: The Definitive Guide to the Music Industry, Eighth Edition (Book & CD-ROM)
by M. William Krasilovsky, Sidney Shemel
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Asin: 0823077578
Catlog: Book (2000-06-01)
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications
Sales Rank: 66470
Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
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A perennial bestseller, this definitive guide to all legal, economic, and financial aspects of the music business better than ever in its revised, thoroughly updated new edition. This edition addresses the implications of MP3, the Copyright Term Extension Act, union treatment of digital music, and more.

As this "bible of the music business" moves into its 40th year, the book's expanded scope addresses challenges and opportunities of a new century, including:

MP3 record duplication, Internet sales, and cybercasting
Digital record performance rights for artists and record companies
New markets emerging from WIPO and GATT treaty enforcement of copyright protection against counterfeiters and bootleggers
Greater reliance on major labels, further merging of powerful companies, and reduced record distribution by independents
Revised markets opened by the European Economic Union and other consolidations
The impact, both positive and negative, of growing motion picture and theater investments in the music business ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Mainstay Of The Music Business
As a musician, composer, arranger, producer, recording engineer, audio studio owner, video production chief, theatrical sound designer, record label owner, and university educator, I have been using Krasilovsky's book as a reference since 1971. This is not a book for the casual reader. It requires serious inquiry. This tome is a no-nonsense, meat and potatoes, let's dig in and get the goods resource for the professional, as well as the dedicated wannabees. And now, it comes with a CD which makes life so much simpler for those who want to cut and paste their contracts and agreements with ease. Highly recommended, you would be doing yourself a favor if you use "This Business" to achieve your dreams.

5-0 out of 5 stars another boring music business book - it's good though!!
ZZZZZZZZzzzzzz... This book is like "This Business of Music." It's full fo great info, but it's really, really, really boring. This is something you'd read in a college classroom. I think most musicians would be better off getting some of the newer music business books that are out now which concentrate more on getting out there, making a name for yourself, and making money. Get a few bucks together and go buy the Indie Bible by David Wimble to get some contacts going, get How I Make $100,000 in Music by David Hooper to show you how business people think and how to increase your income playing music, and get Buzz Your MP3 to help get your online promotion together. These are all quick reads with really good info and no filler. Once you have read them, come back for this one. You'll understand it a lot better.

This is a fantastic book which covers all the essential ground in the music business. The authors have clearly laid out the isues and forces that are shaping the industry, as well as the nitty gritty details about doing business in the music world. This book is helpful to anyone who is an artist themselves, or works with artists as a manager, record exec, or publisher. Run out and get this book now!

1-0 out of 5 stars Sure, it's comprehensive... but it's not accessible.
If you are a scholar or pundit, this is the bible. BUT IF YOU PLAY IN A BAND AND WANT TO FIGURE OUT YOUR NEXT MOVE -- LOOK ELSEWHERE. Try Rich Stim's "Music Law - How to Run Your Band's Business" instead.

5-0 out of 5 stars College Text Quality
Very informative, reads like a college textbook. This book could be used to teach courses. Well worth the money, and will keep you reading for awhile. If you have interest as to how everything works in the business aspects of the music business, this book is for you. I've interned at a few music companies, and this book teaches you everything that I've learned in 2 years all in one book. Again, you won't be disappointed. ... Read more

124. Tons of Runs: For the Contemporary Pianist
by Andy Laverne
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Asin: 094374895X
Catlog: Book (1999-05-01)
Publisher: Warner Bros Pubns
Sales Rank: 17348
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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TONS OF RUNS is a wide-ranging compendium of runs, licks, and lines found in the jazz vernacular, each written in three different keys, and presented in a straightforward style without ponderous analysis.This book contains useful phrases derived from chord tones, passing tones, resultant scales, and scale-tone chords that piano players can use right away as vocabulary enhancers. These are the raw material and tools that piano players everywhere can use to polish their performance and improvisation skills, and even create new and more interesting ways to play the music they already know! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Indespensible
If you are an aspiring student of jazz, you can not do without this book. Though not an especially voluminous publication, it is densely crammed with countless ideas.

Improvisation in the purest sense should come from the wellsprings of the artist's soul- but let's face it, some days are better than others! Rather than painstakingly reinventing the wheel, pick this one up- you will not regret doing so. It should keep you busy for years to come- especially once you begin to combine these wonderful musical quotes, extensions, etc, with your own. They can be applied to just about any standard and with enough perseverence you will elevate your playing and performing by quantum leaps.

Worth every penny- thank you Mr. Laverne! Again, Thank You!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have ! ! !
I'm not a big fan of lick and pattern books, but this one has my seal of approval... and more than that, I HIGHLY reccomend it. There are lot's of ideas in here, some powerful stuff. Really hands on Jazz language material, some that if you're a more experienced improviser you might be using instinctively already, and some you wonder why you haven't touched on all along. The idea is to take them and build upon them... Within hours of getting the book, I immediately tuned out the outside world and was having fun experimenting with it... Some other things I like about it : The licks are in more than one key, suggested fingerings for more difficult ones, they're over a nice variety of patterns, typography is nice, and they're stuff that real people actually play, not just text book prototypes.

I venture to say, that of the books I'm familiar with, this is the best one out !!! Great stuff for professionals as well as folks just getting into improv... and not just for pianists !

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource for jazz musicians
This book is an excellent resource in the art of jazz improvisation. It provides the opportunity for the jazz musician to increase their vocabulary of runs over various chords and chord progressions. Highly recommended! ... Read more

125. The Elvis Treasures
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Asin: 0375506268
Catlog: Book (2002-07)
Publisher: Villard
Sales Rank: 56652
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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A collection of removable reproductions of rare Elvis® memorabilia, direct from Graceland®! With the help of archivists from Elvis Presley Enterprises, this unique compilation shares the King’s life story through reproductions of handwritten letters, press releases, movie scripts, and never-before-seen photographs. Also features evocative text from renowned author Robert Gordon, and Elvis Speaks, an exclusive 60-minute audio CD of candid conversations with Elvis himself. Includes such treasures as:

- A copy of Elvis’s first RCA recording contract
- Replicas of concert tickets
- A reproduction of Elvis’s personal wallet and its contents
- Facsimiles of telegrams Vernon Presley received at the time of Elvis’s death
- And much more!

The avid collector’s dream come true! ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The King's treasures
Mr Gordon does a decent job of telling Elvis' life story, although it's a story that is well known by now. The real treasures here are the rare documents and memorabilia from the Graceland archives. There are a lot of things that will be of interest to the Elvis fan. Oh, and there is also an audio CD featuring interviews with Elvis. The interviews are worth listening to once, but I don't think many people would want to listen to them multiple times.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Elvis Treasures
Someone had purchased this book for me. I was so impressed with its contents/documents/photos and information that I ordered the same book for a person I know who is an Elvis impersonator. He was over-joyed to receive it and claimed he had never come across such a great book! It is a book to treasure.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Choice for Elvis fans
When I purchased this book, I really couldn't put it down. It has some amazing stories and literature in it. It also contains letters that he wrote, letters that were sent to him, tickets, etc. This is a perfect gift for the Elvis fans!

4-0 out of 5 stars Admitted Elvis Junkie
This book I received as a gift. A most welcome one at that. The text is highlights of his life. For us knowledgeable about Elvis there is nothing new here. The neat thing here is all of the removable memorabilia. So let me talk about that. Some interesting notes he wrote on the back of a press release for his upcoming 1970 season in Vegas; black tights, fix bracelets, record player for dressing room, scarves blue, etc. guitar reef (anybody know what that is?) for dressing room and new flowers for piano, gator aid for stage, a list of songs for his show; The Fair Is Moving On, The Grass Won't Pay No Mind, Without Love, This Is The Story, Only The Strong Survive. He goes back and forth from printing to cursive writing. He did not have very neat handwriting. And how about seeing the script for the karate documentary Elvis wanted to make in the late 70's - that's here too. It looks to be written in/by different hands.

Then there is the 10-track interview CD. The interviews range in date from 1955 to 1972. Included here is probably the longest Elvis interview I ever heard. The date for the interview is Sept. 1962 with Lloyd Shearer for Parade Magazine. He talks about sports; football is his favorite sport, karate, and boxing. Books he's read, mostly educational, some philosophy and a little poetry. His friends, his father, the death of his mother, his cars, possible future marriage, his loneliness, his own mortality, how he feels about himself, his temper. His image and how it has changed and his desire to improve all aspects of his career. It's not all serious. He and Shearer joke and people can be heard laughing in the backround. Another noteworthy interview is the 1956 Paul Wilder Tv Guide interview. Wilder reads to Elvis selections from Herb Rowe's drag-'em-through-the-mud-review of Elvis' music, his performances, his fans and his religion. You can also hear Gladys and Vernon interviewed in 1956. Glady's favorite songs are: Baby, Let's Play House and Don't Be Cruel. Vernon likes too many to name but he comes up with Hound Dog.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible Memorabilia!
THE ELVIS TREASURES is great fun! Every page hold something new in the way of removable, facsimile reproductions of all kinds of great memorabilia. (Graceland provided the memorabilia for this book, and there really are some exceptional pieces.) The author has also done a good job of hitting the key points of Elvis's life and bringing the story of Elvis alive. This, combined with a vibrant and exiciting design, makes for a great gift for anyone who is an Elvis fan. ... Read more

126. The Musician's Guide to Pro Tools
by JohnKeane, John Keane
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Asin: 0072231750
Catlog: Book (2004-04-14)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Sales Rank: 13287
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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This expertly written guide will show you exactly why Pro Tools shrinks a full music studio into a computer, replacing the bulky recording infrastructure of multi-track analog mixing boards and rolls of two-inch-wide magnetic tape. Ideal for beginning, intermediate, and advanced producers, sound engineers, and musicians. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Got the CD. This IS a good learning tool for beginners.
I thought I should update my previous review. I called Osborne and was told the book should have a cd and to return it to Amazon. This would mean I had to pay shipping TWICE on a book that I no longer owned, but looked like it would be my only course of action.

Then, a very nice rep from Osborne responded to my e-mail, saying she would "be happy" to send me the cd.

I received the cd and found the exercises helpful in learning Pro Tools. I think this book is especially good at getting beginners started in Pro Tools.

1-0 out of 5 stars Beware - no CD!
I just received this book. There is no CD. The back cover SAYS there is an enclosed CD, but there isn't even a CD sleeve or mark/indication that there ever was one.

Note that all previous reviews predate the release date and refer to an older edition, which I guess had a CD.

I went to the Osborne website, and there was no download for the book. I wrote an e-mail to them. Hopefully they will make the contents of the CD available.

But, don't buy this book if you are planning to do the exercises from the CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love this book.
This is the right tool for learning Pro Tools! You won't be disappointed by this book. John Keane has the great gift of being able to create tutorials that are concentrated yet not overwhelming, elegant, cool, AND humorous. Learning his approach will allow you to get the most out of the software with a minimum of stress, in other words, THIS IS FUN.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific book!
I am new protools operator and have about 3 other protools "help" books. This is the one I have been looking for. It is clear, concise, well organized, informative, fun to read/learn, well laid out and accurately written. It takes you by the hand and walks you through the program in a very logical and intuitive way and gets you through the foundation and most-used functions of protools. It may not be so helpful/insightful for an experienced protools user, but if you are just starting out, or feel you don't quite "grok" the program, you would be hard pressed to find a better book! NOW I feel that I understand the program, how it "thinks" and can tackle any other aspect of it without intimidation!

5-0 out of 5 stars This should have been the first Pro Tools book I bought!
I purchased three other Pro Tools books before this, to get up and running with Pro Tools as a newbie to the software/hardware. Then, I got this one. This book rocks as it is a hands on, practical tutorial taking the reader step by step through the user interface, recording, editing, tweaking things the way you'll eventually use the software.

I've just rebuilt my system and ready to continue on with the book. I can't recommend it too highly! Nice work John Keane!!! ... Read more

127. The Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians
by Don Michael Randel
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Asin: 0674009789
Catlog: Book (2002-09-01)
Publisher: Belknap Press
Sales Rank: 267666
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This new compact guide to the history and performance of music is both authoritative and a pleasure to use. With entries drawn and condensed from the widely acclaimed The New Harvard Dictionary of Music and its companion The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music, it is a dependable reference for home and classroom and for professional and amateur musicians. This concise dictionary offers definitions of musical terms; succinct characterizations of the various forms of musical composition; entries that identify individual operas, oratorios, symphonic poems, and other works; illustrated descriptions of instruments; and capsule summaries of the lives and careers of composers, performers, and theorists. Like its distinguished parent volumes, The Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians provides information on all periods in music history, with particularly comprehensive coverage of the twentieth century. Clearly written and based vast expertise, The Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians is an invaluable handbook for everyone who cares about music. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fundamental text for music lovers !
This interesting work contains besides information and valorization of the musical themes in its technical and historical aspects .
You will capable to consult any concise definition as legato, etude, glissandior the scherzo meaning
You will find an invaluable source of works related with wide references , historical age and some other issues of interest.
Without any doubt it will be very helpful for history students and music players , for the amateur music a flowing of knowledge and for those who simply listen to , read and enjoy the magic of the audition and the talent of their composers , an inexhaustible scattering work.
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128. Jazz Styles : History and Analysis (8th Edition)
by Mark C. Gridley
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Asin: 0131896644
Catlog: Book (2003-12-24)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 223537
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars "instrumental jazz" history?
Come on, Mark.8 editions. Still no singers. Have Vaughan, Fitzgerald, Holiday, et al. contributed nothing to the art?

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything You Wanted to Know About Jazz
This is the most accurate, user-friendly intro to jazz. It focuses on themusic, not the personal lives of the musicians. It explains, patiently andsystematically, in luminously clear prose, what jazz is and how to get themost out of listening to it. It details the origins of jazz as well as thedistinguishing characteristics of all the major styles: Dixieland, Swing,Bebop, Cool, Hard Bop, "Free Jazz" and Avant-Garde of the 60s and70s, and Jazz-Rock Fusion. It profiles 144 musicians' contributions (theirsources, their styles, and lists of the others they influenced) andprovides classification of more than 1000 other musicians, ineasy-to-understand categories. Strategies for locating the best albums forall the top musicians. Optional CD of historic recordings is available.Optional CD of narrated demonstrations of the jazz instruments, song formsand methods that jazz musicians use to make their music is also available.Loaded with instrument sketches and photos of key musicians in action, thisis America's most widely-used intro to jazz and has been translated into 5foreign languages. Its author is an award-winning researcher and jazzmusician who has travelled to South America, The Caribbean and Africa, aswell as all the jazz centers of America. His work is so down-to-earth andpractical that it has been adopted for use in jazz appreciation and jazzhistory courses at more than 500 high schools and colleges.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gridley Swings -- and hits The Groove On this One!
This is my first in depth study on Jazz in America.My first musical interests as a teenager were jazz, classical, and Bob Dylan.I began listening to Miles Davis, Al Hirt, Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane in the early sixties.They were followed by Bob Dylan, and, in 1967, my last yearin the Army, Bay Area bands.An avid tape collector, I got reintroduced tojazz in the last few years as I have returned to those roots and soughtsome information about the origins of jazz, as well as the key players inthe United States.Gridley's book was found at a used book store, alas,without the cassettes.I have longed for the cassettes, so that I couldhear the music he references in his text.This IS a text book.I found itchallenging, not having any musical knowledge.I still am in over my headon the musical descriptions, but the chapters are logically broken downinto the origins of jazz in New Orleans, early jazz, bop, hard bop, Chicagostyle jazz, west coast jazz, etc.Gridley clearly knows his players.Heshows the progressions of players and followers and has specialdesignations for some of the more modern jazz players in my time frame --Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Charlie Parkery, John Coltrane, HerbieHancock, Ornette Coleman, Art Blakey, etc.And he also references some ofthe newer men or groups on the jazz scene, including Sun Ra, WeatherReport, Mahavishnu Orchestra.I saw the latter play in the late sixties. Gridley's description, for instance, of Mahavishnu's kinetic energy ofthose years is apt. I personally left that show wired to the max, convincedI could never endure anything like that again.I am sure that this book isassociated with college level music courses that are meant for musicallyinclined students who want to go deeper into the genre.And this book, inmy opinion, is so well written, with such a deep glossary, such vividmusical descriptions of the various sounds produced by different musiciansand groups, that I am convinced it would be a maximum value for such astudent.I will most likely shell out the full price so that I can grabthe cassettes.I believe that this book, coupled with the cassettes, willallow me to go much deeper into my own personal revival of American Jazz. Iwould STRONGLY recommend this book for novices and college level studentswho are interested in jazz at a more professional level.Organizationally,the book is right on.Plenty of charts that describe the various"roots" of American jazz as they coalesced in New Orleans.AndGridley makes a point that sounds valid in saying that not all thosevarious "roots" were African-American.I am grateful I foundthis gem in the half-priced book store and will surely purchase theoriginal in the near future.I think you will like this one if you areapproaching jazz at both an afficionado and technical level.Good reading!

4-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
This book is very informative and can be easily related to those w/ no jazz training! Billy Barnard was also an excelent teacher... along with his help on this book! ... Read more

129. Speed Mechanics For Lead Guitar
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Take your playing to the stratosphere with the most advanced lead book by this proven heavy metal author.Speed Mechanics is the ultimate technique book for developing the kind of speed and precision in today's explosive playing styles.Learn the fastest ways to achieve speed and control, secrets to make your practice time really count, and how to open your ears and make your musical ideas more solid and tangible.Packed with over 200 vicious exercises including Troy's scorching version of 'Flight Of The Bumblebee.'Music and examples demonstrated on cassette or CD.89-minute audio. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars YOU NEED THIS BOOK!
After dog-paddling around for 3 months in the sea of so-so small town guitarists, I finally decided to get up and do something about it. After practicing out of it every day, this book increased my techinque exponentially. It's been a year now, and I still play this book every practice session I have. It goes over every facet of playing speedy guitar, seperating the hands first, then putting them together. The good news is, after you've got Hammett down in the first "mechanical" section, you can work on becoming the next Hetfield with the "rhythmical" section, and you'll already have the right hand speed to play songs like Battery and Damage Inc.!I honestly can't say enough good things about it, it's a breadcrumb trail through the forest of half-players who think they're good because they can play "Smells Like Teen Spirit". A great pick and a must have for current dog-paddlers with the desire to become great.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth writing a review for
I read every review on here and decided enough of them claimed that this book would provide results quickly that I'd give it a shot.
I received it two days ago and kid you not, am amazed at how my playing (speed and accuracy) has improved in that short time. I first listened to the CD and thought 'whoa, it'll be a year before I can reproduce that'. Then I got into the exercises. I put in 4 hours yesterday and 2 1/2 this morning. My arm is sore! More importantly, I'm playing runs that I would not have been able to two days ago. Now, I know I'll plateau, and struggle to improve after a certain point, but even if that point comes in another two days this book was worth the money. It broke me out of the "blues scale blues" and got me to rocking again. And it will only get better. I'm only 4 pages into it! Granted, I've been playing for 18 years, but 8 of those have been stagnent pulling my guitar out from under the bed only a couple times a year. I've got the bug again and this book is just fueling the drive to play better.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Lead Guitar Book
I haven't been playing guitar a very long time, maybe 6 years, but with the help of this tactical approach to speed, i am slowly picking up speed (even using my pinky, something i thought i would never do0. repetition and slow practicing is the key, and this shows you the way. don't get discouraged if you can't keep up with troy and his faster versions of each exrecise. keep it slow, work on it, and you'll get it. his view on finger independence is genius, literally introducing it within the first 2 pages of actual exercises. this is a good approach, and gives even those of experience a challange. though the cd is not essential for learning the routines, it does help and gives you an idea of where you are at when it comes to accuracy and speed.

not a begginers book! if you know what your doing and you could get you way around the guitar ok, get this book. it truely is the ultimate lead guitar book.

5-0 out of 5 stars the best!!
i've been playing for 30 years and i've learned tons in the few short weeks i've had this. i use it as my number one teaching tool for my students. the neat thing about it is that it applies to all types of playing.i've even combined alot of hybrid pick and finger techniques to the ideas the author uses to really supercharge some of the exercises. i think the best thing about it, is that you really have to be patient and LEARN everything at a SLOW pace and gradually build your speed. that is the key to being a monster player. also, if you can't use your pinky, you better get ready to learn how to. if i had only one instructional tool to use, this would be it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Please Consider This
All the previous reviews are stating the subject correctly, however it isn't really only for the intermediate to advanced level player. Even beginners can learn many things from this book. Moreover, the book has some very important advices for beginners who may start learning the guitar in a way that it can affect badly their future playing. Furthermore, I'd like to say that this book has some parts that will take some guitarists many years to be able to play correctly as Troy is a guitar virtuoso (as stated in the book). Finally, Troy presents guitar playing from so many angles that it can make even the enemies of guitar to love the sound of it. ... Read more

130. Beginning Fingerstyle Blues Guitar (Book and Audio CD)
by Arnie Berle
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Catlog: Book (1993-12-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.86 out of 5 stars
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Takes you from the fundamentals of fingerpicking to five authentic blues tunes. With graded exercises, illustrated tips, plus standard notation and tablature. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent instructional material
This book is very good. This is not an anthology of songs but rather a step-by-step guide to learning how to play fingerstyle blues in the vein of Taj Mahal, Tommy Johnson, Blind Blake, etc. Even if you have little experience with the guitar, diligently practicing the exercises in this book will teach you to play great sounding music. I started in April with just basic 1st position chords and expect to be playing the songs at the end of the book pretty well by September. If you are already an experienced guitarist, it probably takes much less time. The accompanying CD is essential, because it lets you hear exactly what you are trying to achieve.

4-0 out of 5 stars Toward intermediate blues playing..
This is an excellent introduction to intermediate blues playing for beginning fingerstyle guitarists. Unlike many books, this one takes you slowly through the basic techniques you need to build ability. THis is good, because this music can be complicated to play - it should take time to learn. The book, by going in small steps, is engaging. Also the CD is very releaxed and contains complimentary commentary to that in the book - very much like a teacher sitting in the room with you. I only had two complaints. One is that the book did not use the full rhythmic TAB notation, instead relying on the standard notion which runs in parallel with the TAB (all exercises are given in both TAB and standard). The second complaint was that the "blues note" was not introduced until the middle of the book. Thus it took about 6 weeks for me to work up to the blues sound, rather than the straight 'folksy' sound. Not bad in retrospect, but it felt like a long time. I expect to complete the book in another month or so, when I fully expect to be able to play the Robert Johnson and other tunes at the back of the book. Its a fun book, worth every penny.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Top - All the thumbs up !!!!
Hi blues lovers

This is definetly the best teaching book, I'd ever discovered. It's so much fun to learn with the passionate and relaxed instructor - You'll get into the great sounding picking techniques step by step -
(In my opinion you just need to know the basic chords to get started)
This book has it all to teach you perfectly well at home and to get the Real Blues sound, which most of the books out there really don't have....

I haven't finished it yet and I'm looking forward to be able to play songs from Robert Johnson and other guitar heros.

Thumbs very much up !!!!!!


5-0 out of 5 stars You can do it!
I won't rehash what others have written; just let me say that this is one excellent instructional book.

Buy it, pop in the accompanying CD and listen to the first track. It's beautiful - and if you practice, yes, you WILL be able to play this song and others, pieces you probably thought were beyond your skills, by the time you finish the book.

My personal observations:

- NOT FOR BEGINNERS. The book starts off slow, but you'd better have a good knowledge of basic chords and chord changes before you attempt to tackle it. I'd consider my skills as intermediate when I bought the book (though I had never fingerpicked), and there were some very challenging things for me - things I was able to get through with patience and practice. I fear the total beginner would be lost, though, and probably get frustrated. If you've been playing for six months or more and want to learn fingerstyle, you'll be OK.

- If you buy the book, you'll be cruising along through the easier exercises, and then WHAM, you'll hit a difficult piece that will have you pulling out your hair. DON'T PANIC! You can do it with patience and practice - I did it and I'm no John Hurt. Just remember to go slow - keeping a STEADY BEAT is the important thing, not how fast you play. I found it helpful to plow slowly through the difficult pieces one day, then take a day off. When I returned to the book after a day, it was a lot easier. There's no hurry, after all! We do this for fun! In fact, don't ignore or just blow through any of the exercises. They all have a purpose and many of them are excerpts from the five full pieces in the back of the book. Take your time and practice each one thoroughly. Trust me!

- Here's a secret: At one point, you'll be playing whole-note melody scales with an alternating bass in A, D, E, C, G and B7. The authors will tell you to play the scales in half and quarter notes on your own; they don't tab out some of them. Don't ignore the quarter-note scales! They'll be difficult at first, but I found them to be the key to fingerpicking a nice melody over a bass beat. Make your own tab if you have to, but by all means, practice the scales in quarter notes; it will make your life MUCH easier! I tabbed them out and I use them as a warmup now each time I practice.

That's about it; the authors are very talented and are obviously passionate about fingerstyle blues, and this will carry over to you. You'll have to work hard, but the payoff is enormous. You'll grin ear-to-ear when you're able to play Robert Johnson's "32-20 Blues" in close approximation to the CD!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent content, and excellent teaching
If you're looking for a book that will teach you the basics (and then some) of fingerstyle blues technique, then consider this offering from Berle & Galbo very carefully. From the moment you begin reading (and listening to the accompanying CD) you immediately get the impression that the authors thoroughly enjoy what they do, and this shines through in the quality of their work. The book starts out pretty easy with some basic chord progressions and moves fairly quickly into melody notes, inversions, syncopations, "vamping", and closes with 5 excellent pieces including a simplified version of the "32-20 Blues" by Robert Johnson.

The CD is very good but to play Devil's Advocate:

1. The guy rambles a little too much for my liking and I was totally lost when I first heard the CD.
2. Matching the exercises with the CD tracks could have been done better rather than using an index at the back of the book.
3. The recorded examples do not match the tablature for some of the more complex songs (I think the guy playing liked to improvise a little).

I should add that these are just minor complaints and are not significant enough to warrant any demotion from 5-stars.

This is not a book for the complete beginner, as there is quite a deal of assumed knowledge. If you fall into the category of complete beginner come back to this book after a couple of months practice/lessons. ... Read more

131. Adult All-In-One Course: Lesson-Theory-Technic
by Willard A. Palmer, Morton Manus, Amanda Vick Lethco
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Alfred's Basic Adult All-in-One Course is designed for the beginner looking for a truly complete piano course that includes lesson, theory, technic and popular repertoire in one convenient, all-in-one book. This course has a number of features that make it particularly successful in achieving this goal, among them are smooth progression between concepts, the thorough explanation of chords and outstanding song material. At the completion of this course, the student will have learned to play some of the most popular music ever written and will have gained a thorough understanding of the basic concepts of music. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book! Exactly what I was looking for.
Okay, I am a "middle-aged" adult, and for years wanted to learn to play an instrument and be able to read music. I first started out with the violin because I really liked the instrument, but didn't continue because it was too much at once (violin + reading music).

Anyhow, I recently picked up the Alfred's Piano course, in conjunction with a keyboard purchase, mainly to teach me how to read music. The piano was a learning tool more than anything. But this book has sparked my interest in the piano! I'm actually having a lot of fun "playing" the lessons (the keyboard helps too).

Overall, this is a great book that combines lessons, theory, and technique.. It's exactly what I was looking for. If you order the book, I'd recommend getting the book/CD combo.

4-0 out of 5 stars Easy to learn...
I have not taken any piano lessens before. Now I can play two tunes," The Entertainer" and " Que Sera Sera" in one month by just following the instruction in the book. I am really happy with this book. When my friend listened to my play through the telephone, she said she wanted to buy the book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice book!
I've gained a farely good skill at piano in just a few months with this book. I would recomend it to any beginner. Good luck!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book for the Beginning Adult Piano Student
I am using this book for piano lessons I started taking in early January. I've wanted to learn how to play the piano my whole life and now at 40 I decided to do it. This book makes it very easy, so far anyway! The pace is steady, I look back now at the songs in the beginning that I struggled with and they are so easy! The combination of warm-ups and songs are just right. I highly recommend this book! ... Read more

132. Sergei Rachmaninoff: A Lifetime in Music (Russian Music Studies)
by Sergei Bertensson, Jay Leyda, Sophia Satina
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When Bertensson and Leyda's 1956 biography appeared, it lifted the veil of secrecy from several areas of of the intensely private Sergei Rachmaninoff's (1873-1943) life, especially concerning the genesis of his compositions and how their critical reception affected him. David Cannata's new introduction summarizes what has happened in Rachmaninoff scholarship since the book was first published. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This book is excellent
I found this book extremely helpful and a joy to read. I have used it as a resource for a Rachmaninoff class that i am creating and also for my own pleasure. It spans through Rachmaninoff's life, going in-depth to look at glimpses of Rachmaninoff's life with family, and then meticulously explores his music career.It looks into what inspired him, his meetings with other famous composers, his performances, and includes many letters about his personal life that he wrote to his family and friends. Overall, an excellent look into the life of a composer about whom we do not know much.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must-have for any Rachmaninoff lover.
This book is very thouroughly written, drawing on resources of Rachmaninoff's relatives, letters that Rachmaninoff himself wrote, and of personal interactions. It gives a glimpse into Rachmaninoff's private life, which very little is known about, and shows Rachmaninoff for the true musical genius that he is. ... Read more

133. The Csound Book: Perspectives in Software Synthesis, Sound Design, Signal Processing,and Programming
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"This is the most important book written in the last decade in the field of electronic music. Together with the new Csound technology, it will revolutionize electronic music." -- Max Mathews, Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford University

Created in 1985 by Barry Vercoe, Csound is one of the most widely used software sound synthesis systems. Because it is so powerful, mastering Csound can take a good deal of time and effort. But this long-awaited guide will dramatically straighten the learning curve and enable musicians to take advantage of this rich computer technology available for creating music.

Written by the world's leading educators, programmers, sound designers, and composers, this comprehensive guide covers both the basics of Csound and the theoretical and musical concepts necessary to use the program effectively. The thirty-two tutorial chapters cover: additive, subtractive, FM, AM, FOF, granular, wavetable, waveguide, vector, LA, and other hybrid methods; analysis and resynthesis using ADSYN, LP, and the Phase Vocoder; sample processing; mathematical and physical modeling; and digital signal processing, including room simulation and 3D modeling. The book comes with two CD-ROMs that include more than forty additional HTML chapters; hundreds of musical compositions; more than 3,000 working instruments; the Csound application for Macintosh, PC, and Linux; and a number of Csound audio and score-generating utilities.

Book/CD-ROM Contributors include: Bill Alves, Stephen Beck, Mike Berry, Riccardo Bianchini, Kim Cascone, Michael Clarke, Richard Dobson, Archer Endrich, John ffitch, Rajmil Fischman, Michael Goggins, Matt Ingalls, Richard Karpen, Eric Lyon, Gabriel Maldonado, Hans Mikelson, Jon Nelson, Dave Phillips, Jean Piché, Russell Pinkston, Paris Smaragdis, Erik Spjut, Barry Vercoe, Scotty Vercoe. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The definitive guide to Csound
First, I must say that I contributed to the CD-ROM included with the book, so my review is not unbiased. That said, I must also say that I find this book to be the definitive source of information for anyone wanting to learn about Csound. Yes, the writing can be technical, as is in the nature of the thing discussed, but the authors have everywhere endeavored to be clear and helpful. There's so much valuable material here, it's going to take me quite a while to get through it all. Btw, the CDs are organized into HTML docs on the one, Data/Apps on the other. And Csound itself is most definitely included: versions are available (on the Data/Apps CD) for DOS/Windows, DirectX, PPC, SGI, Linux, and ActiveX. All in all, a great companion to another MIT Press book, Curtis Roads' "Computer Music Tutorial".

4-0 out of 5 stars The definitive Csound compendium
A word of warning to electronic music newbies: Be sure to learn the fundamentals of synthesis and MIDI before venturing into the realm of Csound. This book assumes a level of knowledge regarding these subjects and will present an insurmountable challenge to someone with no programming experience. However, for those that do, it will present a whole new universe of possibilities.

As a composition tool, there is nothing quite as extensive or powerful as Csound, which is why there is an equally extensive learning curve for its students. I feel that this book is probably better suited as a text for a college course rather than a stand-alone guide for DIYers. But in its defense, I belong to the latter category and have fared pretty well in learning the language.

While I must criticize Mr. Boulanger for not giving thorough enough explanation to some critical topics in his book, overall--this is by and far the best resource for anyone attempting Csound. You will find the contents of the included CD-Roms to be an immense supplement to the book's chapters.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Art of Csound Programming
This book teaches how to create vital sounds by the well-known techniques of DSP. With the programming etiquette of others as a reference, one can learn the art of csound whose potentiality is to be able to make the fine signal processings and the complicated routings, in a word, the musical manifolds. However this book might not be for the beginners. The following books are also recommended;

1) Charles Dodge: Computer Music. This book is for the beginners or the composers, because there is a lot of practical tips. The topics are limited, but its explanations are deep.
2) Curtis Roads: Computer Music Tutorial. This is rather for the students or the researchers, because there is a lot of historical informations on the computer music. The topics are more various, but its explanations are less practical.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners
Csound is probably the most powerful digital synthesizer software available. And it is essentially free. But writing code to produce music can feel like creating your own custom draw program from scratch to create a painting. There is no noodling with a keyboard or twisting knobs and listening to instant results. No, you create an .orc and a .sco file, one for the instruments and the other for the "notes"(though the language can be used to create filters and process sound). This gives you unlimited control, but you pay the price of programming headaches e.g. debugging, crashes, etc. There is also a very steep learning curve. Csound is a work in progress, though. Matt Ingalls's (and others) tireless work has made Csound easier to use, and has even updated it to Mac OS 10. He has also created an extension that allows Csound to interface with Max/MSP, perhaps simplifying the composers task. Nevertheless, Csound has a long legacy as a musicN language, and it has its roots in computer science.

If you are getting started in electronic or computer music and have little background in the field, this book may ultimately prove frustrating. Chapter one provides a perfect example. It opens with an .orc file and uses terms like control rate and sampling rate, but it isn't until much later that we find out what these things mean. Much of the first section is difficult to work through because of this approach. I think that the book would benefit from a rewrite, and I mean truly rewriting section one from scratch so the foundation is Basics of Synthesis. A section written like a "Dummies" book would be helpful for beginners like me, while the Csound mavens could simply flip to chapter X,Y, or Z and read at their level. Otherwise, the author should dispense with the basics and focus on making this a book for those already familiar with Csound. Obviously, the author/editor put tremendous effort into this book, so it seems a pity that it is kind of poorly organized. Finally, The Csound Book would benefit from careful spell checking (the author refers to GEN21 creating "Poison" distributions).

After having spent a year with the Csound book, I can make some recommendations for someone wanting to start electronic composition. You must read Curtis Roads's Computer Music Tutorial, probably the best electronic music book written. Don't let the dry title fool you, it is great reading. It will teach you the fundamentals and will serve as a reference if you decide to tackle Csound. Or, consider using Max/MSP instead of Csound. It isn't free, but it does have a graphical interface, yet it does not sacrifice flexibility. And you can now use Csound as a sort of "plug in" for Max/MSP. If you want to make popular music, Csound will probably only prove useful if your current software can't make a sound that you want.

As I said, Csound is a work in progress. A new book called "Virtual Sound" by Riccardo Bianchini and Alessandro Cipriani, reviewed in the Spring 2002 Computer Music Journal may be a better resource.

4-0 out of 5 stars The ultimate in synthesis
CSound is a multiplatform *free* software synthesis program. It's hard to use at first, but is the most powerful thing around.
Almost every synthesis technique you've ever heard of is implemented in a very flexible fashion. The first version came out in 1985, and it has been developing steadily since. This book contains separate articles by many authors, so there is something of a lack of overall coherence to the work. It comes with 2 CD-ROMs containing software for Mac, Linux and PC, hundreds of musical compositions, more than 3000 working instruments, and much more. There is a third CD-ROM available separately. This CD-ROM contains over 2000 orchestra and score text files, and the corresponding audio files in mp3 format. It is also possible to order separately an updated version of the 2 CD-ROMs that came with the book, from the same web site, whether or not you own the book. ... Read more

134. Whores: An Oral Biography of Perry Farrell and Jane's Addiction
by Brendan Mullen
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The first biography of Jane's Addiction who became Godfathers of the Alternative Nation, originated the Lollapalooza festival, and captured the spirit of Los Angeles at its most decadent.

Jane's Addiction's 1988 breakthrough album, Nothing's Shocking, had a seismic impact on the music scene of the late 80s. With a bracing combination of metal, punk, and psychedelica, coupled with lead singer Perry Farrell's banshee-in-a-windtunnel vocals, the arrival of Jane's Addiction put what would soon be co-opted as"alternative" on the map. Rising from the depths of Venice Beach's junkie-surfer demonade, Jane's Addiction freely mixed the decadent with the innocent, and paved the way for the mainstream success of bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nirvana. After Nothing's Shocking, Jane's Addiction released another classic album, Ritual de Lo Habitual (featuring the hit "Been Caught Stealing"), founded the Lollapalooza festival, and openly celebrated a bacchanalian lifestyle that blurred all lines of gender and sexuality.

Drawn from original interviews with the band (including Farrell and guitarist Dave Navarro), their friends, and musical colleagues, Whores will take readers through the early days of the band to their drug-addled breakup and eventual triumphant reunion with the 2003 release of their album Strays. Along the way, providing a candid, sometimes disturbing glimpse into the dynamic alternative rock scene of Los Angeles in the '80s and '90s. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Jane's Addiction....bread and spread in LA....
First of all, I really looked forward to this book. I read it in 3-4 hours in two sittings and it was very entertaining. Brendan Mullen wrote an extended article in SPIN Magazine on Jane's Addiction back when their Strays album came out a couple years ago. He states, at the beginning of this book, that band members more or less stopped giving interviews shortly after the albums release so he couldn't get additional information for the book. This forced him to search high and low for other key characters who surrounded Jane's Addiction, along with the band and management, in telling their complete story. It worked. This is a great book and gives an excellent perspective as to what Jane's achieved and what they were up against (primarily themselves). Anyone familiar with Jane's will notice a few familiar quotes and paragraphs from past interviews dating back more than 15 years. Mullen pulls from all sources and paints a good picture of band's impact on the LA music scene at that time and the argument that they created the alternative scene that Cobain and others were able to blow the doors open on a few years later. The development of Lollapalooza is very interesting as well. This book would receive a five star rating had the band done interviews more recently specifically for the book. Unfortunately, they didn't and you have to stick to their old interviews which in many ways is good for catching the moment but not as good for catching the band's perspective on their impact over time. Had they done interviews it may have turned out more like the Crue's DIRT. But Jane's was a much darker band, and you definitely get the feeling here. Actually it sounds like Porno For Pyros was more drug-addled than Jane's, if that's possible. This is a biography and almost gets 4.5 stars. The 5 Star books will be the complete autobiographies by Avery, Perkins, Navarro and Farrell. They'll come in time. Long live Jane's Addiction, one of the last truly great rock 'n roll bands...... ... Read more

135. The Beatles Complete Chord Songbook
by Hal Leonard
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Asin: 0634022296
Catlog: Book (2000-02-01)
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Sales Rank: 2597
Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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This great collection features all 194 songs written and sung by The Beatles, specially transcribed here for strumming guitarists, from the actual recordings, in the original keys. Each song includes chord symbols, guitar chord boxes and complete lyrics. Also features a helpful playing guide and a full discography. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great book -- but why are several songs out of order?
This book advanced my piano and guitar playing more than several years of lessons; it essentially taught me how to play by chords vs. sight reading. I do, however, recommend a few improvements:

1) Eleven songs appear out-of-order [check out the Amazon pages above]. Here's a list:
Dear Prudence (off by 4 pages)
Golden Slumbers (off by a whopping 36 pages)
I Am the Walrus (off by 14 pages)
I've Got a Feeling (off by 24 pages)
Long, Long, Long (off by 12 pages)
Maxwell's Silver Hammer (off by 4 pages)
Old Brown Shoe (off by 24 pages)
Rain (off by 3 pages)
Sun King (off by 14 pages)
The End (off by 2 pages)
You'll Be Mine (off by 8 pages)

[Perhaps the songs should have been listed in order by album/recording date?]

2) The binding is poor, and cannot be used on a music stand.

3) The key transposition (on songs where the capo is recommended) is a bummer... to play the songs without a capo requires a re-transposition [not too easy to do on-the-fly].

5-0 out of 5 stars Well Written
"The Beatles Complete Chord Songbook" is indeed a wonderful compilation of all of the Beatles original songs complete with the guitar tabs, chords and lyrics. The tabs are easy to read and are well placed. Highly recommend this book to any guitar playing Beatles fans!!!!
Brian R. Cunningham

1-0 out of 5 stars Hal Leonard deceived customers
On its website, Hal Leonard shows that this book contains piano notes as well as those for guitar and vocal, with a picture showing what its content should be like. Yet in reality, there is no piano notes at all! They simply decievied customers into buying their books, and they are unwilling to apologize! Until now, that mistake still exists in their website. They argued that this book is a "fake" book that can be used for piano. What an incredible excuse! Shameless enough. I wonder why such a lousy company can exist till now.

4-0 out of 5 stars Two pages shy of being truly complete.
This book is a bare-bones chord structure guide to the songs written and performed by the Beatles in the 1950s and 1960s. It gives no real illustrations as to the exact fingerings used by the Beatles on their records. Titles include official discography rejects like That Means A Lot, You Know What To Do, and You'll Be Mine (all of which made appearances on the Anthology), but, inexplicably, do not include the 1970s Lennon demos-made-Beatles-singles Real Love and Free As A Bird. Seeing as the latter two songs were released as singles and thus should count more as Beatles canon than early-era testbed dross like In Spite Of All The Danger (recorded and released purely by incident), this book is, in my book, somewhat less than complete.

4-0 out of 5 stars Buena edición.
Este compilado de las canciones de los Beatles es realmente bueno, es fácil de ejecutar, y los acordes son casi exactos, sin embargo, no están todas las canciones y no presentan las partituras ni tablaturas para usuarios más avanzados. Pero lo recomiendo para uso personal o un regalo muy bienvenido.


Alain ... Read more

136. Making Master Guitars
by Roy Courtnall
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Asin: 0709048092
Catlog: Book (2002-06-01)
Publisher: Robert Hale & Company
Sales Rank: 80871
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Greatest book on classical guitar
Great book that has measured drawings of many master guitars. Unlike steel string guitars, where a few models dominate, and look different, say Gibson vs. dreadnaught martin, classical guitars look externally quite similar, while varying a lot internally, and otherwise. Many of the great artists of the steel string guitar play factory models, for a variety of reasons. Top classical guitarists largely play models that originated in small shops with one or a few craftsmen. For these reasons anyone who wants to make a study of building classical guitars will find this eclectic group of guitars very important.

However, one should consider:

The building instructions are 1) European in orientation, few jigs, open assembly and so forth, actually the best place for any guitarmaker to start, but not how most here do; 2) Weak in places, because the writer is not an expert guitar builder himself, though overall very helpful, and a useful reference.

The flip side of a great book on classic designs is that it isn't a good book on current designs. Guitar making theory has advanced somewhat (though one doubts the new instruments are better, they are nonetheless preferred by many anyway). Tone vs. durability or volume for instance. There has been a huge amount of new detail added to modern classicals, for instance work on intonation, volume, wolf notes, fingerboard playability, longevity, and so forth. this stuff isn't here, but on the other hand, it's plastered over the internet.

If you have seen the violin book, this one isn't the same. The violin book was partnered with a greatish builder. Deals a lot with modern practice (though being violins, that isn't that different anyway), and the violin book doesn't have lots of useful measured drawings (any in fact), because you can get patterns of the ouline parts for strads etc...

With whatever reservations, this is the greatest book on the classical guitar, and very reasonably priced, it used to sell for 100.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE book on guitar making
Having read all the other books on guitar making, I was amazed to find this one, Making mAster Guitars, so clear, detailed, yet logical and easy to follow. For the first time I felt able to tackle making my own guitar, and the results were pleasing. It would have been nice to have some colour pictures of the historial rosettes, etc., but even so, I advise any aspiring guitar makers to get this one.

I want to try making a violin next, and I will certainly be buying The Art of Violin Making, by the same author.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great book. It has really helped me make good guitars.
This is the clearest, and most well-explained text I have found on guitar making. Everything is explained in great detail, and is therefore easy to follow. Courtnalls new book, THE ART OF VIOLIN MAKING, is similarly exellent on violin making, and has a foreword by Yehudi Menuhin. ... Read more

137. 4-CD Brief set for use with Music: An Appreciation, brief
by RogerKamien, Roger Kamien
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Asin: 0072426403
Catlog: Book (2001-07-30)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
Sales Rank: 26919
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138. Just Standards Real Book, C
by Warner Brothers, Warner Bros. Publications
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Asin: 0757901611
Catlog: Book (2001-02-01)
Publisher: Warner Brothers Publications
Sales Rank: 99622
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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· 250 Songs

· Just Classic Standards

· Just The "Right" Changes

· Suggested Chord Substitutions

· Lyrics Included

· Extensively Cross-Referenced

· Discography ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This is the best fakebook I have seen in 20 years!
In my 20 years of experience, music fake books have always been plagued with wrong chord changes, incorrectly notated melodies, and very few of them have tunes you would actually need on a gig in the real world. They generally have lots of filler tunes you will never use.

This fake book is unbelievably well thought out. It looks great, you get verses to most tunes, you get lyrics to most tunes, and the chords area absolutely right meaning you can whip this out on a gig without any reservations. As soon I a thumbed though it at the local book store I knew I had to have it. I hope this sets the standards for all future fake books.

Well done Warner Bros!!! Finally a fake book that I can actually use on a gig with confidence because it is correct and it is extremely easy to read. I can't wait for many more volumes like this!!!

Dave morehead

5-0 out of 5 stars Great alternate chords
This is an excellent fake that was well thought out. First the song selection is an excellent cross section of Standards.While it contains the "standard" standards such as Moonlight in Vermont, it also has pieces that are often over looked, like "A Sunday kind of love" and "I had the craziest dream". But even if you have these peieces in other compilations, the alternate chording is exciting. I made many new discoveries of great chords.

Each song takes up a whole page large easy to read notes, but one never has to turn a page to finish a song. If it takes two pages they are always face to face. A song like "Evergreen" always seems to require a page turn but is avoided in this book. The sections of the piece are divided by letters. the verse is noted, than the chorus is A the mid section is B and a repeat of the chorus is C. There are some songs with a Section D and E denoting major shift in the melody. This is a big help when singing and playing and in identifying repeats.

I would really like to see VOL.II of the standard series. ... Read more

139. Indie Bible, Sixth Edition
by David Wimble
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Asin: 0968621449
Catlog: Book (2004-10)
Publisher: Big Meteor Publications
Sales Rank: 19347
Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
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Description: The Indie Bible shows you where to get your music reviewed, your songs played, and your CDs sold!

The 6th Edition of the Indie Bible is 316 pages and contains:

- 4200 publications from around the world that will REVIEW your CD!
- 3400 radio stations from around the world will PLAY your songs!
- 600 vendors and services that will help you to SELL your music!
- 330 sites where you can UPLOAD your band's MP3 files!
- 500 helpful resources and sites where you can PROMOTE your band!

51 articles that will help your career to MOVE forward rapidly! Authors include Tim Sweeney, Daylle Deanna Schwartz, Jeri Goldstein, Brian Austin Whitney, Derek Sivers, Diane Rapaport, Peter Spellman, Bryan Farrish,Christopher Knab and many more! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This is an awesome collection of information!
The Indie Bible is a whole library of music-based information books, all combined into one single book. It has everything that a musician, songwriter, singer, would need to know about breaking into the business. It is a great resource for everyone in the music industry. I have found more listings than I did looking all over the Internet, and in several other books. And, it is all in one. I would say that this book is probably the only book a musician would ever need to own!

5-0 out of 5 stars A great service for Indie artists!
I think the effort and hard work that goes into the Indie Bible is something I have to take off my hat too. This is wonderful book, and such a great service for Indie Artists.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource!
This really is a super product............keep up the excellent work!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Indie Bible amazing data base!
Just wanted to tell you that the Indie Bible amazing data base. I was the songwriter/ guitarist for the million selling MCA band, TRIXTER. Now that I'm reinventing myself w/ 40FT. RINGO, I'm using all the weapons necessary to conquer. This book is definitely part of the arsenal!

5-0 out of 5 stars A fantastic resource!
We've taken the wrapper off and WOW what an amazing resource! It is a fabulous publication. It is indeed the bible for independent musicians. We here at Alchemical Radio shall find The Indie Bible a fantastic resource for years to come. ... Read more

140. Hearing and Writing Music: Professional Training for Today's Musician (2nd Edition)
by Ron Gorow
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Asin: 0962949671
Catlog: Book (2002-09-01)
Publisher: September Publishing
Sales Rank: 10634
Average Customer Review: 4.48 out of 5 stars
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A self-training manual as well as a classroom text, this book is a complete step-by-step course to develop the musician's ability to hear and notate any style of music. Personal training, thoery and exercises produce techniques which are combined in an integrated craft which may be applied to composition, orchestration, arranging, improvisation and performance. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars On "Hearing and Writing Music" by Ron Gorow
"Hearing and Writing Music", by Ron Gorow, is a superb book. It makes a simple and elegant presentation of the internal process by which we hear sounds and music, how we recognize intervals, chords, melody, harmony, counterpoint, and the timbre of instrumentation/ orchestration, how we can develop the skills of listening, auditory memory and imagination, and how to use these skills to hear and to write down music of any sort. The hallmark of an expert is the ability to explain the basics of his field as simply as possible. By that standard, Mr. Gorow has proven his expertise in this book.

I note that the other reviews, both for Amazon and in musical journals, tend to limit the importance of "Hearing and Writing Music" to ear training. I believe that Mr. Gorow's book is valuable for much more than ear training. I have studied it, and as a result of that study, I believe that my auditory memory and imagination and my abilities in score reading have improved enormously. Further, I have been able to use the skills in this book to transcribe melodies, harmonies and counterpoint almost effortlessly, both those that I have heard, and those which existed only in my imagination. This book has opened many doors for me. I believe that it can do so for many others.

On a personal note, for the last 30 years, I have been able to hear and compose music in my imagination. Unfortunately, I have been almost exclusively self-taught, and I despaired of ever being able to write down what I heard. Mr. Gorow's book, and my use of it, has changed all that. I have just completed the first movement of a symphonic tone poem, and I intend on continuing to compose for the rest of my life.

I have studied many books on music theory, and have listened to and studied many pieces of music. If I may make an analogy, my studies had formed the equivalent of a crystalline solution. "Hearing and Writing Music" was the equivalent of a seed crystal, which put everything into order, and transformed me from a listener to a composer. I cannot recommend it highly enough for those who wish to become songwriters, arrangers, or composers, or those who wish to improve their skills.

5-0 out of 5 stars Something for every musician
"Hearing and Writing Music" is a marvelously comprehensive and concretely practical book for musicians. There is something in this book for every musician, regardless of experience level. The beginning musician could read it methodically chapter-by-chapter, absorbing the text and carefully doing each exercise, while the professional musician might zero in on specific topics to enrich his knowledge and skills. I was especially intrigued by the discussion of the intervals as they relate to the harmonic series. Mr. Gorow strikes a delicate balance between scientific and aesthetic points of view; he explores the mathematical basis of music, while never losing sight of the artistic purpose of it. Mr. Gorow's method of transcription, which is perhaps the heart and soul of the book (though by no means its only purpose) is full of insight and practical advice. I applaud and heartily recommend this important and valuable book. - Andrew Kinney, professional composer/orchestrator


I do not go to collage for music and I don't take formal lessons from any instructors so I am no authority on any subject in music but I'll do my best to review this book. Ron covers every corner of music I can think of. Rhythm, Intervals, Harmonies, Modes, Notation, Transcribing, you name it, its probably in this book. Probably the best part of this book are his Exercises. If you seriously devoted a lot of time into these exercises, your musicianship would improve 100%. The ear training part is great, and most of all its not boring like some other books I have read. This book will keep you on your toes and not falling over in your chair! I liked all the information on the mental and spiritual part of playing. He devotes some pages to get your mind prepared for the journey into sound. A lot of other texts I have read lack this and are very sterile and dry. Toward the end there is tons of information on references, resources, jobs and links to a lot of cool websites. Some of the material may be a bit strong for a complete beginner, but there is nothing you can't get through in time. If you play Rock (like me, Shoutout to all the Rockers!!), Metal, Blues, Country, Jazz, Techno, Classical or any style of music that uses 12 tones I would give this book a shot. Us independent people that are not studying at a collage or taking lessons thrive on books like this. I would expect a book like this to cost at least $50.00! You can't ask for a better deal then this!

5-0 out of 5 stars A graduate-level title from the school of experience!
I own and have read just about every book on composition, orchestration and film scoring. I have to say.... this title (both the first and second edition) is not only the greatest deal in the domain, but perhaps the finest title!

Ron's book has a way of filling in the gaps, perfecting your musical knowlege and command of the craft. From interval and ear training to notation, composition and theory, this book has it all.

Understanding the principles in this title is key to not only a fulfilling musical career, but a successful one as well.

Do yourself a favor - get this book and read it several times, do the exercises, practice the lessons daily, and you'll find your musicianship, skills and pleasure of music grow!

- Christian

3-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Music Theory - Wacky Science Theory
I agree with most of the reviewer's comments on the excellent methods, information, and ideas given about how to train yourself in the various hearing and transcription disciplines as they relate to improving musicianship. I have nothing further to add to those comments other than to say I also highly recommend the book for a rather fresh, insightful approach to learning that material. There is also a very good reference section containing books, websites, and other supportive information.

HOWEVER, and this is a big BUT, the scientific and more technical ideas that are presented here to fill in the 'bigger' picture of how music material relates to the physical world around us are tenuous much of the time and unfortunately even erroneous in some instances. There is an apparent misunderstanding about the very significant distinction between electro-magnetic waves and sound waves which require and depend on a "medium" like air or water to propagate. To state or imply that the only difference between light and sound is a question of frequency range is just incorrect. Also, the author tries to superimpose the golden section (phi) over the harmonic series stating that every interval progresses up the harmonic series becoming smaller by precisely the golden section (approx. .6180339...). The number itself is not shown correctly in the book, and if you simply do the math, you'll find that this just isn't even close to being true beyond the 2nd octave. Where did he come up with that?!!

If the 3rd chapter had been left out, I would probably give this book 5 stars. It is unfortunate, because when he is in the domain of hearing and writing music, which is most of the book, it is very enlightening and effective. ... Read more

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