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141. Ableton Live 4 Power! (Power!)
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142. Dance Music Manual: Toys, Tools
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141. Ableton Live 4 Power! (Power!)
by Chad Carrier, David Hill
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Asin: 1592005314
Catlog: Book (2004-12-01)
Publisher: Muska & Lipman/Premier-Trade
Sales Rank: 28571
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Get ready to make music that rocks using the amazing new features of Ableton Live 4. This comprehensive guide is designed to help you take full advantage of this revolutionary live performance and studio software. Written for all Live users, from digital audio beginners to seasoned pros, "Ableton Live 4 Power! explores each fundamental feature within Live and provides power-user tips and insider tricks for integrating Live into your home or professional studio. But you won?t stop there! Learn what this amazing software has to offer for live performers. Whether you use Live for producing, composing, DJing, film, or television, "Ableton Live 4 Power!" helps you to put the fun back into making music with computers. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very well done guide and reference for Ableton Live 4
This is a really a great book to 1) help you learn Live 4 better, 2) get better in-depth coverage of some old and new areas in Live, 3) see new ways of working with Live, and 4) have a great guide to supplement the Ableton provided manual.

I've been getting a lot out of Live since Live 3, and this book has been a great tool in quickly learning some of the new features of Live 4, as well as picking up a lot of great tips.

It's written well, and put together for the person who wants to get a lot of tutorial-style info, methods to use Live quicker and smarter, and get even more musical goodness out of Live.

Very happy I bought this book, an easy 5 star recommendation.



5-0 out of 5 stars This book really helped!
Although I had gotten my feet wet using Ableton Live 4, I didn't realize what I was missing until I read this book.I am now much faster and can do a lot of really cool stuff that I didn't even realize was possible with Live before reading this book.It's also much easier to read than other technical manuals I've read, written in an engaging, conversational style that is easy to understand while imparting some pretty deep knowledge.Actually inspired me to dig into Live and try what I was learning.I highly recommend this one!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible Software, Amazing Book
Having used this program for quite some time, I thought I pretty much knew everything it could do.Boy, was I wrong.Chad Carrier brilliantly guides you through all the incredible features of this software, and he does it in a way that doesn't leave you scratching your head.I was surprised to discover just how much this program can do.If you are a musician or a producer, Ableton Live is one of the greatest new music making tools to come along in years.This book does an incredible job of explaining all the many features in Live 4, and I highly recommend both the software and this book for anyone who has ever wanted to get into making music on their computer. I'm inspired. OK, back to the studio! ... Read more

142. Dance Music Manual: Toys, Tools and Techniques
by Rick Snoman
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Asin: 0240519159
Catlog: Book (2004-07-01)
Publisher: Focal Press
Sales Rank: 29278
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Whatever your level of experience, The Dance Music Manual is packed with sound advice, techniques and practical examples to help you achieve professional results. Written by a professional producer and remixer, the book is organised into three accessible sections:

Technology and theory
If youre relatively new to the technology and theory behind todays dance music, Rick Snoman discusses the basics of MIDI, synthesis and sampling, as well as music theory, effects, compression, microphone techniques and sound design.
Dance genres
This section covers techniques for producing different musical styles, including Trance, Trip Hop, Rap and House. Snoman takes a close look at the general programming principles behind drum loops, basses and leads for each genre, in addition to the programming and effects used to create the sounds.
Mixing and promotion
Snoman guides you through the art of mixing, mastering, remixing, pressing and publishing your latest masterpiece. This includes a look at how record companies operate, copyrighting your material, pressing your own records and the costs involved. Finally, guest contributors offer essential advice on DJing and how to create your own website to promote your music.

The CD provides demo tracks showing what can be achieved when applying the advice contained in the book, including examples of the quality difference before and after mixing and mastering. The CD also contains free software demos for you to download.

For even more advice and resources, check out the books official website

* Learn the art of creating original dance tracks and remixes using any music software
* Packed with examples and tips for achieving professional results and getting your music heard
* Includes a free CD-Rom with MIDI files, samples and example tracks
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5-0 out of 5 stars A fantastic manual for music production
I'm only 1/3 the way through this book and it's already worth the purchase price.Rick Snoman has created a masterpiece:A comprehensive manual of music production techniques that is focused and practical.

What I enjoy most is that Mr. Snoman focuses on the "hows and whys" of music production and gets to the point of things -- He doesn't waste your time blabbering about things that don't apply to what you are trying to accomplish.The book is also very well organized and builds you up step by step.Note however, that this book is (thankfully) NOT geared for absolute beginners:Basic concepts are introduced only briefly, as the "meat" of the book has to do with practical applications and professional techniques -- I think this is great, as intermediate and advanced musicians won't feel that something is lacking.

Though the book is obviously focused on dance music, there's a great wealth of recording and production knowledge conveyed by the author that can be used creatively in other genres as well, especially as home studios proliferate.

There are a few minor mistakes to be found, e.g. there is terminology confusion in the music theory section.However, these are minor issues when you compare them with the amount and quality of information found elsewhere in the book.

Five stars!

5-0 out of 5 stars Jam packed with great info.
Wow! I am so impressed with the amount of information packed into one book! Snoman really knows his business. I particularly liked the sections on synthesis and mixing. I have been a recording engineer for some time now and found that I still had some things to learn when it came to dance music.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must-have for aspiring dance musicians

Did you ever wish you could train under a master producer? - I did!

I struggled to find the answers to my questions. Where does one go, I wondered, to learn the secrets of the trance masters? Who will teach me to program this beastly synth I have in front of me? And how the heck do I balance my instrument volumes?

Well, The Dance Music Manual is the answer to all those questions and more. And it was worth every penny I paid for it!

This book will answer so many questions you have. It covers everything from the basics (dance music theory) to the more advanced topics (sound programming theory). And the mixing and mastering chapters just blew my mind.

If you are an aspiring producer or already a professional, you will find this book to be a helpful guide or reference to the dance genre of your choice!

5-0 out of 5 stars The difference between being mediocre and great
This book is nothing short of brilliant.It is incredibly well written touching on the details of MIDI, mechanics of sound and synthesis, sound design, mixing and history of electronic music.

Every page is full of obviously a lifetime of experience.Before reading this book, I was struggling with trying to understand how to make my music something more than mediocre.After reading this book, almost immediately the quality and creativity of my music jumped 1000 fold.

If you are serious about learning how to make music, or making your music great - BUY THIS BOOK NOW!

5-0 out of 5 stars An essential book for every modern musician!
The Dance Music Manual is very well-written, with the right balance of technical and hands-on knowledge. Every chapter presents enough practical information for a person to try out things on his own.

Most people will find that the author's inside view of the industry is worth the price of the book alone. Furthermore, he has an impressive range of experience and understanding of music.

Although its title explains that it covers the modern music dance genres, it's actually a goldmine of information on other topics pertinent to all musicians, such as: a thorough-yet-concise explanation of mixing and mastering, how to record vocal tracks, practical synthesizer programming, the use of compression, processing and effects, how music may be tampered with by radio stations, why it may be a good idea to release different demos, the ins-and-outs of hardware and software--all things which every musician nowadays should know thoroughly.
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143. Notes on Broadway: Conversations with the great songwriters
by Al Kasha
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Asin: 0809251620
Catlog: Book (1985)
Publisher: Contemporary Books
Sales Rank: 443202
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144. The Enjoyment of Music: An Introduction to Perspective Listening
by Joseph MacHlis, Kristine Forney
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Asin: 0393943321
Catlog: Book (2003-02-01)
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc (Np)
Sales Rank: 162447
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145. Piano for the Developing Musician
by Martha Hilley, Lynn Freeman Olson
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Asin: 0534517781
Catlog: Book (2001-09-14)
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
Sales Rank: 193979
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This text is aimed at music majors who must pass a piano proficiency examination before graduating. Every chapter is tightly structured around skills that majors must know. Hilley's expert pedagogical approach takes full advantage of Olson's original music (written especially for this text), and the book aggressively pursues its musical goals. Together, the authors have created a compelling and consistent text that synthesizes keyboard skills, music theory, and creativity. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great for all Keyboardists!
I studied under Martha at the University of Texas and went through her program using this book.I resented having to learn piano - it wasn't my primary instrument.In fact, I couldn't have been less interested in piano.But time goes by and a decade later I am actually a keyboardist in a rock band.I credit my ability to cover many styles to Martha and the PDM book.My wife, a "real" pianist, is amazed that I can improvise and cover most any tune with ease - something she isn't able to do very well (though she is a remarkable pianist).Bottom line - this is an excellent book and should be studied by PIANISTS as well as other musicians.I would submit that THE three books to have for all Keyboardists to own are 1) The Jazz Piano Book - Mark Levine, 2) Jazz Theory - Mark Levine, 3) Piano for the Developing Musician.Great Books.Buy 'em!Love and Peace, Brian

5-0 out of 5 stars Great teaching tool!
This book is wonderful for teachers who want to teach non-piano musicianshow to play.Also useful for teaching oneself how to play. Easy to follow,which makes the piano easy to play! Great book! ... Read more

146. Make Your Own Electric Guitar
by Melvyn Hiscock, Brian May
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Asin: 0953104907
Catlog: Book (1998-10-01)
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Publishing
Sales Rank: 14173
Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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The electric guitar is the musical instrument of the last 30 years. In that time, names like Fender and Gibson have acquired an aura--and a price--that are truly remarkable. For some, however, it is not enough to buy a guitar--the challenge of designing and hand-making a unique, customized instrument is the dream. Since 1986, these people have turned to one book: Make Your Own Electric Guitar. Written in a clear, relaxed style, it covers every facet of guitar design and construction, as well as electronic theory and practice, and full woodworking and wiring techniques--all supported with plenty of photos and diagrams. Now in a revised and expanded edition, Make Your Own Electric Guitar will enable any musician or enthusiast with basic woodworking skills to create a uniquely valuable instrument. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best out there
This is one of the best guitar building books out there. It helps you with many doubts that arise during the process of building a guitar, plus details the construction of 3 major projects: A bolt on guitar, a set neck guitar, and a bass. Following every project step by step, you get coverage of mostly all processes involved in any kind of electric guitar building.
In my own project I had a strong doubt about neck angle, since I was using a TOM bridge, but this book helped me clear all that.

Filled with black and white illustrations all along, the book deals with designing a body, cutting it, binding it, building a neck from scratch, gluing or bolting it and dealing with electronics, to finally achieving high gloss finish. There is also a very useful set of templates for pickup routing of guitars and basses. In all, with this book and supported by the guitar maker's forums on the net, I was able to build my first guitar. Check my website for pics of my project.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book covering solid body guitar construction
I enjoyed this book. I found it pleasant to read while giving thorough coverage to the three main styles of solid body guitar construction (bolt on neck, glued in neck, and neck-through-body). After the introductory chapters, a guitar of each of these styles is built from start to finish in separate chapters. These serve as an excellent example of the unique features of each of the three designs. The author spends considerable effort to point out strengths and weaknesses in well known designs from the major manufacturers. This is presented to help the reader in the design phase. He also covers the critical relationship between neck angle and bridge height more thoroughly than I have seen in any other book. Despite the title, this book covers only SOLID body guitar and bass construction. No coverage is given to archtop or hollow body electric guitar styles.

2-0 out of 5 stars this book is useless
if you have never built a guitar before, do not get this book. this book does not tell you how to build a guitar, it is just a book of tips on building a guitar. there are no steps and everything is out of order. first it tells you how to install a truss rod, then it tells you how to install frets, then it tells you how to build a neck, then it tells you how to put the neck on the body, then it tells you how to the body is made in 3 different ways. the whole thing is out of order and confusing, i am very disappointed.

4-0 out of 5 stars a must
for any budding lutier. But what you really want to do after you get this book is buy Dan Elewine's video from Stewart-McDonald on how to build a solid body electric guitar. It's more comprehensive. This is good toilet reading, though.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
From constructing the neck to designing and gluing the body together, Hiscock leads you through the whole process. If you've been playing with the though of making your own guitar but need a push, this book will give you the courage and the inspiration you need. Mind you that constructing your own guitar will not be a simple task. Even with the book in hand you still need to put your own brains to work because this book will not give you a blueprint. Instead you are encouraged to make you own design though if you really want to, you can make the guitar look similar as the one the author makes.

What I really like about this book is that it does not describe the making of just one electric guitar. The author will lead you through 3 guitar designs, a Gibson style guitar and a Fender style guitar. The big difference between the two is how the neck is attached to the body, glued versus bold on. Also Hiscock explains the making of a through-neck 8 string bass guitar. This will give you the knowledge of starting to experiment on your own and you will be able to truly make a guitar to your own likings.

This is in my opinion the best book if you would like to make your own electric guitar. However the "relaxed" style of writing can be a little annoying sometimes. For those of you who never seen the TV series Catweasel (broadcasted in Great Britain in the 70ties), and few have in the US, a title like Electrickery will not be understood. If you know that you can not buy elephant tusk in the USA unless it was imported before (I believe) 1970, then a picture of a elephant to show that tusk looks better on a elephant than on a guitar is just plain weird. But let's blame it on the famous British humor. And if I may nitpick, the font used for the paragraphs is ill chosen.

I give this book 5 stars because of it's detail and Hiscock explains things very clear. Still if you don't know your chisel from your bandsaw, constructing a guitar may not be the best choice for your first project. But combine some basic woodworking skills and a little common sense and this book will enable you to make a guitar that is structurally sound and a joy to play. ... Read more

147. Solo Jazz Piano : The Linear Approach
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Asin: 0634007610
Catlog: Book (2002-11-01)
Publisher: Berklee Press
Sales Rank: 60122
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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A step-by-step approach to solo jazz improvisation for piano. Learn to improvise using the techniques pioneered by piano greats Lenny Tristano and Dave McKenna. This methodical approach to learning the art of solo jazz piano improvisation will free your creative sense of music. It begins with a review of chord symbol interpretation, walks through bass line development, and ends with how to play several melodic lines simultaneously in stimulating musical conversation. You'll learn how to develop solos that embellish and support the melody, and use lead sheets to help you generate your own musical ideas. Twenty-one lessons present techniques, practice exercises, and tunes based on jazz standards. Notated transcriptions of sample improvisations illustrate each lesson's technique, and the accompanying CD lets you hear a master improviser put these ideas to work. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Foundation for Solo Jazz Piano
I'm a serious amateur jazz pianist who has long noticed that most other jazz piano books--including Mark's Levine's excellent "Jazz Piano Book"--assume you're always playing in a trio or larger ensemble. Consequently, they say very little about the unique problems of solo playing, bass lines, etc. This very well written and organized book contains the best instructional foundation for playing solo jazz piano I've seen anywhere. I had been looking for a book like this for about a decade without success because it was published relatively recently.

After several years of study from Levine's book and others in conjunction with occasional lessons from a couple of good teachers, I decided to study almost exclusively from this book on my own for awhile about a year ago. My solo playing has definitely improved a lot, and studying bass lines in depth seems to have improved my musical ear somehow, making it easier to improvise strong lines in the right hand.

Each chapter of "Solo Jazz Piano" begins with a clear, succinct presentation of the theory that will be drilled throughout the remainder of that chapter. This is generally followed by an etude written out in full (both clefs) that allows the student to feel what it's like to apply the theory immediately. I've learned a lot by analyzing the author's etudes. The etude is then followed by a leadsheet (usually with chord changes the same as or similar to those of the etude). The student is then directed to create an arrangement using the newly learned theory (and techniques learned in prior chapters) to create an original arrangement of the leadsheet. This system is very effective and helps the concepts "stick" in the student's mind, in my opinion. The first part of the book also includes an excellent review of basic chord theory. Once the study of bass lines begins, the author does not abandon the study and use of chords. On the contrary, he reminds the student to play 'comping arrangements in which the left hand plays a bass line and the right hand plays well-voice-led 'comping chords in addition to the usual excercises in which the student plays the melody (with or without added voices in the right hand) and a left-hand bass line. This ensures a well-rounded approach. My only criticism of this book is that it should have been spiral bound like Mark Levine's "Jazz Theory Book" for easier use at the piano.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough to anyone desiring to learn how to play SOLO jazz piano. For those just beginning to learn jazz improvisation, I also recommend "The Joy of Improv" (two volumes) by Dave Frank and "How to Improvise by Hal Crook." Both Dave and Hal have also been faculty at Berklee College of Music.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This book is one of the most practical piano instruction books that I have come come across--the kind of book that you can sit at the piano with and benefit from immediately. It's minimally theoretical, focusing primarily on drills and concepts that are universally applicable. Particularly useful are the sections on baseline motives. I was able to integrate them into my playing instantly. This is not to say that the book is a quick read. There is a lot of information, and many techniques to master. I recommend it to anyone who wishes to improve as a solo pianist.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent practice resource with genuine depth and insight.
Neil Olmstead offers one of the most complete jazz piano approaches I have ever seen, and I have a good collection of quality books. All exercises are clearly explained, and there is plenty to work on, so expect to use it for a long time. This book is designed for dedicated enthusiasts and professionals alike. Mr. Olmstead's teaching experience at Berklee combined with his taste, knowledge, and ability contribute to this unique approach to enhancing jazz skills at the piano. His stated influences for his method are Dave McKenna and Lennie Tristano, and if you're familiar with these artists (and you don't have to be; anyone can benefit), you'll want help in analyzing their incredible styles and techniques. The book opens by helping you to arrange appropriate chord voicings--with both hands and the left hand alone. You'll practice comping while recognizing and employing common extensions. The book not only recommends harmonizing melodies--it guides you to the next step which is key to any jazz musician: improvising over the changes with a solid, complementary left hand technique. Gradually, bass line development is helpfully presented. The etudes offer left hand arrangements rarely seen in other books. You'll gain insight to help you with your own ideas. All the tunes are based on real jazz standards, and they are often written in three different formats to give you the scope you need to assimilate them. For example, the first version might give you a full arrangement (left hand nuances written); the second, just the chord changes and and an embellished melody; a third might request that you work on a bass line/ and or comping idea. To top it off, you get a demonstration CD with improvisation samples.
The later chapters get progressively sophisticated with ideas on how to change meter, and how to play ballads with a swing feel and vice versa.
The print is of high quality--though I wish the book were spiral-bound because it is thick.
I take my time with it; there is so much in it, and it is fun. There are many resources that I use for my practice routine, and this one is about as thorough as you can get, especially since it focuses exclusively on solo jazz piano. Some books assume you are always part of a band. So if you are ready to work and enjoy doing it, this volume is for you. ... Read more

148. Careless Love : The Unmaking of Elvis Presley
by Peter Guralnick
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Catlog: Book (2000-02-10)
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Sales Rank: 11045
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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"Here at last is the full, true, and mesmerizing story of Elvis Presley's last two decades, in the long-awaited second volume of Peter Guralnick's masterful two-part biography.Last Train to Memphis, the first part of Guralnick's two-volume life of Elvis Presley, was acclaimed by the New York Times as "a triumph of biographical art." This concluding volume recounts the second half of Elvis' life in rich and previously unimagined detail, and confirms Guralnick's status as one of the great biographers of our time. Beginning with Presley's army service in Germany in 1958 and ending with his death in Memphis in 1977, Careless Love chronicles the unraveling of the dream that once shone so brightly, homing in on the complex playing-out of Elvis' relationship with his Machiavellian manager, Colonel Tom Parker. It's a breathtaking, revelatory drama that for the first time places the events of a too-often mistold tale in a fresh, believable, and understandable context.Elvis' changes during these years form a tragic mystery that Careless Love unlocks for the first time. This is the quint essential American story, encompassing elements of race, class, wealth, sex, music, religion, and personal transformation. Written with grace, sensitivity, and passion, Careless Love is a unique contribution to our understanding of American popular culture and the nature of success, giving us true insight at last into one of the most misunderstood public figures of our times. " ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Poignant and Sad, Never a Work of Caricature
We all think we know the post-Army Elvis. He's the gradually fattening lounge act on steroids (and other assorted chemicals) who cranked out awful movies with mechanical regularity. His talent rebounded in the late 60s with his NBC comeback special and some of his live performances to remind us what he meant when his first performances made a young Bob Dylan feel like he was breaking out of jail. Reading Guralnick's successor to "Last Train From Memphis," one is reminded of the old line that airplane pilots experience 98 percent sheer boredom and 2 percent sheer terror. This resembles Elvis's life, enclosed in a dual prison of Graceland's walls and the companionship of the "Memphis Mafia"--his cronies and pals whose lives consisted of serving the King's often bizarre whims, and awaiting his generous handouts. The predicament echoes China's last emperors in their Forbidden City, ruling a landscape they can no longer see and in which they no longer mattered.

This book oozes sadness, and I sensed that Guralnick, whose prose crackles with energy even describing Elvis at his most pathetic, felt personally disappointed with the great waste of talent Elvis's life became. In the preface and on the book's last page, Guralnick makes reference to the mythic Elvis we encountered in "Last Train." In between, a chronicle of pathos unfolds. Guralnick could have used the decline and fall to interrogate the American mythology Elvis once fulfilled, to show how ultimately false it proved. Instead, we get a touchingly human portrait of a man living in the chaos that celebrity creates. I wouldn't wish celebrity on my worst enemy. One is struck by Elvis's loneliness, by the sense of loss occasioned by his mother's death, and from which he clearly never recovered.

The mythic Elvis is still here, particularly in the burst of achievement from the '68 Comeback Special, through the American Recordings with Chips Moman, and the early stands in Vegas. But even when recounting the saddest days of his apotheosis in the mid-70s, Guralnick's tale suddenly shows Elvis explode out of his stupor with charisma and passion, leading his band through the occasional great session or show. Elvis's bizarre obsession with law enforcement and completely surreal desire to meet Richard Nixon and volunteer to serve the country as a Narcotics Agent has something of greatness about it. All that vitality had to go somewhere, and if it's not fed with healthy outlets, it manifests itself strangely.

When I visited Graceland as a tourist a few years ago, the walls still seethed with the boredom the place must have witnessed. Guralnick captures the pathos without descending to the pathetic, while still maintaining a perspetive on his subject that dilutes none of the passion.

5-0 out of 5 stars A poingant, depressing, and insightful look at Elvis...
First and foremost, this is a depressing book. There is a warning in the author's note that the book is about a tragedy, and this is an understatement. Elvis Presely's "fall" was a hard and bitter one. This book outlines events starting in 1960 up to Presely's death in 1977. Things start out looking pretty good for Elvis as he leaves the army and begins his career almost anew, but as the 1970s emerge, things start to cloud over, and the book follows the downward spiraling vortex that Presley and his somewhat bizarre and almost constantly fluctuating entourage followed up to the end. Along the way, Guralnick allows readers to draw their own conclusions about Presley. Mostly the book outlines details of certain events - sometimes so detailed one wonders if Guralnick was there himself - interspersed with commentary from people who lived through these same events. It is not an uplifting read. One gets the impression that Presley's fame isolated him from pretty much the human race, made him untouchable (reprisals were feared by anyone is his immediate "gang", and it didn't help matters that most of them were on his payroll) and ultimately put him beyond the help of his own family and the people who he thought were his friends. Presely's fame turns horrendously destructive in the 1970s, and some of the stories and anecdotes may make the sensitive reader wince. Some of the stories are just downright strange: Presley's religious enlightenment from seeing an image in the clouds of the face of Stalin turn into the face of Jesus; Presley's determination to secure himself a position of Narcotics officer from President Nixon; the pranks Preseley and his retinue play on each other, on audiences, and on themselves; the fact that, as record sales declined, Presely's revenue actually increased. Other anecdotes have a more disturbing undertow: Presley's manipulation and abject objectification of the women in his life, and the fact that many of them kept coming back even after being brusquely brushed off; Presley's fascination with guns, and his sometime not so comforting habit of pointing them at people when angry; Presely's wild, erratic, and irresponsible spending; Presley's inability to take advice from his wife, girlfriends, business manager, and even his own father on dire personal matters (e.g., his finances, his marriage, his health). It is a tragedy to read about someone who both cared about people but also put himself above others in a way that put him beyond their help or aid.

The figure of "the Colonel" lurks behind the entire story. He has Presley's business needs in mind, and, due to his business acumen, makes Presley (and himself) multi-millionaires beyond imagination. It's amazing to read how the Colonel is able to make more and more money from Movie studios, even as movies starring Presley are on a sharp decline in revenue and popularity. The whole story is mind boggling. In the end, the Colonel thought he was taking care of Elvis in the best way he knew how, but insatiable greed and insular attention to the bottom line and almost nothing else probably hurt Presley more than it helped him in the long run. Guralnick does not say this anywhere in the book. Again, the reader must draw moral conclusions based on the evidence. Guralnick does not moralize apart from calling the story a tragedy, and this makes this biography doubly interesting, as different readers will likely draw different conclusions based on their own interpretations of the delineated events. Who is to blame in the end? Is it fair to blame one or a few people? Is it fair to blame Presley? These questions are not answered (as they shouldn't be) but much food for thought is presented. As usual in life, the answer is far more complicated than mere finger pointing can accommodate. Guralnick handles this subject with eloquence and a distance that pull the reader in and allow for reflection upon what happened. This is not the usual shoddy rock biography that typically clutters the "Music" section of bookstores. This is a story to sink one's cognitive teeth into and reflect upon. Warning: this book will make you think; it will make you moralize; it will make you angry and frustrated at what happened, and it will make you ask "Why?" Regardless if you are an Elvis Presley fan or not (I'm really not; I was very young when Presley passed on) this is a book worth reading. It is a thick book, but a quick read (keep your dictionary handy nonetheless). Once you're in fifty pages or so, you'll probably find yourself stuck on it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well Written and Researched Tale of the King
There is one way to describe this book - wow, what a story.

The writing is just flat out good. Once you start reading be prepared to finish, except for those pesky breaks to sleep and work.

A very well written account of Elvis's life and actions in and out of the recording studio with lots of details, lots of hanky panky, road trips, recording sessions, flights, drugs, buying Cadillacs, the whole mess. Basically Elvis spent every cent he made. The colonel took each dollar and sent 50 cents to the IRS to keep Elvis out of trouble but Elvis and his "mafia" lived like kings where money was no object. If he was in the mood he would just pick up the phone and buy cars, trucks, land, food, whatever was his fancy. When he died Priscilla actually started to manage the finances and Graceland and then after he was dead, the money really increased.

With his love of music and his drive to create, he had hit after hit, a lull and then more hits, movies, hits, lulls, Las Vegas, and on and on. There were no limits until he came in collision with obesity and drugs. It all became very depressing and then it ended. Elvis came close to pulling back and recovering a few times but was unable or unwilling or not intelligent enough to see what was happening to himself. In that sense he was alone and in charge.

An enthralling and well written blockbuster that stays in your hands until the last page.

Jack in Toronto

5-0 out of 5 stars Stirring...
I picked up the book Careless Love. At the time the title puzzled me. Who was guilty of Careless Love? Elvis? Umm. Go figure. But upon completion of the book, I now realize no other title would have suited. Elvis was guilty of careless love as was the people whom he surrounded himself with daily and most importantly the fans.
Now, I find no joy in his music and it is painful for me to look at smiling happy picture's of him when he was at the height of his career. Why? Because I know how it all ends. The man, who would burst on the scene and shred American culture, all the while rebuilding it, fascinates me. He was a pioneer, a rebel. Everyone knows the story. Poor boy makes good. But the trajectory his life took is painful to follow. How could a man whose vision changed the music world not have had enough foresight to see his own destructive and erratic behavior?
Paul Guralnick writes the only account of Elvis that I trust implicitly. Why? Because his regard for Elvis as an artist is woven between even the most heart wrenching accounts of his life. Mr. Guralnick does not try to persuade you to like or dislike Elvis. He merely gives Elvis life and places him in front of you saying, "Here he make the decision on how you feel about him."
The book is a disturbing but respectful look at a man who was gifted beyond reason. Mr. Guralnick clearly demonstrates that the fame Elvis endured was even beyond him.

5-0 out of 5 stars You want to know who Elvis really was? Read this book!
A wonderful achievement. Thoroughly researched, beautifully written. You'll learn everything about the King you always wanted to know - plus some facts of which you had rather remained ignorant. Careless Love is on par with the first volume of Guralnik's Elvis-biography, "Last Train to Memphis" (see also my review of that outstanding work). ... Read more

149. Prostart: Cubase SX/SL Mixing & Mastering
by Craig Anderton, Christian Deinhardt
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Catlog: Book (2003-05)
Publisher: Music Sales Corporation
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Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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Producing one’s own music on the computer today is no longer limited to playing instruments and arranging them. To make full use of the software and to keep control over the whole production process from the idea to the CD, a musician must also be a sound engineer and mastering expert.

This easy-to-read and practical book helps the reader improve his arranging, mixing and mastering skills, using the powerful features Cubase SX/SL has to offer. Apart from a basic introduction into sound engineering it provides numerous tips and tricks to help the user improve his results significantly.

Mixing and Mastering in Cubase SX/SL is the companion for both beginners and advanced users alike.An enclosed CD-ROM includes a demo version of Cubase SX and lots of audio examples. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars you can't be taught the art of mixing/mastering
you can't be taught the art of mixing / mastering. you have to have the ear. no training manual of any depth and length will be able to teach you this. same goes for any other creative manuals.

you must have an eye for art to utilize photoshop or any other design software.

you must have an ear for music to utilize music production softwares.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb book for Cubase SX users(must have)
This booh gives you all the basic info you need if you are using SX. Even you're a beginner or a pro SX user. I've been using Cubase since 1996, and I recommend this book to all SX users. Run and by it, if you are using SX as a tool!

5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST book for users of Cubase SX, advanced or beginner!
I have virtually every book on digital recording, and on Cubase. The new version of Cubase, entitled SX, is an extremely powerful program with a wonderful interface that eclipses competitors from Cakewalk, Emagic/Apple, and MOTU; however, the manuals that accompany the software are only rudimentary, involving very basic functions. This book serves as a very complete tutorial on both Cubase SX as well as recording/mixing and mastering in General. Don't be fooled by the title, it is much more complete than it suggests. I have found it to be my major resource when recording, mixing, or mastering. There is no better resource! It doesn't cover details of mic placement, positioning, etc...only those elements of production that are directly related to Cubase SX.

You will NOT be disappointed, no matter what level of user you are.

BTW, Deinhardt is a moderator on Steinberg's cubase forums, and is VERY knowledgable, and Anderton is Well-known in the industry. The writing style is very laid-back and easy to follow. Kudos!

5-0 out of 5 stars Good detail
Overall I thought the book was excellent reading. It does start out with some very basic Cubase functionality, which if you know Cubase pretty well already you can just zip right through.

By about page 150 you are into the title of the book "Mixing/Mastering"

From there things really take off. There are a lot of good Cubase examples to go from. There is a lot of information on how to achieve certain results, but it doesn't tell you that things have to be that way. It does allow for the creativity to show through.

I would recommend this to anyone trying to get that "right" sound out of you music.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Book for Learning Cubase
I'm new to Cubase, so I thought I'd pick up this book to learn some of the ins and outs. It is a perfect book for walking through all features, from the very basic to the advanced. It gives a lot of good tips on how to personalize and optimize your setup to get the maximum in speed and flexibility. I found it to be a very useful reference to go through all of the tools available in Cubase. The example projects included in the CD make very useful tutorials, and I find myself referring back to the book from time to time to refresh my recollection on particular tips and tricks.

Some of the basic technology explanations and the later stuff on efx, mixing, mastering, etc., is really applicable across platforms and DAWs (although obviously with different commands and ways of implementation). Highly recommended. ... Read more

150. The Virtuoso Pianist in Sixty Exercises for the Piano: For the Acquirement of Agility, Independence, Strength, and Perfect Evenness in the Fingers, As Well As Suppleness of the Wrist
by C. L. Hanon
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This collection of exercises has been a "Must Have" for many years. Designed to build independence and dexterity. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars For the experienced pianist ONLY
I bought this book along with a few others. I was hoping that it would teach me practice exercises for playing. Unfortunately, it doesn't. What other reviewers here as well as fails to tell you is that this book is strictly for the experienced student. You should NOT get this book unless you have a strong knowledge of music reading. This is not for beginners. Don't waste your money.

However, if you're experienced and looking for a book to limber up your fingers, well, then this might help you.

5-0 out of 5 stars These exercises really work.
If you want to strengthen your fingers and learn note patterns relevant to all types of music, you need this book. Yes, the exercises sound repetitive, and they'll drive anyone listening to you practice them nuts, but they work. And after practicing them for a while, you begin to realize that they are not as repetitive as they seem. The patterns vary in a way that becomes more obvious as you practice them more. The exercises are carefully designed to (1) strengthen the weak fingers of the hand (3-4-5), and (2) teach patterns of notes that recur not only in classical music but in melodies of all types of music. Each exercise varies in a manner that rests the fingers worked on in the previous exercise, so you can play through a series of them without overly tiring out your hands. For this reason they work great as warm-ups.

The book is divided into three sections of 20 exercises each. I use the first 20 as warm-ups, playing them for about 15 minutes. The later exercises are more advanced and teach things like fast running octaves, arpeggios, and repeated notes. Since I started using these exercises, my hands are noticably stronger. I've been playing piano for 32+ years, and play at an advanced level. But these exercises (at least numbers 1 through 20) would be useful for a pianist of any level, from beginner to advanced. Yes, they can be boring to play, but the improvement you will notice from 15-20 minutes a day is worth it.

5-0 out of 5 stars prefer spiral binding
For $8.95 list, Alfred has a spiral bound edition of this great exercise book

3-0 out of 5 stars A Better Book is Available
"The Virtuoso Pianist" is very useful and well edited. However, if you're willing to tolerate some poor editing there's a much better book: "Hanon Revisited".

Hanon wrote his book in the 1920s and both hands play the same notes throughout the book. "Hanon Revisited," by Gold and Fizdale was written in the 1960s and is the same as Hanon for the right hand but the left hand plays counterpoint. This more recent book helps develop hand independence in addition to finger strength and finger independence, and also results in a stronger left hand than Hanon's book acomplishes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hanon hurts, but in a good way!
Hanon is a great tool to pianists of all levels. The only limit is your discipline to practice it. 15-30 minutes a day minimum will yield excellent results that you will notice quickly. I also recommend it as a warm up before you begin to practice actual music. If you think there is a ceiling to your ability, I guarantee you, you don't know what it is. Practicing these exercises will enable you to play better over time than you imagined. Practice practice practice! ... Read more

151. The Beatles Fake Book (Fake Books)
by Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
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Catlog: Book (1987-07-01)
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
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Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
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For the first time ever! 200 of the Beatles' hits arranged in fake book format, featuring guitar chord frames and lyrics. All My Loving * All You Need Is Love * And I Love Her * Baby, You're a Rich Man * Back in the U.S.S.R. * The Ballad of John and Yoko * Blackbird * Can't Buy Me Love * Come Together * A Day in the Life * Day Tripper * Dear Prudence * Do You Want to Know a Secret * Drive My Car * Eight Days a Week * Eleanor Rigby * The Fool on the Hill * Get Back * Glass Onion * Good Day Sunshine * Got to Get You into My Life * A Hard Day's Night * Help! * Helter Skelter * Here Comes the Sun * Here, There and Everywhere * Hey Jude * I Want to Hold Your Hand * I Saw Her Standing There * In My Life * Lady Madonna * Let It Be * The Long and Winding Road * Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds * Michelle * Money (That's What I Want) * Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) * Paperback Writer * Penny Lane * Revolution * She Loves You * Something * Strawberry Fields Forever * Twist and Shout * While My Guitar Gently Weeps * With a Little Help from My Friends * Yellow Submarine * Yesterday * and many more! ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Buy it if you love the Beatles.
The book has 200 songs, there are chord diagrams, and the vocal notes seem pretty accurate. Each and every song is on one page or on two adjacent pages so that NO page turning is need for any song. This apparent blessing may also be a curse for those who don't have Eagle eyes, since the cleff is very, very small. Has almost any song you would want to play, Elinor Rigbie is the only notable song that I found missing. [its] is a little pricey, but any authentic beatles fan who's a musician should buy this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars right on pitch
I'm a piano teacher who is having fun introducing my teen students to the Beatles songs, both famous and obscure, from the simple early ones to the interesting later ones. This book is wonderful for two reasons: As other reviewers have noted, the chords given fit the recordings, and the songs are accessible to intermediate level pianists.

The Beatles songs are now part of the classic pop repertoire; even jazz singers at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City include them. This book will be a valuable addition to your piano/guitar library.

5-0 out of 5 stars hey, it's a FAKE book
This is far more accurate than any other fake book. And unlike most of them, every key matches the recording.

Of course you don't get all the details. If that's what you want, Wolf Marshall's guitar books are the best.

If you like turning pages in the middle of each verse and then turning back to 'del signo' you'll be reall happy with the complete scores.

But if you want the whole song on one page, this is the ticket. Someone put some hard work into this little sucker.

I use a fine point pen to copy the harmonies from the scores.

Sometimes I even write the bass line in using an alternate color.

Works for me.

I like getting thru entire songs without stopping to turn pages.

5-0 out of 5 stars The most accurate!
This book is the most accurate concerning keys and chord changing. I've tried A LOT of books before, and even bigger editions with better bindings didn't come close... This one is compact and has over 200 songs - even obscure tunes (you know my name...) and others. It has the pictures of the chords, but is not a beginner's book, for it has some tricky chord formations and changings. Ps.: Forget the lamers below, buy this book. You won't regret it...

5-0 out of 5 stars A superb resource and musical education!
This is an excellent book! The purpose of a 'fake book' is not to provide note-for-note transcriptions, but to show the chords, melody, and lyrics so you can play your own arrangement. I play guitar, and with this book I can easily sit around all day and play and sing these wonderful songs to my heart's content. Very fun, and a great way to learn! It really helps that all songs are on one or two facing pages, so no page-turning is involved.

These charts are very accurate, contrary to another comment below. I'm on my second copy of this book in seven years (it does tend to fall apart after a while) and have been very happy with the accuracy of the chords, unlike some other books I've seen.

If you want to play note-for-note riffs and leads, then get the The Complete Scores, but if you just want to play and sing the songs, this book can't be beat! ... Read more

152. Art of Saxophone Playing
by Larry Teal
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Catlog: Book (1963-06-01)
Publisher: Summy-Birchard
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Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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According to Larry Teal, the best method of learning to play the saxophone is to study with a competent teacher. Teal's studies were mostly of instruments other than the saxophone, but as a student at a Chautauqua summer session, he came under the influence of Georges Barrère, the eminent French flutist. He played bass clarinet with the Detroit Symphony, but he continued to be absorbed by the saxoph one. As a result of his acquired expertise and growing reputation, he was appointed to a full-time faculty position as a saxophone teacher by the University of Michigan -- the first ever to receive such an appointment from a major university. During his 21-year ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must for Every Saxophonist
I don't care if you play jazz, classical, fusion, or pop you must buy this book if you're a saxophonist. No book even comes close to the sheer amount of information on the saxophone in this book by the greatest sax pedagogue, Larry Teal. You will learn about sax mutes, reeds, articulation, fingerings, altissimo, technique, history, and tons more. Great for beginners and college students looking for some info on their instrument. Wonderful teaching aid. Highly recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Book that Needs an Update.
I originally bought this book when I began the saxophone and found it was a great resource. In fact, I think that in many ways it is by far the most complete and through look at the instrument. For me at least, I never had played anything other than the piano, so the book was fresh and full of things no one had even mentioned. However, I feel that it is perhaps time to update the classic. Primarily, the instrument has been brought forward so many years, and the rise of new polymers and learning techniques really hinder it being as useful as it could be. I would absolutely still buy this book and recommend it to any teacher, but I would only remind them that the sections on things like mouth pieces and reeds should be looked at as dated to a certain extent.

5-0 out of 5 stars Besides the pink cover, it's incredible
If you play the saxophone, you must have this book. Especially if you are a begginer, and you don't have a teacher, this book can explain just about everything you need to know. This book focuses really on the art of playing. You feel like you are reading a conservatory book as you read. Along with this and some practice, you could be playing pro in months! Even if you are like me, playing for years, this book has value. Although sometimes a little begginer talk is included, the book goes in depth on reeds, embouchure, vibrato, fingerings, trills, tounging, solos, volume, etc. The altissimo section shows you fingerings to F, the F an octave above the normal range! And while for a begginer, this range is impossible, it shows that this book will last you a LONG time. Explains how to fix every reed problem you could have, talks all about mouthpieces, and materials. 111 pages of material. You WILL learn something from this book, there is no reason not to purchase it. Learn from the master, Larry Teal, and learn the art of the saxophone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
It doesn't matter what style you play this book has everything you could want to know, at least some of it. It is and excoullent refrence book for any player any level.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Informative,but somewhat rigid
Make no mistake, this is without a doubt the BEST guide for the maturing saxophone player. However, I found some of the book to be redundant, and some ideas were not as clearly conveyed as others. Despite this, I still strongly reccomend this book! ... Read more

153. Nurtured by Love: The Classic Approach to Talent Education
by Shinichi Suzuki, Waltraud Suzuki, Waltrud Suzuki
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Catlog: Book (1986-06-01)
Publisher: Suzuki Method International
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Average Customer Review: 4.86 out of 5 stars
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This book is the cornerstone upon which to build any Suzuki-oriented library. In it the author presents the philosophy and principles of Suzuki's teaching methods. Through the examples from his own life and teaching, Suzuki establishes his case for early childhood education and the high potential of every human being, not just those seemingly gifted. Written by Shinichi Suzuki, translated by Waltraud Suzuki. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
This book by Shinichi Suzuki is part-description of the principles of his Talent Education method, part-snapshots of personal history, part-statements on his philosophy of life. It is written with great optimism and love for humane development of children into noble people. Based on his observation that all children speak their mother tongue fluently (and are thus highly capable to be educated in many disciplines) and on his belief that talent is not inherited but learned, Suzuki's method concentrates on creating the best environment for child development. His famous violin teaching method incorporates parent involvement, listening to the same piece many times and extensive practice, among others. Importance of memory training and good mentors (Einstein was one of Suzuki's) is stressed. Many real-life stories illustrate his points.

By way of criticism, while themes of compassion and developing a noble character recur throughout the book, it takes some effort to piece it all together. The book reads like a series of short improvisations on the themes of love and rearing of children. The parts of personal history, for example, with the description of illness, war and Suzuki's father's starting violin manufacturing business, while interesting, do not blend with the rest of the book. A chapter entitled "If you think of something do it" has nothing to do with its title (there is a chapter that talks about people of action in his other book, "Ability development from age zero", which repeats many of the stories verbatim). Some bits of Suzuki's take on life's truths, such as "an unfair advantage leads to evil" sound out of place.

In spite of some shortcomings, I would recommend this book. Not as a practical guide, but as an inspirational material for parents.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Wonderful approach to life
This book is required reading for the parents of students enrolled in the Suzuki string program, thank goodness! The message is profound. Several passages are thought-provoking. I found it easy reading and very beneficial. The Suzuki method is right on target for bringing out the best in our children.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nurtured by Love: The Classical Approach to Talent Education
I recomend this book to anyone raising children!! This is not only a book about talent education and music learning, but a book about life and faith in humanity and children. What Mr. Shinichi Suzuki contibuted to the world with his findings is far beyond our comprehension, if every parent out there were to follow Mr. Suzuki's philosophy the world might be a very different place! Please do read this book, is life changing.

5-0 out of 5 stars surprising book about life & nurturing talent
I thought this would be a book about the Suzuki method of converting toddlers into musicians -- revealing some of the secrets about what makes the Suzuki method unique & what makes it effective. It was that, but much more. What I knew as the "Suzuki method," Shinichi Suzuki calls "Talent Education," based on the underlying philosophy that all children can be well-educated and all talent can be nurtured. Suzuki believes that talent is developed, not inherited; he believes in nurturing the talent in each child, in creating a culturally-supportive environment and coupling it with training to develop mediocrity into excellence. Suzuki exlains how & why he developed "Talent Education," drawing on his own experiences as a musician and during WWII. His text is filled with anecdotes about students, many of whom became quite successful as musicians, many of whom teach at conservatories around the world.

Suzuki's "method" includes focus not only on music, but also on character development -- on awareness, joy, integrity, courage. He believes that "However little talent on thinks he/she has, one should at least try". This book is easy to read, filled with stories & philosophy and bolstered by photographs here & there, inspiring joy in the reader.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - enlightening
I am new to Suzuki Violin and when my instructor assigned this book I thought I was going to read a book about music, but instead a read a book about how to live a beautiful life! What a great gift Suzuki was to the world -- I wish everyone could read his books -- it truly would be a better world as a result! ... Read more

154. The Guitar Handbook
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Catlog: Book (1992-10-20)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for Guitar Players at Any Level
When I first started playing the guitar 2 decades ago, a friend had a copy of an earlier edition of this guide and he gave me the book to use while I was getting started. Using the book, and I mean really reading the book thru thoroughly, I learned a whole lot about the instrument itself and the music that could be produced from the guitar and that really helped my performance as I developed on the instrument.

The book begins with guitar innovators, those guitar players who have had a serious impact on the way the instrument is played, etc. This section was actually fun to read and was quite informative about several guitar players who had influenced my own playing.

The following two sections of the book cover acoustic and electric guitars. These sections detail how each instrument (acoustic and electric) are put together, how to set the action, the various types of each style of guitar, how pick-ups are put together, etc. This is a helpful and technical section which instructs the reader on the ins and outs of the make-up of his instrument.

From here, the book moves into actually playing the instrument. It begins with the beginner, teaching good practicing habits, what to practice, improving fingering, chord progressions, reading tablature, tuning, action, right and left-handed techniques, etc. Then this section moves into chords (with photos), three-chord theory, flatpicking and strumming and other various fingerstyles, barre chords, and even how to transpose songs. Inside this section there is also a sub-section on rhythm guitar, setting tempo, time signatures, using chord charts, time values, etc. Essentially everything you would need to know to be a well rounded guitar player is included (including slide guitar).

The final section deals with the maintenance of the guitar. This section teaches the reader/player all the things that are needed to know about the most difficult maintenance aspects such as how to customize an instrument, to the easiest such as changing your strings. For the electric guitarist, there is a guide to guitar electronics which includes pictures and lists of all the tools you will need, instructions on reading wiring diagrams, actual charts and photos of how an electric guitar is wired, pick-up circuits, etc.

Finally, at the back of the book is a fairly extensive chord dictionary with pictures of how each chord is fingered. This dictionary is very helpful to the player when trying to find the same chord but to know where it is elsewhere on the fret board. Overall, what can I say but that no guitar player, regardless of your experience should be without this definitive guidebook.

5-0 out of 5 stars The difinitive guitar reference guide
If you are new to the wonderful world of guitars or a seasoned pro there is something in this book for you, from the basics like the anatomy of the guitar, strings, basic setting up etc, to more detailed information like modifying the electrics, effects, amps and so on. It also gives an excellent insight into the whole music making experience, such as PA equipment and basic sound engineering. Also included is a profile of some of the most influential exponents of the guitar in recent years. There is also a detailed section on reading music, chords, harmony and theory as well as basic repairs to your 'axe'. I have had this book for a number of years and I have found it invaluable as a reference guide and light reading, my only critisism is that the bass guitar is only lightly touched upon, but the basic principles apply to the bass anyway. In all I think this is the book to have in your collection whether you dabble, or do it for a living, go out and buy it!

5-0 out of 5 stars The One Guitar Book You Must Buy!
I bought this book seven years ago and still find it valid today. It is the most complete guitar book I have come across yet. Not only does it offer insight to guitar design and players who revolutionized it, it also has sections devoted to playing the guitar and maintainence. If you are a beginner I would really suggest this book. It teaches you how to start off and what to look for in a guitar. As you progress as a guitar player, you will find other "guitar primers" you can buy will eventually collect dust on your shelf because their scope is limited. However, with the Guitar Handbook, it covers a wide range of topics. When I got this book I had no idea what some of the stuff in it meant. Over time as I grew as a guitarist it finally started to come together. Sorry for such a long review but it's a really great book and I really recommend it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Hand's Down The Best Guitar Book Ever Put To Press!
I was given a copy of this book over 20 years ago when I was a teenager. I have yet to find another guitar book that can hold a candle to this one. This book is extremely well thought out with relevant information that makes it a joy to read and learn from. Even a dog-eared copy found at a flea market would still be worth it's weight in gold to a beginning player today. I still find my self rereading it years later. So glad to see it's still in print!

5-0 out of 5 stars No single book more influential to my love of the instrument
...than this book.

My copy, though tattered, missing it's cover and pretty well trashed, lies in the spot of honor on my bookshelf as the book that gave me more insight and inspired me more than any other. I purchased it used at a pawn shop that I bought one of my first guitars, and even though that guitar is long gone, this book, now over 10 years later is the book I recommend to all MY guitar students.

Well done Ralph! ... Read more

155. The Mayor Of Macdougal Street: A Memoir
by Dave Van Ronk, Elijah Wald
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The posthumous memoir of Dave Van Ronk, leader of the Greenwich Village folk revival of the '60s

Dave Van Ronk (1936-2002) was one of the founding figures of the 1960s folk revival, but he was far more than that. A pioneer of modern acoustic blues, a fine songwriter and arranger, a powerful singer, and one of the most influential guitarists of the 1960s, he was also a marvelous storyteller, a peerless musical historian, and one of the most quotable figures on the Greenwich Village scene. Holding court in legendary venues like Gerde's Folk City and the Gaslight Caf8E, Van Ronk's influence was so great that a stretch of Sheridan Square-the heart of the Village-was renamed on June 30, 2004, and is now Dave Van Ronk Street. The Mayor of MacDougal Street is a unique first-hand account by a major player in the social and musical history of the '50s and '60s. It features encounters with young stars-to-be like Bob Dylan (who survived much of his first year in New York sleeping on Van Ronk's couch), Tom Paxton, Phil Ochs, Joan Baez, and Joni Mitchell, as well as older luminaries like Reverend Gary Davis, Woody Guthrie, Mississippi John Hurt, and Odetta. Colorful, hilarious, engaging, and a vivid evocation of a fascinating time and place, The Mayor of MacDougal Street will appeal not only to folk and blues fans but to anyone interested in the music, politics, and spirit of a revolutionary period in American culture. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars At The Pinnacle Of Importance
Everyone can pinpoint a few songs that changed their entire perspective on the first hearing.Such was the case with Dave Van Ronk's contribution to the great 1964 Elektra compendium of folk and blues, The Blues Project.Mr. Van Ronk performed "Bad Dream Blues," and my life was altered forever.This song is the yardstick of excellence by which I measure so much other American music from Dylan to Chapin to Springsteen.

Had he been with a powerhouse label like Columbia, Mr. Van Ronk would have become a household name.

This book focuses on the source of the genius.The particular blend of time, location, and current events combined to produce a fertile opportunity for singer-songwriters.And to my ears, Mr. Van Ronk was at the pinnacle of importance.

Mr. Van Ronk may've been The Mayor on the world's most vital street of the folk scene during its heights, but among artists he's royalty.

4-0 out of 5 stars Van Ronk's Golden Memories
Some of you who have made Bob Dylan's CHRONICLES VOLUME ONE a bestseller might pick up on this book; Van Ronk covers some of the same territory as Dylan, only he got there first and he's more capacious, Whitman to Dylan's Hart Crane.Props to Elijah Wald who hand-crafted this material from a bunch of Van Ronk's monologues.It reads like a book and you'll hardly know it wasn't.The detective writer and creator of Matt Scudder, Lawrence Block, adds a preface that does the job efficiently and well.

What a life he had!(The singer died in 2002.)In the chapters devoted to his youth, Van Ronk paints us picture after picture, of the memorable individuals he met in the age of the first folk revival.In San Francisco he encounters the nutty Jesse Fuller, who had once been the folk-singing protege of Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford.In New York he shares a stage with Odetta, whose powerful voice could fill all of Manhattan when she let it loose.The truth is that being a folk singer in the late 1950s wasn't very much fun, and Van Ronk believed in getting paid for his singing and playing, so he was denied a space by the coffeehouse owners who could put on all the entertainment they wanted for free, and so he started organizing the musicians properly.All of this is fascinating to read about.Those of you who enjoyed Christopher Guest's folk revival send up A MIGHTY WIND will howl with recognition as Van Ronk lays into the "crewcuts in drip-dry seersucker suits" of the period such as the Kingston Trio."There was an obvious subtext," he writes, "to what these Babbitt balladeers were doing, and it was, `Of course, we're really superior to all this hayseed crap-but isn't it cute?'This attitude threw me into an absolute ecstasy of rage.These were no true disciples or even honest money-changers.They were a bunch of slick hustlers selling Mickey Mouse dolls in the temple.Join their ranks?I would sooner have been boiled in skunk piss."Yowzer!

He's funny also about the truth that, although he was a tried and true Bohemian anarchist, he sure wasn't getting laid very much.In the pre-Pill age, he says, nobody was."And the fact that we were a pretty scuzzy bunch might have had something to do with it." ... Read more

156. Instrumentation and Orchestration (Paperbound)
by Alfred Blatter
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Catlog: Book (1997-05-01)
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Average Customer Review: 3.73 out of 5 stars
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An accessible and complete introduction to writing and scoring music for each instrument of the orchestra.Clear explanations, vivid descriptions of various instruments, expert advice, and numerous musical examples to maximize the student's understanding of concepts being presented.A valuable resource and reference for students in their future professional endeavors, this text maximizes its usefulness beyond the classroom. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent book - for instrumentation
Instrumentation and Orchestration should be titled just "Instrumentation."

The book goes in depth on practically every instrument available, explaining each instrument's specal features. It demonstrates how to notate a "smack tone" for a double-reed, or a "mouthpiece pop" for brass. It does in depth on brass mute effects and multiphonics, it shows picture after picture of instrument families (in the case of the clarinets, it dipicts the A-flat soprano clarient to the B-flat contrabass clarinet, and everything in between, including the basset horn in F).

Instrumentation and Orchestration highlights almost every percussion instrument seen in modern ensembles,and includes an apendix with fingering charts for every instrument discused earlier in the book. It even has a section on the voice and choral arrangements.

But it contains only 5 short chapters on orchistration, somthing stressed in the title of the book. If somone is looking for a book on orchistration, this would not be the book to buy. It may be extreemely helpful in demonstrating every instrument's unique charactaristics and how to notate them, but I would caution anyone buying this book purely for orchestration.

5-0 out of 5 stars an invaluable instrumentation text
1) Just because one has written previous works on a subject does not invalidate further works and further revelations on the subject.

2) Every book ever published contains inaccuracies. I'd rather chance a few unimportant inaccuracies for the depth of information that the book does provide.

3) One of the great strengths of the work is its completeness and willingness to tackle instruments that have been largely ignored for many years. The percussion section of the book is worth the cost of the book alone. I'd prefer a text that at least attempts to present relevant information over a book that won't even acknowledge that the "non-orchestral" instruments exist. And really, if you are looking for more advanced information on string instruments, there is a lot already out there. The "glories" of string instruments have been sung before and will be sung again ad nauseum.

4) The fingering charts provide are a starting place to depart from. The woodwind charts, in particular are extremely helpful and very thorough.

The work may be lacking a little in techniques of Orchestration (though there are interesting exercises and basic information on the subject), but as an Instrumentation text, it is invaluable. It is a great look beyond the tired, overplayed orchestral warhorses and is a resource for the new and innovative composers/arrangers looking to escape the cookie-cutter writing emphasized by many texts. It's one of few works that can help you understand what you >can< do, and not what you >should< do (in the author's opinion)... two utterly different but oft-mistaken concepts. If you were to follow three-quarters of the orchestration texts out there, you'd never hear anything but the typical "violins on the melody, woodwinds in thirds, brass playing chords, percussion sitting on their duffs reading magazines" that the older texts ram down your throat.

An excellent and thorough work. But if you want highly specialized information, ask a performer... they are always the best of resources.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great introduction!
I am just getting into composing for the orchestra and have no musical training. For me trying to find facts about instrumentation and orchestration, this book is at the perfect level. Accessible descriptions and packed with valuable info. Other books I looked at seemed geared more towards people who were either very familiar with this world already, or, going to school studying this and then have the assistance of a professor. Some other books just had way too much references to existing classical pieces, without very much description (or to high level descriptions for me) of what the author was talking about. This book is great if you are trying to gain some more understanding of the orchestra, and are new to that world.

3-0 out of 5 stars So-so
The author should have actually said this is a book on instrumentation. There are few samples of orchestration and nothing as helpful as a CD of samples. For orchestration you should look elsewhere. For instrumentation it is fairly useful but it does contain errors, one of which is the listed transposition for the Alto Saxophone, which is wrong. One would hope that if someone puts out a book on instrumentation that the basic facts would be correct. Perhaps talking to an instrumentalist would be more useful but the section on the strings is quite decent.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource
This is an excellent resource book for any music student, anyone interested in symphonic or band music, and any composer. In short: If you love music, this book will be an extrememly useful addition to your bookshelf. ... Read more

157. The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll : The Definitive History of the Most Important Artists and Their Music
by Anthony Decurtis, James Henke, Holly George-Warren, Jim Miller
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Catlog: Book (1992-11-10)
Publisher: Random House
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Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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The ultimate illustrated history of rock & roll--comprehensive, authoritative, and fully updated with coverage of the most important new sounds and artists of the 1980s and `90s. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Mixed Bag
This history of Rock and Roll comes from Rolling Stone, one of the biggest and longest-lasting names in Rock reporting and coverage. It is truly a mixed bag, ranging anywhere from great historical content to outright howlers.

First, the book does an excellent job of covering the entirety of rock history and drawing out its influences and evolutions. It does a wonderful job of covering the different local scenes and how they were integrated in with the whole of rock music. Whole chapters are generally rewarded to the most influential bands, and not just those that sold more album.

However, the book suffers a number of strong drawbacks. First, as many pointed out, the book is clearly slanted toward the Rolling Stone perspective. Artists such as Billy Joel, who have not had good relations with the magazine, have been omitted. Several others, such as Bob Seger, were also given no treatment. There is also a bit of redundent content, such as giving the Beatles two whole chapters and then devoting a third (British Invasion) to a primarily Beatles-related topic. Also, there are separate chapters on Motown and Stevie Wonder.

Secondly, the book is often skewed toward the "pop" scene when it comments on more current acts. Rolling Stone has been getting even worse about this in its magazine. One particular example that stands out is in the heavy metal section. My edition was published in 1991 and the writer heaps load and loads of praise upon such hair-metal acts as Motley Crue, Poison, Ratt and Warrant. Other, more talented but less popular metal acts, such as Metallica, are put down and summarily dismissed. However, we all know that if this were to have been written 5 years later, Rolling Stone would be worshipping Metallica and praising them for destroying such hair-bands. RS makes the mistake of "going with the flow" one too many times.

Overall - nice book, but with some obvious problems.

3-0 out of 5 stars Definitive? According to who?
Rolling Stone has been around reporting on rock music for nearly 35 years. That longevity only earns them stripes, but not exactly the monker of expert.

RS editors - in all fairness like most journalists - have an agenda, and accuracy and fairness in rock isn't exactly one of them. One writer (below) asked why Billy Joel was snubbed. Simple; RS and Joel have publically feuded for years so as far as RS is concerned, one of rock's greatest acts (and an inductee to the Rock Hall of Fame) doesn't exist. In the rock world according to Jann Wenner, there is no greater act in rock history than the Rolling Stones. They're certainly a bellweather act in rock history, but not "the greatest"...but that's how RS sees it, and apparently so should history.

So take what they say with a grain of salt, enjoy it for what it is (their fave-raves, as valid as the Listmania right here on Amazon) - cuz after all, it's only rock and roll.

5-0 out of 5 stars Much more than I expected at this price
I am fond of The Rolling Stone series. This is history of Most important artists, and for me every important for the rock&roll music can be found in this book. (And much more than I expected at this low price). I am big music fan and this is real thing for my library. Strongly recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good but incomplete and needs updating
The essays in this compendium are skillfully wrought by writers who clearly know their fields. With the new millenium approaching, however, isn't it time for an update? There is room for improvement. That, Billy Joel, for instance, one of the best and the most commercially succesful American singer-songwriter of the Rock Era is not given his own chapter seems, to me, like a grievous oversight. ... Read more

158. Instant Scale and Chord Guide for Keyboards
by Gary Meisner
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Catlog: Book (1990-06-01)
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Key signatures and chord symbols are doors to facility at the keyboard - doors too often locked by insufficient understanding. This guide unlocks them with clear, simple explanations. Features: major and minor scales * guidelines for scale fingering * chord charts which include major, minor, augmented, seventh, ninth, eleventh, major seventh, major nonth, minor seventh, sixth, minor sixth and diminished chords in all positions. * formulas and symbols for altered chords - a simplified forming complex chords * A glossary of music terms * The easy-to-read text, concise definitions, and illustrations provide an invaluable reference guide for your musical pursuits. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars good product
I recommend this to my music students all the time. It is very good. I also suggest "Voice Lessons To Go" by Vaccarino. It teaches you how to sing Major, Minor, chromatic scales etc... using solfedge. Very helpful for the singing inclined.

3-0 out of 5 stars It'll Do
This book has a thorough listing of piano chords presented in a manner that makes it easy enough to reproduce them on your own keyboard.

The problem is the physical layout of the book: all the C# chords are on one page, for example; the F# on another, the A on another, the Bm on another, etc etc etc.

For a beginner to use the book to help them learn a simple song, they have to either flip pages mid-tune, make photocopies to lay side by side, or memorize the different chords before playing. That's fine in the long term, but I know my kids would have more fun learning if they could get to the piano before the studying gets too dull.

Still, a good tool.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Don't be fooled by the cover. This book should be given free with every keyboard. It has all the scales in easy format and the common chords. If you sit down for 3 hours a day for one month you can play almost any song from a fake book. Beware though, it has only major and minor scales. Don't expect to find Greek and Spanish scales. But for the price its great and compact too.

3-0 out of 5 stars Simple But Excellent Guide
Excellent book for beginners through intermediate hobbyist. Unlike Macfarren and other Scale Manuals with 100+ pages of daunting scale exercises, this book graphically and clearly explains Circle of Keys and chord construction. Great little book to keep by piano and use as guide to scale warmup at beginning of practice! ... Read more

159. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Zen Living (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback))
by Gary McClain, Eve Adamson
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Catlog: Book (2000-11-26)
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As an adult who leads a busy life, you have to deal with the stresses of home, work, and family.The Buddhist idea of Zen seeks to help you reduce stress so that you can remain calm when conflicts arise.This book begins with the basics, telling you what Zen is and how you can use it to deal with the situations that come up in your fast-paced life. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book on applying zen to your everyday life
This book clearly explains many Zen principles and shows applications to everyday life. It is an excellent first book for people getting interested in Zen. For me (I've been practicing for about a year), it was also a good book to show more examples of applying Zen. It demystifies Zen, and discusses how things (like planning) that can seem contradictory to Zen really aren't a problem.

Finally, the title of the book is great: It shows that the authors really get Zen. It's NOT the guide to understanding zen, or to learning zen; it's the guide to Zen LIVING.

5-0 out of 5 stars Much Better Than Anticipated
Yes, I'm aware of the irony here of preconceived notions and Zen, although I've been pleasantly surprised with a good result.

The Complete Idiot's Guide To Zen Living is a great introduction to Zen. It's easy to read, entertaining and engaging. It also presents itself as a great follow through or next step as to living Zen.

Depending on what you're looking for regarding Zen. This book gives you an overview of Buddhism with a quick 5 cent tour and with wit, humor and a sense of familiarity introduces you to Zen, Zen terms, Zen thought and a Zen perspective regarding life, home, work and family.

Another reviewer had mentioned that so many other books on Zen don't really "explain" Zen in the Western sense of the word. I've notice that too - it's like you're not in on the inside joke - or something like that. This book explains Zen and explains it well without the sense of you not being in on the joke. It's not just a collection of koans or an illustration of Zen through stories. Don't misunderstand me; I'm not saying that those stories or illustrations through tales are bad. For me I find them difficult as an introduction and after reading this book I actually want to continue my Zen path through those very tales and stories.

I got a lot out of this book and enjoyed reading it. It's a great introduction to Zen and more.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent practical guide to Zen
Many books on Zen fall into one of two categories: the "jump on the cool buzzword bandwagon" books that really have nothing to do with Zen, and the very dry and overly rigid books that are filled with many words and yet very little that a person would find helpful in everyday life. I am pleased to say this book falls into neither of those categories, and instead fits into a more enjoyable one: the kind of book that helps you learn to live better.

This is not a book about Zen history, or extensive rules for how to "properly" meditate. As the title states, this is a book about Zen *living*. It is like a flash light, which you can shine into the darkest corners of your mind and use as a guide to simplifying the psychological and emotional clutter therein. The authors have filled this book with many practical examples of how a Zen perspective can ease your mental burden and allow you to get more out of each moment.

If you're looking for lots of dry, philosophical blather, this is not the book for you. But if you are genuinely interested in gaining a new perspective on life, and learning how simple it can be to live in a more satisfying way, you've definitely come to the right place. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to clean out the dusty attic of the mind.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great place to start.
This book is a great place to start for beginers of a Zen way of living. Its to the point. Zen living is covered for every aspect of your life. The authors put much time into making the basic understanding of Zen very easy to comprehend. Numerous ideas and excercises really put you into an understanding of what is wrong,why it's wrong and how to fix it through a Zen way of living. From work to creativity to just walking down the street this book will help.
Now I feel I can expand my Zen life style having learned the basic's. In the now.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy it, read it, burn it, live it
I have been studying Zen off and on for years but was continually frustrated by the relentless obscurantism. On several occasions I asked questions on Zen newsgroups and was disappointed when people would answer my questions with riddles. Also, when I asked a Zen Roshi to answer some questions (even offering to pay him for his time) I found myself railroaded into taking his beginner's course a second time! I began to suspect that there are a lot of people out there who are so attached to some FORM of Zen that they have lost the ability to communicate the essentials in a compelling manner. They asked me, in effect, to "just have faith", perhaps inspired by their reports of bliss.

Sorry, but I've been there, done that! If you can't explain your valuable insight without a modicum of understanding of who I am and what I can grasp, then I'm not interested.

That's why I found "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Zen Living" (hereinafter TCIGTZL), so very refreshing. While I'm sure that some Zen purists will scoff, I was happy to have some perplexing questions answered. For example, I once asked on a Zen newsgroup, "What is the benefit of Zen? Why should I entrust the next 20 years of my life to some teacher whose qualifications I'm not able to assess?" In response, I got a lot of Zentastic blathering. It was as if they were trying to teach somebody calculus before arithmetic.

TCIGTZL, on the other hand, lays out the benefits quite clearly. I fail to see the harm in that; the authors carefully explain the "goaless goal" aspect of Zen, so there should be little danger of readers striving to attain and cling to those benefits. (If I may draw an analogy: you can explain the advantages of learning to read without getting people fixated on the actual process once they acquire the skill.)

So, at last, a bit of clarity! While Zen has long appealed to me at a gut level, I was getting to the point where I was asking, "After hundreds of years, why hasn't Zen improved its method of introducing itself to neophytes?" Maybe that's not fair -- maybe I wasn't looking in the right places -- but until I found TCIGTZL I was starting to think that I'd been wrong about Zen all along.

TCIGTZL does include a lot of material that is perplexing. I expected that. I also expect to find my future exploration of Zen frustrating. Now, though, I've read an accessible overview. I won't keep the book -- that would be too "clingy" -- but at least I now have some validation of my initial (favourable) gut reaction to Zen. ... Read more

160. Company : A Musical Comedy (Vocal Score)
by Stephen Sondheim
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Catlog: Book (1983-06-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Sondheim's Signature
I own a copy of both the vocal score and the complete libretto and I should say it is worth owning both. The vocal score when played on piano gives lively music to make anyone dance to the beat. It never loses its Broadway touch. The notes when played by a skilled pianist would make it sound more like the orchestra accompaniment. I would highly recommend those of you who love Sondhei'm style to own one of these. This would definitely be a smash hit for your school or community theater.

5-0 out of 5 stars The greatest musical comedy ever written
I love Sondheim, and this show is the best of his works in my opinion. Full of challenging songs, and complex arrangements, it will surely please the pianist or singer who is looking for something a little outside the realm of Roger's and Hammerstein to sing. Go into your nest audition with "another Hundred People", or "Getting Married Today" and blow your director away! This book contains a lot of material that is not readily available in other volumes and it is definately worth the investment. songs of note "Being Alive" "Company", "Barcelona", "the little things you do togrther" and the immortal "Ladies Who Lunch"

5-0 out of 5 stars just.. oh my's wonderful!
When Mr. Sondheim and and Mr. Furth wrote the show they wanted to have something that would make the audience laugh all night and then stay awake the rest of the night thinking about it. And that is EXACTLY what they did! Mr. Furth developes his characters so well as does Sondheim. To fully get the show one might consider getting the cd (original cast album is the best and can be found here on as well) This is seriously the best libretto I own.. and I own MANY. ... Read more

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