"Plenty of detail that goes into posture, hand position, thumb position, etc. The notation and strumming is really good here because it builds up in stages. In a lesson, you can introduce it in this way piece by piece and not overwhelm the student." -- Michael Hanna, Grade 8 RS.Guitar - Larne Guitar School (N.Ireland)
Learn to Play Guitar is comprehensive and clear with over 180 photographic examples, illustrations and purpose made diagrams. This guitar book includes 42 downloadable mp3 tracks of full band demo and backing track with the guitar removed for you to play over. Learn to Play Guitar bridges the gaps explaining guitar techniques that can be taken for granted by more experienced guitar players.
Melodies: To get you straight into playing music, numbers have been added underneath guitar tablature to assist with the rhythm. Later on, the rhythmical aspect of conventional music notation is covered so you can use it in conjunction with tablature.
Rhythm Guitar: Changing between chords and strumming are presented as separate subjects initially, so that you can develop coordination in each hand independently. They are then brought together starting basic and getting more advanced until there is a rhythm guitar musical piece to play.
Music theory: The major scale, minor scale, major and minor pentatonic scales and basic major and minor chord construction are explained in terms of the fret-board and reinforced by musical pieces in various styles to make the learning process practical and enjoyable.
What else?: Fret-board layout, power chords, barre chords, how to string a guitar, how to practise guitar, palm muting and basic lead guitar techniques.
Please Note: The eBook includes musical pieces so is not suitable for smaller screens.
"This top value eBook and MP3 package covers a wide range topics essential for all guitarists. Over 100 pages with plenty of information and solid advice that a player can dip into as needed. Evans does not gloss over the often neglected area of reading notation for rhythm. There are many examples to practice (melodies and rhythm patterns) with the backing tracks. I was especially interested in the final section of exercises to keep your body guitar-ready. A very useful tool to help you progress with your guitar playing." -- Hedley Timbs BA(Mus), Grad.Dip. Teaching (New Zealand)
"Awesome. Well laid out, easy to look at and there is the supplemental material to top it off. The theory may get tedious for some, it's hard to not teach theory but most people seem to have an aversion to it, the idea of discipline I think." -- Gernot Schlegel, Professional Guitarist & Teacher (Canada)
"There’s two ways of learning the guitar – the first is two learn enough of the basics to fly towards playing your favourite songs competently, and the second is to intensively gain an understanding of the instrument by forming a solid foundation through taking your time with it in the early stages. The book titled “Learn to play Guitar” by Gareth Evans is of the latter approach. Through reading and learning from this book, players can discover a deep, extensive and in-depth approach to the technique, theory and everything else related to being a good beginner guitarist. Newcomers can learn positive and productive exercises to train their body to better play the guitar (not just their fingers) and across the 120 or so pages within, it’s clear that the writer has put a lot of time into figuring out the right approach for starters to take when adjusting to the standard 6-string. Would recommend this for anyone who is looking to get a really solid grip on how to play the guitar, and also to tutors who are looking at ways to improve their own tutoring abilities." -- Logan Ellis, Mgr. Spiderhands Productions Ltd (New Zealand)
"Learn to play Guitar is an ideal companion to support the beginner on their new found musical journey. Highly recommended." -- Liam Cain, BMus (hons) Professional Guitarist (UK)
Scales, Chords, Arpeggios & Cadences - Complete Book is part of a three-book series. These excellent all-inclusive books teach scales, chords, arpeggios, and cadences at three different levels. The Scales, Chords, Arpeggios & Cadences - FIRST Book accommodates the learning pace of younger students such as those in Alfred's Basic Piano Course, Level 2. Scales, Chords, Arpeggios & Cadences - BASIC Book is slightly more in-depth, presenting scales, chords, arpeggios, and cadence studies in all the major and minor keys. Scales, Chords, Arpeggios & Cadences - COMPLETE book features everything in the BASIC book, plus extra features like a detailed explanation that leads to complete understanding of the fundamentals of major and minor scales, chords, arpeggios, and cadences; a clear explanation of scale degrees; and a guide to fingering the scales and arpeggios.
“Gareth Evan's guitar chord book is one of the most thorough and in-depth books I have ever seen. If you're armed with one of these books, you will have everything you will ever require to know all about chords.” -- Tony Cox, Award winning Acoustic guitarist (South Africa)
Chords for Guitar is about moveable chord shapes based on the CAGED guitar system. Rather than presenting the same shapes for the same chord types as different chords when moved up or down the fret-board, giving 1000’s of chords, Chords for Guitar makes this into a simple unified process by showing only the moveable shapes and how to move them up down the fret-board, allowing for more chord types.
Chord Reference: Chords for Guitar is a reference of over 200 unique shapes for just over 60 different chord types, from the commonly used chord types such as major, minor, sus2, sus4, add9 and 7th chords to further extended chords, altered chords and inversions, enabling you to find many more chords yourself and get a better understanding of the fret-board.
Questions and Answers: The root note location within all of the guitar chords is clearly marked out, enabling you to transpose its moveable shape up and down the fret-board. Each chord type has a question to make sure you’re on track to being able to locate guitar chords yourself; shift the root note to its note name location (e.g. C, F#, G etc.) apply the chord shape, then check the answer at the back.
Theory: Theory and chord construction are explained using piano keys for the simplicity of its linear layout of notes, then applied to the six-string guitar, from the basics of using odd numbered intervals (e.g. 1, 3, 5 etc.) to the compound intervals within extended chords and alterations.
"At the School of Guitar we always use the CAGED system but we have never seen it applied so well to all chords. There are many books and resources that use the CAGED system but they are normally limited to major chords or minor chords and a few more. This book uses it brilliantly applying it to every chord you can imagine. I love the way each transposable version of the chord is linked to an open chord. Not only is it the best CAGED book of chords, we would go further and say it is simply the best book of chords we have seen." -- Cormac O Caoimh, School of Guitar (Cork Ireland)
"A lot of the time I have found myself trapped between overbearing simplicity and overwhelming music theory related language. Gareth Evans' 'Chords for Guitar' proved to be the perfect mid-ground. Furthermore, it touched on something I have personally had issues with when writing or learning new music. I had wanted to start playing less with a capo, and more with an ability to transpose chords and find the right key just by being more familiar with the fret board in it's entirety. This book teaches you exactly this. Highly recommended." -- Rebecca Cullen, Performing Musician & Composer (Manchester UK)
"For those students of guitar who are looking for an explanation of this famed system of learning the guitar fretboard, in a relatively fast, painfree and efficient manner, this is a wonderful book. You will find many subtle chords that you hadn't expected were easily movable." -- Marion Arts, Guitar Teacher, Performer & Composer (New Zealand)
***Comes with online access to free audio demonstrating all examples. Hear how each one is played by a teacher, then play along.***
"The is a great book cover to cover! Highly recommended for the advanced beginning guitar player keen to improve their knowledge of modes." - Harry Johnson, Malta MT
Progressive Scales and Modes for Guitar is a complete system for learning any scale, mode or chord - in one easy-to-follow, lesson-by-lesson lead guitar tutorial. Suitable for all ages and all types of guitars including electric guitar and acoustic guitar. Makes it easy to memorize any new sound as well as building a solid visual and aural foundation of both guitar theory and the fretboard to learn to play guitar scales and modes. Basic knowledge of how to read music and playing guitar is required to teach yourself to learn to play guitar from this book.
• How to play electric guitar solos and how to play acoustic guitar solos
• A complete system for learning any guitar scale, mode or chord, based on the five most common chord shapes
• Practical lead guitar theory for how to improvise on guitar including when to use each scale as well as how and why it fits with a particular chord or progression
• All the fundamental techniques of guitar improvisation using alternative scales including pentatonic scales, the blues scale, whole tone scales, diminished scales and all of the guitar modes - Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian
• Lead guitar tips and lead guitar tricks that every player should know when learning guitar
• Shortcuts for how to learn guitar scales fast by getting the most from guitar practice sessions
Contains everything you need to know to learn to play guitar scales and modes today.
• Progressive step-by-step easy guitar lessons written by a professional guitar teacher
• Easy-to-read guitar music, guitar chords and guitar tabs
• Full color photos and diagrams
• 130+ guitar scale exercises, guitar riffs, guitar licks, guitar solos and guitar music examples in jazz guitar and blues guitar styles
• Jam-along progressions for every scale and mode presented in the book
Guitar lessons have never been this easy for anyone who wants to learn how to play the guitar, fast.
When other musicians invite you to jam, do you worry that you won’t be able to keep up?
Are you a veteran guitarist who has played for years, but you’re embarrassed to admit you have no idea what you’re doing?
If you want to take your guitar playing to the next level, compose songs like you hear on the radio, and improvise your own music, then you need Fretboard Theory.
Fretboard Theory by Desi Serna teaches music theory for guitar including scales, chords, progressions, modes and more. The hands-on approach to theory shows you how music "works" on the guitar fretboard by visualizing shapes and patterns and how they connect to make music.
* Learn pentatonic and major scale patterns as used to play melodies, riffs, solos, and bass lines
* Move beyond basic chords and common barre chords by playing the types of chord inversions and chord voicings used by music's most famous players
* Chart guitar chord progressions and play by numbers like the pros * Identify correct scales to play over chords and progressions so you can improvise at will
* Create new sounds with music modes and get to know Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian
* Add variety to your playing by using intervals such as thirds, fourths, and sixths
* Increase your chord vocabulary by using added chord tones and extensions to play chord types such as major 7, minor 7, sus2, sus4, add9, and more
* Learn how all the different aspects of music fit together to make a great song
* See how theory relates to popular styles of music and familiar songs
Fretboard Theory will have you mastering music like a pro easier and faster than you ever thought possible. Plus, it's the ONLY GUITAR THEORY RESOURCE in the world that includes important details to hundreds of popular songs. You learn how to play in the style of pop, rock, acoustic, blues, and more!
This guitar instruction is perfect whether you want to jam, compose or just understand the music you play better. The material is suitable for both acoustic and electric guitar, plus it features many references to bass.
Level: Recommended for intermediate level players on up.
Fretboard Theory is also available as a 21-hour video series that is sold separately on the author's GuitarMusicTheory.com website. Visit the website and sign up for email lessons to sample the footage.
Fretboard Theory Volume II
When you're ready to take your playing to the next level, get the second book in the series, Fretboard Theory Volume II, which is also available as a 12-hour video series.
Terms used daily sometimes hold a different meaning in the industry.
This comprehensive dictionary will assist you in easily understanding the industries standard language.
The Definitive Music Dictionary provides beginners and seasoned professionals a definitive glossary of music technology and audio terms. It focuses on the defining of 1400 terms common in the music industry. For the layman, explanations of what each term represents is provided and is a great addition for any serious music library or reference collection.
Anthony has sat quietly in the music industry for 34 years.
With his studies in music science and practical theory, he has designed built and operated many home studios. He has composed and collaborated with artists of all genres since 1978. He takes the knowledge that he has gained over these years from the experts he respects, and offers to you a condensed version of the basic fundamentals, and principals that he feels are needed to succeed in this ever changing business world of music.
He has written thirty audio recording, production and marketing e books that will take you from starting up your home recording studio to final mastering and marketing your music. He hopes that the easy to follow yet comprehensive books will assist you in making educated decisions on properly designing, constructing, operating, marketing and living your dream within this amazing world of musical entertainment.
Volume1.102 -Volume 3.310 are fully illustrated and have direct links to websites. These hyperlinks coincide with sections that you are reading. You can to bounce between the site and section that you are reviewing without having to leave the page you are reading. Anthony recommends that as you read, you look into these informative sites.
*Good Times, Bad Times
*Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
*Dazed and Confused
*Whole Lotta Love
*Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)
*Stairway to Heaven
*Misty Mountain Hop
*The Song Remains the Same
*Over the Hills and Far Away
*Achilles Last Stand
*Nobody's Fault but Mine
*Fool in the Rain
"Thanks to Joe Bergamini's usual perfectionism, we have an accurate historical record of one of the greatest rock drummers of all time for the enjoyment and education of today's drummers and all future generations to come. Highly recommended not just for Bonham fans or Rock 'n' Rollers but for all drummers, regardless of style."
-Tiger Bill's DrumBeat
Music Theory For Dummies makes music theory easy to understand, with a friendly, unintimidating overview of everything you need to know to become fluent at knocking out beats, reading musical scores, and learning to anticipate where a song should go—whether you're reading someone else's music or writing your own. Whether you're a music student or a music lover, you'll learn to read, write, and understand music with this informative guide. With expert instruction, you'll put it all together as you compose, arrange, and create original melodies, harmonies, and chords of your own, with helpful tips for performing your pieces in front of an audience. This new third edition presents the most current teaching techniques, the newest music genres and examples, and updated information on all aspects of understanding, creating, and performing music.
Studies have shown that music training improves children's' verbal and spatial abilities, and it's been associated with cognitive and mathematical benefits in adults. The music job market is expected to increase over the coming years, and music theory is becoming an increasingly common part of education at all levels. Music Theory For Dummies provides the instruction you need to get more out of music than you ever thought possible.Master major and minor scales, intervals, pitches, and clefs Understand basic notation, time signals, tempo, dynamics, and navigation Employ melodies, chords, progressions, and phrases to form music Compose harmonies and accompanying melodies for voice and instruments
Whether you intend to pursue a degree or career in music, or just enjoy listening to it, understanding the theory behind it gives you a whole new appreciation for the artistry and craftsmanship behind the pieces that give you goose bumps. It's a mix of technical skill, inborn talent, and plenty of practice – and now you can try your hand at it, with Music Theory For Dummies.
Have you just got your hands on one of these beautiful machines and don’t know where to start? Do you want to learn how to get more creative with it and create actual songs? Or do you want to become a Pocket Operator master? Then this book is for you.
Some of the topics that this book will cover is:
Tweaking a sound
Mastering the Mini drum machine
Making a song
Backing up patterns
Playing in different keys/scales
How to sync the PO-14 with external gear
Explanation of parameters
So what are you waiting for? Time to master your Pocket Operator!
The system that is presented in the book is accessible for a large group of drummers from amateur to pro. A lot of drum teachers in Holland use this book for their students, because playing fills is a very nice way to develop technique and rudimental capabilities. Also the individual creativity will be teased by using this system! Besides the more than 100 examples of tough linear* drum fills that come with the book, there is the unique Fill Generator, which gives you many possibilities to create your own drum fills!
In addition to the E book, the Skills & Fills Drum app has been developed in which 60 brand new tough drum fills (others than in the book) are demonstrated on video.. With the "Tools" button on your screen you will get access to the Fill Generator.. It's highly recommended to use the Drum APP besides the book, for an even more inspiring drum experience, but both the Book and Drum App are very useful on its own as well..
* Linear drum fills incorporate stickings that usually don't overlap each other. This is why linear drum fills and grooves always sound very open and clear!
Entries are divided by broad category (art song, arias, folk songs, oratorio, musicals, etc.) and are arranged by song title. Each entry includes author, poet or librettist, key(s) available, ranges (for each key), tessitura, difficulty level, voice types, comments, a summary of the text, and notes as to genre, language, and editions available. Five comprehensive indexes facilitate searching.
As a guide to selecting vocal repertoire, this book's practical and sometimes colorful comments on each song or aria will assist the vocal instructor in matching the student's ability and range to the appropriate piece. This distillation of Barbara Doscher's many years of experience in the teaching studio is a necessary addition to any vocal instructor's collection, as well as a valuable resource for the individual singer.
I will teach you EVERYTHING you need to know in order to tranform your songs into something that you would hear on the radio. Above all - something you can be proud of. Don't waste time studying audio engineering, just buy my mini e-book!
Author Edward Heron-Allen served an apprenticeship with Georges Chanot, a preeminent nineteenth-century violin maker. The knowledge, skill, and experience Heron-Allen acquired in the master's shop are reflected in this book, which was the first to combine the history, theory, and practice of violin-making. Originally published in 1884 as Violin-Making, As It Was and Is: Being a Historical, Theoretical and Practical Treatise on the Science and Art of Violin-Making for the Use of Violin Makers and Players, Amateur and Professional, this volume has enlightened and informed generations of performers and players alike.
In Oboe Secrets: 75 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Oboist and English Horn Player, Jacqueline Leclair tackles the oboe’s reputation as an especially difficult instrument and illustrates how oboists and English horn players can overcome common challenges. Leclair draws on her experience as a performer and instructor, offering practical tips and sometimes revolutionary ideas for rethinking oboe pedagogy.
Leclair also looks at performance strategies in the areas of equipment maintenance and management, physical health, and performance technique. Her secrets focus on such matters as how to optimize practice sessions, build endurance, improve use of the body when playing, work with reeds, and apply extended techniques. Oboe Secrets provides oboists and English horn players a quick and efficient path to significant improvement—both technically and musically—in their playing. It is the perfect resource for advanced high school oboists, professional performers, music instructors, and avid amateur musicians.
***Comes with online access to free drum videos and audio demonstrating all examples. See and hear how each one is played by a teacher, then play along with the backing band. Also includes music score and drum animation for easy music learning.***
"Awesome Drum Learning Book! This one by far is the best one I've found. The layout makes it easy to understand and to absorb the material you're learning. Keeps everything interesting but not so simple that it's boring." - Michael Cadonic, Louisville KY [Amazon]"
Progressive Beginner Drums contains all you need to know to start learning to be a great drummer - in one easy-to-follow, lesson-by-lesson drum tutorial. Suitable for all ages and all types of drum kits. No prior knowledge of how to read music or playing the drums is required to teach yourself to learn to play drums from this book.
• How to play using all the drums and cymbals in the entire drum kit
• How to play drum beats used in popular drum grooves
• All the fundamental drum rudiments and drum techniques including playing accents, ghost notes, paradiddles, side stick and open hi-hat
• Drum theory for learning how to read drum music for beginners
• Drum tips and drum tricks that every player should know when learning drums
• Shortcuts for how to learn drums fast by getting the most from drum practice sessions
Contains everything you need to know to learn to play the drums today.
• Progressive step-by-step easy beginners drum lessons written by a professional drum teacher
• Full color photos and diagrams
• Easy-to-read drum music for beginners
• 133 drum exercises, drum rhythms and drum fills for playing drum beats used in rock drumming, blues drumming, funk drumming, country drumming and jazz drumming
Beginner drum lessons have never been this easy for anyone who wants to learn how to play the drum, fast.
* Gain new perspective on keys and tonalities so that you have total control over the music you play
* Get to know scale formulas and new number systems so you know music from the inside out
* Push to and resolve on chords using dominant function and voice leading
* Change keys, borrow chords, and mix modes in order to add more variety to your chord progressions
* Get jazzy by using chromatic, diminished, and augmented passing chords
* Become a more proficient lead guitarist by narrowing your focus to the scale patterns preferred by the pros
* Make your lead lines more melodic and give them more direction with chord tone soloing
* Create new sounds and new chord progressions with the harmonic minor scale
* Add more depth and dimension to your playing by using pedal point and pedal tones
Fretboard Theory Volume II is also available as a 12-hour video series that is sold separately on the author's GuitarMusicTheory.com website. Visit the website and sign up for email lessons to sample the footage.
Level: Recommended for intermediate level players on up who have already completed the first volume of Fretboard Theory.
3-Shape Fretboard is for intermediate to advanced guitarists interested in learning how to work out guitar scales and arpeggios for themselves. Being able to create guitar scales and arpeggios yourself can give a better understanding, while knowing the logic behind them can make them more meaningful and therefore easier to learn.
The Major Scale: It all starts with the major scale, the basis of music. All other scales and arpeggios can be defined in comparison to this scale. The book reflects this in practical terms by categorising the major scale into three different fundamental shapes, which once understood, can be used as templates to figure out other guitar scales and arpeggios.
The CAGED System: This system can help to understand the larger CAGED guitar scale shapes in terms of their single octave components. For example, the five CAGED shapes for the major (or minor) pentatonic scales that each contain twelve notes, can be learned as only two shapes of five notes, which are joined end to end to give us the five full CAGED shapes.
>> Various 3-Note per string scales can be understood as the same combination of single octave component types.
>> See how basic major and minor chords are formed from within scales and look at triad and 7th chord based harmony.
>> Each scale and arpeggio type has a question, with the answer at the back of the book in guitar tablature.
>> 3-Shape Fretboard contains 600 fretboard diagrams.
>> Intervals are grouped together in the context of the scales they are intended for, which can provide a foundation for learning intervals individually on the fretboard.
Please Note: The eBook includes diagrams not suitable for smaller screens.
"A logical and thorough approach to understanding scales, intervals and arpeggios on the guitar. All related to the universal CAGED idea of fretboard layout. Plenty to study and apply to your playing." -- Hedley Timbs, BA(Mus), Grad.Dip. Teaching (New Zealand)"I think the 3 pattern approach is very interesting and well documented. There is lots of good material and I like the approach. Very well organised, complete and clear with plenty of diagrams." -- Fabien Aubry, Composer, Arranger & Producer (Switzerland)
Technique, through essential, must be subordinate to musical understanding. Complete knowledge of scales, apprehended not mechanically but musically; understanding of the uses of rests and silence, which Mozart considered the greatest effect in music; a feeling for rhythm and training of the ear; these are the basic elements of a thorough grounding in musicianship and are accordingly emphasized in the opening chapters.
The heart of the book is devoted to the attainment of a beautiful tone. Anyone who has heard Lhevinne play or has listened to one of his recordings will know how great were his achievements in that area. The secret lay, at least in part, in the technique he called "the arm floating in air," and in the use of the wrists as natural shock absorbers. The achievement of varieties of tone, of the singing, ringing tone, of brilliancy, of delicacy, and of power are all explained in terms of a careful analysis of the ways in which the fingers, hand, wrist, arm, and indeed the whole body function in striking the keys. There are further remarks about how to get a clear staccato and an unblurred legato, about the dangers of undue emphasis on memorization and the need for variety in practicing, and special comments on the use of the pedal, which should be employed with as much precision as the keys.
Throughout, specific musical examples are presented as illustrations. The author draws not only upon his own experiences and methods, but upon the examples of Anton Rubenstein and of his teacher, Safonoff, for this remarkably lucid and concise formulation of basic principles.
Recognized the world over for his distinct voice and timeless hits spanning a career of nearly half a century, Charlie Wilson is one of the most celebrated musicians of his generation. So it took friends and family by surprise when he checked into rehab and revealed that he had been not only homeless, but also helpless.
Here is the riveting story of how love and faith carried him through not only his addiction, but also prostate cancer. Here, too, is the story of his work in the music business, including a career resurgence that saw collaborations with some of the most sought-after artists of today, including Pharrell and Justin Timberlake.
Now over twenty years sober, Wilson recounts a life filled with vertiginous highs and heartbreaking lows. His is a story of triumph over adversity, courage in the face of extreme hardship, and love when all else is lost. It is a tale of the last sixty years in social and pop culture history, and one that will stay with you for years to come.
***Comes with online access to free piano videos and audio demonstrating all examples. See and hear how each one is played by a teacher, then play along with the backing band. Also includes music score and piano animation for easy music learning.***
"Okay, I am of a certain age [so] I decided to learn to play the Piano. You can actually play two handed within the first week! ...Get yourself a keyboard and this book! My brain already feels younger." - S. Mason, Austin TX
Progressive Beginner Piano contains all you need to know to start learning to be a great piano player - in one easy-to-follow, lesson-by-lesson piano tutorial. Suitable for all ages and all types of pianos including electric pianos, digital pianos and piano keyboards. No prior knowledge of how to read music or playing the piano is required to teach yourself to learn to play piano from this book.
• How to play piano chords for beginners and piano rhythms
• How to play piano notes and beginner piano scales used in piano melodies
• All the fundamental techniques of piano playing including playing chords and arpeggios with the left hand
• Piano theory for learning how to read piano music for beginners
• Piano tips and piano tricks that every player should know when learning piano
• Shortcuts for how to learn piano fast by getting the most from piano practice sessions
Contains everything you need to know to learn to play the piano today.
• Progressive step-by-step easy piano lessons written by a professional piano teacher
• Full color photos and diagrams
• Easy-to-read piano music for beginners and piano chords for beginners
• Piano chord chart containing formulas and chord diagrams for all important piano chords
• 45 piano exercises including piano chord progressions and popular easy piano music for beginners in rock piano, pop piano, country piano, folk piano, blues piano and classical piano styles
Beginner piano lessons have never been this easy for anyone who wants to learn how to play the piano, fast.
Thorough explanations of key topics in music technology
Content applicable to all software and hardware, not linked to just one piece of software or gear
In-depth discussion of digital audio topics, such as sampling rates, resolutions, and file formats
Explanations of standard audio plug-ins including dynamics processors, EQs, and delay based effects
Coverage of synthesis and sampling in software instruments
Pedagogical features, including:
Further Reading sections that allow the student to delve deeper into topics of interest
Suggested Activities that can be carried out with a variety of different programs
Key Terms at the end of each chapter
What Do I Need?Chapters covering the types of hardware and software needed in order to put together Audio and MIDI systems
A companion website with links to audio examples that demonstrate various concepts, step-by-step tutorials, relevant hardware, software, and additional audio and video resources.
The new edition has been fully updated to cover new technologies that have emerged since the first edition, including iOS and mobile platforms, online notation software, alternate controllers, and Open Sound Control (OSC).
This book continues the work Martial Singher has done, in performances, in concerts, and in master classes and lessons, by drawing attention "not only to precise features of text, notes, and markings but also to psychological motivations and emotional impulses, to laughter and tears, to technical skills, to strokes of genius, and even here and there to variations from the original works that have proved to be fortunate."
For each aria, the author gives the dramatic and musical context, advice about interpretation, and the lyric—with the original language (if it is not English) and an idiomatic American English translation, in parallel columns. The major operatic traditions—French, German, Italian, Russian, and American—are represented, as are the major voice types—soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass-baritone, and bass.
The dramatic context is not a mere summary of the plot but is a penetrating and often witty personality sketch of an operatic character in the midst of a situation. The musical context is presented with the dramatic situation in a cleverly integrated way. Suggestions about interpretation, often illustrated with musical notation and phonetic symbols, are interspersed among the author's explication of the music and the action. An overview of Martial Singher's approach—based on fifty years of experience on stage in a hundred roles and in class at four leading conservatories—is presented in his Introduction. As the reader approaches each opera discussed in this book, he or she experiences the feeling of participation in a rehearsal on stage under an urbane though demanding coach and director.
The Interpretive Guide will be of value to professional singers as a source of reference or renewed inspiration and a memory refresher, to coaches for checking and broadening personal impressions, to young singers and students for learning, to teachers who have enjoyed less than a half century of experience, and to opera broadcast listeners and telecast viewers who want to understand what goes into the sounds and sights that delight them.