Traditionally associated with country, folk, and bluegrass music, the banjo is accessible to anyone with the patience and willpower to learn it. This second edition of Banjo For Dummies does the rest of the work for you with updated practice lessons, teaching techniques, and step-by-step examples. With this guide, you will learn tips and techniques for selecting the right instruments and accessories, how to develop correct hand position and posture, and how to tune, care for, and make simple repairs to the instrument. An updated multimedia component features companion audio tracks and complementary video lessons that cement the concepts readers gain during their reading.Written by Bill Evans, an accomplished five-string banjo player, teacher, writer, and historianIncludes access to "how-to" videos on Dummies.comIdeal for anyone who wants to learn to play this classic instrument
For musicians hoping to lend their art an edge or interested learners looking to pick up a unique skill, Banjo For Dummies is a must-have, straightforward guide to success.
Everybody loves the sound of a harmonica, and the thought oflearning to play one is even more appealing. The instrument'sportability, versatility, and affordability make it a great choicefor those interested in learning how to produce the unmistakable,signature sound found in many styles of American music. WithHarmonica For Dummies, you can learn to master the harmonicafaster than you ever thought possible, even if you have little tono playing experience. This easy-to-use resource is filled withtips, tools, and instructions that will have you playing in notime.
In Harmonica For Dummies, you'll find an accessibleformat designed to help you access new techniques, songs, andstyles of playing. Accompanying digital content and interactivetools will help you learn the nuances of playing harmonica and giveyou the know-how to use this versatile instrument to its fullestpotential.Provides you with a high-quality, comprehensive instructionalmanualInstructs you with detailed instructions and tips to help youlearn to play quicklyWritten in a clear, easy-to-understand format complete withaccompanying audio/video contentHelps you improve your playing and embrace the many musicalstyles that have made the harmonica an iconic instrument
The harmonica is a very accessible instrument, but only thosewith the right instruction and direction will be able to experiencethe joy of using it for accompaniment and solos. Let HarmonicaFor Dummies guide you through the learning process and make youa harmonica expert in a flash!
The ukulele is hot. The season one finale of Gleefeatured a ukulele. The recent hit song "Hey Soul Sister" by Trainincludes the dulcet tones of a uke. Not to mention the runawaysuccess of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. For anyonewishing to master this fun, surprisingly versatile instrument,Ukulele For Dummies covers all the basics—from chordsand strumming patterns to guidance on finger-picking.The print version of the book includes a CD with audio tracksof the entire musical notation in the book—creating a totalmusical instruction packageOffers instruction in a variety of styles—including pop,folk, holiday favorites, and Hawaiian musicFeatures a buying guide for the novice—with tips onpurchasing a ukulele plus other necessary accessories
With its simple and clear instruction, and inspiration on everypage, Ukulele For Dummies will have fans and first-timemusicians making beautiful music—as they tiptoe through thetulips—in no time.
Note: CD files are available to download after purchasing thee-Book version
Revised and expanded to align with the National Core Arts Standards, each section of this second edition is full of tips and lessons to help middle schoolers develop a life-long love of music. From instructional units to composition projects, rhythm games to listening lessons, you’ll find plenty of ideas for working with young adolescents. An appendix of suggested resources steers you to materials appropriate for middle-level students. Bolster your program with the discussion about why general music is so vital in middle school. If your music classes feel like the perfect storm, let McAnally make them the best part of your day.
Ukulele in a Day For Dummies:Covers ukulele basicsIntroduces readers to basic chords and strumming patternsProvides everything needed for readers to play a simple tune ortwo at the end of the day! Comes with access to 29 audio tracks and a half dozeninstructional videos so you can read, hear, and see how to play theuke
The book features the following resources for reference during and after your lessons:
* Licks in the style of your favorite performers
* Complete harmonica note chart
* Blues progressions in various keys
This book is for diatonic and chromatic harmonicas and teaches you how to play through an easy-to-understand, step-by-step system.
Be your own teacher, and let Alfred be your resource every step of the way.
Japanese Music and Musical Instruments has three main orientations: The history of Japanese music Construction of the instruments Analysis of the music itself.The book covers in a lucidly written text and a wealth of fascinating photographs and drawings the main forms of musical expression. Many readers will find the useful hints on purchasing instruments, records, and books especially valuable, and for those who wish to pursue the matter further there is a selected bibliography and a guide to Tokyo's somewhat hidden world of Japanese music. It will be found an invaluable aid to the understanding and appreciation of an important, but little-known, and fascinating aspect of Japanese culture.
This book covers "Essential" materials for a thorough study of improvisation and Jazz piano in two parts: Techniques and Styles. Part 1 includes studies of chord voicings, (how to arrange chord notes in your hands), harmonic and linear approaches to soloing, keyboard bass, rhythmic phrasing, and the "free areas" of introductions, endings, and turnarounds. Part 2 covers a chronological study of style from early Stride techniques, through Swing, Be-Bop, modal harmony, Latin "montuno" techniques and thoughts on soloing in general.
Serious amateurs and young professionals alike will learn basic concepts, enabling a deeper pursuit of each subject, opening the door to a personal repertoire and individual style for a lifetime of enjoyment.
While the focus of the book is on teaching beginning band, much of the book can be of use to band instructors at any grade level. The book is divided into several parts, which cover the sound-to-sign-to-theory approach to teaching musical literacy; child development as it relates to teaching music; recruiting and retaining students; developing fundamental sounds and skills on each woodwind, brass, and percussion instrument; teaching students to read tonal and rhythmic music notation; and selecting and rehearsing beginning band solo, ensemble, and full-band music. The book also addresses curriculum design, scheduling, and staffing of band programs. Ideas about managing student records, inventory, and equipment are also given special attention. Written in a casual narrative style, the book features real-world examples of how the principles in the book might be applied to actual teaching situations. Another special feature of the book is a set of early field-experience application exercises. Starting Out Right guides readers as they explore a comprehensive individual and ensemble approach to teaching each woodwind, brass, and percussion instrument.
The piano accordion experienced a roller coaster ride of popularity--rise to fame on the airwaves, stage and silver screen, then a deathly decline, followed by a pop culture resurgence. Squeeze This! rolls out a history of the squeezebox with the first book-length study of its fascinating role in twentieth-century American music and culture.
Focusing on key moments of transition, ethnomusicologist and accordion enthusiast Marion Jacobson shows how the instrument came to be celebrated by ethnic musical communities and mainstream fans alike. She also explores the accordion's rebirth in contemporary music, from the parodies of "Weird Al" Yankovic to geek rock legends They Might Be Giants to accordion-wielding superstars like Bruce Springsteen and Sheryl Crow.
Loaded with images of gorgeous instruments, virtuoso performers, and rabid fans, Squeeze This! presents the untold story of America's rich accordion culture.
* We Are Family
* Batman (TV Theme)
* Imperial March
* Theme from Ice Castles (Through the Eyes of Love)
* It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)
* James Bond Theme
* Gonna Fly Now
* Peter Gunn.
* Stand by Me
* Catch a Falling Star
* The Lion Sleeps Tonight
* Ashokan Farewell
* Yellow Bird
* Don't Fence Me In, and the 1996 Olympic hit song "The Power of the Dream."
Before the 17th century, composers seldom indicated in their music whether the composition was to be performed by a particular combination of voices or instruments. Then in 1607 Monteverdi made a well-known suggestion for the orchestration of his opera Orfeo. And as the Baroque era unfolded, the concept of orchestrations began to evolve, achieving a notable clarity and the acceptance of a keyboard instrument as an integral part of the ensemble.
Toward the middle of the 18th century, stylistic changes in instrumental music, e.g. styles that emphasized a single melodic line, directly affected methods of orchestration; while in the 19th century, orchestrations became an ever more vital factor in the composer's technique, a stylistic determinant that places a wealth of possibilities at his disposal. Finally, in the early 18th century, increasing awareness of the importance of internal balance, certain ideals of blended sound, and firmly established instrumental characteristics enabled orchestration to take its place as an academic discipline beside harmony and counterpoint.
In this classic manual, a noted English composer describes 57 orchestral instruments (ca. 1914) tracing their origins, development, and status at the beginning of World War I. Not only are the history and evolution of each instrument fully discussed, the author also explores the techniques of each instrument, as well as players' impressions about what they must play. The result is an unparalleled insight into the inner working of an orchestra — a vivid impression of what it is like to be a violinist, clarinetist, trombonist, or other orchestral player.
While there have been numerous developments in instrumental technique on an individual basis since the book's first publication, most of what Forsyth says is still valid. Writing with wit, grace, and good sense, Forsyth created a formidably thorough, comprehensive, and informative text that has instructed and influenced generations of composers, conductors, musicians, and musicologists.
Manual for constructing a noise- and trouble-free system environment
When playing electric guitar or electric bass guitar, all the devices connected to each other is called a 'system' as a whole including the musical instrument, effects and amps. Any system built up on your own can generally create unnecessary noise and/or causes problems. Which means it can be very difficult to build up a perfect system by yourself simply by connecting your favorite devices. Without having certain knowledge of how to construct a system, noise and other problems may linger on. Plus, your constant concerns of making an unpleasant noise or losing sound all of a sudden during your gigs may haunt you enough to affect your performance.
Yukihiro Hayashi, the author of this book, has been working on various systems for top class professional musicians/players/artists and is happy to share his in-depth knowledge based on his own experience. He explains carefully and adequately the basics of electronics and techniques of hard-wiring for you to be able to build up a tried-and-true system that will be most suitable for your musical environment. Prepare yourself for the challenge of building your own system with the help of this book!