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Since the mid-twentieth century, Zoltán Kodály's child-developmental philosophy for teaching music has had significant positive impact on music education around the world, and is now at the core of music teaching in the United States and other English speaking countries. Kodály in the Kindergarten Classroom is the first comprehensive handbook to update and apply the Kodály concepts to teaching music in early childhood classrooms. Kodály in the Kindergarten Classroom provides teachers with a step-by-step road map for developing children's performance, creative movement, and literacy skills in an organic and thoughtful manner. Through six years of field-testing with music kindergarten teachers in the United States, Great Britain, and Hungary (the home country of Zoltán Kodály), authors Micheál Houlahan and Philip Tacka have developed a methodology specifically for 21st century classrooms. Houlahan and Tacka use the latest research findings in cognition and perception to create a system not only appropriate for kindergarteners' particular developmental stages but also one which integrates vertically between kindergarten and elementary music classes. The methods outlined in this volume encourage greater musical ability and creativity in children by teaching kindergarteners to sing, move, play instruments, and develop music literacy skills. In addition, Kodály in the Kindergarten Classroom promotes critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration skills. Although the book uses the Kodály philosophy, its methodology has also been tested by teachers certified in Orff and Dalcroze, and has proven an essential guide for teachers no matter what their personal philosophy and specific training might be. Over 100 children's books are incorporated into Kodály in the Kindergarten Classroom, as well as 35 detailed lesson plans that demonstrate how music and literacy curriculum goals are transformed into tangible musical objectives. Scholarly yet practical and accessible, this volume is sure to be an essential guide for kindergarten and early childhood music teachers everywhere.
"We loved the book. The information was well paced and concise enough not to overwhelm. Any beginner would definitely benefit from having this book, and it's a great reminder for those who might have forgotten details or are looking for them.” -- Nimal De Silva, The Music Garage (Singapore)

"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)
Guitar Picking Mechanics equips you to use a standard guitar pick (a.k.a. flatpick or plectrum) to play popular styles of music as proficiently as possible.

Through a series of exercises, you are trained to use the proper techniques needed to play common guitar parts.

You also discover techniques that make an immediate difference in how well you pick, so you see fast results.

In order to learn the most practical skills, you play examples composed in the style of familiar songs.

You even unleash your creativity by applying your newfound skills to your own improvisations and compositions.

Your path to picking improvement involves the development and application of the following techniques:

Alternate picking
Changing strings on downstrokes
Downstroke sweep picking
Downstroke economy picking
Upstroke string changes, sweep picking, and economy picking
Pick slanting
Inside and outside picking
Playing melodic patterns (a.k.a. "scale sequences")

After completing Guitar Picking Mechanics, you will be able to pick more quickly, more accurately, and more comfortably. You will know how to compose fluid lead lines around efficient mechanics. Most importantly, you will discover which picking techniques work best for you so you can play to your strengths. 

Guitar Picking Mechanics is not just about technique—it is about your artistic expression and style. The program’s goals are for you to explore options, develop new skills, break through barriers, and make progress so that your guitar playing becomes something you can be proud of. :)

The Guitar Picking Mechanics book includes:

100 pages of instruction
84 Notation Figures with Tablature
74 Audio Tracks

Are you ready to make your picking problems a thing of the past? Do you want to see how changing your approach to picking can help you progress faster than you thought possible? Get your copy of Guitar Picking Mechanics today!

Guitar Picking Mechanics is not a beginner guitar program. In order to take full advantage of this instruction, you should already be playing at an intermediate level. Your skills should include being able to play pentatonic scale and three-notes-per-string scale patterns. Guitar Picking Mechanics works on either an acoustic or electric guitar. Both right-handed and left-handed guitar players can follow the lessons. 

Audio Tracks
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“3 Shape Fretboard by Gareth Evans is a thorough workbook for learning to understand and play scales on the guitar. The sheer number of different scales and modes may seem overwhelming, but the knowledge of the three basic shapes and a basic understanding of intervals will help a lot in seeing through the jungle. A tour de force of fretboard and scale knowledge” -- Mathias Lang, Guitar Teacher & Composer (Netherlands) 

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.

What Else? 

>> 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)
In The Naked Voice, W. Stephen Smith invites all singers to improve their vocal technique through his renowned and time-tested wholistic method. Focusing not only on the most important technical, but also on the often overlooked psychological and spiritual elements of learning to sing, his book allows readers to develop their own full and individual identities as singers. With philosophies and techniques drawn from a lifetime of teaching voice, Smith demonstrates how one can reveal the true unique sound of ones own voice by singing with the whole self. The masters method, presented in concrete and comprehensible terms with helpful illustrations, is enhanced by a companion website containing exercises performed by singers from Smiths own studio-singers whose talent and training bring them across the country and around the world. The clear and easy style of The Naked Voice welcomes the reader into Smiths teaching studio, and into conversation with Smith himself as he presents the six simple and elegant exercises that form the core of his method. These exercises provide a foundation for free singing, and lead singers through the step-by-step process of mastering the technique. Throughout, Smith speaks sympathetically and encouragingly to the singer in search of an unencumbered and effective approach to the art. The Naked Voice is a must-read for all singers, giving teachers and students, amateurs and professionals, access to the methods and concepts that have earned Smith his reputation as one of the most highly-sought-after vocal instructors in the international arena today.
Fundamentals of Musical Acoustics is a landmark book in its field, hailed for its astonishingly clear, delightfully readable statement of everything of acoustical importance to music-making. Though directed primarily to the music student who is taking an acoustics course, it is essential reading for all musicians, music lovers, and audiophiles eager to expand their musical horizons.
The book deals extensively with the fundamental modes of sound production and with the special sound-producing properties of the musical instruments in common use today — keyboard, string, brass, woodwind, and percussion — as well as the human voice. It further explores the critical roles played by the room and by the hearer's auditory apparatus. The basis of scales and harmony and the craft of instrument makers are also discussed in this masterly text, which includes numerous illustrations, bibliographical information, and a stimulating section of "Examples, Experiments, and Questions" at the end of each chapter. After the original publication of this book, Dr. Benade maintained a detailed set of corrections and revisions that have been incorporated into this second, revised edition.
"Comprehensive . . . rigorous . . . well-organized . . . will surely be the text of choice." — American Scientist
"A remarkable achievement . . . a book on musical acoustics by an acknowledged master of the subject which guides the reader through all the most subtle intricacies of every important family of Western musical instruments with virtually no mathematics . . . Arthur Benade, a professor at Case Western Reserve, has set forth a vast knowledge of musical acoustics so clearly that you can read his book as you would a novel." — The Audio Amateur
"Every chapter contains material not previously covered in books written on musical acoustics." — John T. Scott, Physics Today
"Recommended for music lovers and audiophiles who want to know more about the physics of musical sounds." — Stereo Review
“If you told me you wanted to get going on guitar, I’d recommend Justin Sandercoe.” - Mark Knopfler

“One of the most influential guitar teachers in history.” - The Independent

The Justin Guitar Christmas Songbook is a festive collection of 21 classic and contemporary Christmas songs – an accompaniment to the world-famous courses – and the perfect book for all guitar players who want to progress beyond beginner level. The book begins with easy, ‘play on Christmas day’ songs, before progressing to tunes you could learn in December and then onto material that might benefit from a November start.

Each song is presented as lyrics and chords, accompanied by performance tips and strumming patterns, often with tablature and chord diagrams to help you through any tricky bits. In addition, there are six arrangements written out in full TAB!

With traditional favourites such as ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Silent Night’, jazzy numbers like ‘Winter Wonderland’ and pop classics including ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ and Slade’s ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’, this is the ultimate Christmas songbook for beginner guitarists!


- Auld Lang Syne (Traditional)
- Deck The Halls (Traditional)
- Hi Ho Silver Lining (Jeff Beck)
- Jingle Bells (Traditional)
- Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town (The Jackson 5)
- Silent Night (Traditional)
- We Wish You A Merry Christmas (Traditional)
- Winter Wonderland (Dean Martin)
- Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band)
- Jingle Bell Rock (Bobby Helms)
- Merry Christmas Baby (Elvis Presley)
- A Spaceman Came Travelling (Chris de Burgh)
- The Twelve Days Of Christmas (Traditional)
- Walking In The Air (Theme From The Snowman)
- White Christmas (Bing Crosby)
- All I Want For Christmas Is You (Mariah Carey)
- Driving Home For Christmas (Chris Rea)
- Fairytale Of New York (The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl)
- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (The Jackson 5)
- Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Dean Martin)
- Merry Xmas Everybody (Slade)
- Silent Night (Traditional)
- Auld Lang Syne (Traditional)
- Deck The Halls (Traditional)
- We Wish You A Merry Christmas (Traditional, Version 1)
- We Wish You A Merry Christmas (Traditional, Version 2)
- White Christmas (Bing Crosby)
"Chords For Guitar is written in a concise and clear manner that will be easy to understand by anyone with basic music knowledge. A consistent and simple approach that will prove to be a great tool for those hoping to expand their knowledge on the fret-board." -- Danny McCrum, Professional Guitarist (New Zealand)

“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)

"A very comprehensive book containing chords from the beginning stages and beyond. Everything is very well explained with no stone left unturned. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who's starting out with the guitar." -- Nigel Elliott, Guitarist & Tutor (N.Ireland)

Guitar Chords for Beginners contains 65 different chords arranged in easy fingerings.

Technique: Fretting hand technique for playing guitar chords is looked at in detail with diagrams. Where necessary, some chords are taught incrementally because taking on only the harder aspects of a chord’s fingering first means our hand is freer to adjust. Other chords are shown with different fingerings for you to choose which you prefer. Playing guitar chords may seem like a contortion for the hands of the beginner so there is some basic guidance on stretching to keep the hands flexible.

Audio and More: Each guitar chord has a downloadable audio example enabling you to hear if you have played it right, or to hear what you need to work towards. There is an introduction to moveable power chords and barre chords, in which barre chords are shown as easier cut-down versions of full barre chord shapes. At the back of Guitar Chords for Beginners there is a list of suggested songs that contain chords from within the book.

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"I like what’s been put together! The information covered in technical issues for beginners especially explaining the difference between chords on piano and guitar is great. I think starting with the small position chords for C and G etc and building up to full position is also really important for beginners. The picture diagrams of hand position is a nifty feature, I know lots of beginners respond more to visuals and will often revert to looking at the hand pictures rather than the chord diagrams. Also think the added audio clips are a great feature so students can compare the sounds of their chords with the audio for reference. There could be a couple of chord progressions at the end of each section (Apart from the song suggestions at the end of the book) and strumming patterns. That would be an added feature that I think could work nicely, although this would make for a larger book and it is only £1.99 for the eBook. Otherwise I think what’s been put together is great :)" -- Anthony Bierman, Bmus(Hons) Contemporary/Jazz Guitar (South Africa)

"Looks fab. I particularly like the different ways of playing the A chord. The physical warm-up exercises for flexibility are also good. It is good that movable major and minor barre chords are shown as partial versions to make them initially easier, and beginners might find extra interest where near the back of the book easy open versions of other more exotic chords are shown, such as Dm(maj7), the "James Bond" chord." -- Campbell Murray, RGT & MU Registered Tutor (Scotland)
On the eve of his 40th birthday, Gary Marcus, a renowned scientist with no discernible musical talent, learns to play the guitar and investigates how anyone—of any age —can become musical. Do you have to be born musical to become musical? Do you have to start at the age of six?

Using the tools of his day job as a cognitive psychologist, Gary Marcus becomes his own guinea pig as he takes up the guitar. In a powerful and incisive look at how both children and adults become musical, Guitar Zero traces Marcus’s journey, what he learned, and how anyone else can learn, too. A groundbreaking peek into the origins of music in the human brain, this musical journey is also an empowering tale of the mind’s enduring plasticity.

Marcus investigates the most effective ways to train body and brain to learn to play an instrument, in a quest that takes him from Suzuki classes to guitar gods. From deliberate and efficient practicing techniques to finding the right music teacher, Marcus translates his own experience—as well as reflections from world-renowned musicians—into practical advice for anyone hoping to become musical, or to learn a new skill.

Guitar Zero debunks the popular theory of an innate musical instinct while simultaneously challenging the idea that talent is only a myth. While standing the science of music on its head, Marcus brings new insight into humankind’s most basic question: what counts as a life well lived? Does one have to become the next Jimi Hendrix to make a passionate pursuit worthwhile, or can the journey itself bring the brain lasting satisfaction?

For all those who have ever set out to play an instrument—or wish that they could—Guitar Zero is an inspiring and fascinating look at the pursuit of music, the mechanics of the mind, and the surprising rewards that come from following one’s dreams.

It has never been easier or more fun for students to compose, improvise, arrange, and produce music and music-related projects than with today's technology. Written in a practical, accessible manner, Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity offers both a framework for and practical tips on the technology tools best suited for encouraging students' authentic musical creativity. Author Scott Watson makes a compelling case for creativity-based music learning through eight teacher-tested principles that access, nurture, and develop students' potential for musical expression. Example after example illustrates each principle in a variety of music teaching and technology scenarios. Watson also includes practical ideas for technology-based creative music activities, locating lesson plans and other resources, and assessing creative work. The book provides detailed plans for dozens of attractive projects, each linked to MENC National Standards, and also offers suggestions for making adaptations according to grade level and technology proficiency. Additionally, it includes a valuable section of resources with tips for setting up a computer music workstation, a plain-language description of how digital audio works, and a music education technology glossary. Most of the activities described can be carried out by novice users with free or low-cost music applications. The book also features a comprehensive companion website with dozens of audio and video examples as well as many downloadable worksheets, rubrics, and activity files. Visit the companion website at
The Really Big Really Easy Piano Songbook combines a huge selection of 150 songs from the entire Easy Piano series. Ranging from Justin Bieber to David Bowie to Mozart to Adele, this songbook is sure to satiate any beginner pianist and expand their repertoire ten-fold!

This collection includes:

- Ain’t No Sunshine [Bill Withers]
- All About You [McFly]
- All Of Me [John Legend]
- All Shook Up [Elvis Presley]
- Angels [[Robbie Williams]
- Ave Maria [Schubert]
- Baby [Justin Bieber]
- Black Magic [Little Mix]
- Blame It On Me [George Ezra]
- Bridge Over Troubled Water [Simon & Garfunkel]
- Can’t Fight The Moonlight [Leann Rimes]
- Can’t Stop The Feeling [Justin Timberlake]
- Changes [David Bowie]
- Chasing Cars [Snow Patrol]
- Chasing Pavements [Adele]
- Diamonds are Forever [Shirley Bassey]
- Does Your Mother Know [ABBA]
- Don’t Speak [No Doubt]
- Eye Of The Tiger [Survivor]
- Fly Me To The Moon [Frank Sinatra]
- Georgia On My Mind [Ray Charles]
- Goldfinger [Shirley Bassey]
- Good Vibrations [The Beach Boys]
- Greatest Day [Take That]
- Happy [Pharrell Williams]
- Ho Hey [The Lumineers]
- Hold Back The River [James Bay]
- Hopelessly Devoted To You (from Grease)
- I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing [Aerosmith]
- I Think We’re Alone Now [Tiffany]
- I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) [Whitney Houston]
- If I Were A Boy [Beyoncé]
- I’m Yours[ Jason Mraz]
- It Must Be Love [Madness]
- The James Bond Theme
- Let It Go (from Frozen)
- Life On Mars? [David Bowie]
- Live And Let Die [Paul McCartney & Wings]
- Love Yourself [Justin Bieber]
- Lush Life [Zara Larsson]
- Man In The Mirror [Michael Jackson]
- Next To Me [Emeli Sandé]
- Nobody Does It Better (from The Spy Who Loved Me)
- Paradise [Coldplay]
- Put Your Records On [Corinne Bailey Rae]
- The Ride Of The Valkyries [Richard Wagner]
- Rocket Man [Elton John]
- Rolling In The Deep [Adele]
- Run [Leona Lewis]
- Skinny [Love Birdy]
- Somebody Told Me [The Killers]
- Somewhere Only We Know [Lily Allen]
- Songbird [Eva Cassidy]
- Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) [Eurythmics]
- Under Pressure [Queen & David Bowie]
- Uptown funk! [Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars]
- Waterloo [ABBA]
- Waterloo Sunset [The Kinks]
- We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together [Taylor Swift]
- What A Wonderful World [Louis Armstrong]
- What Makes You Beautiful [One Direction]
- Wrecking Ball [Miley Cyrus]
- You’ve Got A Friend In Me (from Toy Story)

And many more…
Arduino, Teensy, and related microcontrollers provide a virtually limitless range of creative opportunities for musicians and hobbyists who are interested in exploring "do it yourself" technologies. Given the relative ease of use and low cost of the Arduino platform, electronic musicians can now envision new ways of synthesizing sounds and interacting with music-making software. In Arduino for Musicians, author and veteran music instructor Brent Edstrom opens the door to exciting and expressive instruments and control systems that respond to light, touch, pressure, breath, and other forms of real-time control. He provides a comprehensive guide to the underlying technologies enabling electronic musicians and technologists to tap into the vast creative potential of the platform. Arduino for Musicians presents relevant concepts, including basic circuitry and programming, in a building-block format that is accessible to musicians and other individuals who enjoy using music technology. In addition to comprehensive coverage of music-related concepts including direct digital synthesis, audio input and output, and the Music Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), the book concludes with four projects that build on the concepts presented throughout the book. The projects, which will be of interest to many electronic musicians, include a MIDI breath controller with pitch and modulation joystick, "retro" step sequencer, custom digital/analog synthesizer, and an expressive MIDI hand drum. Throughout Arduino for Musicians, Edstrom emphasizes the convenience and accessibility of the equipment as well as the extensive variety of instruments it can inspire. While circuit design and programming are in themselves formidable topics, Edstrom introduces their core concepts in a practical and straightforward manner that any reader with a background or interest in electronic music can utilize. Musicians and hobbyists at many levels, from those interested in creating new electronic music devices, to those with experience in synthesis or processing software, will welcome Arduino for Musicians.
This classic introductory text focuses on the polyphonic vocal style perfected by Palestrina. Unlike many other texts, it maintains a careful balance between theoretical and practical problems, between historical and systematic methodology. The result is an exceptionally useful resource, ideal for classroom use in teaching modal counterpoint.
In Part One, Knud Jeppesen (1892–1974), the world-renowned musicologist and leading authority on Palestrina, offers a superb outline history of contrapuntal theory. He begins by exploring the beginnings of contrapuntal theory from the ninth to the fourteenth centuries. This is followed by separate discussions of each succeeding century, the styles of Palestrina and Bach, the "Palestrina Movement" after Fux, and more. The section ends with illuminating coverage of notation, the ecclesiastical modes, melody, and harmony.
The second part of the book contains an extended treatment of "species" counterpoint in two, three, and four parts, as well as counterpoint in more than four parts, and specific discussions of the canon, the motet, and the Mass. Throughout, the text is generously supplied with musical examples―exercises, solutions, and illustrations, including many by the great composers. For this edition, the distinguished scholar Alfred Mann has contributed a new foreword to Jeppesen's classic study. Now available in paperback for the first time, it will be welcomed by musicians, composers, theorists, musicologists―any student of counterpoint and the Western musical tradition.
Anthony F. Jahn, MD, internationally acclaimed otolaryngologist and Director of Medical Services at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, offers a comprehensive guidebook on a wide range of health and disorders that affect the voice. A vital tool for singers, voice teachers, and choral directors, The Singer's Guide to Complete Health empowers vocal performers to take charge of their own minds and bodies, providing advice about a variety of health issues that affect professional well-being as well as remedies to the most important and common health problems that singers face in their careers. Dr. Jahn has invited a diverse group of health care specialists and music professionals to share their expertise and tips with singers and their teachers. The chapters cover a broad spectrum of topics, including not only vocal issues, but also general physical and psychological well-being, diet, and exercise, accompanied by easy-to-follow illustrations, diagrams and charts. Each chapter provides a clear explanation of an aspect of health of practical relevance to vocalists. The book enables singers to make informed decisions about their own health, and gives guidance on seeking appropriate professional help and self-remedies. It includes numerous suggestions on ways to prevent illness and maintain a healthy vocal lifestyle, not only with traditional methods such as diet, exercise, and Alexander technique, but also holistic approaches such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, acupuncture, and Chinese herbs. A comprehensive blend of professional voice expertise and medical science, The Singer's Guide to Complete Health is an essential addition to bookshelves and medicine cabinets of both singers and those who care for them.
★ Private memory techniques help to achieve memorize scales and musical note positions on the guitar in 10 minutes

★ Combine musical intervals, chords, arpeggios, key modes and practice mantras to let you play more freely on a fretboard

★ Practical examples and licks enhance your playing techniques as well as the familiarity of scale graphics.

This handbook uses the most effective memory technique; the concept of “Image Memorization Method" (according to experiences, it can be achieved in 10 minutes) can help your brain memorize scale graphics in the fretboard in a short time and also to teach you enhancing practices and methods of application. In addition to stimulating your thinking of musical notes and fingerings on the fretboard, the most important thing is to help you be able to cleverly apply scales and chords as well as their matching via the familiarity of the fretboard.

During performances, it is the main goal of this handbook that you know the scale positions where your fingers are located anytime.

In addition, this second version handbook has more demonstrations than the first version as well as clearer and plenty of explanations. In addition to the faster and efficient memory fretboard, the rich contents lively combine various kinds of practice as well as thinking methods. And this better allows you to obtain great achievements in such as intervals, chords, arpeggios, key modes as well as musical concepts.

If you──

  ● Just want to play easy musical notes but you can never find the right positions

  ● Want to leave playing and singing along level but you cannot find the directions

  ● Want to improvise solo performances but you often get the musical notes wrong

  ● Encounter a situation where your hands slide to a different fret position then you don’t know how to play

  ● Have a bunch of fingerings which the more you memorize them the more you are confused

  ● Want to know more about the guitar

One book “Building Block Image Memory Methods” can fix all problems!




Chapter ONE : Building Blocks for Natural Scale
▲Distribution of Musical Note
▲Building Block Pattern
▲3 Steps to Memorization
▲Switching to Numbers of Numbered Musical Notation

Chapter TWO : Position Graphic of Octave

Chapter THREE : Other Relevant Scales Graphics
▲Pentatonic Scale Graphic
▲Harmonic Minor Scale Graphic
▲Melodic /Jazz Minor Scale Graphic
▲Modal Scale Graphic

Chapter FOUR : “One String Three Notes” Scale Pattern Graphic
▲Circulation Graphic of Natural Scale
▲Circulation Graphic of Harmonic Scales
▲Circulation Graphic of Melodic/Jazz Minor Scales


Chapter FIVE : Building Blocks Moved to Fretboard
▲《Practice Method 1》Individual Practices on the Fretboard
▲《Practice Method 2》Duo Building Block Set Pattern Practice
▲《Practice Method 3》Chord-Matching Practices
▲《Practice Method 4》Playing the same melody on different fret positions

Chapter SIX : Horizontal Shift of Building Blocks
▲Horizontal Moving Practices
▲Horizontal Moving and Natural Musical Scales

Chapter SEVEN : Building Blocks which Combine Other Graphics
▲Combining “One String Three Notes” Circulation Graphic
▲Combine Octave Interval Graphic

THE Applications

Chapter EIGHT : Uses of Interval and Double-Stop
▲Perfect Fifth & Perfect Fourth
▲Major / Minor Third
▲Major / Minor Sixth
▲Perfect Eighth
▲Major / Minor Seventh
▲Clever Uses for Each Interval

Chapter NINE : Performances of Chord and Fill-Ins
▲Inversion Chord
▲Using Inversions to Replace Original Chords
▲Chord+Fill-in Performance

Chapter TEN : Arpeggios which Add Melodic Tastes
▲Major Third Chord Arpeggios
▲Minor Third Chord Arpeggios
▲Arpeggios and Scale Building Block Graphic

Chapter ELEVEN : Trainings on Key Mode
▲Key Mode and Chords
▲Finding Notes with Differences
▲Key Modes and Chord Progression

Conclusion : How to Practice


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