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I Can Read Music: A Note Reading Book for Violin Students
I Can Read Music
A Note Reading Book for Violin Students
Paperback      ISBN: 0874874394

These easy-to-read, progressive exercises by Joanne Martin develop a student's reading skills one stage at a time, with many repetitions at each stage. I Can Read Music is designed as a first note-reading book for students of string instruments who have learned to play using an aural approach such as the Suzuki Method(R), or for traditionally taught students who need extra note reading practice. Its presentation of new ideas is clear enough that it can be used daily at home by quite young children and their parents, with the teacher checking progress every week or two.

Nocturnes and Polonaises
Nocturnes and Polonaises
Paperback      ISBN: 0486245640

Fr d ric Chopin did not attempt to preserve definitive versions of his compositions because he disliked the labor of writing down notes. Improvising his performances at will, he never played a piece the same way twice. As a result, there are numerous texts of any single Chopin work and the editions of these texts have more editorial improvisation than do the texts of most composers. One of the most respected editions was prepared by Carl Mikuli, Chopin's student and, later, his teaching assistant, who was in a particularly privileged and advantageous position to take into account all that the master brought to his playing and teaching. His editorial contributions to this volume reflect his understanding of the principles that underly this body of work, imparted to him in word and deed by the composer.
The 20 nocturnes reproduced here include Opp. 9, 15, 27, 32, 37, 48, 55, 62, 72, and the posthumous Nocturne in C-sharp Minor. The 11 polonaises include Opp. 26, 40, 44, 53, 61,71, and the posthumous Polonaise in G-sharp Minor.
Serious pianists will want to have these authoritative texts of 31 of Chopin's most popular and enduring works.

Sassy PB
Sassy PB
Paperback      ISBN: 0306805782

"A deeply felt portrait of an artist whose influence on a generation of vocalists was profound." -- New York Times Book Review

Sarah Vaughan possessed the most spectacular voice in jazz history. In Sassy, Leslie Gourse, the acclaimed biographer of Nat King Cole and Joe Williams, defines and celebrates Vaughan's vital musical legacy and offers a detailed portrait of the woman as well as the singer. Revealed here is "The Divine One" as only her closest friends and musical associates knew her.

By her early twenties Sarah Vaughan was singining with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Billy Eckstine, helping them invent bebop. For forty-five years thereafter, she reigned supreme in both pop and jazz, with several million-selling hits (among them "Broken Hearted Melody," "Make Yourself Comfortable," and "Misty").

But life offstage was never smooth for Sarah Vaughan. Her voluptuous voice was matched by her exuberant appetite for excess: three failed marriages, financial difficulties through many changes in management, late-night jam sessions, liquor, and cocaine. In Sassy, though, we also see the feisty and unpretentious woman who worked hard all her life to support her parents and adopted daughter, and who came to savor the hard-won independence and worldwide acclaim she achieved as the greatest jazz singer of her generation.
Fun With the Accordion
Fun With the Accordion
Paperback      ISBN: 0871664291

A great solo book for the accordion player who is just beginning. In the tradition of the Fun With series, Fun with the Accordion provides a wide range of favorites in both the folk and light classic styles, including polkas, ragtime, bluegrass, and m

Studying Suzuki Piano -- More Than Music: A Handbook for Teachers, Parents, and Students
Studying Suzuki Piano -- More Than Music
A Handbook for Teachers, Parents, and Students
Paperback      ISBN: 0874875862

A comprehensive coverage of what the Suzuki approach embodies, this book should be considered a requirement in the home of every piano teacher and student. Eight of the 14 chapters lay the foundation for understanding Suzuki's "Mother Tongue Approach," its procedures, and its benefits. The authors have given their ideas of what it takes to be a Suzuki teacher, how to structure an effective lesson, what to cover in those first lessons, and how to do it. Using more than 400 musical examples, the teaching points and the interpretation of the seven volumes of music are presented. In addition, some alternate fingerings are suggested and places where the Suzuki edition departs from the original edition are noted.

You Can Teach Yourself Guitar
You Can Teach Yourself Guitar
Paperback      ISBN: 0871662620

This is a very popular guitar method. Its success lies in the fact that it is extremely easy to understand and very flexible. It moves at a slow, steady pace and enables you to play chord accompaniments in 7 primary guitar keys In addition, you will learn to strum blues chords and you will also begin to play fingerstyle backgrounds. A play-along CD is available to supplement this book, and the course is also taught on a video.

Scoring for Voice: A Guide to Writing Vocal Arrangements
Scoring for Voice
A Guide to Writing Vocal Arrangements
Paperback      ISBN: 0882844717

Scoring for Voice
is a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide covering all aspects of vocal arranging. It includes a compact disc containing 50 examples of arranging techniques found in the text and covers such topics as scoring for 2-, 3-, and 4-part voices, scoring behind a soloist, vocal ranges, rehearsal techniques and voice-leading concepts.

Folk Songs for Schools and Camps
Folk Songs for Schools and Camps
Paperback      ISBN: 1562222341

A deluxe, comprehensive collection of 103 school and camp favorites. Contains patriotic songs, campfire songs, hiking songs, and even fun songs for use on buses. Includes melody line, lyrics, and guitar chords. Seventeen songs are performed on the stereo recordings.

Couperin L'Art De Toucher Le Clavecin/the Art of Playing the Harpsichord
Couperin L'Art De Toucher Le Clavecin/the Art of Playing the Harpsichord
Paperback      ISBN: 0739007602

An important 18th-century instruction book, Couperin's The Art of Playing the Harpsichord contains valuable information on technique, fingering, phrasing, ornamentation and keyboard performance style. Halford's scholarly introduction includes a biographic

Lonesome Traveler: The Life of Lee Hays
Lonesome Traveler
The Life of Lee Hays
Paperback      ISBN: 0803297475

During the Great Depression, Lee Hays, the son of a Southern Methodist minister, used his music to life the hearts of sharecroppers and miners and union organizers. He helped bring black music to America's consciousness. He could make people laugh in times when there seemed little to laugh about. An Arkansas traveler and radical minstrel, he commented wryly on events and impaled reactionary southern congressmen on their own words. A kind of Mark Twain of the left, people said. But Lee Hays, for all his great size and talents and humor, was also a difficult man, plagued by self-doubts and a driving need to discombobulate any person or group that struck him as self-satisfied. Lonesome Traveler is the story of a prodigious talent with a zeal for changing the world. With Pete Seeger he formed the popular folksinging group the Weavers, which sang songs of social justice just as a tidal wave of red-hunting hit America. The rest of his legendary story will anger, touch, and delight.