Techniques of Music & Music Tutorials
Learn how to play the ukulele with this step-by-step guide. Written by Will Grove-White, a member of the world-renowned Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, it's clearly written and full of illustrations that make learning the instrument easy.
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A perfect first instrument, this book will come in handy for both children and adults and you don't need any prior knowledge of playing music to master it! It introduces the chords and has tips and tricks for writing your own songs. It covers simple and advanced strumming techniques and has songs to play along to online. It even shows you how to play the ukulele in a group!
It also comes with a pull-out comprehensive chord dictionary, biographies of the greatest uke players of all time and a history of the instrument, including revelations about Jimi Hendrix, Neil Armstrong and Elvis Presley.
National treasure and clever clogs Stephen Fry provides a riotous, rambling and rather potted history of classical music in this must-read book.
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Covering 700 years, Stephen throws in references to pretty much anything he wants as he tells how classical music came to soundtrack the nation. Along the way, he'll mention the Mongol invasion of Russia and Genghis Khan, the Black Death and the revolutionary atmosphere of Mozart's Don Giovanni.
Beethoven, Bach, Debussy, Wagner, Mozart... all the key players are featured in this endlessly entertaining read about classical music and so much more.
This is the first book to offer a comprehensive explanation of how humans experience music and to unravel the mystery of our perennial love affair with it. Using musical examples from Bach to the Beatles, Levitin reveals the role of music in human evolution, shows how our musical preferences begin to form even before we are born and explains why music can offer such an emotional experience.Music is an obsession at the heart of human nature, even more fundamental to our species than language. In "This Is Your Brain On Music" Levitin offers nothing less than a new way to understand it, and its role in human life.
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ALLQR 14 years +14 years +
A bumper collection of our top-selling songs, all arranged for piano and voice with guitar chords. Features such classics as, I Say A Little Prayer and My Baby Just Cares For Me, with more recent classics like Radiohead's Creep and Let It Go from Disney's Frozen.
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, this indispensable guide: introduces key musical concepts such as pitch, tempo, rhythm, harmony, scales, instruments, musical forms and structure outlines the conventions governing music notation, demonstrating their relevance to the musical language of the twenty-first century provides interesting facts and real music examples to contextualise music theory offers practical tips on how to identify intervals, make up melodies and rhythms, set words to music and much more supports all aspects of the ABRSM Theory examinations (grades 1 to 5) includes an introduction and 'theory in practice' notes by renowned educationalist Paul Harris contains quick-reference tools including an appendix, list of further repertoire examples, table of instruments, periods of music history, table of scales and modes and summary keys and time signatures.
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Make your music come alive with this indispensable guitar guide There's no denying that guitar players have cachet. The guitar is an ever-present part of our collective musical heritage, and the sound can be sensual, aggressive, or a million things in between. Whether you're hoping to conquer Free Bird, Bouree, or Bolero Mallorquin, you need to learn to walk before you can run. Even once you can run, you need something to help you clear hurdles along the way. That's where Guitar All-In-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition, comes in. It's your complete compendium of guitar instruction, written in clear, concise For Dummies style. It covers everything from positioning and basic chords to guitar theory and playing styles, and even includes maintenance advice to keep your instrument sounding great. It's an amazing resource for newbies and veterans alike, and offers you the opportunity to stretch beyond your usual genre. Forge the sound of rock, blues, classical, and more Understand the music theory behind guitar mastery Express yourself through your own compositions Perform practice exercises for muscle memory and dexterity Guitar All-In-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition, includes access to audio tracks and instructional videos to guide you through the lessons and inspire you to play often, which is the number-one key to success. You get advice and instruction from some of the most respected guitar teachers in the business, plus online resources, for less than the cost of a single lesson. Guitar All-In-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition, is the key to bringing your music to life.
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Why does music have such a powerful effect on our minds and bodies? It is the most mysterious and most tangible of all forms of art. Yet, Anthony Storr believes, music today is a deeply significant experience for a greater number of people than ever before. In this book, he explores why this should be so. Drawing on a wide variety of opinions, Storr argues t hat the patterns of music make sense of our inner experience, giving both structure and coherence to our feelings and emotions. It is because music possesses this capacity to restore our sense of personal wholeness in a culture which requires us to separate rational thought from feelings that many people find it so life-enhancing that it justifies existence. The author also wrote "Churchill's Black Dog".
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Get more out of music with this essential guide. 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. It helps you to master major and minor scales, intervals, pitches, and clefs. It helps you to understand basic notation, time signals, tempo, dynamics, and navigation. It employ melodies, chords, progressions, and phrases to form music. It helps to 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.
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"Guitar Basics" is a landmark method for young guitarists. It starts at absolute beginner level and progresses to Initial/Preparatory Grade. The method is set out in fifteen stages and contains original pieces and traditional tunes in an array of styles including classical, folk and world music as well as well-known favourite film and TV themes such as "James Bond", "Batman" and "The Flintstones". There is a thorough introduction to standard notation, with sections on chords and TAB, whilst ensemble pieces are ideal for group teaching, including 'Wider Opportunities'. The enhanced CD provides accompaniment parts, teachers' notes and tips for parents which are easily downloaded, or it can be simply used to play the fun backing tracks.
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Understand Music Theory offers a practical approach which uses active learning to impart knowledge. Suitable for complete beginners, and assuming no previous knowledge, each chapter includes examples, illustrations, clear explanations, tips and self-tests before moving on. It covers all the essential topics in music theory, from rhythm and pitch to intervals, major and minor scales and compound time signatures. It also goes beyond these basic concepts to more advanced theory such as harmony, tone colour and musical form, to provide a genuinely comprehensive introduction to music theory. The theoretical information is all backed up by plenty of practical exercises, and the book includes a CD with further practice activities, to really consolidate your knowledge.
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How to get a good sound, read music, and master a variety of styles-including classical, pop, jazz, and Latin Listening to a trumpet trilla series of high notes during a military march or wail longingly during a blues rendition-is a pleasure second to none. And masters, including Wynton Marsalis and Louis Armstrong, have made the trumpet truly Gabriel's horn, one of the most eloquent voices in classical music and jazz. Yet even a virtuoso begins somewhere. This down-to-earth and user-friendly guide shows those new to the trumpet everything they need know to play the instrument-from basic technique (including getting a good sound), caring for a trumpet, and learning pieces from many musical genres.* Demonstrates how to play classical, pop, jazz, and Latin-with audio samples on the enclosed CD-ROM* Includes tips on how to buy or rent the best instrument An ideal guide for students just learning the trumpet, or students who need a little boost, or fans of the trumpet who've never got around to learning it, here is the complete guide to making one of the world's most popular-and beloved instruments-their own.
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Offers the essentials you need to know, explaining pitch, the treble clef, the bass clef, rhythm, accidentals, key signatures and time signatures. You can then practise what you have learnt with the 'Play Along' sections containing simple, well-known examples of music. It comes with helpful diagrams, clear accessible text. The perfect companion to the other titles in the Pick Up & Play series (Play the Guitar, Play the Piano, Guitar Chords, Piano Chords), this is the ideal guide for those, of any age, who may enjoy playing instruments, but have not yet mastered how to read music from the page. Supported online by the Flame Tree Music website. Now you can see the chord, then reach for your phone and hear the chord or scale. Using any free QR code reader app (Android, iPhone, Blackberry, Windows) a web site opens automatically and you can listen to the chord as a strum, an arpeggio (each note played separately) and hear it as a piano chord.
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Whether your goal is to carry a tune, expand your vocal range, or speak with ease and confidence before an audience, Roger Love provides you with exactly the help you need. Through the innovative techniques and enjoyable exercises in this book, Love demonstrates how you can strengthen your "middle voice" and navigate smoothly through several octaves without pressure or strain. Set Your Voice Free holds the key to vocal success and satisfaction for everyone. Originally published in 1999 - before YouTube, before Skype, before televised singing competitions became primetime megahits - the book is now revised and expanded to embrace current technology and to provide all of today's essentials for sounding authentic, persuasive, distinctive, and real in a world that demands nothing less.
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Firmly rooted in Paul Harris' Simultaneous Learning approach, this new edition of Improve your sight-singing! Grades 4-5 is designed to help overcome all the stumbling blocks to successful sight-singing. Step by step you will build up a complete picture of each piece, firstly through rhythmic, melodic and technical exercises, then by making connections to your wider music-making, studying prepared pieces and finally 'going solo' with a series of meticulously graded sight-singing pieces.These new editions of the best-selling Improve your sight-singing! series have been simplified into two (midrange) volumes, making them suitable for instrumentalists who wish to improve their singing as well as for singers preparing for sight-singing in vocal exams. The books feature over 100 completely new practice exercises throughout and have been brought up to date to match the latest ABRSM sight-singing criteria.
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Join the superhero world of Lang Lang and come on a piano adventure with The Lang Lang Piano Method Level 2. Level 2 builds on the first book by introducing:*eighth notes (quavers)*simple hands together*and thumb-under technique.The five progressive books in The Lang Lang Piano Method provide a unique and imaginative way for complete beginners to learn the piano with the world's most successful concert pianist, Lang Lang. There's plenty to play all around the keyboard right from the start. Fun, imaginative pieces develop the left and right hands equally and supporting audio features exclusive performances by Lang Lang of the concert pieces. Musicianship is developed through theory pages and listening to exclusive performances by Lang Lang of piano classics for children. "I've written The Lang Lang Piano Method to inspire today's kids with my passion for the piano." Lang Lang
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Join the superhero world of Lang Lang and come on a piano adventure with The Lang Lang Piano Method Level 1. Level 1 introduces complete beginners to:*different five-finger positions*note reading*moving around the keyboard*developing both hands equally right from the start.The five progressive books in The Lang Lang Piano Method provide a unique and imaginative way for complete beginners to learn the piano with the world's most successful concert pianist, Lang Lang. There's plenty to play all around the keyboard right from the start. Fun, imaginative pieces develop the left and right hands equally and supporting audio features exclusive performances by Lang Lang of the concert pieces. Musicianship is developed through theory pages and listening to exclusive performances by Lang Lang of piano classics for children. "I've written The Lang Lang Piano Method to inspire today's kids with my passion for the piano."Lang Lang
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This book is ideal for primary teachers with little or no experience of teaching music. It will also offer fresh ideas and inspiration to the most experienced music specialists. Teaching Key Stage 1 contains an entire scheme of work for pupils in Year 1 and Year 2, with a CD of performance and accompaniment tracks and photocopiable resources. The scheme has been devised by Ann Bryant to offer guidance for those with no formal musical training and build the confidence of all primary level teachers. The lesson plans are completely flexible and can accommodate mixed age and mixed ability groups, making them perfect for schools with more than one intake. Any teacher will benefit from Ann's broad experience and imaginative ideas and children will have fun singing the fun, original songs that have been incorporated into this structured and accessible set of lesson plans. Following Ann Bryant's training at the Royal College of music and her postgraduate course in Dalcroze Eurythmics, she has taught music movement and Drama to young people both here in the U.K and in Europe.For the last fifteen years Ann has specialised in Foundation and Key Stage 1, developing a unique and dynamic style of teaching. Author of the award-winning Teaching Key Stage 1 Music (best New Music Product - Music Industry Associations Awards 2002), she has also established a highly successful career as a children's author.
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More Graded Studies for Saxophone Book 2 brings together saxophone study repertoire spanning the entire spectrum of technique and providing a firm foundation for progress. Featuring core studies alongside specially composed pieces by Paul Harris, these comprehensive collections apply the Simultaneous Learning approach to instrumental technique. Book Two takes the student from intermediate to advanced level (approx. grades 6-8).The studies are arranged in order of increasing difficulty, according to a carefully planned technical progression and each study comes with a list of Simultaneous Learning musical ingredients for players to explore in preparation for the music.
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More Graded Studies for Saxophone Book 1 brings together saxophone study repertoire spanning the entire spectrum of technique and providing a firm foundation for progress. Featuring core studies alongside specially composed pieces by Paul Harris, these comprehensive collections apply the Simultaneous Learning approach to instrumental technique. Book 1 begins at elementary level and progresses to intermediate (approx. Grades 1-5). The studies are arranged in order of increasing difficulty, according to a carefully planned technical progression and each study comes with a list of Simultaneous Learning musical ingredients for players to explore in preparation for the music.
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Master the most popular woodwind. Want to play the clarinet? No problem! This hands-on guide teaches you all the fundamental techniques you need to play this popular woodwind alone or in a group setting. "Clarinet For Dummies" gives you the ideal introduction to play clarinet. You'll begin by learning how to properly hold a clarinet and move on to getting a consistent sound, reading music, and playing songs in a variety of styles, including classical, pop, and jazz. It includes step-by-step instruction on finger placement, posture, and basic up-keep for the instrument. It features tips on how to buy or rent a clarinet. The accompanying CD offers play-along recordings of every exercise featured in the book. Whether you've never held a clarinet or are looking to brush up on skills from your youth, "Clarinet For Dummies" is packed with friendly, easy-to-follow instructions to have you playing this versatile instrument with ease!
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The perfect companion to "Kids Chords and My First Recorder Music", this is the ideal guide for those who may enjoy playing instruments, but have not yet mastered how to read music from the page. It is ideal for any age, but ideal for children between 8 and 10 years old. This guide provides the essentials you need to know, explaining pitch, the treble clef, the bass clef, rhythm, accidentals, key signatures and time signatures. You can then practise what you have learnt with the 'Play Along' sections containing simple, well-known examples of music. It comes with helpful diagrams, clear accessible text and a practical ringbound format.
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This unique audio-visual course provides all the guidance and information you need not only to learn how to play the piano or any other keyboard instrument, but also to master the mysteries of associated technology, such as MIDI programming and sequencing, digital sampling and computer hard-disk recording. The accompanying 74-minute CD provides an instant reference for each lesson as the pupil develops their command of the piano keyboard, music theory and different music styles, from classical, pop, jazz to programming modern dance styles like techno, garage and drum'n'bass.
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Have you always wanted to be able to sing? Then this book is for you - because it's never too late! This all-in-one tutor book covers approximately two years of singing lessons, and includes essential music theory and techical skills for beginners. The learning process is broken down into bite-sized, manangeble chunks with two CDs containing a wealth of music from classical and folk to pop and jazz to sing along to. Additional piano accompaniments to the songs are downloadable from the Faber Music website. Packed with information, teaching advice and top tips from the experts, this beginner singer's method is perfect for those keen to begin singing, but aren't sure where to start!
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Writing great song lyrics requires practice and discipline. "Songwriting Without Boundaries" helps songwriters commit to routine practice through fun writing exercises. Divided into four sections, this guide features four different 14-day challenges including timed writing exercises, along with inspirational examples from other songwriters, poets, and prose writers. Contributors include multiple Grammy-winning songwriters Gillian Welch, professional songwriters Mike Reid ("I Can't Make You Love Me"), professional poet Caroline Harvey, a host of songwriters from the world-renowned Berklee College of Music faculty and many others!
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