The Simple Flute
Drawing from his highly praised French work, Une simple flute, distinguished flutist and teacher Michel Debost has compiled a useful and imaginative introduction to playing the flute. This alphabetically arranged compendium of advice and insight covers essential topics such as breathing, articulation, and tone, but also explores "jawboning," "finger phrasing," "the little devils," and other quirky and vexing aspects of flute playing. Full of practical advice on technique and axioms that lend moral support during tough practice sessions, The Simple Flute will be a welcome addition to any serious or novice flutist's library. In addition, the book includes original exercises such as "Debost's Scale Game," making it an excellent resource for flute teachers. Debost concludes each essay with "In a nutshell" and "Please refer to" boxes that make the book easy to browse, dog-ear, and return to again and again. Offering concise, common-sense solutions for flutists of all levels, this book is an ideal reference guide on flute performance.
Jazz Duets for Saxophones
Did you beep when you should have bopped? Find a saxophone duet partner and learn to play jazz with more confidence. Includes 30 jazz rhythm challenges, eight practice duets, and nine extended performance duets at the intermediate level. The E-flat parts are printed in the first half of the book and the B-flat parts are printed in the second half---just mix and match! All selections are recorded on the play-along CD by saxophone greats Bruce Eskovitz and Ernie Watts.
"May be the best book ever written about jazz."—David Thomson, Los Angeles Times In eight poetically charged vignettes, Geoff Dyer skillfully evokes the music and the men who shaped modern jazz. Drawing on photos, anecdotes, and, most important, the way he hears the music, Dyer imaginatively reconstructs scenes from the embattled lives of some of the greats: Lester Young fading away in a hotel room; Charles Mingus storming down the streets of New York on a too-small bicycle; Thelonious Monk creating his own private language on the piano. However, music is the driving force of But Beautiful, and wildly metaphoric prose that mirrors the quirks, eccentricity, and brilliance of each musician's style.
Practice Makes Perfect French Reading and Comprehension
Immerse yourself in French readings and build your comprehension skills Using authentic texts from French-speaking cultures, Practice Makes Perfect: French Reading and Comprehension enables you to enhance your vocabulary with new terms and expressions. Each unit features authentic French-language material--newspaper and magazine articles, websites, and more--giving you a real taste of how the language is used, as well as insights into the Francophone culture. Word lists and grammar sections specific to the readings support your learning along the way. Like all Practice Makes Perfect workbooks, you will get plenty of practice, practice, practice using your new skills and vocabulary. Whether you are learning on your own or taking an advanced beginning or intermediate French class, Practice Makes Perfect: French Reading and Comprehension will help you build your confidence in using your new language. Practice Makes Perfect: French Reading and Comprehension helps you: Polish your reading and comprehension abilities with numerous exercises Enrich your French vocabulary with hundreds of new words Learn about the intriguing and influential French-speaking cultures
Country Blues Guitar
The Early Masters of American Blues series provides the unique opportunity to study the true roots of modern blues. Stefan Grossman, noted roots-blues guitarist and musicologist, has compiled this incredible collection of 22 songs by 8 legendary early "Country Blues" guitarists. In addition to Stefan's expert transcriptions, the book includes a CD containing the original artist recordings so you can hear the music, and feel the music, as it was originally performed. Artists: SCRAPPER BLACKWELL: (Blue Day Blues; Kokomo Blues); BLIND BLAKE: (Georgia Bound); BIG BILL BROONZY: (Big Bill Blues; Mississippi River Blues; Mr. Conductor Man; Saturday Night Rub; Stove Pipe Stomp; Worryin' You Off My Mind); REV. GARY DAVIS: (Cincinnati Flow Rag; Italian Rag; Sally, Where'd You Get Your Liquor From; Two Step Candyman); BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON: (Easy Rider Blues; Hot Dogs; One Kind Favor); LONNIE JOHNSON: (Go Back to Your No Good Man; Life Saver Blues); CHARLEY JORDAN: (Hunkie Tunkie Blues: Keep it Clean); JOSH WHITE: (Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed; Little Brother Blues).
The Study of Orchestration
Written by a renowned composer whose works have been performed by major orchestras around the world, The Study of Orchestration is the only text that explores the characteristics of orchestral instruments and shows students how a master composer approaches orchestration. The Fourth Edition invites students to experience the instruments through online audio and video recordings and now offers more coverage of writing for band.
A century after his death, Gustav Mahler is the most important composer of modern times. Displacing Beethoven as a box-office draw, his music offers more than the usual listening satisfactions. Many believe it has the power to heal emotional wounds and ease the pain of death. Others struggle with the intellectual fascination of its contradictory meanings. Long, loud and seldom easy, his symphonies are used to accompany acts of mourning and Hollywood melodramas. Sometimes dismissed as death-obsessed, Mahler is more alive in the 21st century than ever before. Why Mahler? Why does a Jewish musician from a land without a name capture the yearnings and anxieties of post-industrial society? Is it the music, it is the man, or is it the affinity we feel with his productive peak - a decade when Freud, Einstein, Picasso, Joyce and Mahler reconfigured the ways we understand life on earth? In this highly original account of Mahler's life and work, Norman Lebrecht - renowned writer, critic and cultural commentator - explores the Mahler Effect, a phenomenon that reaches deep into unsuspecting lives, altering the self-perceptions of world leaders, finance chiefs and working musicians. Why Mahler? is a multi-layered exploration of the role that music plays as a soundtrack to our lives.
The Guitar of Lonnie Johnson
Lonnie Johnson blended blues and jazz styles, performing with blues shouters like Bessie Smith and Texas Alexander on one hand, and Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington on the other. Now learn essential exercises and tips as they are presented in this compilation of tunes by this legendary musician. As part of Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop Audio Series not only does this book contain valuable lessons, but as an added bonus, the three accompanying CDs contain three full hours of instruction featuring note-by-note, phrase-by-phrase instruction to make the style and technique of Lonnie Johnson something that anyone can learn. Master instructor Woody Mann teaches you step-by-step to play these selections: Away Down in the Alley; Woke Up This Morning With Blues in My Fingers; Go Back to Your No Good Man; Blues in G; and Stompin' 'Em Along Slow. Written in standard notation and tablature.