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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Cherry Lane Music (June 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575600188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575600185
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #431,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard Corporation has become the worlds largest print music publisher, representing some of the greatest songwriters and artists of all time. We are proud to publish titles of interest to all musicians as well as music lovers, from songbooks and instructional titles to artist biographies and instrument price guides to books about the music industry and all the performing arts.

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149 of 152 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 1998
Only contains the ten songs "Conjunction Junction", "Dollars and Sense", "Electricity, Electricity", "The Great American Melting Pot", "I'm Just a Bill", "Interplanet Janet", "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly", "My Hero, Zero", "No More Kings" and "Three is a Magic Number". I would have been willing to pay three times as much for a complete set, or happy to get a consistent set (all History Rock, for example) but the odd selection is annoying and nearly useless. Don't buy it unless you are specifically looking for one of these songs.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. P on August 9, 2002
I viewed this book at a bookstore before buying it so I knew exactly what it included. I have no problem with it being incomplete and I do have a lot of fun playing the pieces. I especially enjoy the fun bits -- the intro. to "Conjunction Junction" is a kick.

If you are a good pianist and have some rhythm (swing baby), you should be able to play the music.

One thing I don't like about most piano books (including this one) is the binding. Most of the time it's a real fight to keep the book open unless you break the binding.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Rhoades on August 6, 2002
After reading the other reviews of this book, I realized it was exactly what I was looking for! I wanted sheet music for some of the songs. This book had many of the songs I was looking for...in particular "Interplanet Janet", "Three is a Magic Number", "I'm Just a Bill", and "Conjunction Junction".
If you are looking for sheet music for Schoolhouse Rock, this has some good ones in it! There is very little in the book besides the sheet music, so I could see why other people were disappointed if they didn't realize what this book really contained.
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Edwin Draney on December 28, 2000
You shouldn't get this book unless you certainly like one of the contained songs. Only 10 of the 51 Schoolhouse Rock songs were used. The 41, or full season's worth minus the plot, not used, are in no particular order:
Interjections Tyrannosaurus Debt The Weather Show The Body Machine Busy Prepositions The Tale of Mr. Morton Tax Man Max Mother Necessity Three-Ring Government A Noun Is A Person, Place or Thing Naughty Number Nine The Check's In The Mail This For That The Good Eleven Fireworks The Preamble Elementary, My Dear The Four-Legged Zoo Do The Circulation Telegraph Line etc.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Verruca on August 1, 2009
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Summary:
Absolutely recommended. These songs make great party tricks for intermediate pianists and guitarists.

Details:
As other reviewers have noted, this book contains only ten songs:

Conjunction Junction
Dollars And Sense
Electricity, Electricity
The Great American Melting Pot
I'm Just A Bill
Interplanet Janet
Lolly, Lolly, Lolly (Get Your Adverbs Here)
My Hero, Zero
No More Kings
Three Is A Magic Number

I understand why the first review was so poor - why songbook publishers don't include the song listing I'll never know - and if you're buying the book sight unseen, it's a huge letdown. But for those who are okay with the book's contents (or lack thereof), let's talk about the book itself.

This book is for:

- Voice - includes all words and separate vocal line
- Piano - includes piano accompaniment with incorporated vocal line.
- Guitar - includes chord notation as well as tablature. Note - I'm not a guitarist, so I don't know how tab is oriented, but I was under the impression that the strings are usually oriented horizontally - in this songbook, the strings are vertical.

Piano-wise, I'd rate this at an intermediate skill level. The arrangements aren't very complicated - the right hand does all the work and the left hand tends to follow a simple bass line - but an early-to-mid intermediate player is going to have some work to do. The arrangements occasionally travel way off the staff lines. I'd say that the timing could be pretty difficult - it's very bluesy/swingy, lots of triplets - but if you're familiar with the songs to start with, you already know the timing.
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I ordered this book because I grew up loving the songs and still love them. Now I can play them on my ukulele. WooHoo!!!
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There's nothing wrong with this book except that the person who compiled it and I have different favourite School House Rock songs...
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By Gene Purkey on May 4, 2013
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My Son reports the the songs are challenging enough to keep his attention and fun enough that he plays them every day.
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