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Creative Chordal Harmony for Guitar: Using Generic Modality Compression
Creative Chordal Harmony for Guitar: Using Generic Modality Compression
by Mick Goodrick
Edition: Paperback
Price: $17.09
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4.0 out of 5 stars First Look, March 21, 2016
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Mick Goodrick is a very knowledgeable guitarist. His "Advancing Guitarist" book is absolutely excellent, so I expect this one will be also. There are some issues you need to be aware of, however. First, he makes no use of tablature or chord diagrams at all. Standard notation only. Except that there are also many examples of 'non-standard' notation. For example, throughout the book he uses stemless quarter notes to illustrate his concepts. No problem, I get that. But when I see one bar containing six of them with a time signature of 4/4, I'm a little confused. And later on, he provides examples using standard notes and timing indicators, but no time signature at all. I think I know what he means, but then again, I've been studying theory for over forty years. Some explanatory notes might be a good idea. A novice may not be able to figure out what he is doing. Second, if have have a very solid understanding of basic jazz harmony studies, including seventh chords and their related scales and modes, you will be able to handle this book. Otherwise, you won't since no help is given about these things. Third, what is discussed here, and exemplified on the recordings, is for advanced, non-standard, improvising. If you are looking for info on how to do traditional soloing over standard changes, this book is definitely not for you. The info given here is for the musician who is looking for those 'way-out' ways of voicing chords and creating solo material. If this is you, you've hit the jackpot. Fourth, while I haven't listened to the CD at high volume, the mix of the bass on those tracks provided as 'accompaniment' for you to experiment is barely audible on the small player I use for practice. So, with all these things in mind, I still give this four stars. After I've played with this book awhile, I may be inclined to add one more.


Rock Keyboard/Organ Hits: Note-for-Note Keyboard Transcriptions
Rock Keyboard/Organ Hits: Note-for-Note Keyboard Transcriptions
by Hal Leonard Corp.
Edition: Paperback
Price: $17.72
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great info, but not complete., February 28, 2016
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If you're just looking for transcriptions of a lot of good rock songs, this may be for you. Be aware that there is absolutely no information about drawbar settings and the like for any of them. Also, I was surprised that some good songs were not present. For example, 'Whiter Shade of Pale', or 'Black Magic Woman'. Some of the songs that are featured are unfamiliar to me, but on the whole, there are enough classics to make it worth the purchase, especially since they appear to be pretty spot on with regard to accuracy. Just really wish they'd include the drawbar and Leslie info to help you get the sound as well as the notes.


Tomita's Greatest Hits
Tomita's Greatest Hits
Price: $9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Not recommended as a first listen for Tomita, September 7, 2015
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Not recommended as a first listen for Tomita. 'Snowflakes are Dancing' is probably better for that. But this is classic Tomita, and adds several new pieces to my collection.


Phaedra
Phaedra
Price: $5.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, September 7, 2015
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More Tangerines..yum!!


Guitar Fretboard Fluency: The Creative Guide to Mastering The Guitar
Guitar Fretboard Fluency: The Creative Guide to Mastering The Guitar
by Joseph Alexander
Edition: Paperback
Price: $17.97
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You are going to get a good foundation for learning and using a set of materials ..., August 26, 2015
I've given this four stars based on what I saw in the 'look inside this book' pop-up, and my experience with other books by this author. You are going to get a good foundation for learning and using a set of materials for creating melodic, musical solos. I'd give it, and a great many other books, an extra star if the authors provided fingerings for their examples. Sometimes the 'one finger - one fret' rule is not the best way to play something...and may even be physically damaging. As a classic example, Mr Alexander provides a scale study using 'fourth' intervals. Using the rule would require either a 'mini-barre' or a 'roll and flatten' movement to play it. Both will work, but the musical effect will sound different. And neither can be recommended from the standpoint of body mechanics. Andrew Greene says in his book on guitar technique that you should never use the same finger twice like this if you value your finger joints. So having a suggested or recommended fingering should be a part of any instructional material...unless it is EXTREMEly clear that the one finger - one fret rule can be used safely.
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Michael Bloomfield - Legendary Licks: An Inside Look at the Guitar Style of Michael Bloomfield (Book/CD) (Guitar Legendary Licks)
Michael Bloomfield - Legendary Licks: An Inside Look at the Guitar Style of Michael Bloomfield (Book/CD) (Guitar Legendary Licks)
by Dave Celentano
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.07
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Wait, March 15, 2014
I'm Just getting ready to order this, but I can't wait to say a bit about Michael. I got to meet him briefly just before he recorded the amazing East-West album with the Paul Butterfield band, They'd just finished playing a set of tunes from that album. Michael was a genuinely nice guy, very humble about his skills. A truly great artist now only wows you with his technique and musicality, but does it in such a way that you believe you can do it too. In this sense, Michael was incredibly gifted. He was more concerned with inflaming you with a passion for the music than he was in dazzling you with his greatness. Based on the product information, I am excited to see this 'inside look'. The songs selected are among the best of Michael's work. For those who haven't heard of him, check out the first Paul Butterfield album, or especially the East-West album. Keep in mind while listening, that like Hendrix, even though other artists since have done this, Michael was the best of the first ones.


Korg MONOTRONDUO 0-Key Dual Oscillator Analog Pocket Synthesizer
Korg MONOTRONDUO 0-Key Dual Oscillator Analog Pocket Synthesizer
Price: $44.54
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware, January 8, 2014
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First..please be sure to read the product specifications. Do not rely on the picture. This unit is about the size of my Galaxy S3. It's will easily fit in the pocket of your suit coat (or field jacket). Second, the main oscillator uses a sawtooth wave form. (I haven't put it on a 'scope, but it sounds like sawtooth waves). The second oscillator is also a sawtooth (I think). Mixing the two with the 'x-mod' knob does produce a lot of different timbres,,,just none that I find particularly interesting. The keyboard (actually a picture of a keyboard overlaid on a ribbon controller) is tiny. tiny, tiny! The switch that sets the scale gives you the option for a major, it's parallel 'natural' (not 'harmonic') minor, a chromatic scale, and no scale at all (continuously variable ribbon controller). As mentioned in a previous review, the key of the scale depends on the pitch setting of the oscillators. I could say more, but let me sum up by saying that if you have a smart phone, there are apps for it that are much more versatile and cheaper than this unit...and probably your phone is more rugged. So unless having physical knobs to turn is your primary reason for buying it, I'd avoid this unit. As mentioned in other reviews, it's okay for the price, but there are many more options available to you for less money if you have a smart phone. (Check our Caustic2, for a start.)


Three-Note Voicings and Beyond
Three-Note Voicings and Beyond
by Randy Vincent
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: $32.00
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book, February 2, 2012
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I love this book. Having read about and studied jazz for guitar and piano for quite a few years, there wasn't a lot of new info for me, but the examples, and layout of the information are great. The book has provided me with insights into quite a few other areas for me to explore. Definitely recommended, unless you're an absolute beginner..and even then, if you have a teacher/


Csound Power!
Csound Power!
by Jim Aikin
Edition: Paperback
Price: $39.99
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome addition.., February 2, 2012
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Csound Power is a welcome addition to the library of books dealing with this powerful audio program. I received my copy yesterday, and am about halfway through a first reading. The book is geared to be an introduction to creating music with csound, as opposed to a more in-depth explanation of all its features and uses. (For which see the Reference Manual and Boulanger's 'Csound', in particular). It compares to the recently released FLOSS manual for Csound in that it selects a subset of the 'unit generators' for discussion. But unlike the FLOSS manual, it goes into greater depth about installing and configuring both the Csound program and the Csoundqt front-end. The thirty-plus unit generators discussed are certainly enough to enable someone new to Csound to create interesting and/or remarkable music with the program, and they are certainly enough to establish a good base of understanding for further exploration. Along the way, the author includes his own tips for use and other bits of helpful information. Anyone with a basic knowledge of how sound is created and how music is organized will be able to profitably use the book. I was a bit surprised at the book itself. It's dimensions were large than I anticipated. The typeface is also a bit bigger than other Csound books I have, but not by a lot, and it does make reading easier for an old guy like me. There is no CD to accompany the text, so you'll need to type in the examples yourself. This is actually a good thing, since it's really the best (if not only) way to learn to use Csound anyway. If you want to learn Csound, you will if you use this book.
(Note: I'd give it five stars..but I'm not done reading it yet!!)
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Convertible Counterpoint in the Strict Style
Convertible Counterpoint in the Strict Style
by Serge Ivanovitch Taneiev
Edition: Paperback
Price: $83.44
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the beginner!, April 5, 2010
I own and have read a lot of the original 1962 hardcover edition of this book. I found it very interesting in its approach. The author, like Joseph Schillinger, tried to mathematically systematize the creation of music from basic motifs. Unlike Schillinger's two volume study, this work presents a more readily usable system for practical application. That said, it is not an easy book or system to use, in my opinion. As another reviewer commented, you'd better have a GOOD grounding in the more traditional approaches to simple counterpoint before attempting this one. It would be a big mistake to think that this book gives an easy way to create good counterpoint. However it should probably be on every composer's or theorists desk, so buy it now, and hopefully you'll eventually be able to use it.


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