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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: $15.47
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6 of 7 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
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0 of 2 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: $22.09
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12 of 13 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: $29.16
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3 of 3 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: $80.95
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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.


Mel Bay George Van Eps Harmonic Mechanisms for Guitar, Vol. 1
Mel Bay George Van Eps Harmonic Mechanisms for Guitar, Vol. 1
by George Van Eps
Edition: Paperback
Price: $31.10
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this book if.., June 18, 2009
you are seriously interested in being able to cleanly and accurately play harmonized melodic style guitar. Van Eps was (and would be still probably) the Master of this kind of playing. You'll learn multiple ways to harmonize and finger any scale. And the technical aspects of doing so are not neglected either. But be warned! This is not an 'introduction' type of book. If you can't (and won't) read music..start somewhere else. If you haven't explored at least the basics of music theory, be prepared to do so..you'll be better off. And it probably wouldn't hurt to have studied piano for a year or two also (but this is not necessary). A lot of this material is presented in other books, as other reviewers have mentioned, but Van Eps method is pretty exhaustive in covering the essential info needed to play harmonized melodies, and accompaniment based on that idea. One final word..there's not much coverage of the 'jazzier' types of chords. But if you know your theory, you already know that these can be implied by using simpler chords selected as 'upper structures' and so on. So..to sum up, the more background you have the more useful this book will be. If you're just starting out with learning chords beyond the basics, you'd do better to not try this book, unless you have a good, well-trained teacher to help you understand what's going on and why it's important.


Programming in Python 3: A Complete Introduction to the Python Language
Programming in Python 3: A Complete Introduction to the Python Language
by Mark Summerfield
Edition: Paperback
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for me.., April 2, 2009
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A previous reviewer mentioned his experience with Mark Lutz's book. I had a similar experience with Lutz's book too. Unfortunately, after what starts out with a very useful approach (one which should be widely used by other authors) of getting you up and running quickly, Summerfield's book falls into the same problems that Lutz's book had. Namely, it s very densely written, with no obvious separation in the text from what is the useful overall knowledge about a topic and what is the more arcane. I plodded through about the first third of the book, until I realized I was becoming confused about what I already knew about Python..so I quit. To be fair, the book is not intended as a tutorial so much as it is a reference. But I have to say, that it needs a major overhaul before it can be really useful in this context too. For example, more separation using white space, or sub heads, or something, should separate sections within a chapter, and separate examples and illustrations from unrelated previous or subsequent text. A little more use of emphasis or italics to highlight key text would be nice as well. And the font used for text and code is too similar, in my opinion. Especially when the code is inline with the text. That Summerfield knows Python is quite obvious. Too bad he and his publisher are not a bit more aware of how to present that knowledge to the rest of the world.
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C A Software Engineering Approach
C A Software Engineering Approach
by Peter A. Darnell
Edition: Paperback
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars There are better..., March 4, 2009
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Ther are better books available for learning C. This 1996 edition may have been great for the time, but frankly, I don't see how. While it's true that it does cover a lot of information, and does provide helpful tips to using C, it's also true that the book itself is poorly written (or poorly edited, which amounts to the same thing). Its only somewhat better than a collection of ideas that have been collected, collated, and dumped onto the press for publication. I finally got tired of trying to glean the nuggets from the dross and gave up reading it about 2/3 the way through. (I would have quit sooner, but I hoped I'd eventually get a feel for the authors style.) So..get 'C Primer +', or anything else. (K&R 2 is an essential read sooner or later..so why not now). But before buying this, try to find a copy to evaluate..who knows, you might be like the others who gushed over this book..on the other hand, it'd be sad if you found it to be like I did, but too late.
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Notes from the Metalevel: An Introduction to Computer Composition (Studies on New Music Research)
Notes from the Metalevel: An Introduction to Computer Composition (Studies on New Music Research)
by Heinrich Taube
Edition: Paperback
Price: $66.45
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars caveat emptor, May 6, 2008
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[refer to 'calvinnme' review.] Reviewer stated that examples ,etc. are on the accompanying CD. I purchased and returned a used Amazon 'marketplace' copy of this book because it didn't include the CD. I had attempted to reach the author and the publisher to obtain it directly, with no success. I then re-purchased the book (a new copy) directly from Amazon. It arrived today, with no CD. Page 'x' of the forward specifically indicates that there is an accompanying CD. The publisher's website even has an ISBN number for it. If it is not included with the book (the author says you need it later in the preface), then this should have been made clear, and information provided as to how to obtain it. No such information was in the book, and the publisher has yet to return anything other than an automated "received..' reply my email two weeks later. The information in the book is very good, and has prompted several ideas I'd like to explore. I would give it 5 stars, except for the problems I've described.
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My Music, My Life
My Music, My Life
by Ravi Shankar
Edition: Paperback
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterwork from a master, January 13, 2008
This review is from: My Music, My Life (Paperback)
I own the first edition of this book. It is probably one of the more accessible introductions to Indian music, the Guru/Shishya relationship, and the sitar itself that you will find. Other books cover each of these areas in more detail, but this one is enough unless you really want to invest a LOT of time...in which case, you'd probably do better to find a guru of your own. The last of the four sections of the book is a pretty thorough introduction to the sitar and its technique, as well a very rudimentary introduction to several ragas. It will take you a long way along the path to mastery if you dedicate yourself to completely assimilating the material provided..but again, a teacher would still do a better job in the same amount of time. So...definitely get this book, in either edition, and begin a relationship with this remarkable man and his even more remarkable music.


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