The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire

The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire
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Written by award-winning jazz historian Ted Gioia, this comprehensive guide offers an illuminating look at more than 250 seminal jazz compositions. In this comprehensive and unique survey, here are the songs that sit at the heart of the jazz repertoire, ranging from “Ain’t Misbehavin'” and “Autumn in New York” to “God Bless the Child,” “How High the Moon,” and “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.” Gioia includes Broadway show tunes written by such greats as George Gershwin and Irving Berlin, and classics by such famed jazz musicians as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, and John Coltrane. The book….

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What Jazz Is: An Insider's Guide to Understanding and Listening to Jazz

What Jazz Is: An Insider's Guide to Understanding and Listening to Jazz
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“You have to talk about how jazz is like a language. Musical improvisation can put people at a distance, primarily because of jazz’s limited exposure. When people realize that everyone who creates a sentence is improvising within basic rules, making statements up spontaneously, the music begins to make more sense.” –Jonny KingImagine you are in the audience of a jazz club. The piano player invites you up on stage to meet the musicians after the set is finished. You listen to them talkabout the tempo of the last tune, the order of songs for their next set, and the different….

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A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers

A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers
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Will Friedwald’s illuminating, opinionated essays—provocative, funny, and personal—on the lives and careers of more than three hundred singers anatomize the work of the most important jazz and popular performers of the twentieth century. From giants like Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, and Judy Garland to lesser-known artists like Jeri Southern and Joe Mooney, they have created a body of work that continues to please and inspire. Here is the most extensive biographical and critical survey of these singers ever written, as well as an essential guide to the Great American Songbook and those who shaped the way it has….

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All Music Guide to the Blues: The Definitive Guide to the Blues

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Complete, concise, authoritative and fully updated to reflect today’s revitalized blues world, the latest edition of this guide is any blues fan’s lifeline to the best music, past and present. It reviews and rates 8,900 recordings in all major styles across the blues map – from Delta blues to Louisiana, Memphis, Chicago, Texas and beyond; from classic female singers to jump blues, blues slide guitar, blues in jazz, Dixieland, zydeco, soul blues, blues-rock, modern acoustic and electric blues, and more. This fun and easy-to-use guide provides profiles of over 1,200 artists. Historical essays plus supplemental “music maps” chart the roots….

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Learn to Play the Ukulele: A Simple and Fun Guide for Complete Beginners

Learn to Play the Ukulele: A Simple and Fun Guide For Complete Beginners (CD Included) (Fox Chapel Publishing) Learn Quickly & Easily with Progressive Exercises, Encouraging Tips, & Charming Songs
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With the help of this book and companion CD, anyone can learn to play the ukulele overnight! Inside Learn to Play the Ukulele: Learn how to hold and tune a ukulele correctly Learn how to keep time and strum Scales and chords including C major, G major, reading tablature, and bar chords Ukulele history, parts, types, & buying advice Practice exercises with accompanying CD tracks to build your playing skills 19-track CD with songs for practice and playing, including Midnight Special and Hey, Good Lookin’ Learn to Play the Ukulele will teach you basic playing techniques for the….

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Make Your Own Ukulele: The Essential Guide to Building, Tuning, and Learning to Play the Uke

Make Your Own Ukulele: The Essential Guide to Building, Tuning, and Learning to Play the Uke (Fox Chapel Publishing) Easy Steps and Detailed Plans, plus Advice on Design, Acoustics, & Wood Selection
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Anyone can learn to make a ukulele! Inside Make Your Own Ukulele, you’ll learn how to: Design your own ukuleleChoose the right wood for constructionComplete an easy soprano ukulele project, “The Boxer”Build a professional-grade ukuleleSet up and play your new ukeIt’s no wonder that the popularity of the ukulele is quickly rising. It’s a versatile instrument that is easy to play, yet can also handle complex chord patterns.A good quality handmade ukulele has beautiful tone and is a delight to play, but can also be very expensive to buy. Thanks to Australian ukulele enthusiast and woodworking expert Bill Plant, you….

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Play Ukulele Today!: A Complete Guide to the Basics Level 1

Play Ukulele Today!: A Complete Guide to the Basics Level 1
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(Play Today Instructional Series). This is the ultimate self-teaching method designed to offer quality instruction, terrific songs, and professional-quality audio with 61 full-demo tracks. It can be used by students who want to teach themselves or by teachers for private or group instruction. Simply follow the tips and lessons in the book as you listen to the teacher on the audio tracks. This book includes over 60 great songs and covers: songs, chords and melodies; picking and strumming; playing tips and techniques; music notation; and more. The audio is accessed online and features playback tools including the ability to change….

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Playing the Ukulele

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Playing the Ukulele: Everything You Need to Start Strumming and Picking Today!
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While other books get caught up in the novelty of the ukulele-how to accessorize them, who the best ukulele players are, etc…, this book covers in crystal clear detail everything beginners need to know to enjoy playing this tiny, four-stringed instrument. From strumming and finger picking to playing different genres and playing as part of a group, this book covers all the bases. And it includes a rich audio CD complete with music samples and ukulele exercises.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Rock Hits for Ukulele: You CAN Play Your Favorite Songs! (Book & 2 Enhanced CDs)

Complete Idiot's Guide to Rock Hits for Ukulele 25 Great Rock Hits for Ukulele -- You CAN Play Your Favorite Songs!, Book and 2 Enhanced CDs
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This book and two CD combo is like having a friend show you how to play all your favorite songs on ukulele. You’ll learn 25 classic songs by artists like Led Zeppelin, Green Day, Radiohead, Eagles, Cream, Pink Floyd, The Allman Brothers Band, Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwo’ole, and many others. Each song is transcribed in full music notation and TAB, and comes with a lesson that contains tips, techniques, and information about the artist. We’ve even provided a short refresher course on music theory, and a huge chord dictionary in the back of the book. The two CDs contain ukulele versions….

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Ukulele Chord Dictionary (Alfred Handy Guide)

Ukulele Chord Dictionary: Handy Guide (Alfred Handy Guide)
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This handy reference guide fits into your ukulele case or pocket and is organized in a unique dictionary style, making it easy for you to find any chord quickly. There are sections on how to read music, tuning, movable chords, and chord derivations. An easy-to-use fingerboard chart is included which shows all the notes on the fingerboard.