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

All Music Guide to the Blues: The Definitive Guide to the Blues
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Fully updated to reflect today’s revitalized blues world, this guide is any blues fan’s lifeline to the best blues past and present. It reviews and rates 7,000 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, soul blues, blues-rock, modern acoustic and electric blues, and more. This fun and easy-to-use guide provides profiles of over 1,000 blues artists. Thirty historical essays plus supplemental “music maps” chart the roots and evolution of the blues, its various styles,….

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Hal Leonard Ukulele Chord Finder: Easy-to-Use Guide to Over 1,000 Ukulele Chords

Hal Leonard Ukulele Chord Finder: Easy-to-Use Guide to Over 1,000 Ukulele Chords
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(Fretted). Learn to play chords on the ukulele with this comprehensive yet easy-to-use book. The Ukulele Chord Finder contains over 1,000 chord diagrams for the most important 28 chord types, including three voicings for each chord. Also includes a lesson on chord construction and a fingerboard chart of the ukulele neck!

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
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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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