Advanced Reading Studies for Guitar (Music Instruction)

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Advanced Reading Studies for Guitar (Music Instruction)

(Guitar Solo). This Berklee Workshop is designed for serious guitarists who want to sharpen their high register reading skills and take their playing expertise to the next level. It introduces studies in all keys, using positions 8 through 12 and all major, minor and symmetric scales. Individual studies consist of scale passages, arpeggios, intervals and notated chord sequences in various time signatures.

Reading Studies for Guitar

Reading Studies for Guitar

(Guitar Solo). A comprehensive collection of studies for beginners to improve their reading and technical ability. Covers: positions 1 through 7 in all keys while introducing scales, arpeggios, written-out chords, and a variety of rhythms and time signatures.

Jazz Guitar Sight-Reading

Jazz Guitar Sight-Reading

Etudes, studies and duets designed to enhance music reading skills, specifically written for the jazz player. Inlcudes an explanation of musical symbols and helpful suggestions to make sight-reading easy.

Melodic Studies & Compositions for Guitar

A Reading Workout for Serious Musicians

Melodic Studies & Compositions for Guitar

A collection of studies and compositions written to provide a creative approach to a common problem. Most guitar students have not worked through a methodical approach to reading music notation, which limits their personal progress and sometimes their career development. The author has approached the studies from two directions: horizontal, or up the fingerboard on individual strings, and positional. The first two parts of the book are extensively fingered and designed to make intervals and melodic patterns more visually apparent by repetition of similar ideas in different locations on the neck. The third part contains five extended compositions, which draw from the author's jazz background. The first four include chord changes for duo practice, as well as challenging melodic lines in a variety of meters that may be used for the study of improvisation. The fifth piece is written in the Indian Raga style. Basic music theory and rhythmic studies are included in the appendices.

Sight Reading for Guitarists

Sight Reading for Guitarists

These melodies are what all sight-reading should be about but usually are not. They use easy notes and rhythms in a most methodical, imaginative and pleasurable way, concentrating on single-line melodies in first position only. This book has one hundred melodies which could be introduced to the student from almost the very first lesson, and as the melodies get progressively more complex, the book will be useful for higher-grade students. Although the book is aimed at the grade 1-2 player, more experienced students may also find it useful to try playing the studies in higher positions.

The Self-promoting Musician

Strategies for Independent Music Success

The Self-promoting Musician

Take charge of your career with these do-it-yourself strategies for independent music success! Peter Spellman, the Director of the Career Development Center at Berklee, gives tips on how to: write a business plan, create press kits, use the Internet to boost your career, customize your demos for maximum exposure, get better gigs and airplay, network successfully, and create the industry buzz you need to succeed. A must-read for every aspiring musician!

Inside the Hits

Inside the Hits

(Berklee Press). How does a song become more than words and music to represent or influence the voice of a generation? Inside the Hits dissects more than 60 of the most powerful and memorable hit songs since the birth of rock and roll to reveal the roots of their success. Author Wayne Wadhams examines the key ingredients that made the songs work then and now, including: melody, lyrics, performance, production, artist image, promotion, and market timing. What really stopped Mick Jagger from getting "Satisfaction"? How did a secretary who was mistaken for a prostitute give Donna Summer her new sound? Find all the answers in Inside the Hits . "Reading Inside the Hits was like reliving some of the most memorable moments in rock and roll. A captivating read for industry professionals and fans alike." Phil Ramone

Melodic Rhythms for Guitar (Music Instruction)

Melodic Rhythms for Guitar (Music Instruction)

(Guitar Method). A thorough presentation of rhythms commonly found in contemporary music, including 68 harmonized melodies and 42 rhythm exercises. This highly respected and popular book is also an excellent source for duets, sight-reading and chord studies.

Songwriting: Essential Guide to Rhyming

A Step-by-Step Guide to Better Rhyming and Lyrics

Songwriting: Essential Guide to Rhyming

(Berklee Press). This book has a very specific purpose: to help songwriters find better rhymes and use them more effectively. Rhyme is one of the most crucial areas of lyrics writing, and this guide will provide all of the technical information necessary to develop your skills completely. The exercises and worksheets help experienced writers take a fresh look at their techniques, and prevent novices from developing bad habits. Use this book to start writing better than ever before!