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Musicians' Bible 2002: The Complete Guide to the Music Business John
Collis : This really is the bible for musicians and bands - crammed
full of contacts for all areas of the music industry : recording
studios, mobile studios, music organisations, artist management,
booking agent, record companies, publishers, pressers and duplicators,
distibutors and music press. Offers insightful chapters of advice
on equpiment, demos, publishing, copyright and the law, promotion
and publicity, running your own label, diary of a band, utilising
the internet and more... I'm not sure if they plan to publish a
2003 edition, but I would definately recommend you get your hands
of copy the minute they do! or you could just invest in this edition
- granted, a few contacts may not be current now, but the advice
on a whole range of issues is invaluable! If you're serious about
getting your music out there and moving your band into the music
Guerilla Guide to the Music Business Sarah Davis,
David Laing : deals with every aspect of professional music making
in today's popular music industry on both sides of the Atlantic!
The Band's Guide to Getting a Record Deal Will
Ashurst : A guide to 'making it' in music.
Songwriter's Idea Book Sheila Davis : a guide
to designing distinctive songs - with over 40 strategies to spark
the imagination, this book also discusses "the relationship
between language style, personality type, and the brain, and shows
how to use "whole-brain" techniques to enhance creativity
and prevent writer's block..."
Running a Band as a Business Ian Edwards,
Phil Brookes, Bruce Dickinson : gives you the inside information
on how to run a money-making band...
The MMF Guide To Professional Music Management MMF
: "By the industry for the industry" in-depth advice on
everything from negotiating record company contracts, to maximising
your merchandising, to understanding publishing deals, to handling
Music: the Business: The Essential Guide to the Law and the Deals Ann
Harrison : covers music law in the UK. "Essential to everyone
who wants to be in the music business, and to everyone already in
the music business who wants to broaden their knowledge and put
themselves on the fast track to the top...From bedroom demo to arena
tour, this book highlights the impact and the potential pitfalls
of new media and the Internet. Music
: the Business tells you everything you need to know about
how to protect your rights and maximise your earnings."
Sound for The Performing Musicians Paul White : a
practical guide to equipment and sound for small to medium-sized
gigs. Every performing musician should read this book!
How to Write a Hit Song: The Complete Guide to Writing and Marketing
Chart-topping Lyrics & Music Molly-Ann Leikin
Manual: How to Have a Number One the Easy Way Bill
Drummond, Jimmy Cauty, Jon Savage (Introduction) : exactly what
it says on the cover!
You Can Write Song Lyrics Terry Cox : covers basic song
components, collaborative songwriting and creative ways to come
up with song ideas...
The Music Business (Explained in Plain English): What Every Artist
and Songwriter Should Know to Avoid Getting Ripped Off! David
Naggar : exactly what it says in the title!
in Jazz: The Infinite Art of Improvisation (Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology)
Paul F. Berliner : reveals how musicians, both individually and
collectively, learn to improvise. This book aims "to illuminate
the distinctive creative processes that comprise improvisation."
How to DJ: The Definitive Guide to Success on the Decks Tom
Frederikse, Phil Benedictus : Topics covered include: advice on
how to DJ, based on Point Blank's training course in London; interviews
and tips from celebrity DJs; the technology you need and how to
set it up; how to make hit records at home; an examination of music
- styles, taste, media and markets; how the DJ and music business
works and how to rise to the top; and lists and definitions for
The Mozart Effect: Tapping the Power of Music to Heal the Body,
Strengthen the Mind and Unlock the Creative Spirit Don
Campbell : One of the leading experts on sound and healing Don Campbell,
shows how healthcare professionals use music to deal with everything
from anxiety to cancer, even mental illness. He also attempts to
illustrate how the Mozart Effect can improve memory, strengthen
listening abilities, raise IQ and treat up to 50 common conditions.
Procedures: A Musician's Guide to the Alexander Technique (Clarendon
Paperbacks) Pedro de Alcantara
and Muscle Elizabeth Langford
to Write Songs on Guitar Rikky Rooksby : how
to create songs to be played on guitar... including all the basics
- structure, rhythm, melody and lyrics....
Use of the Self F. Matthias Alexander, Wilfred
Barlow (Introduction) : "The world famous classic by the originator
of the Alexander Technique"
of Musical Acoustics Arthur Benade
Score: Interviews with Film Composers Michael
Schelle : A collection of lively, in-depth conversations with contemporary
film composers of every style...
and Meaning in Music Leonard B. Meyer : Analyzes
the meaning expressed in music, the social and psychological sources
of meaning, and the methods of musical communication.
Technique for Beginners and Professionals Brock
McElheran : accepted as a standard text for both choral and orchestral
conducting courses taught at universities, colleges, and conservatories
throughout the English-speaking world.
Inner Game of Music Barry Green : Many musicians
face an inner battle against nervousness, self-doubt and fear of
failure. To combat this, this title explains the principles of "natural
learning". Features include ensemble playing, improvisation,
listening skills and exercises that help intonation, artistic phrasing
Music with the Young Child with Special Needs: A Guide for Parents Elaine
Streeter : designed to help to make the most of the child's interest
in music, as early as possible, by describing ways in which music
can be used and providing practical help in starting to play simple
musical instruments with the child...
Guitar Philip Toshio Sudo : Draws on Eastern
religion to present a series of life lessons through the metaphor
of music to "help readers live their lives with purpose, contemplation,
Jazz (A Fireside Book) Jerry Coker : A musician's
guide to developing an individual jazz style through variations
in melody, harmony, and rhythm.
Great Rock Discography John Peel (Foreword),
Martin C. Strong : "bible for all popular music fans...The
Great Rock Discography crams in all the facts and figures you'll
need - and gives informative and opinionated pieces on recommended
listening and band histories."
Great Alternative and Indie Discography Martin
Strong : "A guide to the cutting-edge of musical experimentation..."
Labels - Big Sound: Small Record Companies and the Rise of American
Music Al Kooper (Foreword), Rick Kennedy, Randy
McNutt : "From the 1920s to the 1960s, many small, independent
American record companies nurtured jazz, blues, gospel, country,
rhythm `n' blues and rock `n' roll. This is a celebration of 10
popular record labels - the music, the people, and the small homegrown
companies who produced the music on primitive equipment." [synopsis]
Sniffin' Glue: The Catalogue of Chaos 1976-1977 Mark
Perry, Mark Perry : the most influential rock magazine of its time...Sniffin'
Business of Artist Management: A Practical Guide to Successful Strategies
for Career Development in the Music Business for Musicians, Managers,
Music Publishers, and Record Companies : "Formerly
entitled "Successful Artist Management", this book is
designed as a reference work for artist management in the music
Scales for the Jazz Rock Keyboardist Jeff Burns
to DJ (Properly) Bill Brewster, Frank Broughton
of Musical Composition Arnold Schoenberg, Gerald
Strang (Editor), Leonard Stein (Editor)
Functions of Harmony Arnold Schoenberg, Leonard
Study of Counterpoint J.J. Fux
Study of Fugue Alfred Mann
Batta : OPERA is a fascinating book alphabetically ordered by composers
(124 of them at that! from Adams to Zimmermann) and containing synopsis'
and information on 338 operas : stage designs, photos and illustrations,
extracts of music, details of performances and the actors who featured
in them...so much information and all beautifully presented.
You have to see this book to believe it - even if you hate most
opera you will be rivited by the stories behind the operas, and
stunned by the stage designs and costumes. An essential book for
music students - definately not a 'stuffy' text book, but a well
written and enjoyable account of the major operas and many many
more! and all at a reasonable price too!
Piano: Evolution and Design David Crombie :
Featuring more than 150 specially commissioned photographs, a survey
of the development of the piano from the 1700s to the present day,
with information on the workings of the piano, an A-Z of makers,
a discography and details of composers, musicians and personalities
connected with the piano...
Steps in Music Theory Eric Taylor - Associated
Board of the Royal School of Music : highly recommended, this handy
little reference book splits up the theory material into graded
chapters (grades 1-5). Simple explanation makes this an essential
theory reference for the first grades. If you need a more indepth
explanation look no further than the AB Guide to Music Theory -
available in 2 volumes : The
AB Guide to Music Theory Vol 1 covers grades 1-5 and The
AB Guide to Music Theory Vol 2 covers grades 6-8. Crammed
full of everything you need to know in order to take on those theory
grades - and essential for every practising musician!!
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Here for Hybrid Studios Recommended Music Technology Books :
more tech books than you can shake a jack plug at!
could turn into one rather long list of books if I added all the
essential instrumental books and music scores - so instead I've
created some specific search result links to help you find the books
and sheet music you want. Use the text links below to browse the
individual categories [if I've omitted your instrument please
let me know and I'll add it to the list]:
& Irish Harp | Clarinet
Anglais | Cornet
Bass | Drumming
Horn | Guitar
Whistle | Percussion
Theory | Scores
try the following book search results for a wide range of musical
styles and periods - again, I'm sure I've missed off a fair few
genres, so if you want to see specific categories added, let
me know! In the meantime...happy surfin'
Technology | New
Age | Opera
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