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Backbeat Books publishes The Keyboard Handbook

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The Keyboard Handbook

Backbeat Books has announced that it has published The Keyboard Handbook, a step-by-step course in keyboard playing for musicians of all levels.

Beginning with the basics of posture and technique, it offers a series of more than 80 specially written exercises and covers a wide variety of classic and contemporary musical styles – from blues to rock, soul to funk, gospel to synth-pop.

The book helps to master even more complex styles, and the authors have built in progressive difficulty through the examples.

The Keyboard Handbook includes

  • a basic guide to reading music
  • more than 80 musical exercises showcasing a wide variety of classic and contemporary musical styles
  • expert tips on music theory, covering rhythm, scales, chords, and more
  • an introduction to MIDI technology and how synthesizers work
  • lay-flat binding for ease of use at the keyboard or with a music stand

The accompanying CD showcases a range of different electric and electronic keyboards, and features audio tracks of all of the examples shown in the book, allowing readers to work their way through each section at their own pace, while the lay-flat binding means the book is easy to use at the keyboard or with a music stand.

The Keyboard Handbook is available to purchase for $29.99 USD.

More information: Backbeat Books / The Keyboard Handbook

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In Tune Partners publishes Music Alive!’s Percussion

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Music Alive!'s Percussion

In Tune Partners has announced it has published Music Alive!’s Percussion, a comprehensive introduction to drums and percussion, from hand drums to digital kits, and everything in between by award-winning author, columnist, performer, bandleader, and clinician Daniel Glass.

In this well-illustrated guide, Glass covers the history of the drum, tracing the development of the modern drum kit while also discussing hand, concert, marching, and electronic percussion. In addition to breaking down the equipment and accessories available to today’s young drummer, Glass offers notated lessons that explore basic rudiments as techniques used in classical, world, jazz, rock, and other genres.

Glass is passionate about his work and shares this passion, his personal experience and wisdom with his readers to help them get the most of their percussive journey. The book is not only an inspiring read, it also serves well as a reference tool for particular instruments or styles of music.

A noted historian as well as performer, Glass profiles great drummers from the jazz age through the present day. The included DVD-ROM offers high-quality footage from Glass’ clinics and performances, the author’s audio demonstrations of more than 50 music examples, a printable rudiments poster, and more.

The book is available from Hal Leonard Books, priced at $19.99 USD.

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In Tune Partners publishes Cool Jobs In The Music Business

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Cool Jobs In The Music Business

In Tune Partners has announced it has published Cool Jobs In The Music Business, a guide for anyone interested in a career in the today’s and tomorrow’s rapidly changing music business.

Industry veteran and chair of NYU’s Clive Davis Recorded Music program Jeffrey Rabhan explains career options in the music business through the experiences of some of the top DJs, educators, engineers, executives, journalists, managers, music supervisors, producers, promoters, publicists, publishers, and technicians. Starting from his own experience guiding the careers of such artists as Kelly Clarkson, Lil’ Kim, Michelle Branch, DMX, and Jermaine Dupri, Rabhan outlines the essentials of today’s business while looking into the future.

Cool Jobs In The Music Business will show you how various sectors of the business operate so that you may best determine where your skills are suited. Jermaine Dupri, who wrote the foreword for this book, says: “You need to know the world you’re bringing your music into. You need to know your industry. This book is monumentally important, because it helps you do just that… Jeff Rabhan knows this industry inside and out and has mastered the challenge of teaching something that can’t be trapped in the classroom.”

Conducting dozens of exclusive interviews, the author draws unique insights and advice specifically targeted at young people from those currently in the business. Rabhan starts with an overview of various categories in the industry, then details all of the jobs within that category, from entry level to top executive. The DVD includes audio and video footage of the author and additional interviews.

The book is available from distributor Hal Leonard, priced at $19.99 USD.

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Hal Leonard publishes Studio One for Engineers and Producers

Studio One for Engineers and Producers

Hal Leonard Books has announced it is shipping Studio One for Engineers and Producers, a Quick Pro Guide is specifically designed to help engineers and producers who are already comfortable using another DAW software platform make the transition to Studio One.

The author and audio engineer Bill Edstrom says: “I’ve done projects in just about every DAW on the market. To use most of these systems you need to be in a very technical frame of mind. I was looking for something simpler – something to get creative songwriting ideas out. That’s when I discovered Studio One.”

Studio One for Engineers and Producers starts by relating Studio One’s layout and functionality to other common DAWs, to identify the most important similarities and differences. It then follows the creative process through the normal progression of a modern recording/production. This new cross-platform (Mac/PC) DAW is built from the ground up for speed, efficiency, and power; Studio One for Engineers and Producers is the perfect tool to shorten the pathway from installation to inspiration!

The book is accompanied with 12 new video tutorials covering the key concepts. Studio One for Engineers and Producers demonstrates the creative, practical, and technical benefits provided by PreSonus in this modern, well-developed, flexible, and user-friendly application. All instruction is presented in straightforward and simple language that gets right to the point, taking into consideration the need for amateurs, home studio owners, and commercial professionals to get up to speed very quickly. Readers will enjoy the numerous tips and real world examples. Edstrom adds: “I was recording with Studio One as a canvas for creativity. But I realized that I could produce music end to end without really needing to use other tools. In short, Studio One is fun to use!”

The book is available to purchase for $16.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard Books / Studio One for Engineers and Producers

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Hal Leonard publishes Less Noise, More Soul

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Hal Leonard has announced it has published Less Noise, More Soul, a collection of thought-provoking essays on the search for balance in the art, technology, and commerce of music.

Less Noise, More Soul

Less Noise, More Soul features the unique perspectives of highly accomplished performers, engineers, and producers on the question how modern technology has influenced and shaped the way we create and consume music today.

The digital revolution has enabled the creation and distribution of music in ways previously unimagined. Paradoxically, it has also made possible better and better recordings of less and less substance. Artists, engineers, and producers have begun to raise questions about the balance between the profoundly human undertaking that is the creation of music and the ever-more-antiseptic means by which it is translated into recordings.

Less Noise, More Soul: The Search for Balance in the Art, Technology, and Commerce of Music brings together original challenging and though-provoking essays by a select group of industry professionals, many of them award winners, who share a wealth of experience, passion, and insight into where popular music has been, where it currently finds itself, and where it’s going.

The book is designed to be a portable vehicle for generating discussion: not too long, and replete with the poignant, thought-provoking commentary of many “brand-name” players in the industry. Perfect for the office or the college classroom, Less Noise, More Soul will enhance the understanding of music as a medium and a business for students, artists, producers, and other industry professionals. Contributors include Bob Ludwig, Adam Ayan, Kenny Aronoff, Lydia Hutchinson, and more.

If used in an academic setting, this book will provide relevant content for courses like Sound Recording Theory and Practice, Analysis of Recordings, Writing and Production in the Pop/Rock Idiom, Advanced Production for Writers, Sound Processing Application for Writers, Principles of Production for Musicians, Creative Production Skills, and others.

The book is available to purchase for $18.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard / Less Noise, More Soul

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Hal Leonard publishes Minding Your Business

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Hal Leonard Books has published Minding Your Business, a guide to money and taxes for creative professionals by Martin Kamenski.

Hal Leonard Minding Your Business

If there is anything a creative person tends to dislike more than talking about money, it’s talking about taxes. But paying attention to the business side of your art is important, and author and practicing CPA, Martin Kamenski, takes you by the hand and leads you through the tangled web of the IRS.

This book will end your fear of taxes and will help you lead the life you crave as a creative professional. The language is easy to understand for even the most number-illiterate. Minding Your Business provides guidance about when to treat yourself as a business, including all important considerations before incorporating and shattering some of the most prevalent (and costly) myths existing in the artistic community.

Minding Your Business is suitable for any actor, writer, musician, dancer, photographer, director, model, visual artist, band, or production company. The author’s Chicago-based practice serves clients nationwide and offers artists and creative professionals the explanations they need. Kamenski has taken the very fine-tuned method of explaining taxes that made his practice successful and condensed it in a book that will pay for itself tenfold. The playing field is about to be leveled. Prepare to feel in control of your financial future!

The book is available to purchase for $19.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard Books / Minding Your Business

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Hal Leonard publishes The Worship Vocal Book

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Tim Carson The Worship Vocal Book

Hal Leonard Books has announced The Worship Vocal Book, a book that addresses the needs of the modern worship singer, covering style, confidence, singing technique, stage presence, and more.

Author Tim Carson has been traveling the country, helping singers of all types learn to present themselves and their music in a way that communicates the emotion in the song, the heart behind the lyrics, and the power behind the voice. He helps people understand their voice as an instrument, like any other, and that singing is truly a learnable skill.

“Tim Carson is an amazing vocal coach. In my opinion, he’s the best out there today!” says Tim Davis, vocal contractor for the FOX TV show Glee. At a wide range of conferences and sessions, the principles presented in The Worship Vocal Book have proven to produce better singers, time and time again. The techniques in this book draw on four-hundred years of classical, foundational vocal instruction and yet they are fresh. Tim presents them in a way that is different from any other method available today, particularly as it pertains to the contemporary worship singer, leader, songwriter, or performer. The information is presented in a way that is easy to follow, and it works!

More information: Hal Leonard Books / The Worship Vocal Book

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