Essential Dictionary of Music: The Most Practical and Useful Music Dictionary for Students and Professionals (Essential Dictionary Series)

A useful collection of definitions, composers, and theory. This pocket-sized reference book of over 330 pages includes a broad range of important information, from basic principles of theory and concise biographies of composers to pronunciations of foreign terms and ranges of instruments and voices. This easy-to-use volume covers every major aspect of music.

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  • The Essential Dictionary of Music is an easy-to-use collection of definitions, composers, and theory covering every major aspect of music
  • Over 330 pages
  • A useful collection of definitions, composers, and theory
  • This pocket-sized reference book includes a broad range of important information, from basic principles of theory and concise biographies of composers to pronunciations of foreign terms and ranges of instruments and voices
  • The Essential Dictionary of Music is an easy-to-use reference covering every major aspect of music

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How To Make It in the New Music Business: Practical Tips on Building a Loyal Following and Making a Living as a Musician (Second Edition)

Hailed as an “indispensable” guide (Forbes), How to Make It in the New Music Business returns in this extensively revised and expanded edition.

When How to Make It in the New Music Business hit shelves in 2016, it instantly became the go-to resource for musicians eager to make a living in a turbulent industry. Widely adopted by music schools everywhere and considered “the best how- to book of its kind” (Music Connection), it inspired thousands to stop waiting around for that “big break.” Now trusted as the leading expert for “do it yourself” artists, Ari Herstand returns with this second edition, maintaining that a stable career can be built by taking advantage of the many tools at our fi ngertips: conquering social media, mastering the art of merchandising, embracing authentic fan connection, and simply learning how to persevere. Comprehensively updated to include the latest online trends and developments, it offers inspiring success stories across media such as Spotify and Instagram. The result is a must- have for anyone hoping to navigate the increasingly complex yet advantageous landscape that is the modern music industry.

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How to Read Music in 30 Days: Music Theory for Beginners – with exercises & online audio (Practical Music Guides)

Do you want to learn how to read music notation quickly and easily? Do you want to understand music theory fundamentals in a simple, step-by-step system? Then this book is for you!

With over 150 music examples, over 100 written exercises, 10 listening challenges, expert tips, lesson summaries, a final test, online access to the audio examples and a 20-page bonus of music reading training, you’ll learn:

  • The essentials of music theory,
  • How rhythm REALLY works,
  • The complete system behind musical notes,
  • The crucial details of music notation (with 150+ examples),
  • How to express your musical ideas with expression marks.

You can finally stop searching the web endlessly in hopes of finding the right information. With this in-depth, easy-to-follow method, your music theory questions are answered in full.

While learning at your own pace, this book will help you to:

  • Compose your own music or write your own songs,
  • Learn your instrument faster than ever before,
  • Build a strong foundation for more advanced music studies.

Hundreds of beginner students have successfully gone through this practical system to master musical notation and fundamental music theory. Now, it’s your turn!

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You Suck at Cooking: The Absurdly Practical Guide to Sucking Slightly Less at Making Food: A Cookbook

Do you crave food all the time? Do you think you might want to eat again in the future? Do you suck at cooking? Inspired by the wildly popular YouTube channel, these 60+ recipes will help you suck slightly less
 
You already know the creator of the YouTube show You Suck at Cooking by his well-manicured hands and mysterious voice, and now you’ll know him for this equally well-manicured and mysterious tome. It contains more than sixty recipes for beginner cooks and noobs alike, in addition to hundreds of paragraphs and sentences, as well as photos and drawings.

You’ll learn to cook with unintimidating ingredients in dishes like Broccoli Cheddar Quiche Cupcake Muffin-Type Things, Eddie’s Roasted Red Pepper Dip (while also learning all about Eddie’s sad, sad life), Jalapeño Chicken, and also other stuff. In addition, there are cooking tips that can be applied not only to the very recipes in this book, but also to recipes outside of this book, and to all other areas of your life (with mixed results).
 
In the end, you just might suck slightly less at cooking.*
 
*Results not guaranteed

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The Practical Guide to Modern Music Theory for Guitarists: The complete guide to music theory from a guitarist’s point of view (Guitar theory)

Learn guitar theory – The simple way, musical way

Third Edition

  • Are you sick and tired of guitar theory being taught in overly complicated language? 
  • Are you looking to become a better musician and guitar player?
  • Do you want to discover creative guitar soloing and songwriting approaches?
  • Do you want to understand & use guitar scales, guitar modes and arpeggios?
  • Do you want a complete guitar theory method that takes you from zero to hero in simple steps? 

Master, hear and play music theory for guitar

The Practical Guide to Modern Music Theory for Guitar is different. Instead of boring and meaningless guitar theory essays, it makes music come alive. In fact, you’ll quickly learn to play the theory you’re being taught. 

Go from meaningless information to stunning guitar solos and songwriting.

Guitarists are often guilty of ‘collecting’ musical theory without taking the time to learn to apply the information on their instrument. Modern Music Theory for Guitarists combines cutting edge, up to date musical information with over 200 exercises and examples to help you internalise and master the most important concepts in modern guitar playing. There are also bespoke, professional backing tracks from Guitar Techniques Magazine’s Quist

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • How to construct major and minor guitar scales 
  • How to harmonise a scale and use chords to write songs
  • The complete guide to naming chords on guitar (know your C9 from your Cadd9!)
  • A breakdown of every important type of chord, and where they come from
  • How to write chord progressions to create great songs
  • How to change key smoothly (modulation) and how to use guitar chord qualities to make your music creative and unique
  • Discover how to form guitar modes… and how to use them in your solos. 
  • Discover the secret of triads, arpeggios and pentatonic scales you can use to create rich-sounding solos that’ll amaze your friends 
  • A complete deconstruction of all the 3-note, 4-note and 5-note soloing approaches hidden in every scale

Bonus hundreds of guitar licks demonstrate every single concept

Bonus Professional backing tracks to help you practise every guitar scale

Bonus The complete guide to Roman numeral notation for short hand song writing on guitar

Bonus A ‘cheat sheet’ of the most common soloing approaches to save you hours in the practice room

Bonus 200 audio tracks to download so you can hear every single guitar theory concept in action

Learn the guitar theory… then use it!

There are so many sources of information out there these days it’s hard to know where to begin and what’s important when it comes to applying music theory to the guitar. This book has been designed to take you on a journey from essential first principles through to complex, exciting musical ideas while all the time teaching you the musical application of each concept. 

Essential guitar knowledge and musical guitar skills

The Complete Guide to Modern Music Theory begins with the formation of the Major scale and builds steadily from the concepts taught in the first few chapters to help you master, hear and apply all the essential theory used today.

Thousands of 5* reviews

Not just for this title! Fundamental changes has published over 100 guitar methods, sold over 500,000 books and received over 5000 5* star reviews. You can be confident that your guitar education is in safe, experienced hands. 

Buy now to begin your journey into understanding and practical application of music theory on guitar

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How to Make It in the New Music Business: Practical Tips on Building a Loyal Following and Making a Living as a Musician

In the last decade, no industry has been through as much upheaval and turmoil as the music industry. If you’re looking for quick fame and instant success, you’re in the wrong field. It’s now a democratic DIY business, and any guide to success in these new waters must be told by someone who’s already survived them. Giving today’s aspiring musicians the practical tools they need to build and maintain a lifelong career, How to Make It in the New Music Business becomes not only a brilliantly compiled tutorial on how to accomplish specific tasks – routing a tour, negotiating contracts, getting paid for Spotify and Pandora plays, or even licensing music to commercials, film, and television – but also a manifesto that encourages musicians to pave their own paths. Iin clear, easy-to-follow chapters, Ari Herstand’s necessary and definitive handbook promises to redefine what it means to make it in the brave new world of professional music.

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Using Music to Enhance Student Learning: A Practical Guide for Elementary Classroom Teachers (Volume 1)

Integrating musical activities in the elementary school classroom can assist in effectively teaching and engaging students in Language Arts, Science, Math, and Social Studies, while also boosting mental, emotional and social development. However, many elementary education majors fear they lack the needed musical skills to use music successfully. Future elementary school teachers need usable, practical musical strategies to easily infuse into their curriculum.

Written for both current and future teachers with little or no previous experience in music, Using Music to Enhance Student Learning, Second Edition offers strategies that are not heavily dependent on musical skills. While many textbooks are devoted to teaching music theory skills, this textbook is dedicated to pedagogy – the actual teaching of music – particularly in those schools without a separate music class in their curriculum. The ultimate goal is for future teachers to provide their elementary school classes with engaging learning experiences. These learning experiences are clearly presented to enable children to acquire knowledge in all subject areas within a joyful, creative environment rich with music activities.

New to the second edition are the animated listening maps, more audio tracks, a new guitar unit, expanded coverage in the recorder unit, a connection with visual art and music, expanded activities in American history and math, and updated research and statistics.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Animated “Listening Maps” help listeners focus on music selections through clear visual representations of sound.
  • Group Activities reinforce the social aspects of music-making, as well as the benefits of collaborative teaching and learning.
  • A thorough integration of music in the curriculum establishes that music is essential in a child’s development, and that the incorporation of music will enhance all other subjects/activities in the classroom.
  • Learning Aids include “Tantalizing Tidbits of Research,” which provide the justifications for why these activities are important, as well as “Teaching Tips,” and “Thinking It Through” activities.

The Using Music Package

  • Streamed listening selections from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary Periods
  • Get America Singing… Again! Volume 1 (developed in association with the Music Educators National Conference, now NAFME, and other music organizations) with 43 songs that represent America’s varied music heritage of folk, traditional, and patriotic themes
  • Appendices include a songbook with Hispanic folksongs, a recorder music songbook and a guitar unit
  • Companion website hosts various teaching and learning resources

ISBN 978-0-367-11067-3 Using Music, Second Edition set includes:

  • ISBN 978-0-415-70936-1 Using Music, Second Edition textbook 
  • Get America Singing… Again! Volume 1 songbook

ISBN 978-0-429-02487-0 Using Music, Second Edition eBook is the textbok only. The songbook is only available with the print textbook and is not sold separately.

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Going Solo in the Kitchen: A Practical and Persuasive Cookbook for Anyone Living Alone-with More Than 350 Easy, Delicious Recipes and Strategies for Food Shopping, Storing, and Recycling