Best Music Books

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  • Handbook of Acoustics

    Master Handbook of Acoustics


    What’s a good place to start learning the basics of acoustics?
    The goal of this book is to apply the principles of acoustics to the audio arts. This involves serving as an interpreter of major trends and the literature for students and practitioners in the audio field. Along with covering the more theoretical aspects of acoustics, the book applies the theory to the design of specialized audio spaces such as the home listening room, the control room, and the multi-track-recording studio.

  • Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Theory

    The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Music Theory, 2nd Edition (Complete Idiot’s Guides (Lifestyle Paper…


    Here’s what I used to make the FTL soundtrack
    A music theory book that hits the high note … This updated and expanded edition of The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Music Theory breaks down a difficult subject in a simple way—even for those who think they have no rhythm or consider themselves tone deaf. With clear, concise language, it explains everything from bass-clef basics to confusing codas. This new edition includes: -A brand-new CD -A comprehensive ear-training section -Musical examples of intervals, scales, chords, and rhythms -Aural…

  • in the Shadows of Motown: The Life and Music of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson

    Standing in the Shadows of Motown: The Life and Music of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson


    What famous funk/pop/disco bass lines should I learn?
    (Guitar Book). Bassist James Jamerson was the embodiment of the Motown spirit and groove the invisible entity whose playing inspired thousands. His tumultuous life and musical brilliance are explored in depth through hundreds of interviews, 49 transcribed musical scores, two hours of recorded all-star performances, and more than 50 rarely seen photos in this stellar tribute to behind-the-scenes Motown. Features a 120-minute CD! Allan Slutsky’s 2002 documentary of the same name is the winner…

  • Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop

    The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop


    What are some interesting hip hop facts that not many people know?
    “There has never been a better book about hip-hop…a record-biz portrait that jumps off the page.”—A.V. ClubTHE INSPIRATION FOR THE VH1 SERIES THE BREAKSThe Big Payback takes readers from the first $15 made by a “rapping DJ” in 1970s New York to the multi-million-dollar sales of the Phat Farm and Roc-a-Wear clothing companies in 2004 and 2007. On this four-decade-long journey from the studios where the first rap records were made to the boardrooms where the big deals were inked, The Big Pa…

  • How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization

    Temperament: How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization


    Explain how there’s any debate over the exact frequencies of notes like IAMA math nerd who thinks you’re all chumps if you’re not multiplying by the 12th root of 2.
    Few music lovers realize that the arrangement of notes on today’s pianos was once regarded as a crime against God and nature, or that such legendary thinkers as Pythagoras, Plato, da Vinci, Galileo, Kepler, Descartes, Newton and Rousseau played a role in the controversy. Indeed, from the time of the Ancient Greeks through the eras of Renaissance scientists and Enlightenment philosophers, the relationship between the notes of the musical scale was seen as a key to the very nature of the unive…

  • Show: The Station Nightclub Fire

    Killer Show: The Station Nightclub Fire, America’s Deadliest Rock Concert


    A floor plan copy of The Station nightclub that shows where people died, with a number indicating how many were found in the specific area. Note the 31 fatalities located in the narrow passage way out the main entrance.
    On February 20, 2003, the deadliest rock concert in U.S. history took place at a roadhouse called The Station in West Warwick, Rhode Island. That night, in the few minutes it takes to play a hard-rock standard, the fate of many of the unsuspecting nightclub patrons was determined with awful certainty. The blaze was ignited when pyrotechnics set off by Great White, a 1980s heavy-metal band, lit flammable polyurethane “egg crate” foam sound insulation on the club’s walls. In less than 10 minute…

  • Theory Resources: Volume 1

    Jazz Theory Resources: Volume 1


    Trying to learn jazz is the most frustrating thing I’ve ever done
    (Jazz Book). Jazz Theory Resources is a jazz theory text in two volumes. Volume I (00030458, $39.95) includes: review of basic theory, rhythm in jazz performance, basic tonal materials, triadic generalization, diatonic harmonic progressions and harmonic analysis, substitutions and turnarounds, common melodic outlines, and an overview of voicings. Volume II (00030459, $29.95) includes: modes and modal frameworks, quartal harmony, other scales and colors, extended tertian structures and triadic…

  • Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony (and Why You Should Care)

    How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony (and Why You Should Care)


    Wanted to share what blew my mind in Physics of Music class today. I present: Just, Mean, and Pythagorean Scales.
    “A fascinating and genuinely accessible guide….Educating, enjoyable, and delightfully unscary.”―Classical Music What if Bach and Mozart heard richer, more dramatic chords than we hear in music today? What sonorities and moods have we lost in playing music in “equal temperament”―the equal division of the octave into twelve notes that has become our standard tuning method? Thanks to How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony, “we may soon be able to hear for ourselves what Beethoven really meant wh…

  • Japan: Rap and the Paths of Cultural Globalization

    Hip-Hop Japan: Rap and the Paths of Cultural Globalization


    What does /r/blackladies think about this? Out of curiosity, is it considered appropriation when other minorities from other countries do this?
    In this lively ethnography Ian Condry interprets Japan’s vibrant hip-hop scene, explaining how a music and culture that originated halfway around the world is appropriated and remade in Tokyo clubs and recording studios. Illuminating different aspects of Japanese hip-hop, Condry chronicles how self-described “yellow B-Boys” express their devotion to “black culture,” how they combine the figure of the samurai with American rapping techniques and gangsta imagery, and how underground artists com…

  • Blues Piano

    Improvising Blues Piano


    How can I ‘learn’ to freestyle on the piano?
    (Schott). The basic principles of blues piano explained for the intermediate-level pianist in an easy-to-grasp fashion.

  • of Orchestration (Dover Books on Music)

    Principles of Orchestration (Dover Books on Music)


    Autocorrect on “Rimsky-Korsakov”
    “To orchestrate is to create, and this cannot be taught,” wrote Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, the great Russian composer whose genius for brilliant, highly colored orchestration is unsurpassed. But invention, in all art, is closely allied to technique, and technique can be taught. This book, therefore, which differs from most other texts on the subject because of its tremendous wealth of musical examples and its systematic arrangement of material according to each constituent of the orchestra, wil…

  • Techniques for the Modern Drummer: Coordinated Independence as Applied to Jazz and Be-Bo...

    Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer: Coordinated Independence as Applied to Jazz and Be-Bo…


    Where to start with Jazz drumming
    The classic jazz independence book is now new and improved and with two CDs! Jim Chapin, known as the “”Father of Jazz Independence,”” has written one of the most popular drumset books of all time. This classic work should be in every drummer’s library as there is always something new to learn and develop from this masterful book. Whether for a beginner or an accomplished drummer, this system will greatly improve independence and coordination, sticking, power, speed, and endurance on the drum…

  • Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre

    Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of …


    Daily Discussion Thread 07/27/2016
    “Raw, authoritative, and unflinching … An elaborately detailed, darkly surprising, definitive history of the LA gangsta rap era.”—Kirkus, starred reviewA monumental, revealing narrative history about the legendary group of artists at the forefront of West Coast hip-hop: Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur.Amid rising gang violence, the crack epidemic, and police brutality, a group of unlikely voices cut through the chaos of late 1980s Los Angeles: N.W.A. Led by a drug …

  • Recording Techniques (Audio Engineering Society Presents)

    Modern Recording Techniques (Audio Engineering Society Presents)


    how do i listen to takes while recording?
    We have entered an exciting age in audio production. Conventional limitations in recording have subsided or vanished entirely, making it possible to create and record your own music in ways that few ever dreamed possible. This expanded, up-to-date edition of Modern Recording Techniques can help guide you through the process of creating, understanding and mastering the professional and project studio. The tips, tricks, and tools in this best-selling book will enable you to record music in new …

  • Real Frank Zappa Book

    The Real Frank Zappa Book


    Frank Zappa and his incredible compositions
    The brash and outrageously funny autobiography of music legend Frank Zappa–now in trade paperback. Here is the real story of how he became the state of the art in weirdness, as only he can tell it: wild rock ‘n’ roll road stories, confrontations with bureaucratic idiocy, and more. Black-and-white photographs and line drawings throughout.

  • of Musical Composition

    Fundamentals of Musical Composition


    Books for Learning Composition
    A reissue of a classic that represents the culmination of over 40 years in Schoenberg’s life devoted to the teaching of musical principles to students and composers in Europe and America. For his classes, he developed a manner of presentation in which “every technical matter is discussed in a very fundamental way, so that at the same time it is both simple and thorough”. This book can be used for analysis as well as for composition. On the one hand, it has the practical objective of introduci…

  • Hardcore (Second Edition): A Tribal History

    American Hardcore (Second Edition): A Tribal History


    Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
    “American Hardcore sets the record straight about the last great American subculture”—Paper magazineSteven Blush’s “definitive treatment of Hardcore Punk” (Los Angeles Times) changed the way we look at Punk Rock. The Sony Picture Classics–distributed documentary American Hardcore premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. This revised and expanded second edition contains hundreds of new bands, thirty new interviews, flyers, a new chapter (“Destroy Babylon”), and a new art gallery with over…

  • The Virtuoso Pianist in Sixty Exercises

    Hanon: The Virtuoso Pianist in Sixty Exercises, Complete (Schirmer’s Library of Musical Classics,…


    Best book for learning beginning scales, arpeggios, etc?
    (Piano Method). Since the first release of this classic Schirmer edition over 100 years ago, almost anyone who has taken piano lessons for more than two years has played from The Virtuoso Pianist . Millions of copies have been sold of these progressive exercises which guide a player’s technique, building finger independence and strength. This was the first American edition released of this music, and remains a classic at a remarkably affordable price.

  • Art of Bop Drumming: Book & CD (Manhattan Music Publications)

    The Art of Bop Drumming: Book & CD (Manhattan Music Publications)


    Jazz comping sheet music
    The definitive book on bop drumming—a style that is both the turning point and the cornerstone of contemporary music’s development. This comprehensive book and audio presentation covers time playing, comping, soloing, brushes, more jazz essentials, and charts in an entertaining mix of text, music, and pertinent quotes.