Best Music Books

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  • Chord Scale Theory and Jazz Harmony

    The Chord Scale Theory and Jazz Harmony


    Good websites for studying jazz?
    Jazz harmony, as taught at the Berklee College of Music is based on the so called Chord Scale Theory. This method – further developed – is now available as a comprehensive textbook for the first time. Emerged from practice and designed for practical use, it provides theoretical knowledge necessary for improvisation, composing, and arranging.

  • History of Western Music (Fourth Edition)

    Concise History of Western Music (Fourth Edition)


    Why do i feel there are no great composers in the 21st century? (or late 20th)
    The most engaging and accessible brief survey of Western music history, at the best value on the market. Based on A History of Western Music, by J. Peter Burkholder, Donald Jay Grout, and Claude V. Palisca, Concise History of Western Music, Fourth Edition, offers authoritative coverage of the essential works and genres in Western music history. By setting musical events into a memorable historical and cultural context, Concise History of Western Music provides a history students will read and…

  • Sight Reading Exercises: Piano Technique

    Progressive Sight Reading Exercises: Piano Technique


    piano blues: can’t seem to play the piano despite learning it for 9+ years

  • Good: The New Mood Therapy

    Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy


    Please help with low self esteem and no self confidence
    The good news is that anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other ‘black holes’ of depression can be cured without drugs. In Feeling Good, eminent psychiatrist David D. Burns, M.D. outlines the remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life.Now, in this updated edition, Dr Burns adds an all-new Consumer’s Guide To Antidepressant Drugs, as well as a new introduction to help answer y…

  • Harmony

    Tonal Harmony


    Super interested in theory but I don’t even know what in particular to look up.
    For over two decades Tonal Harmony has been the leading text for the two-year theory curriculum for music majors. Used at nearly 800 schools, Tonal Harmony has been consistently praised for its practicality and ease of use for student and instructor alike. The straightforward approach is supported by well-chosen examples and thoughtful exercises, and the total presentation is compatible with differing teaching styles and theoretical points of view. In addition, students can purchase a CD o…

  • Rap: Explanations of Confusing Rap Lyrics that You & Your Grandma Can Understand

    Understand Rap: Explanations of Confusing Rap Lyrics that You & Your Grandma Can Understand


    One of the greatest books I’ve ever purchased!
    A compendium of rap lyrics paired with academic translations which precisely explain all the confusing terms and lyrics in a language even the most unhip person can understand. It features hip hop artists of all names, colours and creeds and organises the lyrics into categories including cars, money, fashion and crime.

  • Lessons in Bach

    First Lessons in Bach, Complete: For the Piano (Schirmer’s Library of Musical Classics)


    Pieces for a beginner that sound pretty good?
    (Piano Collection). Books I and II of this traditional edition in Schirmer’s Library of Musical Classics have been combined in an affordable new volume. An excellent resource for Late Elementary to Early Intermediate pianists.

  • Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label

    Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label


    Daily Discussion Thread 12/01/2014
    In association with Def Jam, a celebration of the first twenty-five years of the label that defined hip-hop music and culture, in the words and photographs of its founders and artists. This is the story of Def Jam in the words of its artists and top executives, taken from interviews and seamlessly told as a narrative of no-holds barred recollections and anecdotes, made even more compelling by the fact that Def Jam is one of the last great record labels to enjoy the widespread cultural influen…

  • Dictionary of Orchestration: Pocket Size Book (Essential Dictionary Series)

    Essential Dictionary of Orchestration: Pocket Size Book (Essential Dictionary Series)


    Is there any ‘encyclopedia’ about instruments and how they sound?
    At last, an orchestration book tailor-made for the classroom musician on a budget. Any teacher, student or professional musician, whether a composer, orchestrator, arranger, performer or enthusiast will find this thoroughly comprehensive dictionary full of the most needed information on over 150 instruments. Designed for quick and easy reference, the Essential Dictionary of Orchestration includes those much-needed instrument ranges, general characteristics, tone quality descriptions, technica…

  • Music Got Free: The End of an Industry

    How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy


    IamA YIFY – A former movie uploader and torrent site operator , AMA!
    Finalist for the 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the 2016 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, and the 2015 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the YearOne of Billboard’s 100 Greatest Music Books of All TimeA New York Times Editors’ ChoiceONE OF THE YEAR’S BEST BOOKS: The Washington Post • The Financial Times • Slate • The Atlantic • Time • Forbes“[How Music Got Free] has the clear writing and brisk reportorial acumen of a Michael Lewis book.”—Dwight Garner, The New York TimesWhat happen…

  • Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal

    Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal


    What are some good books on the history of Metal?
    The definitive oral history of heavy metal, Louder Than Hell by renowned music journalists Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman includes hundreds of interviews with the giants of the movement, conducted over the past 25 years.Unlike many forms of popular music, metalheads tend to embrace their favorite bands and follow them over decades. Metal is not only a pastime for the true aficionados; it’s a lifestyle and obsession that permeates every aspect of their being. Louder Than Hell is an examin…

  • Guitar Handbook: A Unique Source Book for the Guitar Player - Amateur or Professional

    The Guitar Handbook: A Unique Source Book for the Guitar Player – Amateur or Professional, Acoust…


    [DISCUSSION] What are your favorite guitar related books?
    The most comprehensive resource available for beginning and experienced guitarists alike, whether acoustic or electric. Completely redesigned and with many more full-color photos than the original, this new edition surveys recent models and profiles current masters, includes an expanded lesson section, and encompasses 10 years of technological change in recording and amplification.

  • Pretty Face Is Going to Hell The Dangerous Glitter of David Bowie

    Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell The Dangerous Glitter of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed


    Iggy Pop holding a knife to David Bowie’s throat, 1976.
    (Book). First-ever look at the intertwining, outrageous lives of three rock legends. When Lou Reed and Iggy Pop first met David Bowie in the fall of 1971, Bowie was just another English musician passing through New York City. Lou was still recovering from the collapse of the Velvet Underground, and Iggy had already been branded a loser… Yet within two years they completely changed the face of popular music with a decadent glamour and street-level vibe. With Bowie producing, Reed’s Transfor…

  • Better Lyrics

    Writing Better Lyrics


    How does one “actually” get better at writing lyrics, in practice?
    The Must-Have Guide for SongwritersWriting Better Lyrics has been a staple for songwriters for nearly two decades. Now this revised and updated 2nd Edition provides effective tools for everything from generating ideas, to understanding the form and function of a song, to fine-tuning lyrics.Perfect for new and experienced songwriters alike, this time-tested classic covers the basics in addition to more advanced techniques.Songwriters will discover:How to use sense-bound imagery to enhance a so…

  • and the Art of Producing

    Zen and the Art of Producing


    Is it worth getting a degree in Music Technology to do Audio Engineering?
    In this companion book to Zen and the Art of Mixing–Mixerman discusses with us the art of producing records. Mixerman lays out the many organizational and creative roles of an effective producer as budget manager, time manager, personnel manager, product manager, arranger, visionary and leader, and without ever foregoing the politics involved in the process. As Mixerman points out, “Producing is an art in which reading and understanding people nearly always trumps any theoretical knowledge -…

  • Chords with Linear Harmony (Jazz Book)

    Connecting Chords with Linear Harmony (Jazz Book)


    Good websites for studying jazz?
    (Jazz Book). A study of three basic outlines used in jazz improv and composition, based on a study of hundreds of examples from great jazz artists.

  • in Ancient Greece and Rome

    Music in Ancient Greece and Rome


    What did popular music sound like in the Roman Empire?
    Music in Ancient Greece and Rome provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of music from Homeric times to the Roman emperor Hadrian, presented in a concise and user-friendly way. Chapters include: * contexts in which music played a role * a detailed discussion of instruments * an analysis of scales, intervals and tuning * the principal types of rhythm used * and an exploration of Greek theories of harmony and acoustics.Music in Ancient Greece and Rome also contains numerous musical…

  • Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How.

    The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How.


    TIL that a man named Laszlo Polgar developed a method to raise child prodigies. He wrote a book on it, married a language teacher, and they raised two of the 11 current female chess grandmasters in the world.
    What is the secret of talent? How do we unlock it? In this groundbreaking work, journalist and New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle provides parents, teachers, coaches, businesspeople—and everyone else—with tools they can use to maximize potential in themselves and others.Whether you’re coaching soccer or teaching a child to play the piano, writing a novel or trying to improve your golf swing, this revolutionary book shows you how to grow talent by tapping into a newly discovered br…

  • & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

    Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking


    You want to know what the BEST tip I EVER got was? “Produce horrible material on purpose.”
    “This is a book about making art. Ordinary art. Ordinary art means something like: all art not made by Mozart. After all, art is rarely made by Mozart-like people; essentially—statistically speaking—there aren’t any people like that. Geniuses get made once-a-century or so, yet good art gets made all the time, so to equate the making of art with the workings of genius removes this intimately human activity to a strangely unreachable and unknowable place. For all practical purposes making art c…