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  • Life

    by Keith Richards

    Once-in-a-generation memoir of a rock legend - the No. 1 SUNDAY TIMES bestseller.'Electrifying' New York Times'A masterpiece' The Word'Funny, poignant, brutally honest' Sunday TelegraphWith the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the riffs, the lyrics and the songs that roused the world, and over four decades he lived the original rock and roll life: taking the chances he wanted, speaking his ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • The 10 Rules of Rock and Roll

    Collected Music Writings 2005-09

    by Robert Forster

    Sometimes I play a game in my head: name the five best American rock bands of the ’60s. My list goes: The Velvet Underground, The Byrds, The Beach Boys, The Doors, and then I stall on the fifth. Creedence? The Band – although they’re mostly Canadian. Simon and Garfunkel? Jefferson Airplane? The Lovin’ Spoonful? But I plump for The Monkees.In The 10 Rules of Rock and Roll, Robert Forster takes ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • 31 Songs

    by Nick Hornby

    FROM THE MILLION-COPY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF ABOUT A BOY31 Songs is best-selling author Nicky Hornby's ultimate desert island disksThrough thirty-one songs that he either loves or has loved, Nick Hornby tells us what music means to his life. These personal and passionate pieces - refreshingly free of pretension - are a celebration of the joy that certain songs have given him. Together with ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • Six Steps to Songwriting Success, Revised Edition

    The Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Marketing Hit Songs

    by Jason Blume

    What’s the secret to writing a hit song? It’s as simple as 1-2-3-4-5-6! Innovative, practical, and inspiring, Six Steps to Songwriting Success presents a surefire step-by-step approach to mastering the elements consistently found in hit songs. Author Jason Blume, a songwriter with the rare distinction of having had songs on the Country, Pop, and R&B charts simultaneously, has packed this book with ... Read more

    $18.58 AUD

  • Chapter and Verse - New Order, Joy Division and Me

    by Bernard Sumner

    Founding member and guitarist of Joy Division and the lead singer of New Order, Bernard Sumner has been famous over the years for his reticence. Until now… An integral part of the Manchester music scene since the late 1970s, his is the definitive version of the events that created two of the most influential bands of all time.Chapter and Verse includes a vivid and illuminating account of Bernard’s ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Big Keyboard and Piano Chord Book: 500+ Keyboard and Piano Chords in a Unique Visual Format

    by Richard Moran

    The Big Keyboard and Piano Chord Book presents over 500 Keyboard and Piano chords in our unique easy to read format. With large clear and concise diagrams, we show you all the keyboard chords you'll ever need to know in full color.If you've just started playing, you'll appreciate our Introductory Pages, which explain how to get the most out of the book, and common chord substitutions. The more ... Read more

    $3.81 AUD

  • Chords That Ukulele Players Really Want To Know

    by Barry Maz

    series "What Ukulele Players" guidebooks #3
    Barry Maz, author of the bestselling ukulele handbook series 'What Ukulele Players Really Want To Know' and the Got A Ukulele website returns with a handy addition to the ukulele players bookshelf.Chords That Ukulele Players Really Want To Know provides clear chord diagrams for the most common ukulele tunings in a format that can be carried around on an ereader, iPhone or iPad. In other words, ... Read more

    $6.73 AUD

  • Classical Music

    The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1,000 Greatest Works

    by Phil G. Goulding

    MAKE A SOUND INVESTMENT IN CLASSICAL MUSICWho are the ten most important classical composers? Who in the world was Palestrina? Why did Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" cause a riot? Which five of each important composer's works should you buy? What is a concerto and how does it differ from a sonata?Maybe you don't know the answers to these questions; author Phil Goulding certainly didn't. When ... Read more

    $21.66 AUD

  • Behind Bars

    The Definitive Guide To Music Notation

    by Elaine Gould

    Behind Bars is the indispensable reference book for composers, arrangers, teachers and students of composition, editors, and music processors. In the most thorough and painstakingly researched book to be published since the 1980s, specialist music editor Elaine Gould provides a comprehensive grounding in notational principles. This full eBook version is in fixed-layout format to ensure layout and ... Read more

    $63.57 AUD

  • Start and Run Your Own Record Label, Third Edition

    Winning Marketing Strategies for Today's Music Industry

    by Daylle Deanna Schwartz

    For everyone interested in starting a record label–to market new talent or to release and promote their own music–there has never been a better time to do it!Music can be released, distributed, and promoted for a fraction of traditional costs. Veteran author and music-business consultant Daylle Deanna Schwartz (who started and ran her own label) has rewritten and expanded her classic, Start & Run ... Read more

    $21.66 AUD

  • Is Tiny Dancer Really Elton's Little John?

    Music's Most Enduring Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed

    by Gavin Edwards

    Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll, and . . . Ham Sandwiches?If you are a music fan, you may be aware of some of music’s most enduring mysteries. Where did Pearl Jam get their name? Are the White Stripes related by blood or by marriage? Did Mama Cass really die from choking on a ham sandwich? Gavin Edwards has heard just about every strange question, racy rumor, and legend of the music world. As the writer ... Read more

    $10.11 AUD

  • The Billboard Guide to Writing and Producing Songs that Sell

    How to Create Hits in Today's Music Industry

    by Eric Beall

    The Billboard Guide to Writing and Producing Songs that Sell unveils the secrets to climbing the charts and reaching success in today’s ultracompetitive music industry. Eric Beall supplies his firsthand knowledge of today’s record business, as well as interviews with successful writers, producers, and executives from the worlds of pop, hip-hop, country, adult contemporary, and R&B. The result: a ... Read more

    $23.31 AUD

  • What to Listen For in Music

    by Aaron Copland

    Now in trade paperback: “The definitive guide to musical enjoyment” (Forum).In this fascinating analysis of how to listen to both contemporary and classical music analytically, eminent American composer Aaron Copland offers provocative suggestions that will bring readers a deeper appreciation of the most viscerally rewarding of all art forms. ... Read more

    $10.11 AUD

  • How to Set Up a Stratocaster

    by Tim Vincent

    How to Set Up a Stratocaster shows you how to get your favorite guitar to play and sound fantastic. Stratocasters are in most ways just like other guitars but their reliance on a spring tremolo and the design of the pickups can make them more difficult to setup. This book shows you in detail how to adjust the guitar to perfection. There are lots of illustrations and the book is easy to follow.Make ... Read more

    $3.77 AUD

  • Essential Guitar Scales

    by Ashley J. Saunders

    Ever wondered how many scales there are? Do you struggle to know which are the best to learn or forget? Stuck for soloing ideas?Well, then the Essential Guitar Scales eBook will show you the 14 most useful scales every guitarist should know and use. ... Read more

    $2.87 AUD

  • The Penguin Jazz Guide

    The History of the Music in the 1000 Best Albums

    by Brian Morton and 1 more

    The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings is firmly established as the world's leading guide to recorded jazz, a mine of fascinating information and a source of insightful - often wittily trenchant - criticism. This is something rather different: Brian Morton (who taught American history at UEA) has picked out the 1000 best recordings that all jazz fans should have and shows how they tell the history ... Read more

    $19.99 AUD

  • 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die

    by Tom Moon

    The musical adventure of a lifetime. The most exciting book on music in years. A book of treasure, a book of discovery, a book to open your ears to new worlds of pleasure. Doing for music what Patricia Schultz—author of the phenomenal 1,000 Places to See Before You Die—does for travel, Tom Moon recommends 1,000 recordings guaranteed to give listeners the joy, the mystery, the revelation, the sheer ... Read more

    $20.23 AUD

  • Ukulele Song Book 1: 25 Folk Songs With Lyrics & Chord Tabs for Singalong

    Ukulele Song Book Singalong

    by Rosa Suen

    series Ukulele Song Book Singalong #1
    Ukulele Song Book 1 with 25 Folk Songs is a great resource ukulele for ukulele players.I put together for parents and children who have participated in my Ukulele Workshops.These are 25 all-time-favorite Folk Songs for everyone to enjoy.The songs are in the keys of the vocal range so that the song book can be used for singalongs in gatherings and parties.The ukulele chord tabs & charts are shown ... Read more

    $2.69 AUD

  • Hal Leonard Pocket Music Theory (Music Instruction)

    A Comprehensive and Convenient Source for All Musicians

    by Carl Schroeder and 1 more

    (Book). Following in the footsteps of the popular Hal Leonard Pocket Music Dictionary , this handy pocket-sized book is the most contemporary music theory book on the market! A step-by-step guide to harmony and theory for every musician, it includes thorough, yet to easy-to-understand analysis of: intervals, rhythms, scales, chords, key signatures, transposition, chord inversion, key centers, ... Read more

    $10.88 AUD

  • Symphony of Seduction

    The Great Love Stories of Classical Composers

    by Christopher Lawrence

    ‘Love cannot express the idea of music, while music may give an idea of love.’ —Romantic composer Hector BerliozBerlioz should know. He didn’t just hear the symphony when he fell in love with an Irish actress back in 1827, he wrote it.What was love like for the people who could really feel that song coming on? Symphony of Seduction tells of the romantic misadventures, tragedies and occasional ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • The Complete Idiot's Mini Guide to Music Theory Must-Know Terms

    by Michael Miller

    You have a passion for making beautiful music, but when it comes to understanding and speaking the musical language, you need a little help. The Complete Idiot's Mini Guide to Music Theory Must-Know Terms compiles dozens of the most important and commonly used terms in the musical lexicon - from notations and chords to modes and scales - explaining them all in clear, concise language. ... Read more

    $3.06 AUD

  • Music Theory 101

    From keys and scales to rhythm and melody, an essential primer on the basics of music theory

    by Brian Boone and 1 more

    series Adams 101
    Learn the basics of music theory in this comprehensive and easy-to-understand guide.From classical to hard rock, and jazz to hip hop, music is constantly evolving, but many of the basics have stayed the same. Understanding these basics is key to becoming a successful musician and well-rounded music lover.Music Theory 101 covers everything novice musicians and lifelong learners need to know, ... Read more

    $9.99 AUD

  • Snare Drum Rhythm Exercises in Common Time

    by Ashley J. Saunders

    200+ rhythm patterns and ideas, spilt into two sections. The first section covers one bar phrases and in the second section shows you a range of 4 bar phrases. The book does get progressively harder and even the most advanced player will be challenged by this book.If you are looking to take your drumming to the next level, you will first have to sort out one of the fundamentals of your playing. ... Read more

    $2.87 AUD

  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Conducting Music

    The Fundamentals and More for Conducting Bands, Orchestras, Choirs, and Ensembles

    by Michael Miller

    The complex art of conducting may look effortless to the casual onlooker; however, it requires a great deal of knowledge and skill. The success of a performance hinges on the director's ability to keep the group playing together and interpreting the music as the composer intended. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Conducting Music shows student and novice conductors how to lead bands, orchestras, ... Read more

    $24.52 AUD