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Questions tagged [books]

Questions pertaining to written or printed works about learning or studying music and theory. Do not ask book recommendations as they are off-topic.

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Can I write my own book of transcriptions? [closed]

I want to write my own book of transcriptions of jazz solos from the 30s. Are those copyrighted? Am I allowed to do this? Are works from the 30s public domain? What is public domain? Can a solo/...
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Acoustic guitar learning [closed]

I just have 1 year of experience in guitar playing partly by self-taught, partly with a teacher, but we never used a book. Now i wish to have something more technical in order to have a more solid ...
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Organizing a HUGE music library

In addition to my own music teacher library (texts, octavos, sight-reading, composer biographies, instrumental method books, theory, etc.), I inherited an enormous library (thousands of pieces from a ...
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Piano Learning book with fingering details

I wish to learn piano by myself. So I am looking for a comprehensive teaching book with lots of shertmusic with fingering details available. Book should cover big collection of music sheets with ...
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What books can I read to learn how to compose music? [closed]

How do I compose music for vocal melodies with a piano accompaniment?
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Have things in music theory changed in the last two decades?

I'm completely new to music theory, and would like to learn general music theory. I decided to buy a book on music theory. The book I want to buy was published in September, 2005. The book: The ...
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Recommendation music study books for intermediate [closed]

Hi I am an intermediate learner I know quite well music theory Harmony, composition etc.. But there is always more to be learned. I want to study more about harmony,composition or what ever:-) I ...
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Wright Pianoforte Tutor

I don't know if this is off topic or not. Has anyone heard about this beginner book titled Wright Pianoforte Tutor by Albert Oswald? It seems to be popular, only in India, although it's printed in UK....
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Learning from real pieces

My piano teacher is really into Beyer Op. 101 and the dreadful Hanon. In his view first Beyer, then others, Hanon always at the beginning for ten-twenty minutes. Now, I love (obviously) classical ...
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Book compilation of program/CD liner notes? [closed]

I love reading the liner notes and short texts that come inside classical CDs and concert programs. Can you recommend a compilation of these in book form? Either by multiple authors or one, but ...
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Alternatives to the «Suzuki Violin School» series?

What are some alternatives to the 10-vol. Suzuki Violin School series suited for self-taught adult beginners with a solid musical background?
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For sight reading, do I need to start at the beginning?

I'm taking a look at the following books: Sight Reading & Rhythm Every Day Improve Your Sight Reading - Paul Harris I just want advice whether it is necessary to do books 1 and 2. I want to ...
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Guitar book to complement my guitar lessons

I have recently started guitar lessons. I really love them, but I feel there is something missing. My teacher's approach is "every class, let's learn a new song" but I feel I need some theory, like ...
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Music Theory Audio Book [closed]

Are there any audiobooks on music theory? I'm thinking something like Tonal Harmony (Book by Dorothy Payne and Stefan Kostka) or The Jazz Theory Book (By Mark Levine). Yes, I know some are going to ...
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Recommendation for jazz sight reading book, or other resource? [closed]

I have a good grasp of theory and am able to read music, but I want to take my sight reading to the next level. At the moment, I'm just working through the real book, and trying to read a little every ...
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Fundamental and In-Depth Music Theory for an Absolute Beginner [closed]

I know nothing about music theory, but I have been playing the guitar for over 5 years and have been only working with tabs. I want to learn music theory from scratch, fundamentally and meticulously. ...
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Jazz chords: left hand fingerings

I'm an amateur guitarist, I like jazz and I decided to try to learn the basics from the beginning (self-teaching at the moment). I started reading Mickey Backer's "Complete Course in Jazz Guitar" ...
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Recommended books for learning piano [duplicate]

To back up, I started learning the Piano when I was 14ish. I started with Beyer and Schmitt. I think I finished half of the Beyer. I had a teacher for one year. I played roughly more than 30 minutes a ...
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What is a Fake Book?

The question was asked here as to why there are no Fake Books for Blues. But what is a Fake Book in the first place? What genres is it used in?
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Good books for simple composition?

I've taken a year of music theory, so I know all the basic conventions and I'd like to take it a step further and start composing little songs, like minuets or something. Are there any good beginning ...
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Scientific references to singing?

Is there a reference to scientific approaches to singing? For instance a classic book, or a journal? I'm mainly after the acoustics of the voice, and studies about the projection of the sound and the ...
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Book recommendations to understand theory and harmony of music. Classical, Jazz, R&B everything :) [closed]

Short story: I have started playing piano about 1.5 years ago. I miss only a few days without practise apart from being ill, on holiday, visiting family etc. I practice like crazy. My wife who ...
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Which Piano Course is Best for Me (trained musician but beginner at piano)?

I am an adult (38 yo) professional sound designer and musician. I went to music school for drums. I can play basic jazz chords, read treble clef, still remember theory. Now I am studying classical ...
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How to learn rap music?

First let me tell that I don't have any kind of prior knowledge of music. What I have done upto now is, I have listened every album of Eminem and Linkin Park. Nowadays I'm listening 50cent and ...
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Books on orchestration specializing in dynamics?

I want to improve two aspects of my orchestration: (1) my use of "dynamics" (2) feel of "force" in the combination of timbers at select points in my pieces to give them better accentuation. (eg ...
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Beginner books for music appreciation for music-theory illiterate adult

I'm a married adult with a full-time occupation. A long time ago, I took some lessons for the keyboard but have since forgotten almost everything. Could you please recommend me a few books given the ...
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Ranges in the Real Vocal Book

The Real Book for vocalists comes in two versions: The Real Vocal Book for high voice or low voice. What are the actual vocal ranges appropriate for these transcriptions? The publisher’s descriptions ...
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Good books for romantic/contemporary period performance?

Can anyone suggest me good books for improving knowledge (and performance) of 19th and 20th century music?
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Suggested text material about Italian baroque composition

As a hobbyist composer who composes in "almost" traditional music styles (baroque-like, classical-like etc.), I am at a stage where I would like to compose authentic music in a specific style. I have ...
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Are Tersun Piano Technique books any good?

I'm a piano newbie studying online. My teacher recommends Hanon for learning piano technique which I am doing and I have to say it's helping. Although I know it's not smart to question your teacher, I ...
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Absolute Beginner wants to play Jazz Piano

Alright people, I have successfully tamed the beasts calling themselves my "parents". Now I am a free mind with money of his own to play music again. I have a CTK-451 which basically is a 61 keyboard ...
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Oriental violin techniques?

I recently started to explore oriental and arabic music, and I do play some Maqams and some ornaments and slides, but I'd like to ask if there is a methodical book or some sort of overview of the ...
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How are method books for instruments created and why do they work?

This is an odd question. But I think I can use some wisdom from teachers and other experienced individuals. Now, most of the instruments have method books, and many teachers follow them as well. My ...
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Complete fingering-technique reference book for keyboard player for chords and scales?

I'm now studying harmony and since my instrument is not keyboard, I don't know how to execute complex chords such as 13 or other chords that involve more than 5 notes. Do you play them with just one ...
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How to go learn through a book

This is not your average "which book to learn from" question. I'll post my research and background in as much detail as possible (since this could potentially help others with similar question). I've ...
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Most common jazz theory method book

What is the most common text book for learning jazz music theory? I have a strong background in classical music theory and would like to supplement it. I particularly am looking for something for ...
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Turning music on piano so it doesn't fold

My piano teacher lent me some books that are very old and expensive. My piano has a little dip down that holds the music, but when I turn the page, the bottom of the page drags along the top of the ...
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Articles on Music Festivals/Fairs/Tradeshows

I'm doing a research on the effects of music events on creative industries but there is a very limited number of sources - was wondering if I could get some recommendations (books, articles, etc...) ...
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How can I learn to play vibraphone like Gary Burton?

I play jazz vibraphone. I'm fan of Gary Burton's playing. I'm looking for books or online ressources (solo transcriptions, technical analysis of his style, etc...) on Gary Burton or which could help ...
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Do music theory books differ per instrument?

I'm an amateur Spanish guitar player, I know Solfège and how to read music sheets (not expert though). I'm looking for a book that teaches me music theory to gain more understanding and maybe try to ...
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Are there in-depth music theory books that can serve as a compendium? [closed]

If I'm looking for Music Theory on Google I find articles, tutorials and sites that explain the basics. However, this won't allow me to really master Music Theory and be able to look up advanced ...
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Comprehensive theory book

I learned solfège as a kid long ago, and have been playing ever since without interruption, but I seem to have forgotten quite a few things that I haven't really needed all those years, and might not ...
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How to handle a newly purchased score book that won't stay opened?

With some score books, if you try to open it and put it on a support, it will close itself. For the moment I have to force and fold it but it damages the spine of the book. Do you have techniques to ...
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Are there any books or videos out there that teach you SLOWLY and do not focus on learning TABS?

Are there any books or videos courses that just teach you how to practice acoustic guitar and its not complicated either? I know that there are lots of video course, books, youtube videos out there ...
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What are good beginner books to follow for classical guitar (self study or otherwise) ?

I've come across a lot of different series and 'methodologies' (Aaron Shearer, Mel Bay etc) books - and it's very confusing for the beginner when there's no teacher to guide him or her.