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Music Theory Made Simple (Staff Pick)

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Music Theory Made Simple: Essential Concepts for Budding Composers, Musicians and Music Lovers By Adrian Valia Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781645675907
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Published: Page Street Publishing - March 21st, 2023

If you've struggled to learn music theory before, this book is for you. With visual explanations, short exercises, and links to audio & video examples, Music Theory Made Simple has something for every learning style.

- Murphy


Guitar: The Shape of Sound (Staff Pick)

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Guitar: The Shape of Sound (100 Iconic Designs) By Ultan Guilfoyle Cover Image
$59.95
ISBN: 9781838665586
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Published: Phaidon Press - February 22nd, 2023

Guitar: The Shape of Sound chronicles a stunning visual and written history of the instrument, spanning from its very origin to the innovative, out-of-the-box designs of our modern day. Regardless of whether the special someone in your life is on the hunt for their next guitar or is currently working on building up their fretboard callouses, this gorgeous volume promises to be loyal companion to inspire their practice and study of this marvelous instrument.

- Cindy


Get Back

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The Beatles: Get Back By The Beatles Cover Image
$60.00
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ISBN: 9780935112962
Published: Callaway - January 12th, 2021

I try to choose staff picks of general interest, and I will freely admit that this book probably isn't - it is for readers who love the Beatles. You don't have to be a fanatic (I'm not), but if you love Let It Be (I do) then this book is not only appealing but probably mandatory. At a literal level, it is a textual and photographic transcript of the studio sessions preparing for their last concert, with the songs that became that album (and much of Abbey Road); but writ large it is really a narrative of the last phase of the band. They are talking, joking, playing, creating, arguing, reminiscing - far more than the story of a break-up, it is an exploration of a phenomenon. And the photos are magnificent.

David


The Story Orchestra: I Can Play

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The Story Orchestra: I Can Play (vol 1): Learn 8 easy pieces of classical music! By Jessica Courtney-Tickle (Illustrator), Katy Flint, Rowan Baker (Adapted by) Cover Image
By Jessica Courtney-Tickle (Illustrator), Katy Flint, Rowan Baker (Adapted by)
$24.99
ISBN: 9780711264915
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - October 4th, 2022

A gloriously illustrated music lesson for the littlest virtuosos in the making. The keyboard has color and shape coded instructions which make it a breeze to learn these 8-bar one-finger melodies. Beyond design, the true delight is the sound quality, which stands apart from other tinny sounding musicall toys.

Kendall


Shotgun Seamstress

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Shotgun Seamstress: An Anthology By Osa Atoe Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781593767396
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Published: Soft Skull - November 29th, 2022

A love letter and a call out to punk rock and underground music. A celebration of the communities outsiders build for themselves and of the DIY spirit that drives what those communities create. Shotgun Seamstress is a must for fans of punk rock and zines, of course, but also for anyone finding their way and defining themselves through the art and creation that speak to them.

Josh


None of this Rocks

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None of This Rocks: A Memoir By Joe Trohman Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780306847356
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Published: Hachette Books - September 13th, 2022

Trohman provides a deep look into the alternative music scene of the early 2000s as well as into his own life navigating within and beyond it. A comedic and important memoir, super enjoyable even if you're not a Fall Out Boy fan!

Hannah


Levon

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Levon: From Down in the Delta to the Birth of the Band and Beyond By Sandra B. Tooze Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781635769135
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Published: Diversion Books - August 31st, 2021

I loved the way Tooze describes the sultry musical landscape of Levon Helm’s formative years in the Mississippi Delta and his life beyond The Band. A well-researched account of Helm’s musical style and personal journey for both new and die-hard fans.

Kate M


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