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Fundamentals of Piano Practice
by Chuan C. Chang - PianoPractice.org , 2009
This is the first book ever written on how to practice at the piano! Learn the most efficient practice methods, musical playing, and Mental Play which has been neglected by most teachers; all great musicians used it, yet often failed to teach it.
Learn To Play Guitar: Secrets Of The Guitar Ninja
by Bret Lowry - DragonGuitar , 2014
This book will show you the guitar in a different light using easy ninja like tricks and methods then expanding on them with things never seen before in any other guitar instruction book or media. Gain expert insight to the guitar fretboard ...
- Wikibooks , 2012
The harmonica is much more than a mere toy; it can produce rich music that is impossible for many other instruments. It is easy to learn; no need to remember any fingerings etc., just remember that the notes ascend in a certain way.
Advice to Singers
by Frederick James Crowest - Frederick Warne & Co. , 1904
There is no subject, perhaps, on which opinions are so divided, as the proper method of training and using the voice. A careful perusal of this book's contents should clear away many misconceptions, and place the student on the right road.
Harmony Explained: Progress Towards A Scientific Theory of Music
by Daniel Shawcross Wilkerson - arXiv , 2012
How does music actually work? We derive from first principles of Physics and Computation the following fundamental phenomena of music: the Major Scale, the Standard Chord Dictionary, and the difference in feeling between the Major and Minor Triads.
Piano Playing: With Piano Questions Answered
by Josef Hofmann - Doubleday, Page and Company , 1909
This little book presents a general view of artistic piano-playing and offers to young students the results of such observations as I have made in the years of my own studies, as well as of the experiences which my public activity has brought me.
The Art of Voice-Production with Special Reference to the Methods of Correct Breathing
by A. A. Pattou - G.P. Putnam , 1882
The author writes for all those wishing to be guided by clear common sense rules and precepts, in the discovery of an easy and natural method of singing. He examines the voice in its cause, which is breath, and in its effect, which is tone.
Caruso's Method of Voice Production: The Scientific Culture of the Voice
by P. Mario Marafioti - D. Appleton , 1922
The greatest tenor of his day, Enrico Caruso possessed remarkable breath control and enunciation along with an intense quality of vocal pathos. This guide explains clearly and scientifically how singers can emulate his phenomenal vocal production.
The Elements of Piano Technique
by Ernest Hutcheson - G.F. Kranz Music Co. , 1907
Many of the exercises contained in this little work are purely preparatory in nature, others are for occasional or special use. Only about twenty are permanently essential. All are necessary at some stages of study or to some pupils.
Music of the Twentieth Century
by Ton de Leeuw - Amsterdam University Press , 2005
Ton de Leeuw was a truly groundbreaking composer. As evidenced by his study of compositional methods that melded Eastern traditional music with Western musical theory, he had a profound understanding of the history of twentieth-century music.
What Every Singer Should Know
by Millie Ryan - Franklin Publishing , 1910
The author wishes to give all the valuable 'hints' and 'helps' that it has taken years of experience to gather, covering all the questions that are absolutely necessary to know, making it brief, simple and understandable.
The Mechanism of the Human Voice
by Emil Behnke - J. Curwen & Sons
The author placed before the reader in a simple and comprehensive form the Physiology of the Human Voice. He discarded all scientific terms, and treated the subject in so simple and direct a manner as really to enlighten the readers.
Learning to Read Music
by Peter Nickol - How To Books , 2008
This book will give you insights into how music is put together. It leads you carefully through the basics of pitch, rhythm, keys, scales, chords, and much more, building your knowledge chapter by chapter until you are able to read music with ease.
The Physical Basis Of Music
by E. T. Jaynes - Washington University , 1996
The main purpose of this book is to explain certain physical considerations useful not only to a beginner learning how to play a musical instrument, but also to an accomplished musician trying to gain full technical mastery of an instrument.
The Art of Singing
by Luisa Tetrazzini, Enrico Caruso - Elegant Ebooks , 2008
Caruso was one of the world's most loved male singers and Tetrazzini was an incredible Italian soprano. These pieces on the art of singing are a must for anyone seriously interested in singing. A valuable source of knowledge for future musicians.
- Wikibooks , 2006
This book introduces the basic concepts of guitar playing for novices and intermediate players. It explains important techniques, gives examples and exercises whenever possible. Understanding of music theory is not required.
Understanding Basic Music Theory
by Catherine Schmidt-Jones , 2007
This text includes a review of common notation and an introduction to the physics behind music theory, as well as the basic concepts of music theory and a few slightly advanced but very useful topics, such as transposition.
Eyes and Ears: An Anthology of Melodies for Sight-Singing
by Benjamin Crowell - LightAndMatter.com , 2005
Eyes and Ears is a book of melodies for use in practicing sight-singing. It contains about 400 melodies, arranged systematically for education, and sufficient for the first semester or two of a college-level musicianship course.