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"Vic's book is an amazing read, full of his entertaining sense of humour and a reservoir of miscellaneous facts and tales of the studios and the musicians who made London such a fabulous place to be in the '60s. Miss it at your peril." - Pipeline (UK)This book is by a musician who worked in every major recording and television studio in London during that wonderful musical period of the 1960s and 1970s.One of the first call session guitarists in the UK, Vic Flick has a bounty of true stories. Stories of the drama and humor, the tensions and the rewards of working with first class musicians and internationally known artists in the world of recording, Television and Radio..Vic Flick's connection with the James Bond films is legend. His guitar sound on the James Bond Theme stirred the hearts and imaginations of a generation. Here is a book that tells of the music business from the inside, about the music, the good and the bad business practices, the money, the agents and the managers.From the Beatles to Nancy Sinatra, from Tom Jones to Dusty Springfield, it's all within the pages of Vic's autobiography.

Pentatonic Scales: Master the Fretboard Quickly and Easily & Sound Like a Pro, In One Hour (or Less) (Guitar Technique, Improvisation, Scales, Mastery)

Do YOU Know Your Scales? Are You Sure..?I spent 9 years playing guitar, even getting to a high level, without knowing my scales backwards and forwards. I was actually embarrassed when I jammed with others. It turns out that I focused too much on technique instead of theory.So I dropped everything and created a never-before-seen system that would go on to help me master my scales. Now, I play them backwards and forwards. Today only, get the new 'Guitar Pentatonic Scales' ebook for just $0.99. Regularly priced at $3.99.Read on your PC, Mac, smart phone, tablet or Kindle device.You’re about to discover how to play four scales anywhere on the fretboard: The natural major The natural minorThe major pentatonic, and The minor pentatonic You will be able to look down at your fretboard, and instead of looking at it with confusion, you'll be able to play your scales anywhere you'd like.When your friend plays a chord, you'll be able to play over that chord anyway you'd like.You'll also be able to jump between the natural and pentatonic scales.These skills form the basis to every other skill related to improvisation on the guitar.Here Is A Preview Of What You'll Learn...Learn how these four basic scales are connectedLearn five basic building blocks that make it so very easy to learn all scales Jump around the fretboard, both upwards and sidewaysLearn how scales are connected to chordsDiscover how the CAGED system is intimately connected to these four scales Learn how to convert one type of scale into another at willTons of charts, for both left-handed and right-handed playersMuch, much more!Can you honestly say that you can do all those things?If yes, show this to a friend. If not, then...Download your copy today!Don't leave your guitar playing to chance!Take action today and download this book for a limited time discount of only $0.99!This book is part of a series that teach guitar technique, theory, improvisation, and eventual mastery.

Songs From A Quarantine

What is your favourite song, and why ? During his sixteen week shielded isolation from the Coronavirus, David Plumbley wrote a daily blog about his favourite songs.This is the book version of those 102 song reviews. Two pages are dedicated for each song, analysing what makes them special, attempting to understand their meanings and supplying any history or miscellaneous facts. The music ranges from the 1950s to the present day, containing legendary artists (such as Rolling Songs, Chuck Berry, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Van Morrison, Simon & Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, The Byrds, Elvis Costello, The Clash), more recent stars (such as Lana del Rey, Sharon Van Etten, Gotye, All Saints, PJ Harvey), famous songs (such as Wichita Lineman, Peggy Sue, American Pie, Ode to Billie Joe, Don't Stop Believin', Sweet Home Alabama, Centrefold, There She Goes, Blister in the Sun, Torn), but also some more obscure performers (such as Hazeldine, Mike McGear, Kasey Chambers, Emmy the Great, Kathleen Edwards, Dar Williams, Ros Serey Sothea, Little Jackie). All artists are limited to one song, apart from The Beatles and Bob Dylan, who are given three each. There is also a definite Liverpool flavour too (Gerry & the Pacemakers, China Crisis, The Mighty Wah! and Echo & the Bunnymen). But what will be is his all-time favourite? "Songs from a Quarantine" will make you eager to revisit old favourites, and encouraged to discover new classics.

Free Guitar Lesson Pack: Starter Bundle

Free mini lessons for guitar!Looking for inspiration? Not sure where to start? Welcome to the Free Guitar Lesson Pack! Here you’ll find a collection of popular lessons taken from our series of bestselling guitar books. Topics include fretboard memorization basics, an introduction to good technique, fundamentals for understanding chords and scales, tips on effective practice, and more.Whether you’re stuck in a rut or are just starting out, these mini lessons are the perfect guitar kick-starter—and best of all, they’re completely free!Scroll up and download now to get started!

BC Guitar

Welcome to Beginning Contemporary Guitar, As a teacher, I've observed that new students vary widely in age and past experience. Some students have played an instrument and have learned to read music but are new to the guitar. Others may have some experience with the guitar but no formal training in the language of music. And some students have never played a musical instrument. No matter which background applies to you, if you're taking this course, then you've decided to start from the beginning to develop a solid foundation with both the guitar and reading music. The materials list for this course has three required elements:1) You'll need a six string acoustic or electric guitar, 2) A medium gauge guitar plectrum (guitar pick), 3) And a computer, laptop, or handheld electronic device.This course is offered in digital format, and some of the course material includes interactive audio/visual media. In order to take full advantage of the interactive elements, be sure to use a device with audio/video capability. Thank you for choosing this coursework for your lessons. After many years of watching new students develop into musicians, I strongly believe that a program which embraces the language of music is the best beginning for a lifetime of musical fulfillment.Samuel Larson

Music Theory: The Complete Guide to Read, Write and Understand Music from Beginner to Expert - Vol. 1

BUY THE KINDLE VERSION AND GET THE AUDIOBOOK VERSION FOR FREE!!! You Are About To Learn How To Become A Pro In All Kinds Of Music By Learning How To Read, Write And Understand Music Theory! If you’ve always wanted to pursue your interest in music or improve your skill in it by learning music theory but you’ve never found the ultimate beginner-friendly resource, then keep reading… Are you tired of only having some scanty basics of music, and wish to take your knowledge to the next level to a point where you understand music sheets and other stuff like the pros do, even if you are a complete beginner? Whatever the amount of music knowledge you have right now, you must have tried to learn from a couple of resources like music videos, PDF tutorials or blog posts online before and just like many people, either failed to understand and follow those guides, or just ended up disappointed by their shallowness, confusion, complexity or inadequacy! But it’s good you’re here. If you are ready to stop exposing yourself to the “inconveniences” of learning music theory online or from other unverified sources, and discover a guide that works for you, let me welcome you home- you’ve come to the right place. You see, teaching yourself music theory without struggling to work out the content or taking too long to complete the guide doesn’t have to be difficult- even if you’ve already come across endless other sources that give you such kinds of (common) problems In fact, it’s easier than you think. An article in Studio Notes Online suggests that you have to understand music theory to develop a better understanding of inner workings of written compositions, as well as fundamental elements of music like Timbre, Rhythm and melody. It demonstrates that for you to improve your music in all aspects, and become a professional musician, you have to learn music theory, which is possible to teach yourself as long as you have a good guide. So where exactly do you begin to understand music theory like a pro? How do you understand the different types of music out there like an open book?What do you need to know about music theory? What are the dos and don’ts of music that understanding music theory will teach you? If you have these and other related questions, this book is for you so keep reading. More precisely, the book will teach you: The basics of music theory, including what it is, what it entails, the history of music and music theory and much more Importance of music for the brain and why an understanding of music theory is necessaryHow music can boost your chances of achieving success in life The types of music that you need to know as you study music theoryHow to learn and read music for musical instrumentsImportant music lessons to keep upFundamental materials for learning musical instrumentsHow to understand classical music the easy wayThe ins and outs of melody and harmony How to understand sound and music intervals like the prosHow to read music scores easily…and much, much more! Indeed, you can acquire knowledge of music from scratch, or improve your understanding of music by simply following this exhaustive guide. And lucky for you, the book uses simple, easy to follow language that won’t confuse whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced music student! Don’t miss this opportunity to understand the ins and outs of music and start a successful music career!

Pop Quiz Vol 1: 100 Multiple-Choice Questions on 7 Decades of Pop Music (Rock, Pop, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, Indie, Punk Rock, New Wave, Rap, Grunge, Country, Soul, Glam Rock, Folk, Brit Pop)

Whether you’re playing on your own or testing your friends, this collection of 100 multiple-choice questions on 7 decades of pop music will bring lots of fun.

Guitar Practice Guide: A Practice Guide for Guitarists and other Musicians

A 5900 word Practise Guide for Guitarists. Important areas are covered (listed below) giving a grounding on how to approach practise generally and make improvements on the guitar. Various issues you may come across are discussed with guidance on how to deal with them. Where appropriate, statements are backed-up by references to scientific research papers. Subject covered include the following:How much PractiseHow OftenConcentrationPatiencePhysical LimitsSmall Intermittent BreaksMental LimitsCoordinationSense of Timing and RhythmHow to Stay in TimePractise SpeedDownload your Free Practise Guide for Guitarists Now!

Songwriting: Essential Guide to Song Structure, Lyrics Form and Melodic Progressions

BUY THE KINDLE VERSION AND GET THE AUDIOBOOK VERSION FOR FREE!!! You Are About To Discover How To Take Your Songwriting Skill To The Next Level, Even If You’ve Struggled To Get Your Creative Juices To Write Your First Song! Another poor-performing song?  Take your songwriting to the next level today with this guide and find out what it means to be a successful songwriter! Have you always wanted to become a better song-writer, get your songs to get better reception and reach more people but you’ve never found a way to get yourself out of the lyrical hole/ confinement that you’re stuck in?Then keep reading… Are you sick and tired of writing mediocre songs that never do well and earning less than you desire from your music? Have you tried seeking inspiration from countless musical pieces, sharpening your perceived weaknesses and spending too much time on futile techniques aimed at improving your songwriting but nothing ever seems to improve your songs? Are you ready to say goodbye to the recurrent thoughts about quitting on songwriting or settling for low standards and discover something, which works for you?If so, then you’ve come to the right place. You see, being an award-winning songwriter and writing great music that truly defines you as a unique artist doesn’t have to be difficult- no matter how many bland songs you’ve written before.In fact, it’s easier than you think. Experts will tell you that the simple act of embracing guidance from a good “manual” to walk you through the steps of a successful song-writing journey is the one thing most artists that never do well never appreciate. But you’re here, meaning that you’ve made the right choice, and this book is the only manual you’ll ever need. I know you have lots of questions… Why do you need to really learn songwriting – isn’t it something that just comes naturally? How do you stop writing bland songs and start composing pieces that pop? Is there a technique to song writing and what technique should you use? How do you enhance your songwriting skill to a point where you write hit after hit?What mistakes should you watch out for? If you have these and other related questions, this book is for you so keep reading. More precisely, the book will teach you: The meaning and importance of songwriting The different techniques of songwriting and how to adopt each depending on the situation How to compose pop music How to compose a nation hit without feeling like pulling off your hair How to play the guitar strategically to boost your songwriting skillset Some of the best songwriting tips from stars that you can adopt How to effectively begin a melody like a pro An extreme manual for songwriting that you can follow easily How to modify your song effectively200 things to compose a song aboutHow to turn your songwriting practice into a business…and much, much more! Whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced songwriter, take a second to imagine how you’d feel when you make your first ten successful songs and hear them through multiple mainstream media broadcasts. Imagine how you’d feel finally getting the amount of reception, money and musical success you’ve always desired. Perhaps more importantly, how would you feel knowing and being confident in the fact that the next song you’re going to write will become a hit? If you really desire to know how things would turn out for you when you finally learn the fundamentals of songwriting, this book is for you!So why wait any longer?

Billionaire Baby Secret Book One: A Curvy, Secret Pregnancy Romance

His eyes tell me every last, dirty detail of what he’ll to do to me. It was supposed to just be karaoke for my birthday. But the way that sexy stranger at the bar is looking at me, I’m afraid I’ll be singing twice tonight – first on stage. And then in his bedroom.Maybe it’s his gorgeous English accent. Or those sizzling eyes that undress me right here in the bar. Well, my good-for-nothing cheating boyfriend has just broken up with me, so I'm going to let the stranger buy me a drink.Not that I’d be brave enough to actually follow through. I’m not the type of girl that just goes out and sleeps around. Even when those lips make me tremble. Even when all I want to do is rip that million dollar suit off his smoking hot body and take him right here in the bar.He shouldn't be interested in a girl like me. Guys don’t go for curvy and intelligent - or at least, that’s what my ex-boyfriend kept telling me. But that stranger - he keeps looking at me like like I'm the only one in the room. I don't know what to do - I mean, how long do you have to wait after you've broken up with somebody? And what happens if my ex-boyfriend wants me back?Warning: Billionaire Baby Secret Book 1 is a short, steamy romance so hot it will have you fanning yourself (and looking for your closest karaoke bar). It contains smoking hot action between a curvy BBW and a gorgeous Billionaire, and includes sizzling scenes which are for adults only.This is the first book in the Billionaire Baby Secret Series by Nikki Steele, the mistress of billionaire romance sagas.

Transformer: The Complete Lou Reed Story: Free Sampler

‘A triumph’ - Time OutTransformer is the only complete and comprehensive telling of the Lou Reed story.Legendary songwriter and guitarist Lou Reed passed away on the 27th October 2013, but his musical influence is assured. Now discover the true story of the Velvet Underground pioneer in this update of Bockris’s classic biography.Transformer: The Complete Lou Reed Story follows the great songwriter and singer through the series of transformations that define each period of his fifty year career. It opens with the teenage electroshock treatments that dominated his memories of childhood and never stops revealing layer after layer of this complex and often anguished artist and man. Transformer is based on Lou’s collaborations with the hardest and most romantic artists of his times, from John Cale, Andy Warhol, and Nico, through David Bowie, Robert Wilson, Laurie Anderson and the ghost of Edgar Alan Poe. Rippling underneath everything he did are Lou’s relationships with his various muses, from his college sweetheart to his three wives (and one drag queen).Leading Lou Reed biographer, Victor Bockris - who knew Lou throughout the Rachel Years, from Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal to the Bells - updates his original biography in the wake of Lou’s death. Through new interviews and photos, he reveals the many transformations of this larger-than-life character, including his final shift from Rock Monster to the Prince Charming he had always wanted to be in the twenty years he spent with the love of his life, Laurie Anderson . Except with Lou, you could never really know what might happen next…Including previously unseen photographs and contributions from Lou’s innermost circle and collaborators that include similarly esteemed artists such as Andy Warhol and David Bowie, Transformer is as captivating and vivid a read as befits an American master.

Taylor Swift: The Whole Story FREE SAMPLER

INCLUDES EXCLUSIVE BONUS CHAPTER: The Wit and Wisdom of Taylor Swift

The first 2 chapters from the full story of Taylor Swift's stratospheric rise to fame; all any dedicated Swifty needs to know about the pop superstar who's taking over the world.

A small-town girl with an incredible talent, and the strength to realise her dream, Taylor has grown into an award-winning, chart-topping artist and worldwide star, as well as a strong and stylish woman. But how did she get there? And what lies in store for her in the future?

From childhood dreams of a musical future in Pennsylvania, to determined and budding teen musician with a trademark she's stayed faithful to ever since: honest lyrics about real-life events; her fight to be taken seriously in the music industry, through to the rewards of success and the intense pressure of expectation, Taylor Swift: The Whole Story is a full account of Taylor's incredible journey, with everything you need to know about America's Sweetheart.

This compelling book is packed full of fascinating details revealing the true Taylor - what drives, motivates and moves her, how she overcame the challenges that loomed on the road to fame and how authentic her wholesome image is, plus the truth about her relationships with Harry Styles, Jake Gyllenhaal and Conor Kennedy and who she's really talking about on her tracks.

The full portrait of a girl who could so easily have faded into the background - but who blossomed in the spotlight into a grounded, graceful and inspiring young woman.

Early Printed Music and Material Culture in Central and Western Europe

This book presents a varied and nuanced analysis of the dynamics of the printing, publication, and trade of music in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries across Western and Northern Europe. Chapters consider dimensions of music printing in Britain, the Holy Roman Empire, the Netherlands, France, Spain and Italy, showing how this area of inquiry can engage a wide range of cultural, historical and theoretical issues. From the economic consequences of the international book trade to the history of women music printers, the contributors explore the nuances of the interrelation between the materiality of print music and cultural, aesthetic, religious, legal, gender and economic history. Engaging with the theoretical turns in the humanities towards material culture, mobility studies and digital research, this book offers a wealth of new insights that will be relevant to researchers of early modern music and early print culture alike.

Music Theory: The Complete Guide to Read, Write and Understand Music from Beginner to Expert - Vol. 2

BUY THE KINDLE VERSION AND GET THE AUDIOBOOK VERSION FOR FREE!!!You Are About To Learn How To Become An Expert In All Aspects Of Music (Including Reading And Writing), And Master The Art Of Singing And Music Production!Have you been trying to make some progress in music by learning how to write and read written music, or teach yourself the whole concept of music from scratch but you often find it difficult to get past some concepts, activities, or plainly don’t know where to start?Then keep reading…Are you sick and tired of not being able to decipher simple music pieces, not mastering a particular musical instrument, or any other aspect of music like rhythm and harmony-that has been keeping you from making progress in your music learning journey?Have you tried putting in time and practical work but you never make any significant progress?Are you ready to take a fresh turn, boost your understanding of music and accelerate your career?If so, then you’ve come to the right place.You see, reading, writing and understanding the overall concept of music well enough to do achieve any music-related goal doesn’t have to be difficult.In fact, it’s easier than you think.A report published in Music Education Researchasserts that music reading and learning is often not difficult for those to whom the process of mastering the skill is well adapted, and as long as the learning material is within the scope of the capacities of the learners or readers.First of all, that means that with a good guide, you can master the art of music without the common struggles.Secondly, that is exactly what makes this book different.But where do you even begin in learning music whether you are a complete beginner or have prior knowledge of music?How do you understand music from a composer and instrumentalist perspective?What key concepts of music do you need to be learn and master and how do you go about learning them all?How do you apply your understanding of the different concepts in songwriting and in other facets of music production?Can you learn how to sing and be able to sing well even if you’ve always thought of yourself as having a bad voice?If you have these and other related questions, this book is for you so keep reading.More precisely, the book will usher you into the ins and outs of:How music affects our deepest emotions in ways that nothing else doesHow music preferences differ globallyChild prodigies and their musical intelligenceThe magic of the melodyWhy music makes us happyTuning, header, burst, background, blows, notation and the clefsIntervals, melody, rhythm and timbreThe scales and different music modesChords and chord progressionArranging chords in songwritingMusic productionVocal training and singingThe spirituality of music…and much, much more!Take a second to imagine how your life would be once you perfect your reading, writing, singing and producing music like an expert. How would you feel when you achieve that goal in music you’ve been yearning to achieve?If you have a burning desire to get there, and enjoy the countless benefits that come with the accomplishment, don’t miss the opportunity to learn music to a level where you understand it like the proverbial ‘back of your hand’!So why wait any longer?

The Loves of Great Composers

This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

The Holy Piby

Originally published in 1924, "The Holy Piby" (also known as the Black Man's Bible) by Robert Athlyi Rogers is a very rare, pre-Rastafarian book, which was banned in the 1920's by Jamaica for it's controversial proclamations; despite the ban, the book and it's followers succeeded in planting the seeds which would become Rastafarianism. "The Holy Piby" is the text of a religion called the Afro-Athlican Constructive Gaathly, which viewed the Ethiopians as the Chosen People of the Bible. This controversial text and religion made liberation inroads into the diamond mines of South Africa, Panama, and many other places were oppression laboured.Rogers' religious movement, the Afro Athlican Constructive Church, saw Ethiopians (in the Biblical sense of Black Africans) as the chosen people of God, and proclaimed Marcus Garvey, the prominent Black Nationalist, an apostle. The church preached self-reliance and self-determination for Africans.