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Alfred Music's Serious Blues series features book and DVD packs for aspiring blues guitarists in search of an authentic sound. Each title features lessons from blues masters with licks and examples in both standard notation and TAB. For experienced beginners, Scott A. Smith’s Serious Blues: Essential Phrasing teaches phrasing techniques and tricks like solo construction, phrasing over a 12-bar blues, the blues scale, pentatonic box patterns, and playing multiple scales over a single chord. Mark Dziuba’s Serious Blues: Expanding Grooves helps intermediate guitarists expand their groove palette.

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The JazzDeck™ "textbook in a box" is designed to help players of all levels build confidence and sharpen their chops as jazz soloists. Comprised of 54 high-grade playing cards color-coded by chord type, the JazzDeck systematically illustrates the ways to excel as a soloist. With its presentation and multi-dimensional, non-notation platform, the JazzDeck is especially suited to players of any stage.

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Alfred Music encourages women to express themselves by learning how to play lead and rhythm guitar with the new method Women’s Road to Rock Guitar, written by successful rock guitar performer and educator Nikki O’Neill. For beginning to intermediate guitarists, Women’s Road to Rock Guitar covers song structure, how to write a chord chart, guitar care, using pedal effects, and playing songs by ear. This method teaches power chords, open chords, barre chords, rock chord progressions, and how to strum them in chord progressions and songs—all with written examples in TAB notation. Topics for rock lead guitar playing include hammer-ons, pull-offs, bends, slides, tapping, the whammy bar, and harmonics. O’Neill provides in-depth and easy-to-understand explanations, as well as an accompanying audio CD with examples of key concepts that allow users to play along with jam tracks.

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Alfred's Teach Yourself to Play Classical Guitar begins with the fundamentals of the classical guitar. Users start by learning the parts of the guitar, how to hold, tune, and care for their instrument, and reading standard music notation and TAB. Then, users will move on to playing new notes, scales, and essential classical guitar pieces. Users will be able to read music and play famous guitar repertoire pieces by some of the greatest classical masters, including J. S. Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, and Scott Joplin.

Read more: Alfred Music: Three New Titles to Teach Yourself Series, Mastering Ukulele

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Jazz Band Pianist is designed as a primer for a middle-school or high-school age pianist interested in joining their local or school jazz ensemble. This book consists of step-by-step instruction, review exercises, and practice pieces, plus accompanying audio featuring live jazz musicians. Students learn how to read chord symbols, "comp," and form chord voicings. Retail: $19.99.

Read more: Jazz Band Pianist, Behind the Boards II, Acoustic Guitar Tab Method from Hal Leonard

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Alfred Music's Serious Blues series features book and DVD packs for aspiring blues guitarists in search of an authentic sound. Each title features lessons from bona fide blues masters and includes licks and examples in both standard notation and TAB. 

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Alfred Music has released companion folios to the iconic film franchise The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. These songbooks, arranged for Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Big Note, are the officially licensed sheet music collection with each souvenir folio featuring an array of colorful photos from the film.

Read more: 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' for Piano

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Alfred has added Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band Play-Along Series, Volume 2 to the popular Play-Along series. Each product features a book and DVD, with actual charts from Gordon Goodwin’s recent CDs. Teaching the art of ensemble playing, Volume 2 provides information about style, phrasing, tone, dynamics, technique, articulation, playing in time, and improvisation. The charts include swing tempos from medium to very fast, and funk and Latin grooves. Each book in the series comes with an accompanying DVD-ROM with TNT 2 Custom Mix software that lets users listen to and play along with the exceptional musicians that make up the Big Phat Band.

Read more: Alfred Music 'Play-Along' Series Expansion

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Alfred Music announces seven new compilations arranged for easy piano with the release of The Giant Book of Christian Sheet Music, The Giant Book of Classic Rock Sheet Music, The Giant Book of Country Sheet Music, The Giant Book of Pop & Rock Sheet Music, The Giant Book of Movie & TV Sheet Music, The Giant Book of Broadway Sheet Music, and The Giant Book of Standards Sheet Music. Each arrangement features piano parts that accurately reflect each song’s original recording. Lyrics, vocal lines, and basic chord symbols are provided, along with helpful finger markings.

Read more: 'Giant Book' Series from Alfred Expanded

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Premier Piano Course Notespeller 1A and 1B, as well as Premier Piano Course Sight Reading 1A and 1B, are additional materials to be used in conjunction with the corresponding Premier Piano Course Lesson Books. The Premier Piano Course Notespeller 1A and 1B reinforce note-reading concepts presented in their corresponding Lesson Books through written exercises. Note and interval identification exercises are presented to provide systematic reinforcement to help the student read and write notes on the staff.

Read more: Alfred Music Premier Piano Course with All-New Supplemental Materials

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