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Inventing the American Guitar: The Pre–Civil War Innovations of C. F. Martin and His Contemporaries from Hal LeonardHal Leonard Books’ Inventing the American Guitar describes the early history of American guitar design in detail. With essays by prominent writers and spectacular color photographs of almost fifty guitars, many of which are newly discovered, this book tells the story of how a European instrument was transformed into one with all of the design and construction features that define the iconic American flat-top guitar—all within a mere twenty years.

Inventing the American Guitar traces C. F. Martin Sr., - America’s first major guitar maker and the founder of the Martin Guitar Company - and his evolution as a craftsman and entrepreneur and explores the influences and experiments that led to his creation of the American guitar that is recognized and played around the world today.

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uides to Band Masterworks, Vol. 3 from Meredith MusicThis continuation of Guides to Band Masterworks volumes 1 and 2 provides band directors with a ready-made curriculum developed to incorporate comprehensive-musicianship training through quality band literature. This volume features English Folk Song Suite, Variations On A Korean Folk Song, and Cajun Folk Songs. Every unit study integrates technical skills, musical knowledge and creative projects that lead student musicians to an enlightened and expressive performance. Student workbooks for each of the featured works may be downloaded for use during rehearsals or as out-of-class enrichment.

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Gandy Dancer by Jeff Jarvis, from KendorNamed after a ski run in Vail, Colorado, this driving funk original sports a solid introduction, tuneful melody, and rich chord progression for developing groups. Written or ad lib solos are offered for all winds and the chart features Kendor Konvertible scoring for 9-17 players. It also includes a guitar chord chart by Jim Greeson and optional parts for flute, clarinet, horn in F, tuba and vibes. Duration 3:30.

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Hal Leonard Pop Piano Hits SeriesThe latest edition in Hal Leonard’s Pop Piano Hits series lets piano students of all ages play megahits like “Blurred Lines” (Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell), “Brave” (Sara Bareilles), “Cruise” (Florida Georgia Line) • “Get Lucky” (Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams), and more. Each book contains five simple and easy-to-read arrangements with lyrics, important fingerings, and chord symbols.

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The Martin Ukulele is a detailed look at the ukuleles built by the C. F. Martin Co. and at how the instruments' success forever changed the company that made them. Martin's ukulele making led the small, respected builder of fine guitars and mandolins into an era of unprecedented growth in the 1920s and helped it become one of the most notable manufacturers of high-quality guitars in the world.   Drawing heavily from the extensive archives at the Martin factory, the authors examine the company and its development, featuring production records, sales ledgers, and a vast collection of correspondence as well as hundreds of photos, including pictures of many of the rarest ukuleles the company produced.

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This re-engraved edition of Jean-Baptiste Arban’s invaluable Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet keeps intact the Arban system, while adding insights that reflect how the trumpet is taught in the 21st century. This new edition contains Arban’s Original and Complete Method, The Art of Phrasing (150 Songs and Operatic Airs), 68 Duets for Two Cornets, 14 Characteristic Studies, and the 12 Celebrated Fantaisies and Airs Variés. The included data CD provides listening examples of the 14 Characteristic Studies as performed by Hooten, along with piano accompaniment tracks for the 12 Celebrated Fantaisies and Airs Variés, recorded by pianist John Walker.

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From the six-time Tony® Award winning musical comes Kinky Boots: Sheet Music from the Broadway Musical. This colorful 164-page souvenir songbook contains sheet music for every song written by Cyndi Lauper on the show’s original cast recording. An updated, newly-engraved songbook was produced in direct consultation with Stephen Schwartz to coincide with the 2013 Broadway revival Pippin: Sheet Music from the Broadway Musical. This songbook for the musical that won “Best Revival of a Musical” during this year’s Tony Awards ceremony contains 13 songs.

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The new editions of Suzuki Violin School Part, Volume 6 (Revised) and Nurtured by Love (Revised Edition) include updates to the method of pedagogue Shin’ichi Suzuki. The revised edition for Suzuki Violin School, Volume 6 has been edited by the International Violin Committee and is now available for purchase. The revised edition features new engravings in a 9 x 12 format that allows a more readable page for students. The bowings and fingerings have been edited to optimize the musical performance of each piece. The violin part is available both by itself and packaged with the CD, which features soloist William Preucil in a stunning new recording.

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This 84-page book and audio package by Sean McGowan is a comprehensive course in learning the art of fingerstyle jazz guitar, taught by a world class jazz guitarist and instructor. From building chord vocabulary to separating bass and melody voices and to developing improvisation techniques, McGowan’s approach will help readers learn to play a variety of dynamic solo fingerstyle arrangements. The book includes 12 lessons on chord voicings and inversions, building jazz arrangements, and more, with over 120 musical examples, exercises, and songs, with audio.

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Retail Truths: The Unconventional Wisdom of Retailing and 50 Ideas to Train Your Sales Staff in 15 Minutes a Day is a collection of more than 400 street-smart lessons on retailing that Chip Averwater has gathered from his own experience in business, as well as from his mentors and retailer friends.

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