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Showing posts with label Hal Leonard. Show all posts
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Monday, August 31, 2015

New Release from Hal Leonard: How to Write Your First Song

New in the Hal Leonard HOW TO... Series
How to Write Your First Song

How to Write Your First Song
by Dr. Dave Walker

$16.99 (US)

Inventory #HL 00138010

ISBN: 9781495001932

UPC: 888680029883

9" x 12", 112 pages 

Now available!

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About the Author

Dr. Dave Walker has been teaching music theory, songwriting, and guitar for over 40 years. He has recorded several video courses and has run two successful websites devoted to music theory and introducing new artists. Dr. Walker has written dozens of articles ranging from academic subjects to artist interviews and product reviews. As a columnist for Just Jazz Guitar magazine, he contributes two regular features, "On Music Theory" and "Music Software." 
Dr. Walker has given talks literally around the world, from Harvard and Yale to New Zealand to Switzerland to Finland. He has taught absolute beginners to university graduate courses in music.


The hardest song to write is your first one. Whether you're an absolute novice or someone who has studied music in college, putting your ideas into an effective song form can be daunting, confusing and frustrating. Enter "Dr. Dave" Walker, your guide to discovering your own process as you complete your first song, making you a bona fide songwriter.

How to Write Your First Song is the latest release in the Hal Leonard "How to..." series that lets musicians focus on areas they want to explore more in depth. This volume:
  • Turns wannabes into songwriters by actually writing a song
  • Works for first-time writers as well as experienced ones who have writer's block or who just want to branch out
  • Gives students the confidence to keep writing by developing their own style as they write songs they like
  • Helps those with no musical training as well as those with degrees in music
  • Covers all major song forms plus instrumentals, game music, and more.
·         Does not require music reading as there is audio for every example 
Dr. Dave wrote this book after years of working with students who desperately wanted to write a song but had no idea how to begin, even if they'd studied at the university level! He will show you that it is an easy and fun process that requires a minimum of technical knowledge but the discipline and process to keep refining ideas until they are as good as you can make them. That first song is a huge hurdle, but when it's jumped the next ones become increasingly easy. This book is structured so that you find your own style of writing, without forcing anyone else's style or techniques on you. There is enough instruction to keep you from floundering, but also a lot of divergent paths for you to explore and find the process that works for you.

The How to... series now includes six volumes, each zooming in on a destinct topic of interest to musicians and written by experts with that specific expertise.

How to Write Your First Song retails for $16.99 and is available from music and book stores or by visiting

About Hal Leonard
Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard Corporation is the world's largest music print publisher and digital content provider, producing songbooks, sheet music, educational publications, reference books, DVDs, magazines, eBooks, digital sheet music, apps and more. The company is also a major distributor of music technology products, selling and marketing the most popular software, hard goods and accessories available today, to musicians and recording enthusiasts around the world. In its more than 200,000 available publications and products, Hal Leonard represents many of the world's best known and most respected publishers, artists, songwriters, arrangers and manufacturers. The company is headquartered in Milwaukee, WI and also has domestic offices in Winona, MN; New Jersey and Boston, and offices abroad in Australia, Belgium, China, Germany, Holland, Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.


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Thursday, June 5, 2014

New Blues Guitar Books from Hal Leonard

Roy Buchanan – Guitar Signature Licks
A Step-by-Step Breakdown of His Guitar Styles and Techniques
Format: Softcover Audio Online - TAB
Author: Dave Rubin
This exclusive book/audio pack features in-depth analysis of the songs and solos that made Roy Buchanan “The Best Unknown Guitarist in the World.” Though he never achieved stardom, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him #57 on their list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time." With this pack, you'll learn 12 of his best licks, including: After Hours • Chicago Smokeshop • Five String Blues • Hey Joe • High Wire • I Won't Tell You No Lies • The Messiah Will Come Again • Pete's Blues • Peter Gunn • Roy's Bluz • Short Fuse • Sweet Dreams.
$22.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00696654

Best of Robert Cray
Series: Guitar Recorded Version
Format: Softcover - TAB
Notes and tab for 16 songs from this modern blues master: Baby's Arms · Bad Influence · (Won't Be) Coming Home · Don't Be Afraid of the Dark · The Forecast (Calls for Pain) · Nothing Against You · Phone Booth · Poor Johnny · Right Next Door · She's Into Somethin' · Smoking Gun · and more.     
$19.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00127184

Robben Ford Guitar Anthology
Series: Guitar Recorded Version
Format: Softcover - TAB
Iconic jazz/blues guitarist Robben Ford has played with a wide range of artists including Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, The Yellowjackets, George Harrison, and many more. This collection features guitar tab for 17 of his best-known songs, including: Busted Up • Chevrolet • Get Away • Homework • I Ain't Got Nothin' but the Blues • Mama Talk to Your Daughter • Nothing to Nobody • Revelation • Step on It • Tell Me I'm Your Man • You Cut Me to the Bone • and more.
$24.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00120220

T-Bone Walker
Guitar Play-Along Volume 160
Format: Softcover with CD - TAB
The Guitar Play-Along Series will help you play your favorite songs quickly and easily! Just follow the tab, listen to the CD to hear how the guitar should sound, and then play along using the separate backing tracks. The melody and lyrics are also included in the book in case you want to sing, or to simply help you follow along. The audio CD is playable on any CD player, and also enhanced so PC & Mac users can adjust the recording to any tempo without changing pitch! This volume includes: Glamour Girl • I Got a Break Baby • Mean Old World • Papa Ain't Salty • (They Call It) Stormy Monday (Stormy Monday Blues) • Strollin' with Bones • T-Bone Jumps Again • You Don't Love Me.
$16.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00102641

Monday, February 10, 2014

Hal Leonard - Smokin' Blues Guitar - Smokin' Joe Kubek - Guitar tab and DVD - Release Review

I've had the opportunity to review Hal Leonard's release, Smokin' Blues Guitar featuring Smokin' Joe Kubek. This is a well prepared and clearly illustrated instructional video and accompanied lesson book. The chapters are Licks, Riffs, Turnarounds, Rhythm, Slide and a section aimed directly at capturing the essence of some of the best blues players. I personally went through the book and video and found some of the lessons quite easy and some very challenging. This is a book that you could play with for a long time and continue to learn something each time through. Although no instructional program has all of the answers, this is a very interesting lesson which has keys that could assist any player trying to develop your blues and guitar skills. Kubek illustrates each of his points clearly and even shows you a number of his secrets. The last portion of the program is a feature which looks at the style of the following players: T-Bone Walker, Gatemouth Brown, John lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins, Elmore James, Guitar Slim, BB King, Albert King, Freddie King, Albert Collins, Johnny Winter, Billy Gibbons, Jimmie Vaughn, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Kubek captures the essence of these players not such that you can play like any of these players but how you can use some of the classic riffs that they are known for and adapt them to your own style. Beginners, intermediate players and advanced players will benefit from the use of the combination of the DVD and Tab package.

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Dolly Dagger - Andy Aledort

Andy Aledort has been a significant figure in the international music scene over the last 20 years. As a senior editor for the top guitar-oriented music magazines GUITAR WORLD, GUITAR FOR THE PRACTICING MUSICIAN, GUITAR EXTRA, GUITAR LEGENDS, and GUITAR WORLD ACOUSTIC, among others, his work is unsurpassed as a music transcriber, instructional columnist and journalist.

He has authored over 200 books of guitar transcriptions as well as a series of guitar-related instructional books and videos/DVDs, all of which are distributed worldwide, for the leading music publishers Hal Leonard Corp., Warner Brothers Publishing and Cherry Lane Music.

Aledort is a performing musician as well: along with leading his own ensembles in the New York/tri-state area, he is often tapped for high-profile appearances with artists such as Buddy Guy, Dickey Betts, and the Allman Brothers band.

Over the last three years, he has also participated in a series of Jimi Hendrix Tribute concerts, most recently entailing a three-city tour of the west coast. In his April 1, 2004 review for ROLLING STONE, write Charles Cross wrote, “The real show-stopper came when veteran bluesman Buddy Guy, backed by guitarist Andy Aledort and the powerful rhythm section of Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton—a.k.a. Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Double Trouble—played a version of Muddy waters’ ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’ that smoldered.

It was the perfect homage to Hendrix.” Among the other artists that appeared on the bill with Aledort for the three shows were Carlos Santana, Paul Rodgers of Bad Company, Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains, and Hubert Sumlin, plus Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys rhythm section, bassist Billy Cox and drummer Mitch Mitchell.

As a session player, Andy Aledort was called upon to recreate the Band Of Gypsys -era playing of Hendrix for recording sessions with the original Gypsys themselves, Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles, where Aledort was required to recreate note-for-note renditions of Hendrix’s incendiary live performances of “Machine Gun” and “Power of Soul” from the classic Band of Gypsys album. He performed with the Band of Gypsys at both the 2001 and 2002 Street Scene concerts in San Diego, CA, as part of two ambitious Tribute to Hendrix concerts featuring such guest guitarists as Andy Summers of the Police, Slash, Stephen Stills, Mick Taylor of Rolling Stones fame, Vernon Reid (Living Color) and others, as well as the big Jimi Hendrix 60th birthday bash at the EMP Museum, created by Microsoft’s Paul Allen, in November of 2002.

In the summer of 2001, Aledort was tapped for session work with Double Trouble (Tommy Shannon, bass, and Chris Layton, drums), bandmates of Stevie Ray Vaughan, in order to recreate the guitar work of Stevie Ray, Buddy Guy, Albert King, Freddie King, and Johnny Winter. He also appears with Double Trouble on two Hot Licks instructional videos.

Aledort has begun work on a series of Jimi Hendrix instructional videos (produced by the Jimi Hendrix Estate), starting with the release of the two-hour How to Play the Songs from Are You Experienced? video/DVD in 2000.

He also has the Beginning Electric Blues Guitar video on the shelves, and has just released the B.B. King: Signature Licks instructional DVD; soon to follow are similar instructional videos/DVDs covering the playing styles of Albert King and jazz pioneer Charlie Christian. Aledort’s many instructional books include Jimi Hendrix: Signature Licks, Eric Clapton: Bluesman: Signature Licks and Blues/Rock Guitar Masters: Signatures Licks books, all published by the Hal Leonard Corporation.

With his group the Groove Kings, Aledort released the self-produced Put A Sock In It CD in 1999 to rave reviews, such as: “I love it—it’s great!”—Johnny Winter; “Great guitar playing. Andy has his own distinct sound.”—Tommy Shannon; “Andy plays with great technique and soul.”—Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine); “Andy has the ability to combine diverse stylistic elements to emerge with a unique musical voice.” –Mike Stern (Miles Davis). The band is currently recording their second studio album. ~
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