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The Gibson L5

by Adrian Ingram
Introduced in 1922, the Gibson L5 is the precursor of the modern archtop guitar. This book takes a look at its history and most famous players, from its creation, through the Norlin years, to its standing today as the world's most popular jazz guitar. Includes a 16-page full-color photo section.
00000216(112 pages) $29.95
 
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The Guitar Chord shapes of Charlie Christian

by Joe Weidlich
The concepts and fingerings in this book have been developed by analyzing the licks used by Charlie Christian. Chord shapes are moveable; thus one can play the riffs in virtually any key without difficulty by simply moving the shape, and fingerings used to play them, up or down the fingerboard. The author shows how the chord shapes F, D and A are formed, then can easily be modified to major, minor, dominant seventh and diminished seventh chord voicings. Analyzing licks frequently used by Charlie Christian, Joe has identified a series of what he calls tetrafragments, i.e., the core element of a lick. The identifiable ""sound"" of a particular lick is preserved regardless of how many notes are added on either side of it, e.g., pickup notes or tag endings. Many examples are shown and played on the CD of how this basic concept was used by Charlie Christian to keep his solo lines moving forward. Weidlich also makes observations on the physical manner Charlie Christian used in playing jazz guitar, and how that approach contributed to his smooth, mostly down stroke, pick technique.
00000388Book/CD Pack $19.95
 
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The History & Artistry of National Resonator Instruments

by Bob Brozman
This book is a history book, source book and owner's manual for players and fans that covers the facts and figures necessary for serious collectors. In addition to many black and white historical photos, there is a 32-page color section, and appendixes with serial numbers for all instruments, a company chronology, and a Hawaiian Artist Discography.
00000154(296 pages) $35.00
 
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The Larson's Creations - Centennial Edition

by Robert Carl Hartman
Swedish immigrant cabinet makers Carl and August Larson made instruments under the brand names of Maurer, Prairie State, Euphonon, W.J. Dyer & Bro., Wm. C. Stahl, and under their own name, and their highly collectible creations are considered today to be some of the finest ever made. Lovingly researched and written by Robert Hartman, grandson of Carl Larson, The Larsons' Creations contains many beautiful color photos of these artful instruments, classic ads & catalogs, and a CD featuring 11 artists and a mandolin orchestra. Includes 32 pages of full-color photos!
00001042Softcover Book/CD Pack $45.00
00001043Hardcover Book/CD Pack (312 pages) $65.00
 
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The Music Never Stops

A Journey Into The Music of The Unknown, The Forgotten, The Rich & Famous
by Dick Weissman
Dick Weisman, former member of 60s folk group The Journeymen, takes you on an odyssey through his years as a student, musician, recording artist, educator and author. The depth and flavor with which he tells his stories puts you right in the time and place where the memories were make! If you want to know what it was like to be a rising star in the 60s music scene including all the trials, tribulations, business dealings and dirty laundry then this is the book for you. Dick also has encouraging words for modern musicians how to succeed, and pitfalls to avoid while building a career in music, His undiminished love of playing music, simply for the love of the art, is obvious in every phase.
00175572 $27.99
 

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