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1930s Country Mandolin: Bluegrass Roots

by Joseph Weidlich
Examine the development of country mandolin performance during the 1930s with this book by Joseph Weidlich. During that decade, the mandolin became a featured solo instrument requiring players to quickly develop a new style of playing in order to give vocalists a break from singing, particularly in the popular "brother act" format. As the decade progressed, numerous idiomatic techniques were tested, discarded and refined leading to instrumental solos that were eventually based more on playing over chord changes than on the actual melody itself. The techniques outlined here, based on period recordings, clearly establish the roots of that new solo approach which blossomed in the looser ensemble format of early 1940s "bluegrass" music.
00234819 $22.99
 
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Backpackers Songbook

compiled by Ron Middlebrook
Backpacking is the third largest sport in America, and this 6"" x 9"" spiral-bound book will be in the back country with the hikers. Contains lyrics and chord changes for more than 200 songs, from the best of folk and songs from around the world to songs of the holidays. Also includes complete guitar and banjo chord charts for the backpacker, and much more! A must even if you don't go backpacking!
00000004 $5.50
 
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Billy Gladstone

Drummer & Inventor
by Chet Falzerano
Admired by colleagues and the public alike, Billy Gladstone was the featured percussionist at New York's Radio City Music Hall for 18 years, after its opening in 1932. He was also a consummate inventor, with more than 20 US patents to his name, not the least of which was the famous Gladstone snare drum. This book examines the man and the remarkable instrument he conceived, with great color photos in the "Gladstone Gallery."

"My roll is probably the best roll in the world outside of one other drummer, and I'm not modest. The greatest drummer that I have heard in my life as far as rudiments and the roll are concerned is Billy Gladstone." - Buddy Rich

00001027(80 pages, 8-1/2" x 11") $19.95
 
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Burst Believers

by Vic DaPra
The term “burst” has been used to describe a specific Gibson Les Paul guitar manufactured from 1958 to 1960. The impact of this guitar has and continues to shake the music world. For dozens of guitar idols who’ve played it – and those fortunate enough to have owned one or more – the Gibson Les Paul Sunburst possesses a mystique and magic not found in any other electric guitar. With its unique sound, spectacular beauty and playability, the burst has shaped the landscape of the blues/rock genre as we know it today. 136 pages, 8-1/2” x 11”.
00117070Hardcover $59.99
 
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Burst Believers 2-Book Set

Ultimate Collectors Edition from Centerstream
by Vic DaPra
The slang “burst” has been used to describe a specific Gubson Les Paul. Manufactured from 1958 to 1960. From the dozens of guitar idols, who played it and those fortunate enough to have owned one or more, the Gibson Les Paul sunburst possesses a mystique and magic, not found in any other electric guitar. The Burst Believers collectors edition includes both the Burst Believers and Burst Believers II books, a 16 page 6 x 9 booklet of Burst “outtakes”, 8 Burst collectors guitar picks, all packaged in a custom made Burst slipcase. Limited to only 300 sets.
00140979Hardcover, 2 Books $175.00
 

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