My blogs are going to focus anything new in print or any series or books that are just plain fantastic that you may or may not know about yet!
But first, a rough idea of what different descriptions mean in book land:
GUITAR TABALTURE Guitar tab books are made up of guitar tablature which is a notation method showing the six strings of the guitar and which frets/strings need to be played. It's considered a standard notation (for the guitar part), and also has a vocal melody line, lyrics, chord names and guitar chord boxes. Our guitar tab books cover a range of artists and also compilations. There are literally 1000’s of titles available, a lot that we stock but others we can order in fairly quickly… often it’s takes a little over a week from when you place your order to when the book arrives in stock.
BASS TABLATURE Bass tab is similar to the guitar tablature version. The books contain standard notation, vocal melody line, lyrics and chord names. Not as many titles as guitar tab but, still lots of artists and compilations available.
DRUMS books contain drum notation, vocal melody line, lyrics and chord names.
TRANSCRIBED SCORES – these are vocal and instrumental arrangements of music for various bands. Books have transcribed parts for lead vocals, backup vocals, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass, drums, and all of the various instruments used in each specific recording session - all songs are arranged exactly the way the artists recorded them.
PVG (piano, vocal guitar also referred to as piano vocal chords) these books have piano part and vocal line as well as the guitar chords (and normally chord boxes as well). There are lots of titles available for both artists and compilation books.
EASY PIANO Books are arranged for piano (there isn’t a separate vocal line) but lyrics are included as well as chord names (not chord boxes). Music is simplified but normally arrangements still sound really good. These are great for someone who just wants to sit down and play straight away without too much effort – two or three years of lessons would probably be enough to start playing this or if you are getting back playing after a few years break.
BIG NOTE PIANO. These books are arranged for piano with lyrics and chord names. Great for someone who has had a year or two of lessons – using limited hand movements and simple chords.
EZ PLAY TODAY Ez Play books use the treble/melody line of music with very simple notation, they contain lyrics and also chord names above the melody line. The notes are named to make playing easy. Perfect for keyboard or organ players who like to use the auto accompaniment on their instrument.
This month I’m going to focus on one of our most popular guitar series: the Hal Leonard Guitar Play Along series.
There are literally 100’s of titles to choose from.
The Guitar Play-Along Series helps you play your favourite songs quickly and easily! Just follow the tab, listen to the CD to hear how the song should sound, and then play along to the separate backing tracks on the CD. (Lyrics and melody lines are also included in the book).
The backing tracks are awesome too… none of that MIDI backing track sound, these ones sound great!
One of the best things about this series is something Hal Leonard have coined the AMAZING SLOWDOWNER… - yes seriously I’m pretty sure this phrase has been trademarked… basically it is what it says; stick the CD into your PC and you can adjust the tempo to any speed without adjusting the pitch …
And because there are so many titles (both artist related and styles) there is something for everyone.
Here's a few selections that have been really popular ...