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"The Essential Guide to Bows of the Violin Family"
by Gabriel Schaff
and
"Misha's Nutcracker"
by Roman Yakub
are among our favorite books about music.

 
The Philharmonic Gets Dressed; Kuskin/Simont (Harper Collins)
"It is almost Friday night. Outside, the dark is getting darker, and here and there around the city ninety-two men and thirteen women are getting dressed to go to work. First they bathe and put on their underwear. Then they don special black-and-white apparel. Then when the one hundred and five people are completely ready, each takes a musical instrument and travels to midtown. There, at 8:30 tonight, they will work together: playing." In these 48 pages Karla Kuskin and Marc Simont combine their talents to give us a delightful and unusual inside view of one way an orchestra prepares. This completely charming book has become a classic and is a store favorite!
Nominee, 1983 American Book Award
Notable Children's Books of 1983 (ALA)
1983 Fanfare Honor List (The Horn Book)
Outstanding Children's Books of 1982 (NYT)
A Reading Rainbow Selection
1983 Teachers' Choices (NCTE)
Children's Books of 1982 (Library of Congress)


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$6.99
FAQ: Fiddle Care and Setup; Michael Hoffheimer (Mel Bay)
FAQ: Fiddle Care and Setup by Michael Hoffheimer is an owner's manual for fiddlers covering basic instrument maintenance, upkeep and adjustment. It offers rules for preserving instruments and preventing costly damage. It discusses fiddle history and construction, explaining the differences between fiddles and violins. Step-by-step illustrations demonstrate how to change strings and replace fine tuners. It covers cleaning and minor home repairs, including adjusting and replacing bridges. It discusses when to change strings and rehair the bow, explaining what matters require the care of an expert repair person. It explains ways to customize tone and playability. Additional sections treat valuation and appraisals, tips for buying fiddles, and ways to find good dealers and repair people. A glossary defines technical terms.
Learn About:
Basic Rules For Avoiding Costly Damage
How Fiddles Are Built
Essential Accessories
Recommended Accessories
Cleaning, Changing Strings, Adjusting The Bridge
Replacing Fine Tuners
Fixing Sticking And Slipping Pegs
When To Rehair The Bow
Customizing Tone And Volume
Buzzes And Rattles
Finding Good Dealers And Repair People
Tips On Buying
Explanation Of Valuation


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$7.95
Musician's Joke Book, The; Green (ObP)
The Musicians' Joke Book is a side-splitting selection of one-liners, yarns and witty quotes from the world of music. Most professions have their own jokes, but musicians seem to have more than their fair share. Perhaps it's the insane travel schedule, the bad lodgings or just lack of sleep. But as Jim Green says in his introduction, "...it's not surprising we’re a band apart (so to speak), outcasts who seek only our own company, rubbing two jokes together for warmth and trying to feel superior by sneering at one another's abilities and personalities." So maybe the reason musicians love poking fun at one another is nothing more than getting in first before everyone else does. Or perhaps choosing laughter is the only alternative to despair... Anyway, here is a truly great selection of jokes, quotes and stories from the world's second oldest profession. Enjoy!


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$7.95
Viola Wall Chart; Norgaard (MB)
The Viola Wall Chart by Martin Norgaard presents innovative finger-pattern drawings for all twelve major scales in first position and movable patterns for higher positions. It also includes note names superimposed on an actual viola picture and a list of bowing terms. Printed on durable coated paper and measures 24" X 35".
List Price: $9.99

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$8.99
Violin Wall Chart; Norgaard (MB)
This popular Violin Wall Chart by Martin Norgaard presents innovative finger-pattern drawings for all twelve major scales in first position and movable patterns for higher positions. It also includes a note finder chart and list of bowing terms. Printed on durable coated paper and measures 24" X 35".
List Price: $9.99

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$8.99
Cello Wall Chart; Norgaard (MB)
The Cello Wall Chart by Martin Norgaard presents note names superimposed on an actual cello picture allowing beginning cellists to develop a unique visual understanding of the geography of the fingerboard. The chart also includes innovative finger pattern drawings for all twelve major scales in first position and a list of bowing terms. Printed on durable coated paper and measures 24" X 35".
List Price: $9.99

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$8.99
Warm-Ups for the Violinist, book/CD; Carol Ann Wheeler (Mel Bay)
As both a championship fiddler and superb teacher, Carol Ann Wheeler shares her remarkably successful warm-up routine in this handy 5 1/2"x 8" QWIKGUIDE lesson book. Created especially for the casual violinist whose lifestyle requires maximum benefit from a minimum of effort, the book contains well thought-out exercises dealing with dexterity, vibrato, loosening and strengthening the wrist, plus techniques such as double-stops, turnarounds, chromatics, and more. The companion CD further enhances this lesson making this package a great deal!


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$9.99
Theory and Harmony Wall Chart (MB)
Theory and Harmony Wall Chart presents a graphical overview of the most important elements of musical harmony: the circle of fifths, the essential scales and modes, chords and their inversions, key signatures, and the diatonic chords in C Major, as well as an easy to understand diagram of chord symbols. Whether at home or in the studio, this wall chart is an indispensable tool for all musicians. 24" x 35". Published by Mel Bay.


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$9.99
Famous Fiddlin' Tunes, book/CD; Craig Duncan (Mel Bay)
A terrific little book with a CD!


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$9.99
The A to Z of Foreign Musical Terms; Christine Ammer (E. C. Schirmer)



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$10.75
Color Me 100, Violin Book 1, Part 2
This is Color Me 100, Book 1, Part 2: Repertoire Review for Suzuki Violin, Book 1, Part 2. This coloring book helps young ones review repertoire from Violin Book 1 from Perpetual Motion to the end. It is filled with adorable animals and each illustration is drawn with inspiration from each piece. Beautifully produced by artist Yumi Yoshida.


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$10.95
Color Me 100, Violin Book 1, Part 1
This is Color Me 100, Book 1, Part 1: Repertoire Review for Suzuki Violin, Book 1, Part 1. This coloring book helps young ones review repertoire from Violin Book 1 from the beginning up to Allegro. It is filled with adorable animals and each illustration is drawn with inspiration from each piece. Beautifully produced by artist Yumi Yoshida.


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$10.95
Violin and Viola: History, Structure, Technique; Nelson



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$14.95
Preparing the Performer; Hollander (Alf)
"PREPARING THE PERFORMER: SECRETS FOR STRING PLAYERS FROM PRIMARY TO PROFESSIONAL" teaches all the tricks with a wealth of creative practice techniques. This very readable new book by Jane Firmunn Hollander is an invaluable resource for all string players and teachers.


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$14.95
Real Men Don't Rehearse; Justin Locke (JLP)
Real Men Don't Rehearse is an amusing inside look at the zany secret world of professional orchestras. It is illustrated with dozens of humorous tales of musician antics and concert meltdowns.
The author, Justin Locke, is a unique and entertaining speaker. He spent 18 seasons playing the bass with the Boston Pops. He tells inspiring stories of great musical moments, along with hilarious tales of concert disasters, and shares management and leadership lessons learned from great conductors.


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$14.95
The Wizard of Oz, Viola & Piano, book &CD: Harold Arlen (Alf)



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$14.95
The Wizard of Oz, Cello & Piano, book &CD: Harold Arlen (Alf)



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$14.95
The Wizard of Oz, Violin & Piano, book/CD: Harold Arlen (Alf)



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$14.95
Violin Owner's Manual; Various (HL)
This comprehensive book answers all the questions you might have about your violin, guiding you through purchase, maintenance, repair, string choice, amplification and many other important topics.


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$14.99
Molly and the Sword; Shlasko (JSP)
A brave young girl overcomes war, stage fright and prejudice against women with the help of her parents, a music teacher, her piano-playing sister and a mysterious horseman. In this beautifully illustrated book, Molly, after much practice on her violin, conquers nervousness and earns respect and a standing ovation from an audience at a concert hall. Young readers learn that courage is not the same as fighting and that enemies can become friends. For ages 7-12.


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$15.95
Misha's Nutcracker; Roman Yakub (Art & Music)
Homeless on the streets of St. Petersburg, Misha sneaks into the back door of a large theatre building that reminds him of a birthday cake. Looking for warmth and food, he finds a fantastic world where things are never what they seem, and fairy tales become real.
This moving classic tale transports the reader to Russia where love, loyalty and the magic of theater battle with a corrupt and calculating world.
Misha's Nutcracker is by Roman Yakub in collaboration with Elaine Ulman, illustrations by Alexander Sasha Spivak, and is 184 pages long. An absolutely wonderful book!


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$15.95
Symphony of Whales, A; Schuch (HBC)
Ever since Glashka could remember, she had heard music inside her head. The old ones in her village said it was the singing of Narna, the whale....One day Glashka discovers thousands of whales trapped in an inlet. The narrow route to the sea is rapidly icing over. Every day ice covers more of the open water the whales need to breathe. This story tells of a dramatic rescue. It's a tale of bravery, and faith and music based on an actual event. Written by Steve Schuch with illustrations by Peter Sylvada. Hardcover with 32 pages measuring 8.2 x 11.2 x 0.3 inches.


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$16.00
Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery, CD
This CD is part of The Classical Kids Collection of wonderful stories that teach and entertain children of all ages!
Also available in The Classical Kids Collection: Vol. 1 listed below.
List Price: $20.98

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$16.98
Beethoven Lives Upstairs, CD
This CD is part of The Classical Kids Collection of wonderful stories that teach and entertain children of all ages!
Also available in The Classical Kids Collection: Vol. 1 listed below.
List Price: $20.98

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$16.98
Mozart's Magic Fantasy, CD
This CD is part of The Classical Kids Collection of wonderful stories that teach and entertain children of all ages!
Also available in The Classical Kids Collection: Vol. 1 listed below.
List Price: $20.98

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$16.98
Tchaikovsky Discovers America, CD
This CD is part of The Classical Kids Collection of wonderful stories that teach and entertain children of all ages!
Also available in The Classical Kids Collection: Vol. 2 listed below.
List Price: $20.98

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$16.98
Mr. Bach Comes to Call, CD
This CD is part of The Classical Kids Collection of wonderful stories that teach and entertain children of all ages!
Also available in The Classical Kids Collection: Vol. 1 listed below.
List Price: $20.98

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$16.98
Freddy Fiddle & Betty Bow, book 2; Violin Activity Book
A playful introduction to music with stickers, puzzles, and games; ages 3-10.


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$19.95
Freddy Fiddle & Betty Bow, book 1; Violin Activity Book
A playful introduction to music with stickers, puzzles, and games; ages 3-10.


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$19.95
Chelsea Cello & Buddy Bow, book 2; Cello Activity Book
A playful introduction to music with stickers, puzzles, and games; ages 3-10.


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$19.95
Vinnie Viola & Bella Bow, book 1; Viola Activity Book
A playful introduction to music with stickers, puzzles, and games; ages 3-10.


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$19.95
Chelsea Cello & Buddy Bow, book 1; Cello Activity Book
A playful introduction to music with stickers, puzzles, and games; ages 3-10.


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$19.95
Vinnie Viola & Bella Bow, book 2; Viola Activity Book
A playful introduction to music with stickers, puzzles, and games; ages 3-10.


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$19.95
The Vintage Guide to Classical Music; Jan Swafford (VB)
The most readable and comprehensive guide to enjoying over five hundred years of classical music from Gregorian chants, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to Johannes Brahms, Igor Stravinsky, John Cage, and beyond.
The Vintage Guide to Classical Music is a lively, and opinionated, musical history and an insider's key to the personalities, epochs, and genres of the Western classical tradition.
Among its features:
Chronologically arranged essays on nearly 100 composers, from Guillaume de Machaut (ca. 1300-1377) to Aaron Copland (1900-1990), that combine biography with detailed analyses of the major works while assessing their role in the social, cultural, and political climate of their times.
Informative sidebars that clarify broader topics such as melody, polyphony, atonality, and the impact of the early-music movement.
A glossary of musical terms, from a cappella to woodwinds.
A step-by-step guide to building a great classical music library.
By Jan Swafford. Paperback with 624 pages measuring 8.1 x 5.2 x 1.3 inches.


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$20.95
Helping Parents Practice; Edmund Sprunger (Yes Publishing)



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$23.95
I Used To Play Piano; Lancaster/MCArthur (Alf)
Start playing today - you'll be surprised at what you remember! If you have ever said "I used to play piano but I don't remember anything." or "I never really learned to read music." or "My parents made me quit." then this book is for you!


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$24.95
The Fiddler's Fakebook, violin; David Brody (Oak)
The Fiddler's Fakebook by David Brody is the ultimate source for the traditional fiddler. It contains nearly 500 jigs, reels, rags, and hornpipes from all the major fiddling traditions. It includes special introductory materials on regional styles, bowing, and ornamentation along with an extensive discography. This wonderful book has 304 pages and is published by Oak Publications.


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$24.99
Edly's Music Theory for Practical People; Roseman
"Music theory ought not be dreary!" Edly's Music Theory for Practical People by Ed Roseman is by far one of the most entertaining book on music theory. It is understandable and easy to read, covering all of the fundamental areas of theory from diatonic intervals to chord construction to tritone substitutions. Ear training is also covered as is the philosophy of improvisation (including tips for better improv.) Recommended for anyone new to music theory! This popular book has 145 pages and is published by Musical Ed Ventures.


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$25.00
Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music & Musicians (Alfred)
What's a motet? Who was Hector Berlioz? What does a viola da gamba look like? Answer these questions and many, many more with this informative book. Lots of great illustrations!


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$28.50
Playing (less) Hurt, revised edition; Janet Horvath (JH)
The 2009 edition of Playing (less) Hurt is a readable and comprehensive guide and reference for all concerned with pain in musical work. Professional and amateur musicians, teachers and students, doctors and therapists will all find this popular book helpful. This book is essential for all musicians. String, keyboard, percussion, harp, brass, wind, jazz, and rock players will play better and feel better.
As a professional symphony orchestra musician, a soloist and chamber musician, the author, Janet Horvath, became a trail-blazer in the music world by openly speaking and writing about the physical stresses she and many other musicians have experienced. She has contributed importantly to improvements in working conditions and in awareness for musicians’ work-related ailments and their prevention. She has written numerous articles which have appeared in National and International publications including the Strad Magazine, Strings, and The Suzuki Association of Americas Journal and she has been the subject of numerous interviews.


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$29.99
The Classical Fake Book, VIOLIN (all C instruments) (Hal Leonard)
The Classical Fake Book is a comprehensive reference for all classical music lovers, the second edition of this fake book features 250 pieces added since the last edition. Imagine having one handy volume that includes everything from Renaissance music to Vivaldi to Mozart to Mendelssohn to Debussy to Stravinsky, and you have it here! We have included as much of the world's most familiar classical music as possible, assembling more than 850 beloved compositions from ballets, chamber music, choral music, concertos, operas, piano music, waltzes and more. Featuring indexes by composer, title and genre, as well as a timeline of major classical composers, this encyclopedic fake book is great to use for playing and performing, but it's also a terrific resource for concert-goers, music students and music lovers. The chords of the harmony are indicated, and lyrics, in the original language, are included where appropriate. Over 850 Classical Themes and Melodies in their Original Keys. 646 pages and is published by Hal Leonard


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$37.50
Gregor Piatigorsky; Terry King (TK)
Forced to provide for his family from the age of 8 and thrown out of his home in the midst of a bitter Moscow winter at age 12, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky's humble beginning in turn-of-the-century Russia establishes him as the archetype of the struggling artist. Using an ever-changing collection of second-hand and borrowed instruments, Piatigorsky was just beginning to reach the notice of Moscow's elite when the October Revolution force his escape to Warsaw, where he enjoyed moderate success with the Warsaw Philharmonic. He relocated to Berlin a few months later and again struggled in poverty before eventually emerging as solo cellist with the Berlin Philharmonic. Whereas Piatigorsky's whimsical autobiography Cellist left off in mid-career, this book provides an all-embracing chronicle of Piatigorsky's tempestuous life and career, finally revealing the full life story of one of the twentieth century's greatest musicians.
Written by Terry King and published by McFarland & Co Inc. 368 page paperback measuring 255 x 178 x 23mm with photography, appendix, notes, discography, bibliography, and index.


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$40.00
Basics, violin; Simon Fischer (Pet)
Basics by Simon Fischer includes 300 exercises and practice routines for the violin grouped into 7 highly detailed sections: right arm and hand, tone production, key strokes, left hand, shifting, intonation and vibrato. This 231 page paperback is a classic, sought after exercise and practice reference book. Over 140 photographs.


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$55.50
Practice, 250 Practice Methods, violin; Simon Fischer (Pet)
With introductory text, instructional text, instructional photos, musical examples, standard notation, bowings, fingerings and thematic index, this essential follow-up guide extends the principles presented in Basics by Simon Fischer and applies them more fully to the violin repertoire. First time violinists are offered an integrated resource which provides problem solving guidance for the most awkward passages the player is likely to encounter. Gain insight into how to achieve: double stopping in Wieniawski; chromatic glissandi in Saint-Saens; left hand pizzicato in Sarasate; harmonics in Bartok; technical control in Mozart; chords in Bach sonatas; improved intonation in Bruch's Violin Concerto; string crossing in Ysaye; ricochet bowing in Paganini. 336 pages!


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$66.00
The Essential Guide to Bows of the Violin Family by Gabriel Schaff
Bows are as vibrant and varied as the stringed instruments they are drawn upon and the artists who command them. An extraordinary, beautifully illustrated book of practical and important information about the history, use, and acqusition of violin, viola, and cello bows.


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$80.00