Music The Craft of Piano Playing: A New Approach to Piano Technique (Repost)
Don Campbell, “The Mozart Effect: Tapping the Power of Music to Heal the Body, Strengthen the Mind, and Unlock the Creative Spirit”
Rock ‘n’ Roll Myths: The True Stories Behind the Most Infamous Legends by Gary Graff
The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 9th Edition: Complete Chart Information about America’s Most Popular Songs and Artists, 1955-2009 by Joel Whitburn
Music (Experimenting with Everyday Science) by Stephen M. Tomecek

The Craft of Piano Playing: A New Approach to Piano Technique (Repost)

The Craft of Piano Playing presents a new, comprehensive and highly original approach to piano technique with a fascinating series of exercises designed to help the reader put this approach into practice. Alan Fraser has combined his extensive concert and pedagogical experience, his long-standing collaboration with the virtuoso Kemal Gekich, and his professional training in Feldenkrais Method to create this innovative technique. Using numerous musical examples and sketches he shows how many common movement habits at the keyboard can be counterproductive, and provides a new way of manipulating the skeletal frame of the hand to produce astonishing sonic results from the instrument.
This book suggests that in the light of new insights into the physics of human movement, a further development of piano technique is now possible, and that improved physical ability can free musical individuality to express itself more fully. The series of movement exercises presented activates the physical functions necessary to the pianist, helping both students who need remedial work in basic strength at the keyboard, and those who seek a new dimension of musical understanding and a new path for the development of pianist skills – thus synthesizing musical and physical issues. This approach can also serve as an effective antidote to debilitating performance anxiety, increasing one’s emotional security by improving the physical and musical basis for it. By filling in a missing link between intention and physical execution, this book truly aims to advance the “craft of piano playing.”

Don Campbell, “The Mozart Effect: Tapping the Power of Music to Heal the Body, Strengthen the Mind, and Unlock the Creative Spirit”

Anyone who has ever seen a two-year-old start bouncing to a beat knows that music speaks to us on a very deep level. But it took celebrated teacher and music visionary Don Campbell to show us just how deep, with his landmark book The Mozart Effect.
Stimulating, authoritative, and often lyrical, The Mozart Effect has a simple but life-changing message: music is medicine for the body, the mind, and the soul. Campbell shows how modern science has begun to confirm this ancient wisdom, finding evidence that listening to certain types of music can improve the quality of life in almost every respect. Here are dramatic accounts of how music is used to deal with everything from anxiety to cancer, high blood pressure, chronic pain, dyslexia, and even mental illness.
Always clear and compelling, Campbell recommends more than two dozen specific, easy-to-follow exercises to raise your spatial IQ, “sound away” pain, boost creativity, and make the spirit sing!

Rock ‘n’ Roll Myths: The True Stories Behind the Most Infamous Legends by Gary Graff

It’s perhaps the relative modernity of rock ‘n’ roll that makes the genre a minefield of myths and legends accepted as truth. History hasn’t had time to dissect the bunk. Until now.
Discover the real stories behind rock’s biggest crocks, how they came to be but why they have persisted. Did Cass Elliott really asphyxiate herself with a ham sandwich? Did the Beatles spark a spliff in Buckingham? Did Willie Nelson do the same in the White House? Did Keith Richards get a complete “oil change” at a Swiss clinic in 1973 to pass a drug test necessary to embark on an American tour with the Stones?
Then there’s the freaky (did Michael Jackson own the remains of the Elephant Man?), the quasi-medical (Rod Stewart and that stomach pump?), the culinary (did Alice Cooper and Ozzy Osbourne really do all those things to bats, chickens, etc. onstage?), and the apocryphal (did Robert Johnson sell his soul to the Prince of Darkness in exchange for mastery of the blues?).
In all, more than 50 enduring lies are examined, explained, and debunked.

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 9th Edition: Complete Chart Information about America’s Most Popular Songs and Artists, 1955-2009 by Joel Whitburn

The Essential Reference Guide to Americas Most Popular Songs and Artists Spanning More than Fifty Years of Music
Beginning with Bill Haley & His Comets seminal Rock Around the Clock all the way up to Lady Gaga and her glammed-out Poker face, this updated and unparalleled resource contains the most complete chart information on every artist and song to hit Billboards Top 40 pop singles chart all the way back to 1955. Inside, youll find all of the biggest-selling, most-played hits for the past six decades. Each alphabetized artist entry includes biographical info, the date their single reached the Top 40, the songs highest position, and the number of weeks on the charts, as well as the original record label and catalog number. Other sectionssuch as Record Holders, Top Artists by Decade, and Singles 1955-2009make The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits the handiest and most indispensable music reference for record collectors, trivia enthusiasts, industry professionals and pop music fans alike.
Did you know?
– Beyoncés 2003 hit Crazy in Love spent 24 weeks in the Top 40 and eight of them in the spot.
– Billy Idol has had a total of nine Top 40 hits over his career, the last being Cradle of Love in 1990.
– Of Madonnas twelve hits, her 1994 single Take a Bow held the spot the longest, for seven weeksone week longer than her 1984 smash Like a Virgin.
– Marvin Gayes song Sexual Healing spent 15 weeks at in 1982, while the same song was on the R&B chart for 10 weeks.
– Male vocal group Boyz II Men had three of the biggest chart hits of all time during the 1990s.
– The Grateful Dead finally enjoyed a Top 10 single in 1987 after 20 years of touring.
– Janet Jackson has scored an impressive 39 Top 40 hitsone more than her megastar brother Michael!

Music (Experimenting with Everyday Science) by Stephen M. Tomecek

From the music that thumps through a listener’s headphones to the strains of an orchestra tuning up for a performance, science plays a vital role in how we hear and create music. Music examines what music is and how scientific principles help control how it is made, and also delves into the histories and workings of different types of musical instruments.
Explore the roots of modern techno music, find out who invented the first synthesizer, and discover how modern electronics have changed the way music is made. Hands-on activities allow a closer look into such topics as how the tension in a drumhead helps control the pitch and how opera singers can break glass with only their voices.
Safety Precautions: Review Before Starting Any Experiment
1 The Science of Sound
Experiment 1: Selected Sound Makers
Experiment 2: How Vibration Speed and Size Affect Waves
Experiment 3: Making Longitudinal Waves
Experiment 4: Refl ecting Sound Waves
Experiment 5: controlling instrument Volume
Experiment 6: How Speed of Vibrations Affects Pitch of Sound
2 Early Music Makers
Experiment 7: controlling the Pitch of Sound with Your Mouth
Experiment 8: controlling Vocal cords
Experiment 9: Musical Wood Blocks
Experiment 10: Effect of Tube Length on Sound Pitch
Experiment 11: Song Rhythm vs. Note Timing
3 Instruments with Strings
Experiment 12: creating Tension on a Vibrating String
Experiment 13: Octaves and intervals
Experiment 14: Sounds from Vibrating Rubber Bands
Experiment 15: Resonance and Musical instruments
Experiment 16: Amplifying Sound with Resonators
4 The Wind Instruments
Experiment 17: controlling the Pitch of Recorders and Song Flutes
Experiment 18: creating Sounds with a Trombone
Experiment 19: Making a Didgeridoo to Test Resonance
Experiment 20: How a Wind instruments Shape Affects its Sound
Experiment 21: Vibrations Through Various Materials
5 Percussion Instruments
Experiment 22: Creating an Idiophone
Experiment 23: Playing Resonant Water Glasses
Experiment 24: Testing Sounds of Metal Bracket Chimes
Experiment 25: Controlling Drum Head Sound
6 Modern Modes of Music
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