Mel Bay

    101 Three Chord Songs
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    You need only minimal playing skills and three chords--G, C, and D7--to accompany all the great songs in this innovative book. If you are just getting started, or if you are a "casual" player on a chording instrument, this is the perfect book for you. The book is absolutely bursting with a great variety of music: Old-time, bluegrass, gospel, Christmas, children's tunes, Stephen Foster, British and Celtic, cowboy, blues, and more. Because melody and lyrics are provided with every song, singers will also enjoy this wonderful collection of the world's favorite songs. Truly a book of outstanding arrangements, made playable for folks who play for their own enjoyment. (Some of these songs, like "Dark Hollow" and "Way Downtown," are hard to find in print.) Guitar, uke, and five-string banjo diagrams are included for the three chords, along with tips on strumming and transposing tips for singers. An invaluable reference book for teachers and pros, too!
    Catalog: MB99476
    Publisher: Mel Bay
    Composer: Larry Mccabe
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    20 Easy Classical Uke Pieces for Kids (Book/CD Set)
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    The ukulele is a wonderful instrument for kids - cheap and cheerful, and ready-made for kids' small hands. Most ukulele books introduce chords from the first page, but chords can be difficult and frustrating for child beginners.This book and accompanying audio gets kids playing recognizable tunes right from the get go. The material includes both standard notation and tablature clefs.This book is written in ukulele tablature to make learning fun and easy. The arranger (with 25 years of teaching experience) has laid the foundations for good fingerstyle technique. This book is therefore both fun and educational.
    Catalog: MB30429BCD
    Publisher: Mel Bay
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    20 Popular Uke Tunes for Kids (Book/CD Set)
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    This book and accompanying audio include twenty of the most popular kids' tunes of all time, arranged for small hands to play on the ukulele. Chords are supplied for other instruments to join in the fun, as well as lyrics for singing. The ukulele tablature makes learning fun and easy, while the arranger (with 25 years of teaching experience) has laid the foundations for good fingerstyle technique. This book is therefore both fun and educational.The ukulele is a wonderful instrument for kids - cheap and cheerful, and ready-made for kids' small hands. Most ukulele books introduce chords from the first page, yet chords can be difficult and frustrating for child beginners. This book gets kids playing recognizable tunes right from the get go.Each song includes:- A standard notation clef with the words underneath- Chord symbols for guitar, keyboard or another ukulele to provide accompaniment- A tablature clef, which is what the kids should play
    Catalog: MB30431BCD
    Publisher: Mel Bay
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    Bluegrass Banjo
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    This is a landmark instructional text on bluegrass banjo. Written by the legendary Sonny Osborne, it presents the basics needed to successfully play bluegrass banjo (G tuning). A special bonus is the inclusion of seven favorite songs for banjo solo. In notes and tab.


    Catalog: MB93243
    Publisher: Mel Bay
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    Chet Atkins - In Three Dimensions, Volume 1
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    This tribute contains twenty-two of Chet's greatest solos and duets along with interviews with his daughter, Merle Atkins Russell and close friends such as Jerry Reed, Vince Gill, Eddy Arnold, Don Mclean and many others. This book offers touching insight into the character of an American original, who did much to shape the course of music history and the guitar. Most importantly, Chet Atkins helped thousands of people over the course of his life through kindness and generosity. To quote Jerry Reed, "There is only one." This book is a tribute to a special man, a special artist... a hero to the millions of lives he touched. The Atkins Family has shared many rare photographs which are presented in a special eight-page color insert. Selections include, Heartaches, Caravan, When You Wish Upon a Star (live version), Music to Watch Girls by, Stars and Stripes Forever, Jerry's Breakdown, Nashtown Ville and many others. All music is in standard notation and in tablature.

    Artist: Chet Atkins
    Catalog #: MB20385
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    Children's Guitar Method 1
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    A popular and creative method for teaching guitar to young children. This approach to learning integrates, from the very beginning, chord playing with note reading. The students start with easy one finger chord forms and strum accompaniments to numerous songs. Note reading is then methodically and carefully introduced. Two subsequent volumes complete this course. Written in standard notation.
    Catalog: MB93833M
    Publisher: Mel Bay
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    Classic Guitar Method - Volume 1 (Book + Online Audio)
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    Complete in three volumes, this widely used text presents classical guitar instruction in a logical and clear manner. The student is thoroughly grounded in left and right hand technical studies and is acquainted with the works of the masters. In notation only. Includes access to online audio.


    Catalog: MB93207M
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    Complete Piano Photo Chords
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    Included are hundreds of photos depicting all the chords today's pianist/ keyboardist will ever need to know; each shown in the left hand, except where two hands are necessary. Also supplied are a useful graphic which illustrates the location of the notes, a list of note names and the most commonly used chord symbol. Chords are listed by the circle of fifths. A listing of alternate chord names/symbols is also provided. Perfect for any level and a must-have for any keyboardists' library!


    Catalog: MB21008
    Publisher: Mel Bay
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    Complete Tenor Banjo Method
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    The finest tenor banjo method available, this text represents Mel Bay's own approach to fundamental musicianship for those desiring to play tenor banjo. This book is the standard by which others are judged. Easy-to-understand and thorough in its approach, this method addresses both melody playing and chord strumming. Through numerous studies, folk songs and several duets, students are systematically introduced to the various notes and positions on the tenor banjo fretboard. Photos of the fretboard fingertips aid in learning the proper hand positions. Once in two volumes, this method is now presented it its entirety in this single comprehensive edition. In notation only. Tuned for Mandola.
    Catalog: MB93236
    Publisher: Mel Bay
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    Deluxe Guitar Chord Encyclopedia
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    If you are only going to get one guitar chord book, make it this one! Thousands of chord forms are presented. Chords are presented in each key and numerous forms are shown for each type of chord. Chords are classified into melody forms, inside forms, rhythm forms and bottom four string forms. Each type of chord is shown in notation, listing the name of each note and its function in the chord (root, third, seventh, etc.) Also, the name of each note is shown on every diagram and the bottom and top chordal tones are listed (5th, root, etc). A great value for any guitarist.
    Catalog: MB93283S
    Publisher: Mel Bay
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    Drummer's Cookbook - Book/CD
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    Take your creativity to another level with this book! Rock music is, or should be, a form of personal expression. This text was written to encourage and develop the drummer's ability to create and develop his own ideas from a solid foundation. This is one in a series of books that deals with one of the most important aspects of rock drumming that of rhythmic improvisation. Topics covered in this book are: The Rock Feeling, The Variations and Development of a Basic Figure, Rhythmic Improvisation, Solos, and Cymbal Variations with the Right Hand. Recording by Frank Briggs
    Catalog: MB93301BCD
    Publisher: Mel Bay
    Composer: Pickering
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    Drummer's Cookbook (Book + Online Audio)
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    Take your creativity to another level with this book! Rock music is, or should be, a form of personal expression. This text was written to encourage and develop the drummer's ability to create and develop his own ideas from a solid foundation. This is one in a series of books that deals with one of the most important aspects of rock drumming that of rhythmic improvisation. Topics covered in this book are: The Rock Feeling, The Variations and Development of a Basic Figure, Rhythmic Improvisation, Solos, and Cymbal Variations with the Right Hand. Recording by Frank Briggs. Audio download availabale online.
    Catalog: MB93301
    Publisher: Mel Bay
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    Electric Bass Method - Book 1 w/ Online Audio & Video
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    The most widely-used introductory bass method available! Both Volumes I and II present a standard notation approach to reading solo and arpeggio studies for four string bass. Included in Volume I are the rudiments of playing, plus handy charts of arpeggios featuring major, minor, augmented, diminished, and seventh chords, plus upper harmonic extensions. Volume II continues with studies, scales, walking bass patterns, and more. Applicable to any style of music, this method has gained acceptance as the foundational text for electric bass study world-wide. The companion audio and video downloads for both volumes 1 and 2 are available online.
    Catalog: MB93234
    Publisher: Mel Bay
    Composer: Roger Filiberto
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    First Lessons Blues Harmonica (Book/CD/DVD Set)
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    An exciting beginning blues harmonica course! The ideas presented are solidly in the blues tradition with great sounding bluesy licks to play, even at the beginning level! Topics include Phrasing Concepts (how small pieces of music, called licks, are organized to create a pleasing solo), 12 Bar Blues Theory, Vibrato, Shakes, and Tongue Blocking. The recording includes all of the harmonica parts notated in the book with accompaniment. This book and its recording use a C major diatonic harmonica.

    • Ideas presented solidly in the blues tradition.
    • Phrasing concepts, 12 Bar Blues Theory, Shakes, Tongue Blocking.
    • Uses C major diatonic harp.
    • Companion CD and DVD included.


    Catalog: MB20180SET
    Publisher: Mel Bay
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    First Lessons Ukulele (Book/CD/DVD Set)
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    Anyone can learn to play the ukulele, and play it well. No previous knowledge of music is necessary. Strum and pick both harmonies and melodies. First Lessons Ukulele provides a simple approach for learning how to play the ukulele without reading music. From the most basic necessities, such as holding the ukulele properly and forming simple chords, up to more advanced techniques, which include transposing, using second and third position chords, and picking and strumming melody solos.
    Catalog: MB20229SET
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    Fun with the Tenor Banjo (Book + Online Audio/Video)
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    A good beginner's text showing tuning, basic chords, and songs to sing and strum. Includes online audio and video. Tuned for Mandola.
    Catalog: MB93260
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    Fun With The Ukulele
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    Presents tuning, proper positioning, basic chords (C tuning) and folk songs for strumming and singing. Very easy to comprehend, even for the absolute beginner. The book teaches rhythm accompaniment in several meters. Each song includes lyrics and a suggested strumming pattern. A companion video is available and recommended to ensure accuracy and ease of learning.
    Catalog: MB93270
    Publisher: Mel Bay
    Composer: Mel Bay
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    Mel Bay's Guitar Chords
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    This book is considered to be the largest selling basic guitar chord book ever published! Twelve basic guitar chord types are shown in three ways: photograph, notation, and chord diagram. In addition, a special bonus section is contained showing in photo and diagram the essential moveable rhythm guitar chord forms. This special section contains the basics of Mel Bay's acclaimed Rhythm Chord Playing System showing the guitarist how to finger numerous advanced chord forms with a minimum of hand movement! Chords shown in photo, notation, and diagram form include Major, Minor, Dominant Seventh, Diminished, Augmented, Ninth, Major Seventh, Minor Seventh, Seventh #5, Seventh b5, Sixth and Minor Sixth. Chords are shown in the bonus Moveable Rhythm Chord section include Major, Minor, 7th, Minor 7th, 7sus4, 7b5, 7#5, Minor 7b5, Sixth, Minor 6th, Diminished 7th, Diminished add 9, 9th, Minor 9th, 9b5, 9#5, Minor 9b5, 7th b9, 7th b9#5, 11th, 9 add 6, Minor 9 add 6, 13th, 13sus11, 13 b9, 13th b9 b5.
    Catalog: MB93261
    Publisher: Mel Bay
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    Mel Bay's Modern Guitar Method Grade 1 (Online Audio & Video)
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    The world's premier method for learning modern plectrum style guitar, time-tested and proven successful in building the theoretic and technical foundation needed to play in any style. All seven grades of this method are written in standard notation only to encourage better sight reading. In Grade 1, the student guitarist will learn to play solos, duets, scales, and chords in the keys of C, A minor, G and E minor. Even in Grade 1, the student is already exposed to the chord/melody concept of guitar performance. A supplementary study book entitled Grade 1 Studies, two different play-along CD recordings (pop and traditional), and a VHS or DVD video are available. The companion recordings feature Tommy Flint and William Bay playing in split-track format, with the solo parts performed on the right channel, and the accompaniment or second duet parts played on the left. The student can play along with the full recording, or tune out either channel and play the missing part.
    Catalog: MB93200M
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    Rhythm Guitar Chord System (Book + Online Video)
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    Commonly referred to as the "rhythm guitarist's bible,"this innovative book is a system of guitar chord formation which maximizes power voicing while minimizing left-hand movement! Originally written by Mel Bay in 1947, this landmark publication was reissued in its original typesetting in 1973 to become the definitive text on jazz chords in private teaching studios and university jazz guitar departments around the globe. Mr. Bay's practical, analytical approach to the fingerboard produced this comprehensive system for learning full-sounding orchestral jazz guitar chords. Now includes access to online video.
    Catalog: MB93214
    Publisher: Mel Bay
    Composer: Mel Bay
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