The ‘JustinGuitar Easy Guitar Songbook’ and Other Releases from Hal Leonard

Mike Lawson • December 2020Instruments & Gear • December 29, 2020

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The JustinGuitar Easy Guitar Songbook features 101 popular songs that can be played with up to eight open chords. Songs are presented in sequential difficulty order in chord/lyric format with lesson tips, chord diagrams, and more.

The collection includes top hits, including “Eleanor Rigby” (The Beatles), “Free Fallin’” (Tom Petty), “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” (Green Day), “Perfect” (Ed Sheeran), “Shallow” (Lady Gaga), “Zombie” (The Cranberries), and dozens more. $24.99.

Pop, R&B and Gospel Drumming: A Guide to Developing Grooves, Improvisation, and Technical Mastery Within Modern Music Styles and Settings by Chris Johnson is a unique “video book” from Hal Leonard. The video is accessed by using the unique code within each book. In the book, Chris gives advice on playing techniques and approaches, and shares experiences of playing in both live performances and studio sessions. The accompanying videos showcase Johnson playing pop hits along with original music and arrangements played by his band as well as bonus material featuring interviews with iconic drummers and other industry professionals. Chapters touch on topics such as technical development, groove development, stylistic/genre awareness, tune memorization, improvisation and soloing, working with backing tracks, life tips for musician, and more. $29.99.

Jazz Duets: Etudes for Phrasing and Articulation by Richard Lowell provides 27 duets in jazz and jazz-influenced styles such as swing, bebop, funk, samba, and others. They are appropriate for performance by any melodic instruments. The duets feature independent contrapuntal lines, and practicing them will give players intimate insight into how these constructs sound and can be used to create a wide variety of colors. Players will improve their ear, sense of timing, phrasing, and facility in bringing theoretical principles into musical expression. Players will learn to use: jazz staccato and legato articulations; scales, modes, harmonies and other structures; various meters and ways of interpreting them; phrasing within and between measures; swing feel; and more. $14.99

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