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These books make great gifts for those hard-to-buy-for musicians and music lovers on your list! Most of these books are so specialized, you will not find them in bookstores. If you know someone that is interested in a subject area presented in the books listed below. . .that special someone will surely wonder how and where you found such a perfect gift!!
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Breakin' In To The Music Business
Get It In Writing: A Musician's Guide to Music Law

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Craft of Lyric Writing
Getting Started With Finale
Modern Rhyming Dictionary
Music Notation
Rock-N-Roll Singer's Survival Manual

Breakin' In To The Music Business
Alan H. Siegel / Cherry Lane Music
276 Pages 6"x 9"$14.95

A Concise, complete and well-documented guide to the music business. Written by one of the industry's top entertainment lawyers, this text explains the intricacies of the music industry. Includes separate section on terminology, "buzz words" and acronyms, plus interviews with top performers, executives, managers and artists.

Get It In Writing: A Musician's Guide to Music Law
Brian McPherson / Rockpress Publishing
250 Pages 8-1/2" x 11" $29.95

Los Angeles attorney Brian McPherson represents more than 60 artists, including Beck, Cracker, Superchunk, Brian Wilson and others. His guide to music law is a new primer on all aspects of the contracts and deals that artists will encounter in today's music business. From small, independent record deals and inter-band agreements to major label contracts, Get It In Writing will teach musicians what they need to know to protect themselves. Includes sample contracts with commentary, interviews with major industry movers, and information on how to make deals with managers, agents, merchandisers, producers and publishers, all spelled out in comprehensive, yet easy-to-understand terms. This is an essential book for every independent musician!

The Craft Of Lyric Writing
Sheila Davis / Writer's Digest Books
350 Pages 6" x 9" $24.95

With over 100,000 books in print, this successful author and songwriter provides a complete guide to writing words for and to music, showing how to create lyrics with universal appeal, choose a song form, and more.

The Finale Primer (second edition)
Bill Purse
160 Pages 9" x 12" $24.95

Bill Purse is the chair of the music technology and guitar departments at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. His new book, fully updated for the latest version of Finale, remains the authoritative guide for understanding and using the most powerful, state-of-the-art software that generates publisher-quality notation.
Finale's wide range of capabilities yields a steep learning curve, but this book guides users through the program's powerful intricacies one step at a time. It assists with all facets of music preparation - from transcribing an existing piece of music to creating an original work - and helps maximize the benefits of Finale's invaluable capabilities in editing, reformatting, and reorganizing musical material.
Note: all notation at Sheet Music Online is done using Finale.

Modern Rhyming Dictionary
Gene Lees / Cherry Lane Music
384 Pages 6" x 9" $14.95

Written by one of today's most respected lyricists, this book contains fascinating, creative and clear techniques for writing lyrics. Invaluable to the beginner, it will prove beneficial to professionals, poets, and teachers.

Music Notation
Mark McGrain / Berklee Press
207 Pages 8-1/2" x 11" $24.95

A practical and straight-forward text for anyone who needs to notate music properly. It's as useful to the first year theory student as it is to professional arrangers and composers. Helpful exercises, common practice rules and simple language make this a valuable reference guide for all musicians.

Rock-N-Roll Singer's Survival Manual
Mark Baxter / Hal Leonard
248 Pages 8-1/2" x 11" $17.95

This book is perfect for the aspiring rock singer that needs improvement, but cannot or will not take lessons. It is a thorough, yet easy-to-understand presentation of the basic elements of singing, including vocal production, training, breathing, posture and diet. Written in a down-to-earth style, the author addresses such relevant topics as overcoming nervousness, dealing with emotions, and the true consequences of coffee, alcohol and smoking. Includes useful illustrations and diagrams.

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