A Song Catcher in Southern Mountains: American Folk Songs of British Ancestry, by Dorothy Scarborough, Columbia University Press, 1937. Playing dulcimer has led me to deeper interest in the older songs. This book is a collection by one of the Continue reading Review: A Song Catcher in Southern Mountains
Voice Lessons to Go: Volume 1 – Vocalize and Breathe Voice Lessons to Go: Volume 2 – Do Re Mi Ear and Pitch TrainingBy Ariella Vaccarino. These CDs are designed to help improve your singing voice. For me, an untrained Continue reading Review – Voice Lessons to Go
Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art, Stephen Nachmanovich. Tarcher/Putnam, 1990.When everything happens in “real time”, we have improvisation, whether it’s music or drama (or software!). Nachmanovitch explores the interplay of freedom and rules, of work and play, of practice Continue reading Review – Free Play
Musical Improv Comedy, Michael Pollock. Masteryear Publishing, 2003.This is a slim volume, about 100 pages, plus a CD. Being able to improvise songs on demand is a skill that appeals to me. This book certainly didn’t make me an instant Continue reading Review – Musical Improv Comedy
Funny Noises for the Connoisseur, by Bart Hopkin with Ray Brunelle and Vincent Nicastro. Experimental Music Inc., 2003. ISBN 0-9727313-1-8. Book and CD.In 60 pages, the authors explore a bunch of ways to make some very odd sounds. There are Continue reading Review – Funny Noises for the Connoisseur
Where Have All the Flowers Gone?, Pete Seeger. Lancaster Press. 1997. ISBN 1-881322-10-6 The subtitle is “A Musical Autobiography,” and that’s what it is. It’s chock-full of songs (both words and music) and reminiscences of a long life. It gave Continue reading Review – Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
MouthSounds: How to whistle, pop, boing, and honk, Fred Newman. Workman Publishing, 2004. ISBN 0761134220.I love books that are a smorgasbord, and this one certainly qualifies. Flip to any page, and you’ll find an interesting sound to make. Great fun. Continue reading Review – MouthSounds