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    Hal Leonard The Cymbal Book Hal Leonard The Cymbal Book
    Hal Leonard The Cymbal Book

    The Cymbal Book is the first book of its kind, detailing the 5000-year history and development of these...

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    Alfred Alfred's Music Playing Cards Classical Composers Alfred Alfred's Music Playing Cards Classical Composers
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  3. Hal Leonard The Beauty of the 'Burst Book Hal Leonard The Beauty of the 'Burst Book
    Hal Leonard The Beauty of the 'Burst Book

    Finally, the long-awaited English edition of the historic Japanese book. It pays tribute to Gibson's...

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  4. Hal Leonard The Fender Bass Book Hal Leonard The Fender Bass Book
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  1. Hal Leonard Metallica - The Art of Kirk Hammett Hal Leonard Metallica - The Art of Kirk Hammett
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  2. Hal Leonard Guitars from George and Leo Hal Leonard Guitars from George and Leo
    Hal Leonard Guitars from George and Leo

    How Leo Fender and I Built G&L Guitars

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  3. Backbeat Books Beatles Gear Revised Edition: All The Fab Four's Instruments From Stage to Studio Backbeat Books Beatles Gear Revised Edition: All The Fab Four's Instruments From Stage to Studio
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  4. Hal Leonard Blues Guitar Inside And Out Hal Leonard Blues Guitar Inside And Out
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  1. Hal Leonard Ampeg: The Story Behind the Sound Book Hal Leonard Ampeg: The Story Behind the Sound Book
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  2. Hal Leonard Fender Amps The First Fifty Years Book Hal Leonard Fender Amps The First Fifty Years Book
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  3. Hal Leonard 50 Years of Gretsch Electrics Book Hal Leonard 50 Years of Gretsch Electrics Book
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  4. Backbeat Books American Basses Book Backbeat Books American Basses Book
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  1. Hal Leonard Martin Guitars: A History Hal Leonard Martin Guitars: A History
    Hal Leonard Martin Guitars: A History

    Updated by well-known industry experts, Martin Guitars: A History tells the story of the people, places, and...

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  2. Music Sales Notecracker - Music Trivia (pocket-sized gift) Music Sales Notecracker - Music Trivia (pocket-sized gift)
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  3. Hal Leonard The Stratocaster Chronicles (Book/CD) Hal Leonard The Stratocaster Chronicles (Book/CD)
    Hal Leonard The Stratocaster Chronicles (Book/CD)

    Celebrating 50 years of the Fender® Strat®.<br />Authorized package offers the best photos, quotes, facts, and...

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  4. Backbeat Books Surf Beat: Rock And Roll's Forgotten Revolution Backbeat Books Surf Beat: Rock And Roll's Forgotten Revolution
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  1. Centerstream Publishing Cowboy Guitars - Softcover Book Centerstream Publishing Cowboy Guitars - Softcover Book
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  2. Hal Leonard The Guild Guitar Book Hal Leonard The Guild Guitar Book
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  3. Backbeat Books The SG Guitar Book: 50 Years of Gibson's Stylish Solid Guitar Backbeat Books The SG Guitar Book: 50 Years of Gibson's Stylish Solid Guitar
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  4. Hal Leonard Relix: The Book: The Grateful Dead Experience Hal Leonard Relix: The Book: The Grateful Dead Experience
    Hal Leonard Relix: The Book: The Grateful Dead Experience

    Required reading for all Deadheads.

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  1. Hal Leonard Bach to the Drawing Board Game Hal Leonard Bach to the Drawing Board Game
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  2. Centerstream Publishing History of the Ludwig Drum Company Book Centerstream Publishing History of the Ludwig Drum Company Book
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  3. Hal Leonard 50 Years of the Gibson Les Paul Book Hal Leonard 50 Years of the Gibson Les Paul Book
    Hal Leonard 50 Years of the Gibson Les Paul Book

    The story of one of the world's most important and influential electric guitars. Meticulous listings for the...

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  4. Alfred Alfred's Teach Yourself Music History Book & CD Alfred Alfred's Teach Yourself Music History Book & CD
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  1. Hal Leonard This Day In Music - An Everyday Record Of Musical Feats And Facts Hal Leonard This Day In Music - An Everyday Record Of Musical Feats And Facts
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  2. Hal Leonard A Friend In The Music Business: The Ascap Story Hal Leonard A Friend In The Music Business: The Ascap Story
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  3. Hal Leonard Amps! The Other Half of Rock 'n' Roll Book Hal Leonard Amps! The Other Half of Rock 'n' Roll Book
    Hal Leonard Amps! The Other Half of Rock 'n' Roll Book

    Everything you wanted to know about amps. Numerous photos and diagrams<br />120 pages

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  4. Hal Leonard Rockabilly: A Forty-Year Journey Book Hal Leonard Rockabilly: A Forty-Year Journey Book
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  1. Backbeat Books Studio Stories Book Backbeat Books Studio Stories Book
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  2. Alfred Barefoot in Babylon: The Creation of the Woodstock Music Festival 1969 Book Alfred Barefoot in Babylon: The Creation of the Woodstock Music Festival 1969 Book
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  4. Hal Leonard Broadway Musicals Show by Show 1891-1916 Book Hal Leonard Broadway Musicals Show by Show 1891-1916 Book
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  1. Hal Leonard And Party Every Day: The Inside Story of Casablanca Records (Book) Hal Leonard And Party Every Day: The Inside Story of Casablanca Records (Book)
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  2. Hal Leonard Woodstock Vision: The Spirit of a Generation (Book) Hal Leonard Woodstock Vision: The Spirit of a Generation (Book)
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  3. Backbeat Books The Taylor Guitar Book: 40 Years Of Great American Flattops Backbeat Books The Taylor Guitar Book: 40 Years Of Great American Flattops
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  4. Hal Leonard Star Wars FAQ : Everything Left to Know About the Trilogy That Changed the Movies Hal Leonard Star Wars FAQ : Everything Left to Know About the Trilogy That Changed the Movies
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  1. Centerstream Publishing Rickenbacker - Reference Book Centerstream Publishing Rickenbacker - Reference Book
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  2. Meredith Music Sourcebook For Wind Band and Instrumental Music Meredith Music Sourcebook For Wind Band and Instrumental Music
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  3. Hal Leonard Top Pop Albums 1955-1996 Hardcover Book Hal Leonard Top Pop Albums 1955-1996 Hardcover Book
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Learning how to play an instrument is only part of what the world of music has to offer. If you want to further develop your musical career or hobby, then it pays to learn more about the history of music and your instrument. With an in-depth knowledge about the artists and styles that have come before you, and the roots of your instrument's history, you'll be well-equipped to take your own music to the next level today. And with this library of history & criticism reference materials to choose from, you'll have no problem picking out the perfect finds to build up your own collection. Whatever your topic of interest, there are materials about it just waiting here for you to find.

Looking to broaden your horizons with respect to your favorite pieces of gear? In that case, there are lots of suggestions for you here. A few of the best-selling books include the Backbeat Books Beatles Gear Revised Edition (a comprehensive guide to everything the Fab Four played from the stage to the studio) and the Hal Leonard Fender Amps The First Fifty Years Book (a sweet walkthrough of that golden age of vintage Fender amps). Some materials, like the Centerstream Publishing Cowboy Guitars Softcover Book, are a little wider in their scope, offering insight into an entire class of instrument or genre of music.

Some examples of books covering musical styles would be the Hal Leonard Blues Guitar Inside And Out, and the Backbeat Books Surf Beat: Rock And Roll's Forgotten Revolution. These materials definitely don't stop at modern music, either: the Hal Leonard Bach to the Drawing Board Game takes you all the way back to the Baroque period, and the Pocket Dictionary of Composers and Lyricists is a reference guide that spans all the known years of music history.

From classical to modern, Mozart to metal, there are history and criticism reference materials here to cover just about any musical interest you might have. So go ahead and take a look through the whole selection - who knows what interesting topics you might find? Consider these books and materials the perfect ways to build your musical knowledge. And remember: understanding music's past is the first step to writing the next chapter in its future.

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