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Backbeat Books Publishes The Jazz Guitar Handbook


A complete course in all styles of Jazz

Montclair, NJ (September 17, 2013) – The Jazz Guitar Handbook is a thorough step-by-step guide to mastering one of the most creative and challenging types of music on the guitar. Starting with simple blues-based riffs over basic chord sequences, the book leads the reader rapidly to advanced harmony and improvisation. Along the way it teaches all the scales, chords, and theory guitar players need to make their way in jazz. The Jazz Guitar Handbook covers a wide range of styles, including jazzy blues, swing, bebop, modal, jazz-funk, Gypsy, and more.

The highlights include:
- An illustrated history of jazz guitars and guitarists
- More than 100 exercises and musical examples in notation and tab
- All the essential scales and chords
- The fundamentals of modern jazz harmony and improvisation
- Advice on choosing a guitar for jazz
- A 96-track CD of exercises, scales, chords, and backing tracks

Easy to use and useful for players at various levels, this volume is a must-have reference for players looking to expand their jazz skill set. “I would recommend this to any jazz guitar teacher looking for a book to use with serious students, it will provide both an excellent road map of sequential subject matter to cover, as well as a lot of the material that you would normally have to write by hand,” says Doug Perkins of the Jazz Guitar Society.

About the author
Rod Fogg is a guitarist and writer, based in London, England, where he performs, teaches, and runs workshops. He is the author of The Electric Guitar Handbook and How To Read Music and the co-author of Django Reinhardt: Know The Man, Play The Music and The Totally Interactive Band Bible.

The Jazz Guitar Handbook
$29.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00333188
ISBN: 9781480341043
Width: 9.25″, Length: 11.0″ ,256 pages, plus CD

Please contact Martina McConnon at Music Marcom for interviews with the author, high-resolution pictures, reprint excerpts, and review copies of the book: Martina@musicmarcom.com or call 610-577-4982

Backbeat Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group www.backbeatbooks.com and onstageandbackstage.wordpress.com

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Sessions on Product Design at the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention Will Balance Technology and Marketing

— Audio product design takes center stage at the Product Design Track at the AES convention, and for the first time product branding will be discussed with a presentation entitled “The Power of the Brand” —

New York, NY, September 16, 2013 — Continuing its mission to present the professional audio community with a comprehensive knowledge platform, the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City) this year will again feature an increasingly popular event focused on pro audio products. The Product Design Track (taking place all four days of the convention), assembled and moderated by Dan Foley, Director of European Sales for Audio Precision, will focus broadly on product design, with an emphasis on system-performance measurement. New for this year is a special presentation on the importance of properly branding and marketing new professional audio products. Presented by noted industrial designer Adrian Weidmann, “The Power of the Brand” will define the meaning of branding and explore its power and importance for the commercial success of product development and service, be it a microphone, audio processing software, or a recording studio. As Weidmann states, “Creating, defining and maintaining your brand and its message may be the most important ‘product’ you ever develop.”

“This is a unique track for the AES convention, and we’ve made it that much more interesting this year with the inclusion of the product branding seminar,” states Dan Foley. “The overarching theme is all about product development, but this year it has a timely focus on performance measurement, coming as it does at the same time that the CALM Act [Federal legislation that tightly regulates the relative level of broadcast commercials] takes effect. But the inclusion of the product branding presentation is completely new, never before done at an AES convention. So we’re balancing our technical presentations with this one that really brings out the importance of properly presenting new products to the market. I believe this shows how the AES convention continues to evolve and adapt to new realities as the industry changes.”

The Product Design Track gives design professionals insight into the latest techniques for audio hardware and software development. The events in this track are very practical in nature and anyone involved in audio product development will benefit from attending. A partial list of sessions includes:

Best Practices in Audio Software Development
High-Order Harmonic Distortion Measurement and Its Impact on Fidelity
An Introduction To the Acoustics of Personal Telecommunications Devices
The Power of the Brand

Confirmed sponsors for the Product Design Track include THAT Corporation Audio Technology and Audio Precision.

For further detailed information on the Product Design Track, visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/productdesign/. For further information on the 135th AES International Convention, and to register for your free Exhibits-Plus badge or the premium All-Access badge, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/.

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