Magazine article American Music Teacher

Music Minus One: Weekend Warriors, Set List One, with CD

Magazine article American Music Teacher

Music Minus One: Weekend Warriors, Set List One, with CD

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* Music Minus One: Weekend Warriors, Set List One, with CD, by various composers. Music Minus One Group, Inc., 2013. www.halleonard.com; 36 pp., $19.98.

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This book and CD are a self-teaching/practice method geared toward teen or adult individuals or bands who love to play music on the weekends and who want to closely reproduce the original tracks. Coordinating song lists are available through the matching books for guitar, bass, vocals and drums, and this is a main strength of the series. The goal is "to give the weekend warrior the repertoire to be able to sit in with most any band, to handle common requests, and to ultimately start creating their own set lists."

Set List One includes: "Brown-Eyed Girl," "Margaritaville," "Mony, Mony," "Mustang Sally," "My Girl," "Old Time Rock and Roll," "Soul Man," "Stand by Me," "Sweet Caroline" and "Under the Boardwalk." Additional songs are already available on Set List 2, "Ladies Night," again available for keyboard, guitar, bass, vocals and drums.

The book includes excellent prefatory material for each song, notation for distinctive keyboard and some instrumental parts, and a complete chord chart with measure numbers for reference. All songs are in the original key. The book assumes late-beginner familiarity with note and rhythm reading, knowledge of key signatures, chords, music symbols and commonly used Italian terms for navigation. (One error; in the first set of "Soul Man" chords mid-page 23, the second chord as on the original track and CD should be G/D, not am/c)

The accompanying audio CD is meant as an audio training tool, not as a simple karaoke backing track. …

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