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Best Musician Books Reviewed & Ranked

Our list of some of the best Musician books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

The Complete Musician: An Integrated Approach to Theory, Analysis, and Listening (2015)

 Best Musician Books Reviewed & RankedBeginning with music fundamentals, The Complete Musician covers all the topics necessary for a thorough understanding of undergraduate music theory by focusing on music in context. Rather than rote learning of concepts and memorizing terms, The Complete Musician emphasizes how theory informs the work of performers.
Author(s): Steven G. Laitz

Music Marketing for the DIY Musician: Creating and Executing a Plan of Attack on a Low Budget (Music Pro Guides) (2014)

 Best Musician Books Reviewed & RankedThere has never been a greater need for practical DIY marketing advice from a musician who has been there and succeeded than now – at a time when new technologies make it more possible than ever for musicians to attract attention independently and leverage their own careers, and record industry professionals look exclusively for developed artists who are already successful.Written by a professional m…
Author(s): BobBorg

Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought) (2013)

 Best Musician Books Reviewed & RankedHere are the life stories of such diverse figures as Vivaldi, Mozart, Scott Joplin, Nadia Boulanger, and Woody Guthrie. Readers will learn of both their musical natures and the personal, humorous characteristics that make their lives so fascinating. “Living, breathing anecdotes–the stuff of which the best biography is made.”–Publishers Weekly
Author(s): Kathleen Krull, Kathryn Hewitt

Musician’s Yoga: A Guide to Practice, Performance, and Inspiration (2009)

 Best Musician Books Reviewed & Ranked(Berklee Press). Become a better musician through yoga. By integrating yoga into your practice routines, you will develop a more focused and concentrated mind for performance. You will be able to increase awareness of how you use your body to allow for proper posture and ease of movement while performing, helping you to avoid overuse injuries and play with greater expression.
Author(s): Mia Olson

Habits of a Successful Middle School Musician – Clarinet (2015)

 Best Musician Books Reviewed & RankedHabits of a Successful Middle School Musician is a field-tested, vital, and-most importantly-musical collection of more than 300 sequenced exercises for building fundamentals. Perfect for use by an entire band or solo player for years two, three, and beyond, this series contains carefully sequenced warm-ups, chorales, sight-reading etudes, rhythm vocabulary exercises, and much more.
Author(s): Scott Rush, Jeff Scott, Emily Wilkinson, Rich Moon, Kevin Boyle

The Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis Workbook (Third Edition) (2016)

 Best Musician Books Reviewed & RankedThe Third Edition workbook features 4–5 double-sided worksheets per chapter, more than enough for the entire theory sequence. The workbook contains a wide range of exercises, including drill-and-practice, melody harmonization, figured bass, composition, analysis, and a wealth of real-music examples.
Author(s): Jane Piper Clendinning, Elizabeth West Marvin

The Musician’s Lifeline (2019)

 Best Musician Books Reviewed & RankedThe Musician’s Lifeline by Peter Erskine and Dave Black represents the combined opinions of the authors and their knowledge gained through their lives in music. In addition, it includes advice from 150 of the best musicians that the authors have the honor of knowing, who responded to seven simple questions about topics ranging from sight-reading to travel to general wisdom.
Author(s): Dave Black, Peter Erskine

Habits of a Successful Middle School Musician – Percussion (2016)

 Best Musician Books Reviewed & RankedHabits of a Successful Middle School Musician is a field-tested, vital, and – most important – musical collection of more than 300 sequenced exercises for building fundamentals. Perfect for use by an entire band or solo player for years two, three, and beyond, this series contains carefully sequenced warm-ups, chorales, sight-reading etudes, rhythm vocabulary exercises, and much more.
Author(s): Scott Rush, Jeff Scott, et al.

Habits of a Successful Middle School Musician – Trombone (2016)

 Best Musician Books Reviewed & RankedHabits of a Successful Middle School Musician is a field-tested, vital, and – most important – musical collection of more than 300 sequenced exercises for building fundamentals. Perfect for use by an entire band or solo player for years two, three, and beyond, this series contains carefully sequenced warm-ups, chorales, sight-reading etudes, rhythm vocabulary exercises, and much more.
Author(s): Scott Rush, Jeff Scott, et al.

Best Musician Books Reviewed & Ranked

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some musician books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Music Marketing for the DIY Musician

Author(s): Bobby Borg
ID: 2534453, Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Year: 2020, Size: 3 Mb, Format: epub

Child Composers in the Old Conservatories: How Orphans Became Elite Musicians

Author(s): Robert O. Gjerdingen
ID: 2536685, Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2020, Size: 87 Mb, Format: pdf

George Harrison on George Harrison: Interviews and Encounters (Musicians in Their Own Words)

Author(s): Ashley Kahn
ID: 2587237, Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Year: 2020, Size: 1 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are really best-sellers according to Los Angeles Times, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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