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Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention - One Size Fits All (Guitar Recorded Versions) [Paperback]

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6 Feb 2012 Guitar Recorded Versions
Note-for-note transcriptions with tab for all nine tracks from Zappa's classic 1975 release.

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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation (6 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0634061119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0634061110
  • Product Dimensions: 30.2 x 22.6 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great. A must have for any Zappa fan 18 Nov 2013
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I've been looking for sheet music for this particular album for years and whilst Zappa is far from easy to play this is a must have for anyone who plays an instrument, particularly the piano or guitar, and loves Frank Zappa's music. The score appears to be highly accurate though, as said for many people will be very difficult to play especially given the time signatures, chord structures and key changes employed. Even for the novice musician it is fascinating to follow the score whilst listening to this, probably Zappa's finest albums. For some guitar players they be a little frustrated since this is not written in tab form but instead in traditional piano score.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, Overdue...and Flawed 3 Jun 2012
By Philip Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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As one of my favorite Zappa albums for years, I've been waiting a long time for a transcription book to become available; the fact that this book exists is pretty amazing, when you think about it.

Zappa books are bound to be held to a higher standard, and there are thousands of geek musicians around the globe who will be happy to dissect every transcribed bar and criticize minor note variations. Overall, I am very happy with the book (a good value, as well) but in ascending order of annoyance, my issues with the book are:

3. Some incorrect notes in the melody line, Evelyn A Modified Dog.

2. The publisher's insistence on transcribing and arranging keyboard parts (and other instrumental parts) for guitar. This reaches its (il)logical conclusion with "Evelyn," where the piano part (the song has no guitar) is completely arranged for guitar solo with TAB. Elsewhere throughout the book, so many parts are shown this way that it is often difficult to keep track of which staves are actual guitar lines from the song, and which are modified versions of other instruments. Adding to the confusion, of course, is that Zappa multitracked guitars on many of these songs. Perhaps some kind of grayscale shading of non-guitar lines would be helpful? (Do guitarists actually play this stuff? The publisher faces a challenge, as 'transcribed score' books typically are more expensive to produce and do not sell as well as guitar tab books; yet when keyboard parts are prominent, they feel unable to include them in the book unless they are awkwardly arranged for guitar.)

1. Inca Roads. This is an absolute classic Zappa tune, featuring arguably his most famous guitar solo (actually edited down from a live solo.) Unfortunately, the transcription suffers from the sloppiest editing in the book:

- Chord changes under the keyboard solo are simplified from the actual Abmaj7 and Gm7 chords (clearly heard in G Duke's left hand.) Several of the chord names are incorrectly placed over the solo as well.

- This was mentioned in another review - the section immediately following the keyboard solo - which is a unison melody line accompanied by the same part on drums - looks 'as if it were transcribed by computer' (the other reviewer's take) instead of being shown as the even notes assumedly written by Zappa.

- The guitar solo - so impeccably transcribed otherwise - has the first two notes incorrectly placed in the bar.

- Most annoying: the way many sections are barred is completely at odds with the actual rhythms in the piece. The biggest example: "Did a booger-bear..." following the guitar solo - How could the transcriber combine a 5/8, 6/8 and 5/8 bar together and show it as 4/4? Many, many other lines in the complex instrumental sections are shown as groups of 16th notes (always grouped in 4s or 2s) without any indication of the actual rhythms going on - or, for that matter, not at least showing accents on the relevant notes. Most of this should have been fixed in the editing stage, by breaking apart longer bars into 5/8 and 6/8 (etc.) which would clearly show the intended accents in these rhythms (and, incidentally, be much easier to read.) This same problem happens, to a lesser extent, in "Andy" as well.

To sum up: impressive project to tackle - overall very well done - a few annoyances - and a major disappointment with 'Inca Roads.' Still definitely recommended for the Zappa fan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most Instruments Scored 10 Aug 2013
By TCosmas - Published on Amazon.com
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Although the scoring is usually the standard 'piano' layout, some of the other instruments are indicated or in some cases scored out. If you are a guitar expert, you'll love the scoring of the leads and rhythm parts. Perhaps, I can copy the score into one or another 'scoring' software package and see what IT sounds like.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 27 Dec 2011
By modelsofmodels - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book of transcriptions for any inquiring guitarists interested in delving into Frank's music without having to transcribe it all by ear... Speaking of which, the book begins with a thoughtful and inspiring forward written by guitar-freak Steve Vai that gives a great perspective of the music. It's wonderful to have this album deconstructed, and I've had no issues with the score so far. This book will give you the main melodies and harmonies, all the lyrics and chord progressions, along with all of Frank's dynamic guitar solos from this classic album.

So far this series of books has included "Apostrophe", "Over-Nite Sensation", and "Hot Rats". I hope they keep producing transcriptions of his many other great albums. "Grand Wazoo" next please!
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4.0 out of 5 stars As close as you're gonna get. 24 Feb 2012
By Puh-tay-tuh Headed Bobby - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has some great stuff in it, but I honestly don't feel that everything in here is 100% correct. The rhythms are notated as if they were transcribed from a computer which analyzed the sound-wave and produced the subsequent rhythm based on the performance of the particular part, rather than the way the initial score most likely appeared when Frank handed parts to all the mu-zish-nins. One fine example of this is the "septuplets from hell" section of Inca Roads, where each beat should be notated as a Septuplet. Instead, some beat only have 6 notes in them, notated as a sextuplet, while others contain 7 but are notated as 16th note triplet followed by four 32nd notes.

Also, I have found a couple discrepancies with a couple of the pitches of certain melodies, mainly on the more far out stuff. As well as not always agreeing with a particular "phrase" or "position" in the way a guitar line is adapted for guitar. In other-words, I can usually find much easier/better ways of phrasing that fit the over-all sound of the passage better than what's written in the book by moving to other positions.

In spite of all this, you have a very close representation of the music from this ground-breaking and incredible album. And there simply is no alternative. This is why I gave the book 4 stars. I will continue to purchase these Zappa releases as long as they continue to release them, but I really hope for one day the ZFT to release another book of either lead sheets or scores, similar to the "FZ Songbook" of the early 70's. Or for someone to release more of a band score version with each instrument specifically notated in its normal key, rather than ONLY guitar music and the other "main ingredients" adapted for guitar, which undoubtedly leaves out certain fine details, the eyebrows as FZ would say. Such is evident throughout all of the releases so far including Apostrophe, Over-nite and Hot Rats.

It's a good starting point, but not the best that there could be for really studying, analyzing and learning about the arrangements, harmony and rhythm of FZ. But as I said. It's as close as ya gonna get.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Zappa Music Book 11 Jan 2014
By Lois Bradbury - Published on Amazon.com
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Got this for my husband for Christmas. He was blown away, he didn't know this book existed. Ich bin der Chrome Dinette!
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