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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press; Pap/MP3 edition (Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423463676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423463672
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.6 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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(Music Instruction). Here's your personal introduction to the most versatile song charting system ever created, the Nashville Number System. Used for decades by the world's top studio musicians, the Number system allows you to chart an entire song for the whole band on a single sheet of paper in about five minutes! Whether you are a musician trying to break into the competitive world of session playing, a songwriter looking for a quick way to document your songs, or you're just looking for a better way to communicate musically with your band, this system is exactly what you need. The book includes a CD with more than 90 musical examples recorded by some of the world's best session musicians. They will guide you through the Number system from its basic concepts to the most intricate nuances. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to take what you have learned and jam along with fully-produced tracks that have been custom-mixed for guitar, keyboards, bass, and drums. Written by Jim Riley, the drummer for Rascal Flatts! Song Charting Made Easy will very simply change the way you think about music.

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By rosemary king on 15 Sept. 2014
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Clear and easy to understand, however a prior knowledge of music theory is essential.
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By Roberto Segala on 11 Jan. 2015
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Perfect!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mike on 4 Aug. 2014
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is ok
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Best Music Charting System EVER!! 13 Mar. 2013
By J. Ferguson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Imagine walking on stage with a band you've never practiced or performed with, sitting down with your instrument, and then playing a full set like you've been playing with the band for years! If you've ever wanted to do this, then Song Charting Made Easy is for you!!! As a drummer of 16 years (not being able to sight-read traditional notation), I have always struggled to keep charts consistent when gigging with different folks. Over the years, I have had to create my own "system" that works for me. If I know a song well, the system works great, but the moment I have new material, the system becomes a bit more time consuming to chart out!! After only 3 months of using Jim Riley's Song Charting Made Easy, I am already using the Nashville Number System as my go to charting system! Not only does Jim explain this system on paper, but for each example, he provides an audio sample of a full studio band demonstrating how each notation is played. For the people like me, the audio examples help reinforce what my mind might not grasp by just reading the first time! What makes this book even better is that it also has standard notation scattered throughout the chapters (for drummers), which has taught me more about sight reading in three months than I've ever thought about learning in 16 years of playing. For those of you that don't know about the Nashville Number System (or even if you do and don't understand it fully) I would HIGHLY suggest that you buy this book. If you are looking for an amazingly simple way to read and chart out music in the easiest way possible, BUY THIS BOOK!!! You will not regret it in any way!! Thanks Jim!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great resource for Nashville Chart System 4 Oct. 2010
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I cannot say enough about Jim Riley's Book "Song Charting Made Easy". This book is so well put together. It is super instructional, easy to read, entertaining, and most importantly.....Helpful!! The CD is very well produced, the songs are great and these recordings along with the book make The Nashville Number System easy to understand.
If you are a musician moving to Nashville to find work, you must have this publication or you are simply not serious about your career.
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Not just for working musicians 4 May 2011
By Gary Alan Foster - Published on Amazon.com
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While this book is a must for working musicians, it's certainly a gig-getter for the weekend warrior like me. Being able to quickly chart out a new cover tune for my own band or to sit in for a friend on short notice has been great. Since getting the book, I've bought two more as gifts for other musician friends. Worth every penny!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Incredible tool for the working drummer. 14 Oct. 2011
By Bdrumr - Published on Amazon.com
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I learned in no time how to chart out new tunes in minutes in a way that is very easy, easy to read and follow and extremely useful.
This will help me prepare for short notice gigs and learn 50 song set lists faster than most of my competior drummers in town. This makes me a better, more sought after musician.

Brett
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Thank you Jim! 9 May 2011
By BentonBlountBassist - Published on Amazon.com
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From the first 20 minutes after receiving Jim Riley's book, I have been obnoxious to all of my fellow musicians. They will throw a bunch of chords at me, and I fire back with numbers. They throw "hooks and riffs" at me and I fire back with abbreviations, chord inversions, and channels.....This book is definitely a well needed shot of adrenaline to my approach to the learning, writing and recording of new music. The Nashville Number System is an unbelievably simple tool right here for every working musician or band to get together on any song on the fly at a gig or play together like pro's in the studio, with a single sheet of paper while still allowing you to add your 'special-ness' to the material. This book breaks it down, step by step, section by section in a manner that is easily understood for us "theory challenged" musicians who want to take our career to the next level. I absolutely recommend this book!
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