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Song Charting Made Easy: A Play-Along Guide to the Nashville Number System (Play-Along Guides) Paperback – 1 Jun 2010

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press Lvs; Pap/MP3 edition (Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423463676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423463672
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.4 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Just received this book. First impressions on a quick browse is that it will be fairly easy to get to grips with, and does appear to be quite informative. Not sure yet, if I will need a more in depth version, but it does appear at the moment to cover what I would need to write a song using Nashville Number system.
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Clear and easy to understand, however a prior knowledge of music theory is essential.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully useful tool for the modern musician. 23 Feb. 2016
By Brian Czach - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought this book about a month ago after moving to Nashville. I'm a pro drummer who has lived in NYC (6 years) and Las Vegas (8 years). I went to music school and got a performance degree. I can read music as well as anybody but nobody has ever talked to me about this system.
The book is laid out in chapters that get more in depth with the notation and a corresponding song with each one as you go. Included is a CD which contains mp3's of examples and songs that Jim wrote and recorded (and sang on, wow he sounds good!!) and versions of the song sans drums, bass, guitar, and keys. So you can try your hand at recording your own version of the song while using the included chart much like you would get on a real session.
There are also ear training exercises designed to help you write your own charts using the NNS. I haven't had to think like this since I was in college! Very cool!
I found the book to be incredibly helpful in organizing a chart that not only gives me a complete road map of the song, but gives me chordal information that helps me keep my place in the music and decide how to orchestrate the music on the drum set...All the while leaving out just enough info that I'm relying on my ear to listen to the band and react accordingly in the moment.
A great tool to keep in shed!! Very useful if you're living in Nashville but could also be useful outside of town as a musical shorthand of writing charts.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly what I expected 30 May 2017
By Matthew Hussey - Published on Amazon.com
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Good book if you already know scales and everything you need prerequisite wise to learn Nashville numbers but it mainly only gives you songs to work through where you have to write down the chords for what number it is not really any background or anything on scales that get to you the point of learning numbers.. wish I knew this before hand
5.0 out of 5 stars This a great book for learning about the number system - and ... 24 Mar. 2015
By metalman - Published on Amazon.com
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This a great book for learning about the number system - and for learning about music in general. Since the number system is based on diatonic chord theory, you can't help but walk away knowing more overall. It's clear, well thought out, and presented simply. You can tackle two or three concepts a day, go back and review a bit, then move ahead.

So many books about theory are overly academic or give students a feeling of 'information overload.' This book is just the opposite. It gives me a feeling of, 'Cool, what's next?!!'

Even more interesting: as a bass player, I had a few experiences of, 'Oh, THAT'S what that's called!' when the author put a NAME to some of the techniques I've used unconsciously for years. I feel like now, I can make more CONSCIOUS musical decisions, rather than relying on luck.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, for those who want to learn the number system, and those who want to learn more about music in general.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for all rhythm section players 26 May 2014
By J.J - Published on Amazon.com
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Don't be afraid of the Nashville Number System!! If you are a musician in a band this book will change your life!! and it's not hard....the book is laid out in a way that a 6th grader can follow but detailed enough that a seasoned musician can learn a lot from it as well. Every concept is backed up with a musical example and each chapter concludes with a fully produced play along track minus YOUR instrument. The ability to write charts this efficient and quickly can mean the difference between getting a gig or not, but the best reason to get this book is once you start thinking about music this way you instantly become a better musician.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good basic introduction to the number system. 12 May 2013
By Martin Michiels - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a good basic introduction to the number system. It will be a great inspiration to teach it to my guitar pupils. Styles are more modern than in Chas WIlliams's book. Numbers are not handwritten so it's more a textbook like approach. It begins with really easy patterns 1 4 5 5 and so on to more difficult parts. Audio examples are availiable for everything (even for the 4 measure examples).
If you don't know anything about jazz harmony and the number system, go for it. If you're already into it, check Chas's book.
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