- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 539,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Song Charting Made Easy: A Play-Along Guide to the Nashville Number System (Play-Along Guides) Paperback – 1 Jun 2010
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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.
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.
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.