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Recommended Music Books and Instructional DVD Videos

From learning how to promote your band and getting gigs to teaching yourself guitar and understanding Pro Tools, OnlineRock has compiled a list of books and videos to help you in your musical journey. Some are from Musician's Friend and some are from our partners. We also offer deals on equipment and software for musicians of any level.

How To Promote Your Music Successfully on the Internet - This easy-to-read guide to online music promotion will provide you with all the knowledge you need to sell music on the internet! Find out how and where to target visitors most likely to buy your music, design a web site that will increase your CD sales, promote your music successfully on, get thousands of people to listen to your music every day, accept credit cards (without a merchant account), and optimize your web site for the search engines all in one volume. Find out what online music marketing ideas work and which are a waste of time and money!
The Indie Venue Bible - From the creators of The Indie Bible, comes The Indie Venue Bible - a unique, comprehensive directory of live music venues. It is in electronic (.pdf) format and lists 26,000 venues and 2000 booking agents in the US and Canada. The listings are arranged by area, making it easier for you to route and plan your tour. You'll find thousands of coffee shops, restaurants, house concerts, theaters, clubs, halls, churches and book stores - any place you can land a gig! There are also thousands of wonderful venues listed in smaller towns that have been ignored by the mainstream venue directories.
Indie BibleThe Indie Bible shows you where to get your music reviewed and your songs played on the radio. It's no secret that the Internet is a great way to get your music out to the world. There's only one problem. The Internet is so big it would literally take you thousands of hours to find all of the places and people that are interested in your music and are willing to help you and your band out. A solution is finally here. It's called The Indie Bible.
Digidesign M1 - Pro Tools Method One DVD - The Method One training DVD is designed to help you with your Digidesign Pro Tools HD, Pro Tools LE, or Pro Tools M-Powered system by familiarizing you with the vast capabilities of the industry's most popular digital audio workstation. Certified Pro Tools expert instructor and composer Eddie Heidenreich explains core concepts and techniques from setting up sessions and recording audio to editing MIDI, working with loops and plug-ins, and automating mixes.
Rock House Learn Rock Guitar: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced (3-DVD package) - This Rock House Video Lesson DVD will take through all the learning stages to help you become a competent and proficient guitarist. This program is designed for someone with little or no experience. It begins at the roots of Rock with an easy to follow look at basic Rock chords, scales, lead patterns, and exercises. Learn key components of lead guitar, the basics of Blues, and the foundation of Rock. By the end of this program you'll be playing complete rhythms, leads, and songs! Go through Rock and Metal scales in depth. An entire exercise program designed to build finger strength and coordination. There are advanced chords and rhythms with bass and drum backing tracks, arpeggios, bi-dextral hammer-ons, and many other rock techniques.
Robben Ford Back to the Blues DVD - Learn the blues from the most creative blues player of the last 2 decades! Both Robben Ford Back to the Blues DVDs (Parts 1 and 2) are packaged together. In Part 1, Robben teaches and demonstrates many of his superb and tasty chordal and improvising ideas for both the major and minor blues. With tab booklet. (90 min). In Part 2, Robben demonstrates contemporary blues concepts including comping and soloing for a swing blues and a one-chord blues vamp. He discusses how to be more melodic using triads, good phrasing, and simplicity. He also talks about his influences, guitars, stage set-up, and how to get that good sound. With tab booklet. (90 min.)

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