Back to Schoolin'

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Xulon Press, Sep 1, 2009 - Music - 416 pages
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Back to Schoolin' is the culmination of years of conscious and subconscious study in the school of music known as Led Zeppelin. Having studied the band and its music for nearly thirty years, author Kevin Courtright has acquired a tremendous body of knowledge and insight into music and the music business which is modeled by Zeppelin. He presents this knowledge through three major categories: The Music, the Presentation and Relationships, and the Business. Dispersed within these three major categories are a total of thirty-two chapters, each of which is broken into three sections: The Inspiration, the Information, and the Implementation. Mr. Courtright's goal is to pass on this body of knowledge to others, whether musicians or not. The book is fascinating in its presentation, and educational in its content. Back to Schoolin' is recommended reading for anyone interested in not just rock music, but music in general. Kevin Courtright is a Los Angeles-based composer and author whose latest opus is the book Back to Schoolin': What Led Zeppelin Taught Me About Music. With 25 years of composing and study behind him and a long-time devotion to the beauty and intricacies of progressive rock music, Kevin is in a unique position to illustrate the far-reaching and lasting impact of one of the most influential musical groups of the 20th Century. Born outside the District of Columbia, raised near the City by the Bay and transplanted to Los Angeles, Kevin manages to escape his schooling with his creativity intact. His skill as a writer leads to the writing and directing of the hilarious mockumentary "Man On Top." He steps away from the keyboard once a week to teach from the greatest book ever written and on Sundays you will find him lending his bass voice to the Choir of Grace Community Church.
 

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Contents

Preface
13
The Music
23
Lyrics
45
Originality
53
Simplicity and Complexity
59
Live Performances
65
The Art of Improvisation
73
Dynamics
83
Record Production
199
Fashion Sense
209
Albums Versus Singles
215
Quality Control
233
A Democratic Band Dynamic
241
A Unique Special Group Chemistry
249
Band Members Not Too Close to One Another
267
Willingness To Work With Other Musicians
273

A Variety of Rhythms and Time Signatures
93
A Variety of Tempos
101
Pacing
112
Progression
119
The Concert Performances
125
An Excellent MusicalTechnical Background
143
A High Level of Musicianship
159
The Presentation and Relationships
171
Album Titles
191
Lessons Learned from Led Zeppelin Mistakes
283
The Business
309
Image
335
Create Niche
343
Create Demand
351
Legacy
361
Artistic Integrity
377
Bibliography
389
Copyright

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