A full course of study under one cover, “Garage Band Theory” is impressively informed and informative, practical, insightful, and should be considered an essential resource for any aspiring musician.
The chapter quizzes (and answer keys) make it a practical guide for all music teaches and home-schooling parents who have rudimentary skills on any instrument.
Exceptionally ‘user friendly’ in organization and presentation “Garage Band Theory” is very highly recommended for both community and academic library Music Theory & Instruction collections.
James A Cox – Midwest Book Review
This is non Academic, practical, useful theory for living-room pickers and working musicians who want to be able to think coherently about music in order to ask questions and understand answers about the music they want to play.
The stuff in GBT is about understanding The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, Cole Porter and Duke Ellington, The Grateful Dead and Vampire Weekend.
It’s NOT about analyzing Bach Fugues… but you’ll be able to if you want to.
In “Garage Band Theory” Duke Sharp has delivered to us the anti-textbook.
Apparently inspired less by the tired approaches of endless theory books on the local music store rack, than by, say, Dave Barry’s delightful drollery, GBT reads at moments like a coffee shop conversation twixt rock band sidemen at a restaurant after a questionable gig, complete with puns both good and bad, musician ‘inside humor’ and self-demeaning laments.
The genius within the madness is that after finally acquiescing to the har-har humor, the reader will find himself actually learning a lot about music along the way.
More to the point, learning how band-stand musicians THINK about music.
With hundreds of relevant music examples ranging from the pen of King Henry the Eighth to recent pop, chord diagrams and scale exercises, a few thematic threads are recognizable throughout the book, two being: “Experiment. A lot.” And, “You can learn this stuff! If I can do this you CERTAINLY can do this!”
I recommend this superficially light but painstakingly complete and well-crafted book to anyone who enjoys pondering, for example, one of its many included quotes: “I know canned music makes chickens lay more eggs and makes factory workers produce more. But how much more can they get out of you on an elevator?” (Victor Borge.)
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Duke Sharp has produced five CDs of mostly original music ‘Yucca Pie, Duke Sharp and Friends’ described by one reviewer as “a unique blend of western, latin and jazz sounds,” ‘Pickin After Midnight In The Moonlight’ a solo project with ten originals, mostly duets and one by Jim Averitt, ‘Bozeman All Stars, Contrafactually Yours’ an original jazz-lite CD with some of Bozeman’s finest musicians, ‘Matkatamiba’ – mostly instrumental music inspired by Grand Canyon rafting trips, and ‘Just the Two of Me’ … original instrumentals, a couple of his favorite traditional Irish melodies and blues standards.
Duke has also co-produced two CDs with his longtime musical accomplice, Mike Parsons, an outstanding musician who plays just about anything that makes notes. ‘Two Grass Crew, Gavotte in A Minor’ is a collection of duets with Mike playing mandolin and violin, and ‘The Big Lost’ … a collection of some of their favorite bluegrass standards, a couple of Grateful Dead covers, one by John Prine, all twisted just a bit into some unique and enjoyable arrangements. They’re joined on this one by several of their Bozeman friends and two more from the musical Parsons clan.
When Duke’s not gigging you can find the ‘accidental’ author hiking backcountry trails, white-water rafting rivers of the west, riding his bicycle, exploring Thailand or jamming at one of the legendary Miller family reunions. He lives in Montana among guitars, mandolins, rivers and mountains.