Recommended Music Reads

Jason Heath recently noted some book recommendations for musicians from Chicago bassist Greg Sarchet. I have a few of my own that I’d like to add to the mix!

  • Zander, Rosamund, and Benjamin Zander. The Art of Possibility
    –I complained loudly when I was in Ben’s orchestra rehearsals, and thought he was a nut in class. To this day he is one of the most influential figures in my life. This is a must-read.
  • Green, Barry, and W. Gallwey. Inner Game of Music
    –We can’t forget Barry Green’s book!
  • Hofstadter, Douglas. G√∂del, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
    –Because you are an effing geek. Seriously, this book is a key component for my theories on the correlations between music and science.

2 thoughts on “Recommended Music Reads”

  1. Hi Joe, among the book that you have recommended, I have read the first two. I agree that The Art of Possibility is a good read. I find myself rereading the book from time-to-time to remind myself of some of its useful concepts.

    Green’s Inner Game of Music provides useful ideas for the musician, and it is written by a double bassist. Actually, I have found it quite difficult to read especially the first one-third of it. Thank goodness that I eventually muster the discipline and perserverance to finish it, and I certain benefit from it. πŸ™‚

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