Best Books For Musicians To Read Friday July 16 2021, 10:14 PM
Yona Marie
Singer, Songwriter, Producer.
Best Books For Musicians To Read

Should Musicians Read Books?

Learning and growing in your craft is always a great idea. We should all strive to get better because life is too short to just stay the same over the years. There are so many good books out there for personal growth, especially in the creative world.

I've read dozens of music books throughout grade school and college, but I made sure that it didn't just stop there. I always want to learn more about the history of music, the business of music, the science of music, you name it. It's all good info that could take me to the next level in terms of my knowledge and talent, plus I'm just really passionate about it!

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I want to share 5 books that stood out to me over the years. Some of them are old, some of them might focus too far on aspects of musicianship that you don't care much about, but just check them out and see if any of them tickle your fancy. 

The Beautiful Ones

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This book is for anyone looking for inspiration for their musical journey. It's also for anyone who is in love with Prince and his epic music career, which most musicians should be. Okay, maybe not in love, but if you're a musician, you're bound to have a lot of respect for such an amazing artist. We may never see another musician like Prince again, so let's forever study and remember his path to greatness. 

You can get it on Amazon here.

This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession

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Science is cool. Who doesn't geek out about cool scientific facts here and there? If you're looking for some thought-provoking connections about what your favorite songs do to your brain, this book will keep you engaged and excited about the magic and the gift of music. It's a bit uneven in places, but there are a lot of gems here.

You can get it on Amazon here.

Business Basics for Musicians: The Complete Handbook

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This one covers so many golden topics that are a must if you're serious about becoming a professional musician. It's the type of book you read through once, then keep with you so you can refer back to it a few times for some good tips now and then. It's pretty recently published too, so the info is fresh and relevant to today's music business inner workings. 

You can get it on Amazon here.

Musician's Survival Guide to a Killer Record

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This one here is from the genius of an audio engineer and producer. If you're looking for knowledge on how to grow in the studio, this is a neat little book with some pretty good tips. It's really good when it focuses on the art of creating the best final product you possibly can when writing, arranging, mixing, and recording. 

You can get it on Amazon here.

Improvise for Real: The Complete Method for All Instruments

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This one is perfect for beginners. If you already have experience with improvising, you can skip this one, but many musicians that are just starting out are playing it safe and not finding their own style when it comes to improvisation and freestyle. This book shows you exactly how to. I read it several years back when I was still trying to find my own voice. 

You can get it on Amazon here.


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