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Learning a New Musical Instrument

Maybe the beginning months of learning something new are not always soothing, but as time goes on, the newly learned ability to make music can provide endless hours of great pleasure. Here in the Music Department at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, we have hundreds of books, scores and DVDs that enable you to learn an instrument on your own. Here is a small sampling of whatís available in our DVD collection - one-on-one with inspiring teachers in the privacy of your own home.



Getting Started on Drums
Instructor, Tommy Igoe.
DVD MT 662.8 .G48 2001x
Hammer Dulcimer
A Comprehensive Beginnerís Course
Instructor, John McCutcheon.
DVD MT 717.8 .H36 2004x
I Love the Trumpet
Instructor, Warren Vache.
DVD MT 448 .V33 2004x
The Joy of Uke: a hands-on guide to the ukulele
Instructor, Jumpin' Jim Beloff ; special guests, Travis Harrelson, Poncie Ponce, Ian Whitcomb.
DVD MT 645.8 .J69 2003x
Learn to Play Cajun Accordion: Starting Out
Instructor, Dirk Powell.
DVD MT 681.8 .L43 2005x
Learning Bluegrass Fiddle 1-2
Instructor, Kenny Kosek.
DVD MT 279.5 .L43 2004x
Learn the essentials of piano, vol. 1-10
Instructor, Talc Tolchin.
DVD MT 239 .L35 1987x
Old-time Banjo Clawhammer Style
Instructor, Frank Lee.
DVD MT 568 .O43 2005x
Play Alto Sax today!
Beginning video for alto saxophone
Instructor, Jason Gillette.
DVD MT 508 .B44 2001x
Play Guitar Today!
Instructor, Doug Boduch.
DVD MT 588 .P591 2003x


If DVDs are not your chosen way to introduce yourself to a new instrument, check out this small selection from the many instructional books and scores we have on the shelves. Most are well illustrated and some come with an accompanying CD.

Complete Idiotís Guide to Playing the Harmonica
by William Melton and Randy Weinstein.
qMT 682.8 .M45 2006x
The Conga Drummerís Guidebook
by Michael Spiro.
qMT 663.8 .S65 2006x
Early Start on the Violin
by Egon Sassmannshaus and Kurt Sassmannshaus.
qMT 761 .S27 2008x v. 1-4
How to Play the Bagpipe
by Lewis W. Davidson.
qMT 530 .D36 1966x
How to Yodel "The Cowboy Way"
by Rudy Robbins and Shirley Field.
qMT 855 .R63 1997x
Introduction to Swing-Style Drumming
by Joe Maroni.
qMT 662.8 .M36 2008x
The Modern Recorder Player
by Walter van Hauwe.
qMT 350 .H38 1984 v.1-3