You can’t beat the camaraderie of a band. Although many programs and schools have recently sprung up to organize players, useful materials for these fledgling music groups have been lacking. Hal Leonard remedies the situation with its new Rock Band Camp series.
Rock Band Camp is designed for first-time performers and weekend warriors who are learning to make music in a group setting. Each book includes beginning- to intermediate-level parts and playing tips for the entire band: two guitars, bass, drums, and a singer.
The two accompanying CDs contain full-band tracks for each song, plus “minus-one” play-along tracks for every instrument on all of the songs, so players can practice on their own between band rehearsals.
Jeff Schroedl, Hal Leonard VP of Pop & Standard Publications, comments, “For as popular as the concept of assembling bands is, it’s surprising how little is available to assist with bringing people together to play for the first time.”
He continues, “We’ve had Rock Band Camp on the drawing board for a long time, because we really wanted to be sure to get it right. We got feedback from lots of dealers and educators about the format they’d prefer – one band book vs. separate ones for each player – and we’re providing a useful resource with this new series.”
Each Rock Band Camp volume features five hit songs to keep players motivated to learn. Four volumes will be available at NAMM, and more are planned for release later in the year:
Classic Rock – Rock Band Camp, Vol. 1 (HL00121688)
Bang a Gong (Get It On) · The Boys Are Back in Town · China Grove · Free Fallin’ · Jet Airliner.
Today’s Hits – Rock Band Camp, Vol. 2 (HL00121150)
Home · Locked Out of Heaven · Radioactive · Some Nights ·Too Close.
Pop/Rock Hits – Rock Band Camp, Vol. 3 (HL00121819)
Don’t Know Why · Give Me One Reason · My Favorite Mistake · Rolling in the Deep · White Horse.
Rock Hits – Rock Band Camp, Vol. 4 (HL00121820)
Beautiful Day · Billie Jean · Clocks · Don’t Stop Believin’ · It’s My Life.
Rock Band Camp volumes retail for $14.99 apiece. For more information or to place an order, please stop call the Hal Leonard E-Z Order Line at 800-554-0626 or visit www.halleonard.com.