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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Open Mic Night Book and CD Edition Released by Alfred Music Publishing

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Alfred Music Publishing, the world leader in educational print music publishing since 1922, is proud to expand the popular, best-selling Complete Idiot’s Guide® series by introducing The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Open Mic Night, the essential guide for singer/guitarists to breaking into local coffee house and music scene performance venues.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Open Mic Night will give singers and guitarists the musical and performance knowledge, technical skills, and, most importantly, the confidence needed to step up to the microphone and give it their best shot. This book contains information on how to sign up, preparing the set, venue etiquette, performance, possible equipment needed, networking, and promotion so friends and fans will come out and show support. But the heart of this book is the songs – 25 great songs all arranged for voice and guitar, by such artists as Foo Fighters, Plain White T's, Radiohead, Bruno Mars, Gnarls Barkley, Train, The Black Crowes, Jason Mraz, Jackson Browne, and many more.

Every song is paired with a detailed lesson on how to play the tune, and each song-geared lesson is peppered with concepts that will heighten musicians’ overall understanding of music. In addition, each lesson contains biographical info about the artist or band, and sometimes some background on the creation of the song, information that's perfect for on-stage open mic banter. Plus, all songs are performed and demonstrated on the provided CDs. The TNT software included on the discs allows users to slow songs down, loop sections, change keys, and even drop out the vocals for karaoke-style sing-along practice.

As part of Alfred’s ongoing commitment to improving our environment, the book is printed on 100% recycled paper stock.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Open Mic Night (00-37455) is now available for $24.99 at music retail stores and at

Titles: 15 Step * 1983 * Billionaire * Butterfly * Chuck E.'s in Love * Crazy * Everlong * Grenade * Heaven * Hey There Delilah * Home * If Everyone Cared * If I Had $1,000,000 * I'll See You in My Dreams * In Love with a Girl * Into the Mystic * Layla * Marry Me * Over the Rainbow * Say * She Talks to Angels * Too Many Angels * Umbrella * Use Somebody * You Can Leave Your Hat On.