Music Books and Instructional CDs

A Near Eastern Music Primer

by Mimi Spencer

For music readers who would like to start playing Middle Eastern music, this book contains seven easy to medium level Arbic, Turkish and Armenian pieces with music, words and translations, as well as some basic Near Eastern music theory. No quarter tones; may be played on Western or Eastern instruments. Scale and oud fingering for each piece. List of maqam-s; glossary, notes on pronunciation and performance and many other features make this a very nice introduction to the music of the Near East.23pp, 8.5" x 11" Spiral Bound.
$16.50 + $3.00 Shipping and Handling




Sadika’s Tunes

by Mimi Spencer

Contains 13 pieces, six with quarter tones and seven without. Suggested fingering for oud, recorder. List of rhythms; glossary; sources for recordings and much more.35pp, 8.5" x 11" Spiral Bound.
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The Musical Manuscripts

by Mimi Spencer

This book contains a collection of music manuscripts transcribed by Mimi Spencer in her own hand. The repertoire of 35 pieces covers Arabic, Turkish, Greek, Persian and Armenian genres, and are in a variety of Near East rhythms.

The Musical Manuscripts of Mimi Spencer
44 tunes; Spiral Bound
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Gems Instrumental Pieces

by Mimi Spencer

This book contain many transcriptions including popular Arabic melodies in music notation; list of maqam-s, rhythms, lots of useful information including a discography, bibliography, maqam and rhythm charts, glossary and more. The songbook has words in original languages, English translations and transliterations.

Gems Instrumental Pieces
23 tunes; 70 pp Spiral Bound
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The Gems Songbook

by Mimi Spencer

This book contain many transcriptions including popular Arabic melodies in music notation; list of maqam-s, rhythms, lots of useful information including a discography, bibliography, maqam and rhythm charts, glossary and more. The songbook has words in original languages, English translations and transliterations.

Gems Songbook
11 tunes; 59 pp Spiral Bound
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Zils: The Art of Playing Finger Cymbals

by Mimi Spencer
Third Edition of this classic volume, first produced in 1976. Easy-to-read, easy to use, no previous musical knowledge required. Over 100 variations on eighteen Middle Eastern rhythms; playing technique; exercises, how to purchase and care for your finger cymbals. Illustrated with drawings by the author.

57 pp, 8.5" x 7", Spiral Bound
$15.00 Book

Zils companion CD

Mimi Spencer recites and plays rhythms from the book at slow and medium tempos; keyed to page numbers.

60 minutes
$12.50 CD

Get both the book and the CD for $24 (tax included)
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ETERNAL RHYTHMS  OF THE MIDDLE EAST

These CDs feature a full hour of music perfect for listening, teaching, dancing, or practicing. Each CD features four rhythms, playing continuously in the same tempo for at least 14 minutes, with dozens of beautiful, authentic Middle Eastern melodies on each volume. Performed by Jazayer. Mimi Spencer on Kaunu, Devi-ja Croll on Violin, Vince Delgado, Mark Jaqua and Susu Pampanin on percussion.

Volume I

Slow and medium baladi, medium six-eight, slow masmudi.

Volume II

Slow chifte-telli, medium karsilama (9/8), slow rhumba, slow Sa'udi.

Volume III

Medium and fast ayyoub, medium fast karsilama, medium Sa'udi.

Volume IV

Medium masmudi, fast baladi, six-eight, chifte-telli.

$12 Each 60 minute CD (tax included) + $3 shipping/handling
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$46 for all 4 volumes (tax included) + $5 shipping/handling
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