Hal Leonard Releases Song Charting Made Easy

Musicians Will Appreciate Book/CD Pack from Rascal Flatts Drummer

MILWAUKEE – If you’re a songwriter who needs to chart out your latest composition, or the guy in the band who has to rewrite chord charts whenever someone decides to play a song in a different key, Jim Riley’s going to save you some serious time and energy. Riley, a highly accomplished musician and the drummer for Rascal Flatts, wrote Song Charting Made Easy: A Play-Along Guide to the Nashville Number System. Hal Leonard will present this unique title for all musicians at Summer NAMM

Song Charting Made Easy teaches the famous “number system” of notation – a staple in the fast-paced Nashville session community – in a methodical way that’s easy to understand. Using this system, any musician can learn how to write one concise chart that the whole band can use: we’re talking about an entire song, on a half sheet of paper, in less than five minutes! The accompanying CD features more than 90 musical examples for demonstration and reference.

Riley covers the basic principles of the Number System, as well as these topics: major and minor chords; straight and syncopated rhythms; repeat signs and odd meters; inversions, accidentals, and non-diatonic chords; accents, pedal tones, advanced voicings, and key changes; integrating standard notation; and much more.

For more information or to place an order for Song Charting Made Easy (00311820 / $19.99) from Hal Leonard, please visit your local music store or contact Music Dispatch (1-800-637-2852, www.musicdispatch.com).

About Jim Riley
Jim Riley was born in Boston and showed interest in music from an early age. He played in his high school band, and studied with the percussionist from the Boston Symphony. Riley earned his Music Education degree from the University of North Texas, where he was heavily involved in the jazz, orchestra, wind ensemble, percussion ensemble and marching percussion programs.

Upon graduation, Riley taught percussion studies for a Texas school district, and in 1995, moved to Kansas City to pursue his dream of becoming a professional musician. While recording with local guitarist Jeff Scheetz, he took a job with Kansas City Drumworks, building and selling custom drums. He began his long relationship with the VPR Creative Group as a writer and performer with the Sticks of Thunder percussion ensemble.

In 1997, Riley moved to Nashville. Less than a year later, he was playing with country star Mark Chesnutt and outlaw rocker Hank Williams III. The turning point in Riley’s career came in 2000, when he took the job as drummer and band leader for Rascal Flatts. The group has sold in excess of 10 million records, and is the most successful country group of the new millennium. In addition to his work with Rascal Flatts, Riley keeps busy playing sessions in Nashville.

About Hal Leonard Corporation
Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard Corporation (www.halleonard.com) is the world’s largest music print publisher, producing songbooks, sheet music, educational publications, reference books, DVDs, CD-ROMs, children’s music products and more. In its more than 200,000 available publications, the company represents in print some of the world’s best known and most respected publishers, artists, songwriters and arrangers. Hal Leonard is headquartered in Milwaukee, WI and also has domestic offices in Winona, MN; New York; and Nashville; and offices abroad in Australia, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

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