Books? For listening? Right. haha
So yeah, music books... unless you have an incredible sight-"singing" inner ear, you'll have to either play examples in music books out or hope they come with a CD.
That out of the way, I wanted to ask what books you guys may have gotten a lot out of over the years for music? We could make a thread for videos, too, or add it here maybe. I'm more of a book guy. Videos tend to go too slowly for me, but some are interesting.
Here are my favorite music books on my shelves:
Mel Bay's Complete Book of Harmony, Theory, and Voicing <-- This book gets really deep. Over the years, I've barely scratched the surface.
Arranging Music for the Real World <-- I LOVE this book. It teaches incredibly useful information, and it's easy to follow.
Second places would go to:
Polyrhythms: The Musician's Guide <-- Still haven't used everything here, but cool to come back to time to time.
Hearing and Writing Music <--- I got a few very useful things from this one, but you have to wade through some fluff.
The Art of Writing Music <-- A old TV composer basically takes you through the process as he writes a piece.
And also music scores. I have a small collection of music scores. Sometimes I follow them while listening to music. Sometime I open them up just to find out how a composer got a certain sound (lookin' at you, Stravinsky). There are four I have as actual bound books as opposed to PDFs:
EDIT: I want to put a little more emphasis on scores. You can find just about anything online. If you hear something you like, and you want to know how it was done, look it up. Scores can be a treasure trove, a mine of fantastic approaches and ideas that will help you grow in new directions you may not have before. From Little Shop of Horrors, to Daphnis & Chloé, it's out there.
And then there are other books lying around which I think are good, but I don't have any particular love for them:
This Business of MUSIC <-- yeah, okay, I never opened this one, hahahaha
Truth be told, I never finished a lot of these books, but even in those I didn't finish, I learned some great stuff. If I had really worked the books, and worked harder on writing better, heck, that could have been really interesting. Anyway, those are my books/recommendations. You?
PS~ Oh, and MANUALS for your gear/software. That cannot be stressed enough.