Books by Robin Meloy Goldsby

Waltz of the Asparagus People

Waltz of the Asparagus People

The “Piano Girl” journey continues. “Waltz of the Asparagus People” follows the hero of “Piano Girl,” Robin Meloy Goldsby, and her family to Europe, recounting their adventures and frustrations as they learn a new language, adapt to a new culture, and find new friends. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, and always insightful, Goldsby’s lyrical stories reveal the trials and triumphs of an expatriate musician’s life, as Goldsby connects her music to family, friends, and home, past and present.

Walzer der Spargel Menschen

Walzer der Spargelmenschen(auf Deutsch / German language)

Fünf Jahre nach ihrem ersten autobiographischen Geschichtenband Piano Girl, nun endlich die Fortsetzung der unglaublichen musikalischen und persönlichen Abenteuer von Robin Meloy Goldsby: Walzer der Spargelleute sind Geschichten wie sie das Leben schrieb, und zwar das Leben einer amerikanischen Pianistin in Europa.


– a NovelRhythm

Meet teenage drummer Jane Bowman. She’s fifteen, funny, and wounded by the loss of her famous percussionist mother. Robin Meloy Goldsby’s touching and humorous coming-of-age musical odyssey invites us to tap our toes in time to Jane’s powerful music—cheering her on as she mends her shattered heart, finds her groove, and discovers the tragic beauty of human resilience.

Piano Girl

– a memoirPiano Girl

(Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review)

Piano Girl is the story of a young woman’s accidental career as a cocktail lounge piano player, and the adventures and encounters that follow. Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, this entertaining memoir provides a rare glimpse into the comedies, tragedies, and mundane miracles witnessed from the business side of the keyboard. Robin Goldsby, a pianist in lounges around the world, tells her musical story by connecting the people she has met with places she has played and pianos she has known. Along the way, she finds the human side, for better or worse, in her audiences: the rich and famous, the down and out, and the everyday people who inhabit the corners of her world. In Piano Girl, anything can happen as people wander through Goldsby’s real-time soundtrack to life.


Books by John Goldsby

The Goldsby Bass Method: Volumes 1 – 6

Coming in Fall 2014!

Jazz Bowing Techniques for the Improvising Bassist

Book & CDJazz Bowing Techniques for the Improvising Bassist

A complete approach to improvising arco jazz with step-by-step instructions, exercises, and diagrams. Transcriptions of Slam Stewart, Jimmy Blanton, Paul Chambers, Eddie Gomez, and John Goldsby. Includes compositions by and for famous bass players. Highly recommended!


Bass Notes

Book & CDBass Notes

Bass Notes is a study method for bassists to learn how to play walking jazz bass lines. Ten bass lines from standard jazz compositions are transcribed exactly as John plays them on the Jamey Aebersold Play-Along Series. A CD is included so you can hear the bass line with the rhythm section (piano and drums) and follow along or play-along with the transcription.

The Jazz Bass Book

Book & CDThe Jazz Bass Book (foreword by Ron Carter)

The first in-depth look at the wonderful world of jazz bass playing. Designed for bass players and jazz fans alike, The Jazz Bass Book–Technique and Tradition is the first comprehensive reference of its kind. Part player’s manual, part history, and part biography, The Jazz Bass Book looks at all facets of jazz bass, providing expert guidance on technique, practice methods, and jazz theory, and insight into improvisation and overall musicianship. With exclusive interviews, transcriptions, and profiles, The Jazz Bass Book reveals the secrets of key jazz bassists and demonstrates their place in the art form’s development, from early New Orleans jazz through swing, bebop, and the avant-garde.