The ToneWay® Project: helping people play music


Our Products

Scroll down for a list of products we currently offer. Our products are all delivered by third parties now: books are sold through Amazon, while CDs are available through Kunaki or as MP3 downloads through Gumroad. The "Buy" links will take you to the third party's page.


Songbooks

Instruction & Reference Books

Combo Song/Instruction Books

Audio for Learning

Just-for-Listening Albums

Songbooks

All of our songbooks feature chords in “1-4-5” notation. This key-independent system makes it easy to play any song in any key you like. In this system, the “1” chord is equal to the key you’re in, and you simply count up to find out what the other chords are. Full instructions are included with every book.

Note that sheet music is not included with any of our books. However, you can hear a sample verse and chorus of each and every song on this website in the “Songs” section.

Family Tradition Songbook

It all started with a book like this—lyrics to traditional (public domain) songs in the bluegrass/old-time/folk vein, with chords in 1-4-5 notation. Over the past decade, the list of songs has grown to a whopping 371. Printed with 12-point text.

Family Tradition Big Print Songbook

This is the big-print edition of the Family Tradition Songbook above. Warning: At 390 pages, this is a thick, heavy book!

Big Print Songs

This book has “only” 222 songs, but while the Family Tradition songbooks above include every public-domain song we could find, these 222 songs were carefully chosen, based on popularity and other factors. Also, this book includes historical information when available, and can be purchased with stay-flat coil binding. Set in 20-point type. Includes all 100 core songs.

Family Tradition Big Print Gospel Songbook

This book offers 168 gospel songs, a lifetime supply of commonly-played, traditional 'people music'. Each song is annotated with key-independent chord changes (a.k.a. Nashville number system), ‘jammability’, and tonal information useful for playing by ear and for singing lead and harmony.

Instruction & Instrument Reference Books

The ToneWay Music Method

Eighth edition of our complete playing-by-ear reference manual for guitar, banjo, Dobro, fiddle, mandolin, bass, singing, and now ukulele. The instructional material here is somewhat less linear than Get Started Plus (below), but it goes deeper. Includes medium-print lyrics/chords for 36 songs.

The ToneWay Music Method for Ukulele and Guitalele

If you're learning ukulele or guitalele, this book includes everything you'd want from the ToneWay Music Method book above, in a smaller package for a cheaper price.

Combo Song/Instruction Books

Get Started Plus! Core Songs Edition

A beginner's introduction to the ToneWay Music Method, covering guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, Dobro, and bass (but not ukulele). Includes 100 full-page (big print) Core Songs with song histories. Chords are in key-independent ‘1-4-5’ notation 150 pages. Goes great with the Get Started Companion CD. Look inside the book for more!

Family Tradition ToneWay Music Method and Song Reference

Eighth edition of our complete playing-by-ear reference manual for guitar, banjo, Dobro, fiddle, mandolin, bass, singing, and now ukulele. The instructional material here is somewhat less linear than Get Started Plus, but it goes somewhat deeper. Includes small-print lyrics/chords for 371 songs. At 276 pages, it's a thick book.

The ToneWay Music Method Ukulele and Guitalele Songbook

This new book takes the parts of the ToneWay Music Method book that apply to the ukulele and guitalele, and pairs that with 100 songs in big-print (20-point) type, as in Get Started.

CDs for Learning

Core Songs CD Series

Full band recordings of one hundred classic songs, on your choice of five CDs or one disc of MP3s. The 100 songs match the ones in Get Started Plus. Listen to the samples inside!

Get Started Companion CD

Beginning songs at varying keys and speeds. Goes great with a ToneWay Method book.

Song Clips MP3 collection

All 360 Song Clips as MP3 files.
PC/Mac/iPod Ready!

Just-for-listening Albums

Abbott Family Band CD

Live and Picking features 20 songs from a family band that’s been playing together nearly 10 years. Taken from two festival performances.

Luke Abbott’s Solo CD

Take Me Home is Luke's critically acclaimed solo album. Fourteen traditional songs, recorded live into one mic, with no overdubbing.