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Coming this holiday season from the author of "You Suck at Piano", the hero that we deserve... nutsmacking his way into our hearts!
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 Coming… this holiday season… the hero that we deserve… nutsmacking his way into our hearts!

Hey everyone! Dr. Joel Pierson here - author of You Suck at Piano. Thanks for checking out my newest ridiculousness: The Nutsmacker. I’ve created the world’s first (I’m willing to bet) comic book with pieces of music embedded right in the action. It’s a superhero story about a mild-mannered office worker by day who dons a Nutcracker mask by night and fights crime under the moniker “The Nutsmacker!” He wields a pantyhose full of walnuts (in shells for extra crackin’ smackin’ action’) to fight crime and keep our city safe. Accompanying the comics are all the major numbers from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker ballet, arranged for intermediate piano, or intermediate guitar (clever, huh?)

If you haven’t seen one of my projects yet, let me introduce myself: I’m a composer and pianist living in New York City. When I’m not off performing soundtracks to cartoons (my main gig: www.thequeenscartoonists.com), I work on ridiculous music education books. This is my fourth Kickstarter project - the first book, You Suck at Piano, was funded at 1000%, and the second and third projects raised about 200% of their initial goal. I’m dedicated to finding new and creative ways to make you practice your instrument - and to enjoy life at the same time.

This time I’ve offering some of the weirdest rewards ever. Of course you can bundle The Nutsmacker with the other books I’ve written. Or you can get the “Coloring Book Edition”, which is the same as the regular edition, but I’ll throw some crayons in the box. Or the “Ultimate Nutsmacking Crime-Fighting Kit”, which includes a pair of pantyhose and walnuts (in shell). Personally I think that’s the best holiday gift I’ve ever heard of. You can even pay me to find the closest performance of The Nutcracker to you, and I’ll buy tickets for your friend that hates the ballet the most. So let’s partner together to make this holiday season the nuttiest it can be!

Risks and challenges

For some reason, the traditional music publisher world still thinks that “mocking one’s audience” is not the best way to sell books. But I say fie, bally, and piddle to that! I’m completely convinced that a certain percentage of weirdos out there think that my ridiculous ideas are totally engaging. Weirdos… like… YOU!

As always, reach out to yousuckatpiano@gmail.com with any questions or concerns!

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    Updates only. No Nuts for You.

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    The Nutsmacker (piano edition, digital)

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    The Nutsmacker (physical+digital, piano)

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    The Nutsmacker (physical+digital, guitar

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    NS Coloring Book (piano edition)

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    NS Coloring Book (guitar edition)

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    The Nutsmacker (piano + guitar editions)

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    The Nutsmacker & You Suck at Piano

    A physical copy and digital download of The Nutsmacker (piano edition) + You Suck at Piano + updates.

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    The Nutsmacker & You Suck at Guitar

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    Sadsap Piano Starter Pack (digital)

    Digital Downloads of You Suck at Piano, You Suck at Piano 2, 20 Piano Pieces for People with Emotional Problems & The Nutsmacker (piano) + updates.

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    • Digital Download - The Nutsmacker (piano edition)
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    Sadsap Piano Starter Pack (physical)

    Physical and Digital copies of You Suck at Piano, You Suck at Piano 2, 20 Piano Pieces for People with Emotional Problems & The Nutsmacker + Updates.

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    • Digital Download - You Suck at Piano 2: You Still Suck
    • Physical Copy - You Suck at Piano 2: You Still Suck
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    Nutsmacker Crime-Fighting Kit (piano)

    The Ultimate Nutsmacking Crime Fighting Kit includes sheer nylon pantyhose, walnuts (in shell), The Nutsmacker (piano edition, physical & digital copies) + updates.

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    Nutsmacker Crime-Fighting Kit (guitar)

    The Ultimate Nutsmacking Crime Fighting Kit includes sheer nylon pantyhose, walnuts (in shell), The Nutsmacker (guitar edition, physical & digital copies) + updates.

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    • Digital Download - The Nutsmacker (guitar edition)
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    Tote Bag + Piano Pack

    Tote bag + physical and digital copies of The Nutsmacker (piano) + You Suck at Piano + Updates.

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    Tote Bag + Guitar Pack

    Tote bag + physical and digital copies of The Nutsmacker (guitar) + You Suck at Guitar + updates.

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    • Digital Download - The Nutsmacker (guitar edition)
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    Nutsmacker Christmas Pack (piano)

    A Nutsmacker Christmas ornament + tote bag + physical and digital copies of The Nutsmacker (piano edition) + You Suck at Piano + updates.

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    • Nutsmacker Christmas Ornament
    • Tote Bag
    • Digital Download - The Nutsmacker (piano edition)
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    Nutsmacking Christmas Pack (guitar)

    A Nutsmacker Christmas ornament + tote bag + physical and digital copies of The Nutsmacker (guitar edition) + You Suck at Guitar + updates.

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    • Nutsmacker Christmas Ornament
    • Tote Bag
    • Digital Download - The Nutsmacker (guitar edition)
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    • Digital Download - You Suck at Guitar
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    Nutsmacker Figurine Pack (piano)

    A Nutcracker figurine that Dr. Joel Peterson whacked a few times with a hammer + tote bag + physical and digital copies of The Nutsmacker (piano edition) + You Suck at Piano + updates.

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    • A Nutcracker Figurine whacked with a hammer by Dr. Joel Pierson
    • Tote Bag
    • Digital Download - The Nutsmacker (piano edition)
    • Physical Copy - The Nutsmacker (piano edition)
    • Digital Download - You Suck at Piano
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    Nutsmacker Figurine Pack (guitar)

    A Nutcracker figurine that Dr. Joel Peterson whacked a few times with a hammer + tote bag + physical and digital copies of The Nutsmacker (guitar edition) + You Suck at Guitar + updates.

    Includes:
    • A Nutcracker Figurine whacked with a hammer by Dr. Joel Pierson
    • Tote Bag
    • Digital Download - The Nutsmacker (guitar edition)
    • Physical Copy - The Nutsmacker (guitar edition)
    • Digital Download - You Suck at Guitar
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    Annotated Nutcracker Score + Piano Pack

    An full score of the Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky, complete with annotations from Dr. Joel Pierson in a red marker regarding where Tchaikovsky could have made improvements + tote bag + physical and digital copies of The Nutsmacker (piano) + You Suck at Piano + updates.

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    • Annotated Nutcracker Score w/ snarky comments
    • Tote Bag
    • Digital Download - The Nutsmacker (piano edition)
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    • Digital Download - You Suck at Piano
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    Annotated Nutcracker Score + Guitar Pack

    An full score of the Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky, complete with annotations from Dr. Joel Pierson in a red marker regarding where Tchaikovsky could have made improvements + tote bag + physical and digital copies of The Nutsmacker (guitar edition) + You Suck at Guitar + updates.

    Includes:
    • Annotated Nutcracker Score w/ snarky comments
    • Tote Bag
    • Digital Download - The Nutsmacker (guitar edition)
    • Physical Copy - The Nutsmacker (guitar edition)
    • Digital Download - You Suck at Guitar
    • Physical Copy - You Suck at Guitar
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    Tickets to the Nutcracker

    Dr. Joel Pierson will find the closest performance of The Nutcracker to where you live and buy you a pair of tickets. There is no guarantee that the closest performance will be actually close to you. Like, what if you live in Siberia? Do you dare take the chance!?!? Also includes physical and digital copies of The Nutsmacker + updates.

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    • 2 Tickets to the Nutcracker (for you)
    • Digital Download - The Nutsmacker (piano edition)
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    Gifted Nutcracker Tickets

    You want to support Dr. Joel Pierson at this level, but you hate the ballet. No problem. I’ll mail a pair of tickets to the closest performance of The Nutcracker to someone of your choosing, anonymously. Also includes physical and digital versions of The Nutsmacker (piano edition) + updates.

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    • 2 Tickets to the Nutcracker (for a friend who hates ballet)
    • Physical Copy - The Nutsmacker (piano edition)
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    Original Comic Strip

    Dr. Joel Pierson will pay Neil, the illustrator, to create a one-of-a-kind, 1-page comic strip for you. You get to choose the content. Keep it rated R, please. None of that Disney stuff. Also includes physical and digital copies of The Nutsmacker (piano or guitar edition) + updates.

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    • Original 1-Page Comic Strip
    • Digital Download - The Nutsmacker (piano edition)
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    Original Comic Strip + Composition

    Dr. Joel Pierson will write an original piece of music to accompany a one-of-a-kind, 1-page comic strip with the content of your choosing, designed by his illustrator, Neil. Also includes physical and digital copies of The Nutsmacker (piano or guitar edition) + updates.

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    • Original 1-Page Comic Strip
    • Original Musical Composition
    • Digital Download - The Nutsmacker (piano edition)
    • Digital Download - The Nutsmacker (guitar edition)
    • Physical Copy - The Nutsmacker (piano edition)
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