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These five poems by anonymous authors were set for voice and piano by Ohana in 1987 in a collection of originally eight songs. Jean Horreaux has transcribed five of the songs for guitar accompaniment, and includes versions of each in both high and low voices. Cinq Chansons Populaires Espagnoles (Pour Voix et Guitare),by Maurice Ohana, […]
Musicians of every level—professional or amateur, teacher or serious student—can benefit from developing mental practice and imagery skills. Mental Practice and Imagery for Musicians, by Malva Freymuth Tarasewicz of Local 20-263 (Denver, CO), now back in print after 15 years, presents a step-by-step training program with examples showing how mental work combines with physical practice […]
One of the most recorded drummers in history, Jeff Porcaro was a music superstar. With It’s About Time: Jeff Porcaro, The Man and His Music, author Robyn Flans provides insight into Porcaro’s musical career. Starting with his childhood and formative years, the book recounts his establishment on the L.A. scene, rise to stardom with Toto, […]
A dozen of the most popular songs by legendary contemporary music composer George Winston transcribed from the recordings and authorized by Winston. Includes an introduction from the composer, playing tips, song notes, a discography, a bio, and 12 songs. George Winston – Piano Sheet Music Collection, by George Winston, Hal Leonard, www.halleonard.com.
(for Marimba and Piano) China West Suite is a perfect recital piece that explores a variety of folk songs from the China West region in four movements, each named for a different group of people. Marimba players will appreciate this significant new addition to their instrument’s catalog from one of the world’s leading composers. For […]
This children’s book by Local 802 (New York City) member Augie Haas is about a young boy who discovers the magic of music, and dedicates his time to learning the trumpet. Little Augie learns that playing the trumpet is not as easy as he thought it would be, but he is determined to get better. […]
There’s high interest of professionals and public in the early version of the Violin Concerto by Jean Sibelius. The performance material of this “Original Version” is now printed for the first time. It is based on the volume of the complete edition of Jean Sibelius’ works, edited by Timo Virtanen (Breitkopf & Härtel). The early […]
This critical edition of Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro includes a preface with historical and performance information on the piece, including a comparison of the separate parts of all seven instruments to the full score with a list of corrections for each instrument. It has been published the way that it is actually played, making it […]
JW-Jones Fresh off the heels of winning Best Guitarist at the 2020 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, JW-Jones, of Local 180 (Ottawa, ON) was excited for a huge year before COVID-19 hit and halted his tour schedule. “l knew I had to do something productive to stay positive, so I turned isolation into inspiration,” said […]
John Oates John Oates, of the best-selling duo in rock history Hall & Oates, has released his second album performing with The Good Road Band: Live in Nashville. Oats, of Local 257 (Nashville, TN), along with fellow 257 musicians Sam Bush (mandolin), Russ Pahl (pedal steel), Nate Smith (cello), and Josh “Daddy” Day (drums/percussion) recorded […]