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classical guitar album

Classical Guitar Album: New and well-known pieces (Volumes 1, 2, and 3)

classical guitar album

Paul Coles’ three-volume Classical Guitar Album offers nearly 100 varied pieces of increasing difficulty. His works are designed for the developing musician but include commissioned works performed and premiered by some of the world’s leading guitarists. He draws on Baroque, contemporary, and classical Spanish influences.

Volume 1 contains 43 preparatory pieces and includes well-known melodies for the beginning guitarist in accessible keys (1-2). Volume 2 has 28 original pieces, which take the player to the next level (2-3). Volume 3 includes 28 pieces written for the middle-grade guitarist, advancing in keys 3-4.

Classical Guitar Album: New and well-known pieces, by Paul Coles, Universal Edition, www.universaledition.com

duetti

Luciano Berio: Duetti (arrangement for two violas)

duetti

This set of arrangements of Luciano Berio’s Duetti, originally for two violins, represents an expansion of the limited repertoire for two violas. These duets, originally conceived as a collection of occasional pieces, became a full compositional project with pedagogical overtones. The wide variation in technical demands for Duetti—from beginner to high-level skills—illuminates Berio’s unique approach.

Luciano Berio: Duetti (arrangement for two violas), arranged by Annegret Mayer-Lindenberg, Universal Edition, www.universaledition.com

steps using fixed do

STEPS Using Fixed DO: Strategies & Tools Encouraging Proficient Sightsinging

steps using fixed do

Written for choirs of all types, this book provides a systematic and sequential process for those who teach sight reading using Fixed DO (the key of C). The book is organized by key so that students are immersed in a key, enabling them to identify the steps of the scales on sight as well as the intervals from the tonic triad.

STEPS Using Fixed DO: Strategies & Tools Encouraging Proficient Sightsinging, by Denise Eaton in collaboration with Janice Bradshaw
www.carlfischer.com

insight singing

InSight Singing: Fixed DO

insight singing

Based on a multi-sensory approach to music reading, this book integrates visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning styles to achieve confident sight-reading skills. Learning strategies will help choral singers improve reading accuracy, increase their ability to recognize and perform rhythmic tonal patterns, and sing with accurate pitch and rhythm.

InSight Singing: Fixed DO. A Multi-Sensory Approach to Reading Music Using Fixed Do, by Denise Eaton, Jan Juneau, and Sally Schott
www.carlfisher.com

no walls and the recurring dream

No Walls and the Recurring Dream

no walls and the recurring dream

In her new memoir, Ani DiFranco of Local 1000 (Nongeographic) recounts her early life from a place of hard-won wisdom, combining personal expression, the power of music, political activism, storytelling, philanthropy, entrepreneurship, and much more into an inspiring whole. Her coming-of-age story is defined by her ethos of fierce independence—from being an emancipated minor sleeping in a Buffalo bus station, to building a career through appearances at small clubs and festivals, to releasing her first album at age 18, to rejecting the mainstream recording industry and creating her own label.

No Walls and the Recurring Dream, by Ani DiFranco,
Penguin Random House, www.penguinrandomhouse.com.

groove trumpet

Manuel Hilleke: Groove Trumpet

groove trumpet

Author Manuel Hilleke has compiled 11 groove-based original compositions and arrangements for professional section and solo playing. Based on simple song forms, you can practice in different styles such as jazz, funk, rock ‘n’ roll, reggae, and more. Playing guides, graphical instructions for phrasing and articulation, as well as exercises for improvisation are included.

Manuel Hilleke: Groove Trumpet, by Manuel Hilleke, Universal Edition, www.universaledition.com.

songs of a sourdough

Songs of a Sourdough

songs of a sourdough

These five movements form a backdrop for an exploration of life in the Yukon and are built around five texts by British-Canadian poet Robert Service. Adventurer-composer Stephen Lias has a reputation for symphonic work inspired by the geography, history, and wildlife of America’s national parks. For this piece (written for renowned baritone Scott LaGraff), Lias draws on his affinity for far-flung regions to evoke an emotional tribute to the wilderness and its inhabitants.

Songs of a Sourdough: Five Songs for Tenor and Piano, by Stephen Lias, with texts by Robert Service, www.alias-press.com.

playing with ease

Playing with Ease: A Healthy Approach to Guitar Technique

playing with ease

Playing with Ease is a book about ergonomic technique for the guitar, as well as other instruments. Renowned classical guitarist David Leisner of Local 205 (Green Bay, WI) offers an introduction to the basic anatomy of movement, advice on relieving unnecessary tension, pioneering ideas about engaging large muscles, and tips for practicing and concert preparation.

Playing with Ease: A Healthy Approach to Guitar Technique, by David Leisner, Oxford University Press, www.oup.com.

michael drapkin

Michael Drapkin: How to Work on Clarinet Reeds, Drapkin’s Book of Clarinet Calisthenics

michael drapkin

In his two latest books, bass clarinetist Michael Drapkin of Local 802 (New York City) offers advice and assistance on improving your technique as well as your physical instrument. In How to Work on Clarinet Reeds, Drapkin details his step-by-step approach to creating the perfect reeds for his clarinet.

Drapkin’s Book of Clarinet Calisthenics gives players a set of studies selected from Langenus and Baermann for players out of shape, players getting in shape, and players working toward concert-level assurance.

How to Work on Clarinet Reeds, Drapkin’s Book of Clarinet
Calisthenics, by Michael Drapkin, Drapkin Music Publications,
www.drapkin.net.

arban complete conservatory method

Arban Complete Conservatory Method for CC Tuba

arban complete conservatory method

This revised and newly engraved edition of Jean Baptiste Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method for CC Tuba is based on the comprehensive system of study that Arban first developed more than a century ago. Editor and Boston Symphony Principal Tubist Mike W. Roylance of Local 9-535 (Boston, MA) augments the original material so that it is accessible for the modern tubist.

Arban Complete Conservatory Method for CC Tuba Revised for Tuba, by Mike W. Roylance, Carl Fischer, www.carlfischer.com.