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Triplets: 40 Triplets and 10 Ways to Play Them

Triplets: 40 Triplets and 10 Ways to Play Them, Independence with Triplets

Triplets: 40 Triplets and 10 Ways to Play Them

Local 62 (Trenton, NJ) musician Rick Lawton is a recording artist, teacher, consultant, and author. These two books are in-depth explorations of one of a working drummer’s most fundamental tools: triplets. Triplets: 40 Triplets and 10 Ways to Play Them is a must-have for students and teachers. The accent patterns are written to improve accuracy, playing time, and creativity. Independence with Triplets covers advanced techniques—alternate and extra stickings. Both books include access to free online audio files that demonstrate the lessons and techniques.

Triplets: 40 Triplets and 10 Ways to Play Them and Independence with Triplets, by Rick Lawton, Sticks & Skins, sticks-and-skins.com.

Liszt: Piano Works and Other Works

Liszt: Piano Works and Other Works, Early Versions

Liszt: Piano Works and Other Works

This book from Editio Musica Budapest presents two alternate versions of Franz Liszt’s seminal “Weihnachtsbaum”: the first version (from autograph) and an earlier published version. Also included are alternate versions of his “Annees de pelerinage,” “Troisieme annee and the Schlummerlied im Grabe,” “Die Trauergondel,” and more. There is background information on all pieces and facsimile copies of the originals.

Liszt: Piano Works and Other Works, Early Versions, Editio Musica Budapest, Carl Fischer Music, www.carlfischer.com.

Franz Wohlfahrt:

Franz Wohlfahrt: Foundation Studies for the Violoncello, Book 1, 60 Studies

Franz Wohlfahrt: Foundation Studies for the Violoncello

Wohlfahrt’s Foundation Studies have long been successful tools for violinists and violists in mastering their instruments. This new edition is written for cello students. The transcribed etudes present challenges for the cellist, for example, requiring the student to make use of the second and even third positions. The fingerings chosen for the passages reflect shifting positions in a coherent and logical way.

Franz Wohlfahrt: Foundation Studies for the violoncello, Book 1, 60 Studies (from Opp. 45, 54, 74), selected and arranged by K. H. Aiqouni, edited by Richard Hughey, Carl Fischer, www.carlfischer.com.

The Violinist’s Daily Warm-Ups and Scale System

The Violinist’s Daily Warm-Ups and Scale System

The Violinist’s Daily Warm-Ups and Scale System

This collection of daily violin warm-ups compiled by renowned instructor Roland Vamos is effective for professionals and students alike. The 16 exercises are designed to develop dexterity and flexibility in the fingers and joints. Each is notated for all of the four strings and Vamos recommends choosing a different string for each day of practice. Also included is a comprehensive set of studies for developing fluency with scales and arpeggios.

The Violinist’s Daily Warm-Ups and Scale System, by Roland Vamos, Carl Fischer, www.carlfischer.com.

Ragamalika—Four Pieces for Piano

Ragamalika—Four Pieces for Piano

Ragamalika—Four Pieces for Piano

This piece by Gerald Levinson was commissioned by pianist Marcantonio Barone. Ragamalika means “garland of ragas” and describes a practice in North Indian classical music where the soloist departs from one principal raga (melodic mode) and whirls through a series of others. The influence of Balinese gamelan can be hard in the bell-like resonances and flowing textures of the first and fourth pieces, “Prelude” and “Postlude”. The third, “En blanc et noir (pour les sonorities opposes),” is a study in opposed sonorities in homage to Debussy.

Ragamalika—Four Pieces for Piano, by Gerald Levinson, Theodore Presser Company, www.presser.com.

Philippe Gaubert: Treasures for Flute and Piano

Philippe Gaubert: Treasures for Flute and Piano

Philippe Gaubert: Treasures for Flute and Piano

This is a collection of short works for flute and piano by multi-talented musician Philippe Gaubert. Trained at the Paris Conservatory, Gaubert was one of the most important musical figures in France during the first half of the 20th century. He was deeply influenced by composers such as Debussy, Fauré, and Dukas.

Philippe Gaubert: Treasures for Flute and Piano, compiled and
edited by Amy Porter, Carl Fischer, www.carlfischer.com.

Jazz Piano Scales and Exercises

Jazz Piano Scales and Exercises

Jazz Piano Scales and Exercises

Local 802 (New York City) member Lee Evans is an acclaimed educator, performer, and composer. His Jazz Piano Scales and Exercises presents an interesting way to practice patterns and etudes while learning jazz. Following the notation and fingerings for scales—major, harmonic minor, and melodic minor—in each of the 12 keys, three jazz exercises are given. These serve to reinforce the patterns and fingers and to give the player a sense of melodies, rhythms, and harmonies that are integral to jazz stylings.

Jazz Piano Scales and Exercises: An Engaging Way to Practice Scale Patterns and Etudes While Learning Jazz, by Local 802 member Lee Evans, Hal Leonard, www.halleonard.com.

long slow train

Long Slow Train: The Soul Music of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

long slow train

Sharon Jones struggled for years to make it in the music industry, singing weddings and talent shows, and frequently being told she was “too short, too old, too fat, and too black” to make it as a headliner. But in 1996 she was discovered by Daptone Records and became the dynamic frontline singer for the Dap-Kings, performing her own brand of gospel funk. This book offers a deep appreciation for the bighearted star who beat the odds and did it her way.

Long Slow Train: The Soul Music of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, by Donald Brackett, Backbeat Books, www.backbeatbooks.com.

yes, you can!

Yes, You Can! The Band Director’s Guide to Teaching Choirs

yes, you can!

Stepping into a choral classroom from a band directing background can be daunting. This book is designed to bridge the path between abstract knowledge and practical application with relevant, practical pedagogical tools that are supplemented with listening and visual examples. There are many examples of how what you already know about teaching band can be transferred to teaching choir.

Yes, You Can! The Band Director’s Guide to Teaching Choirs, by Derrick Fox, edited by Denise Eaton, Carl Fischer, www.carlfischer.com.