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Don't Press Too Hard! is a free stroke Guitar tutor which aims to provide a method of learning to play the Guitar combining maximum musical effect with minimum physical effort in an entertaining and purposeful way. This is achieved by: Giving priority to right hand development so that fluency, simplicity and rhythmic control are always given prime consideration. Most of the right hand patterns are arpeggio based and lend themselves best to free strokes. Pima are used in an integrated way that does not relegate p to a supportive bass role. In keeping with most other tutors of stringed instruments, more sophisticated rhythms are introduced at an early stage rather than extending the note range. Stopped notes are introduced in order of accessibility, beginning with those in the resonant middle register. Use of the left hand stretch between the 1st and 3rd left hand fingers has been deferred in favour of an early introduction of the 4th, encouraging use of a balanced tripod between 1, 2 and 4. Rests and articulated bass notes are introduced at a very early stage. The indication to stop over-ringing bass notes is discontinued half-way through the book, hopefully by then the pupil will have gained the habit and aural awareness. Minimal left hand fingering avoids 'reading by numbers'. There is little written text, most things are best explained by the teacher.
Instruments: Classical Guitar, Guitar
Zebracadabra is a collection of original music for Guitar, containing charming, witty and entertaining pieces that are easy to play, instantly attractive and make ideal repertoire for the early guitarist.
Long before the current boom of interest in Celtic music fostered a generation of aspiring Celtic guitarists, Duck Baker recorded Kid On The Mountain, which remained the only solo guitar recording of Irish and Scottish music for over a decade. A familiar figure at Irish sessions around London, where he lived in the late 1970s, Duck applied his considerable arranging talents to the music he heard around him, extending the American fingerpicking vocabulary as he delved into the roots of Celtic music. Duck Baker's arrangements strive to maintain not only the melodic elegance of Irish music but also its drive and passion. Considered a classic by guitar aficionados since its original issue in 1980, Kid on the Mountain remains a high point in the career of one of the most important contemporary fingerstylists.
Genres: Scottish, World
Mickey Baker, best known for his Mickey & Slyvia hit Love is Strange, lived in France for the last thirty years of his life. During that time he played jazz as well as delving back into the roots of Black American music. As a result he began to experiment with various country blues techniques and styles. This exploration led to his album Blues and Jazz Guitar of Mickey Baker (SGGW107). At the same time he also began to perform as a solo jazz and blues artist which was quite different than his past where he usually fronted either a jazz or a rock band. His solo blues playing took him around Europe and during the last years of his touring throughout Africa on three occasions. On his last tour of Africa he was joined by the excellent bass player Alex Sanders and Mickey's show was able to expand to the full gambit of his musical experiences - from country blues to jazz. During this tour Alex and Mickey started to compose together and decided to try and record an album that would highlight their sounds and explorations. This is, in fact, the first jazz rock guitar album that Mickey Baker has ever done. It is full of surprises and intriguing sounds from a rendition of Rachmaninoff's Prelude In C# Minor to the disco sound of Alexander's Funk Time to the 7/4 of Ouagadougou. Plus for this album Mickey combined his skills of being one of the finest jazz guitarists with those of a teacher and prepared a tab/music booklet for students.
Genres: Jazz & Blues
This songbook features easy Piano arrangements of 22 classics by Academy Award- and Grammy Award-winning composer Henry Mancini. Songs include: Baby Elephant Walk • Charade • The Days of Wine and Roses • Dear Heart • Inspector Clouseau Theme • Moon River • Peter Gunn • The Pink Panther • Whistling Away the Dark • The Thorn Birds • and more.
Instruments: Piano, Vocal, Guitar, Vocal, Piano, Guitar, Piano and Keyboard
Genres: Film & TV
The Faber Graded Rock & Pop Series Bass Songbook: Initial - Grade 1 provides the perfect resource for the budding rock and pop musician. Specially arranged to follow the parameters for Initial to Grade 1 as set out by Trinity for the “own choice song” option in their Rock & Pop exams, each song also includes handy hints and tips and a fantastic sound-alike backing track suitable for practice, performance and the exams.
Instruments: Bass Guitar, Guitar
The Faber Graded Rock & Pop Series Guitar Songbook: Initial – Grade 1 provides the perfect resource for the budding rock and pop musician. Specially arranged to follow the parameters for Initial to Grade 1 as set out by Trinity for the “own choice song” option in their Rock & Pop exams, each song also includes handy hints and tips and a fantastic sound-alike backing track suitable for practice, performance and the exams.
The brand new guide to improving your game. Whether you're just starting out or have some time in the saddle, we provide the tips, tricks, lessons, and techniques that you need to play better - fast. Get off on the right foot Buy the right guitar for you. Grab the gear you need. Then, learn to keep your guitar looking and sounding great. Work on your chords You're not going anywhere without solid chord skills. Inside, you'll find expert advice on nailing the chords you need. Build up your skills Make your guitar sing - and cry. Work on your articulation and take a few lessons in style: rock, blues, even classical. Know your history Check out ten of the greatest guitarists to walk the earth and ten all-time great guitars.
The Language of Folk Book 1 offers 20 elementary to intermediate folk songs from around the British Isles and further afield, carefully selected and arranged to develop the key skills and vocal styles integral to folk song. Produced in association with The Sage Gateshead and its nationally renowned folk music programme, these books provide a wealth of material both for established folk singers and those new to the world of folk. 20 varied folk songs, progressing from beginner level to around grade 4 Includes both unaccompanied songs and songs arranged with piano accompaniment Informative contextual notes and practice tips for every song Chord names provided for all songs, offering performers the freedom to add their own accompaniment Helpful introduction to the folk song genre, including a beginner’s guide to ornamentation CD with authentic performances of every song by young folk singers, along with backing tracks for the accompanied pieces Complete lyric sheets available as PDFs to print on the CD All unaccompanied songs feature on the current Trinity singing syllabus (‘Technical Work’ section)
Instruments: Piano, Vocal, Guitar, Vocal, Piano, Guitar, Piano and Keyboard
The 15 popular songs in this edition of the Hal Leonard Guitar Method series are arranged in “chord-melody” style. Each solo combines melody and harmony in one full-sounding arrangement that can be played with a pick or fingers. All of the songs are played in open position and use standard chord shapes. Lyrics are also included. Songs include: Best of My Love • Bridge over Troubled Water • Crazy • Good Vibrations • I Just Called to Say I Love You • In My Life • Just the Way You Are • and more!