July 2003 - NEW ISSUES
The latest in the Guitar Licks Series, Country Licks offers the interested player a vast library of over 80 hot country licks that will help any guitarist improvise more effectively in the country music style. Learning and mastering scales and chords is vital, but to be a good player or improviser it is also essential to have a usable set of melodic ideas or licks to enrich each solo. The licks are designed to be played with a variety of ten common rhythmic patterns or "grooves" derived from actual hit country songs. On the CD, the play-along tracks are a great way to experiment with the licks the user has picked up from the book. Author Todd Barth is an experienced player whose 29 years of touring and recording have gone into making this book and CD a great way for guitarists to enrich their ability to play country music effectively.
The Art of Chords
The Art of Chords addresses one of the most common weaknesses of the learn-by-ear guitar player, reading and understanding chords. This book offers a revolutionary approach to looking at chords, which is both simple and easily remembered. With the knowledge of just six chords, two basic formulas and some of the rudiments of music theory, the player can understand and play more than 9,000 possible guitar chords. Fun for individual study and classroom use, The Art of Chords is great preparation for guitarists of any musical background. It is also supported by a Web site (www.guitar-tracks.com) that is full of additional lessons and information.
When I Reflect
Finding uplifting and inspirational solos for use by young vocalists can be a challenge. This new collection is designed to fill that need with songs that are motivational and inspirational in content. The stirring strains of American Hymn by Carl Strommen will evoke the patriotism of any audience, and the call to heroism in daily life heard in May I Be a Hero (by Ruth Elaine Schram) will appeal to the idealism characteristic of most young people. The feeling of appreciation for teachers, mentors and parents is evident in the heartfelt words and music of When I Reflect (by Ruth Elaine Schram), The Gifts You've Given to My Life and We Never Really Say Goodbye (both by Greg Gilpin). The inspirational message of Let There Be Peace On Earth (arranged by Mark Hayes) couldn't be more timely and will always have an appropriate place in performances all over the world. Take Me Home (by Carl Strommen) hymns the value of love of home and Climb Your Own Rainbow (by Sunnie Miller and Elissa Oppenheim Schreiner; arranged by Carl Strommen) and If You Search (by Ruth Elaine Schram) will help self-motivation take root in the performer and challenge all audiences to strive for higher achievement in life. This is a collection to use and cherish. A CD with complete performances as well as accompaniment-only tracks is included.
Ties That Bind
Elegantly and with some harmonic sophistication, Bob Burroughs has arranged eleven popular hymn tunes, from several Protestant traditions, for piano. The piano writing is imaginative but not too difficult from a technical standpoint and the arrangements are suitable for church and home use.
Contains: Blest Be the Tie that Binds; O Jesus, I Have Promised; I Saw the Cross of Jesus; Sing Praise to God Who Reigns On High; Wonderful Wonderful Jesus; Easter Morn' Christ Arose and more.
Playing With the Band at Christmas
Here's a chance for performers of any age to play along with the band as it makes a joyful sound with outstanding arrangements of celebrated music for Christmas by Andrew Balent, Larry Clark, Joseph Compello, and Sean O'Loughlin. These books (for Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet and Trombone) contain melodic descants to the original arrangements and are compatible with each other. They can be used to play for sheer enjoyment in a variety of performing situations, at home and in church or school. Each book contains melody parts to be played with nine popular band arrangements: Hey Man, Christmas Swings! (Clark), Patapan (Compello), Holiday Ornaments (O'Loughlin), Silent Night (Clark), Christmas Variations (Balent), Have a Reggae Christmas, "Mon" (Clark), The Twelve Days of Christmas (O'Loughlin), Hey Man, Christmas Rocks! (Clark) and Christmas Sketches (O'Loughlin).
The Godowsky Collection, Vol. 4
This is the Godowsky Collection most musicians have been waiting for. Leopold Godowsky (1870-1938) was one of the most celebrated pianists of the golden age of the piano virtuoso. A prodigious arranger, transcriber and adapter of existing keyboard music, he was also a gifted composer. This fourth volume in the distinguished series devoted to his piano works, contains some of Godowsky's best-known transcriptions (Albeniz - Tango, Op. 165 and Triana from Iberia, Bizet - Adagietto from L'Arlesienne, Bohm - Still Wie Die Nacht, Kreisler - Rondino (On a Theme by Beethoven), Saint-Saëns - Le Cygne from The Carnival of the Animals, Richard Strauss - Standchen, Op. 17, No. 2, von Weber - Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65, et al.) and his remarkable Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Johann Strauss, Jr. as well as his own terrific Waltz Poems. The pianistic wizardry on view in this collection is quite simply, mind boggling. This is a volume any serious musician and pianist will want to own and treasure. As before, the excellent biographical sketch and notes on the pieces are by noted Godowsky scholar, Dr. Millan Sachania.
Also available in the Godowsky Collection:
Sweet Dreams Songbook
This lovely collection, from the Woodland Music Press catalog (a Ron Harris company), consists of ten musically sophisticated piano lullabies, some in their original versions and some in arrangements by Steve Hall and Ron Harris. Drawn from the classical repertoire, folk and popular music, these pieces are suitable for Intermediate-Level players.
Contains: A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes, All the Pretty Little Horses, Hush Little Baby, Brahms' Lullaby, Liebestraum (Lizst), a medley of All Through the Night, Goodnight Irene, Beautiful Dreamer, The Girl With the Flaxen Hair (Debussy) & more.
A0I5227 - Sweet Dreams Songbook - Hall - Piano Solo Book