In 1881, Charles Zimmerman invented the Autoharp. In the 1960′s, Rhythm Band began to import Chromaharps from Japan. They are much the same instrument. Both have 36 strings and buttons on bars to press down, each bar pressed down produces a different chord. Elementary music teachers nearly always have one or the other in the instrument cabinet in the classroom. Much more can be done with an Autoharp or Chromaharp than simple strumming. Fancier strums can be employed, and there is a way to do some picking. Folksingers often include an Autoharp in their collection of instruments they use to accompany themselves. Mother Maybelle Carter is one of the best known autoharp players. It’s a much more versatile instrument than many people realize. Mel Bay’s Complete Method for Autoharp or Chromaharp has 48 lessons teaching everything from learning to read music and tuning to advanced strumming. This book of sheet music for Autoharp was written by Meg Peterson, and includes a CD. For more information about this or other Autoharp music, please call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!
Joyce Ochs has written a helpful method book for the dulcimer in DAD tuning. First Lessons Dulcimer includes a CD that will help you tune your dulcimer and what the songs are supposed to sound like. All the basics are here. Basic chords and strums are taught, and beginning melody picking is introduced.
When you are comfortable with your dulcimer, Stanton’s has a selection of more dulcimer books to choose from. There are dulcimer hymns and books of folk songs for dulcimer. For more dulcimer music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at email@example.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!
Not so long ago, a customer remarked to me that the accordion was “coming back” (into favor). Momentarily, I was puzzled. For me, as a member of the folk music/dance community, the accordion never “went away!”
How do today’s players learn to play? One very helpful resource is Mel Bay’s Deluxe Accordion Method, written by Frank Zucco. How to read music, rhythms, how to use the bass keys, and how to best control the bellows are all taught in a book that is easy to understand. Although written for children, this instruction book is easily used by adults, also. In addition, there are other books of sheet music for accordion. There are collections of pop tunes, polkas, international dance tunes, Irish songs, and other ethnic collections.
If you are dusting off your old accordion, or you are aspiring to become an accordionist, we have a good selection of methods and sheet music books for you! For more information about accordion music, please call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out our website at http://www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.
What is the Nashville Number System? It is probably the easiest, fastest method to transpose keys for people who play chords. For session players and jammers, it is the way to change keys instantly. Duck’s Deluxe explains and illustrates the Nashville Number System with a dial that shows the guitar chords and basic progressions. If you don’t play guitar, it doesn’t matter. All you have to do is use the chords for your own instrument and follow the chord progressions. This dial is indispensable for learning the Nashville number system. It’s a great time saver for those who work with vocalists, and need to change keys on the spot! For more information about this or other helpful guides for playing guitar, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, write us at email@example.com, or check out our website at www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.
Dan Levenson is a Southern Appalachian native who has grown up with the music of that region. He is a master teacher and performer on both fiddle and clawhammer banjo. In “Fiddle from Scratch“, Dan begins at the very beginning: how to tune , how to hold the fiddle, how to use the bow. Real fiddle tunes are used to teach, including “Spotted Pony”, ”Arkansas Traveler”, “Soldier’s Joy”, and more. Two CDs are included. They include slow and normal speed recordings for all the exercises and fiddle tunes. A lot of information and music is presented in a fun and understandable manner. There is a section on jam session etiquette that will be very helpful once you feel confident enough to play in a group. If you want to learn fiddle or if you want to learn more about how to play, this is a great book. For more information on this fiddle book or others, please contact us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website, www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.
Spring has sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where them flowers iz! Are you one of those people whose green thumbs are itching for the soil, already? Is John Denver’s “The Garden Song” already ringing in your head, but you can’t quite remember all the words? That song is in the John Denver Anthology, along with 53 other great John Denver songs. If you are in the mood for spring songs, how about The Big Book of Folk Songs? “Sakura (Cherry Blossoms)”,” And the Green Grass Grows All Around”, “Country Gardens”, and more are in this collection of sheet music. There are the Beatles songs, “Here Comes the Sun” and “Good Day Sunshine”, both in a book called Beatles Ballads. New music always makes people happy. So does singing old favorites you’d forgotten about. For more information about these collections or others, please contact us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at email@example.com, or check out our website, www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.
The Bluegrass Songbook is full of 51 classic Bluegrass songs, from “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” (Beverly Hillbillies theme), to “The Wabash Cannonball“. The words, piano part, and guitar chords are all there for each song in this book of sheet music. The lovely song, “The Long Black Veil” is included, as is the encouraging song “Keep On the Sunny Side“. This is a great songbook for a singalong or jam session. For more information about this collection of Bluegrass songs or others, please contact us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!
As musicians, we get started early. So March first isn’t too early to get ready for Saint Patrick’s Day on the 17th. One book we have to offer is for easy piano, “Ireland’s Best Loved Songs and Ballads.” It has twenty Irish songs in it, including the perennial favorite ”Danny Boy.” A book in piano/vocal/guitar format is ”Irish Ballads,” fifty-five songs including “Danny Boy,” “Carrickfergus,” and “The Minstrel Boy.”
“The Irish Songbook“ is a collection of seventy-five songs, collected and made popular by The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, a well-known Irish band. It includes the lovely song “Eileen Aroon,” the silly song “Mr. Moses Ri-Tooral-i-ay,” the sailor’s song ”Paddy Doyle’s Boots,” the war protest song “The Lowlands of Holland,” love songs, and many more.
For more information on these Irish song books or other songbooks you may be interested in, call 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at email@example.com, or visit our website at www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!
As we were previewing this year’s new concert band arrangements, we were struck by several really good, new arrangements for young band based on Asian folk melodies and styles. Drawing on traditional Chinese and Japanese folk tunes, as well as original work featuring Eastern-influenced tonality, these pieces are wonderfully authentic and interesting to play. They provide excellent programming variety, will broaden your students’ musical experience (especially in developing their ears), and create fantastic multi-cultural educational opportunities – a joint lesson in Asian geography and world history would be perfect!
On our recommendation, one of our regular Ohio teachers programmed the Chinese Folk Fantasy. He was somewhat concerned about authenticity and how it would be received by his Chinese-American families. They loved it, so it comes recommended with first-hand classroom and concert experience! Likewise, your students will enjoy the rhythmic qualities of Ryukyu Bushi, the sonic similarities between Reflections of Asia and wind band standard Variations on a Korean Folk Song, and the taiko drums in Japanese Pictures will just be a blast!
Chinese Folk Fantasy
arr. James Curnow
If you’re looking for an alternative programming option, look no further! Combining three traditional Chinese folk melodies, Chinese Folk Fantasy is full of characteristic sounds and rhythms. There is a good deal of 8th note rhythmic doubling and the pointed rhythmic patterns and Eastern tonality will peak your audience’s interest and challenge your students – this one will stretch their ears and increase their harmonic independence.
Bold and exciting, this characteristic work draws inspiration from both traditional and modern Japanese music, and features taiko drums! Plenty of rhythmic punch contrasts with legato phrases, traditional-sounding pentatonic counterlines, and some western harmonies in this enjoyable, multi-cultural work.
Reflections of Asia
Featuring a charming, simple pentatonic melody that passes around the ensemble, varied articulation, and excellent percussion writing that incorporates common auxiliary instruments, Todd Phillips has created a pleasant, folk-type original work evocative of Variations on a Korean Folk Song sans variations. This is a great choice for developing student ears and technique, as well as light playing style.
Patrick J. Burns
Ryukyu Bushi is based on a Japanese folk melody from the Ryukyu Islands where the martial art of karate originated. This dramatic little tune appears throughout the piece, sometimes accompanied by clapping, sometimes by tenor drum, triangle, tambourine, and cymbal. Your young players will enjoy playing this exciting little piece as much as they’ll like saying its title.
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Part one of “The Other Woodwinds” discussed the recorder, and part two discussed the Native American flute. Part three discusses the “tinwhistle,” also called a “pennywhistle.” It’s called a “tin” whistle because it’s traditionally made of tin rolled into a tube and finished as a musical instrument. It’s called a “penny” whistle because the street urchins and itinerant performers used to charge a penny to play a tune.
Mel Bay’s “You Can Teach Yourself Tinwhistle“ can get you started with your new tinwhistle. This book of 80 pages can teach you to read music, how to play the notes on the whistle, and it gives you songs to play. Stanton’s also sells tinwhistles- The Original Clarke Penny Whistle in the key of D. Once you get the hang of your pennywhistle, there is a book of Irish tunes to play called Mel Bay’s Deluxe Tinwhistle Songbook. It has guitar chords written in so you can have a friend play along with you. Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day, or just get the book for fun.
For more information about tinwhistle music or Irish music for Saint Patrick’s Day, please call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!