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Techniques of Music & Music Tutorials

  • Stephen Fry's Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music

    Stephen Fry and Tim Lihoreau

    Product Code: SFHM
    Hardback
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    Hand-picked favourites
    National treasure and clever clogs Stephen Fry provides a riotous, rambling and rather potted history of classical music in this must-read book.

    Covering 700 years, Stephen throws in references to pretty much anything he wants as he tells how classical music came to soundtrack the nation. Along the way, he'll mention the Mongol invasion of Russia and Genghis Khan, the Black Death and the revolutionary atmosphere of Mozart's Don Giovanni.

    Beethoven, Bach, Debussy, Wagner, Mozart... all the key players are featured in this endlessly entertaining read about classical music and so much more.
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  • John Thompson's Easiest Piano Course

    John Thompson

    Product Code: AHTMF
    Paperback 7 years +
    Designed to present the easiest possible approach to piano playing, complete with an amusing family of characters and illustrations to help emphasise the information being taught, John Thompson's Easiest Piano Course (Book One) makes practising and learning piano so much fun!

    Part one is devoted to developing fluency in reading by note, the biggest hurdle for most young children, and contains its own writing exercises, sight reading drills, review work and technical studies.
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  • John Thompson's Easiest Piano Course (Book 2)

    John Thompson

    Product Code: AHTUK
    Paperback 7 years +
    Designed to present the easiest possible approach to piano playing, complete with an amusing family of characters and illustrations to help emphasise the information being taught, John Thompson's Easiest Piano Course (Book Two) builds on the skills children learned in the first book!

    Part two is develops on the note-reading fluency skills learned in the Book One and introduces new notes, giving children the opportunity to play exercises where only one hand is required. The book also contains more writing exercises, sight reading drills, review work and technical studies to take children's piano and music skills to the next level.
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  • Guitar Basics

    Nick Walker

    Product Code: AHTQY
    Paperback 7 years +
    "Guitar Basics" is a landmark method for young guitarists. It starts at absolute beginner level and progresses to Initial/Preparatory Grade. The method is set out in fifteen stages and contains original pieces and traditional tunes in an array of styles including classical, folk and world music as well as well-known favourite film and TV themes such as "James Bond", "Batman" and "The Flintstones". There is a thorough introduction to standard notation, with sections on chords and TAB, whilst ensemble pieces are ideal for group teaching, including 'Wider Opportunities'. The enhanced CD provides accompaniment parts, teachers' notes and tips for parents which are easily downloaded, or it can be simply used to play the fun backing tracks.
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  • The Lang Lang Piano Method

    Lang Lang

    Product Code: AYOMB
    Other
    Join the superhero world of Lang Lang and come on a piano adventure with The Lang Lang Piano Method Level 1. Level 1 introduces complete beginners to:*different five-finger positions*note reading*moving around the keyboard*developing both hands equally right from the start.The five progressive books in The Lang Lang Piano Method provide a unique and imaginative way for complete beginners to learn the piano with the world's most successful concert pianist, Lang Lang. There's plenty to play all around the keyboard right from the start. Fun, imaginative pieces develop the left and right hands equally and supporting audio features exclusive performances by Lang Lang of the concert pieces. Musicianship is developed through theory pages and listening to exclusive performances by Lang Lang of piano classics for children. "I've written The Lang Lang Piano Method to inspire today's kids with my passion for the piano."Lang Lang
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  • Tom Gates: The Music Book

    Liz Pichon

    Product Code: BQWPU
    Paperback 9 years +
    Pass your level 1 music test with Tom Gates! From DogZombies to Dude3, music is a HUGE part of the Tom Gates world. Learn how to play all your favourite songs from the series with REAL notation for: - Guitar - Ukulele - Piano - Recorder And with notation for drums and tips and tricks for vocals!
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  • Help Your Kids With Music

    Carol Vorderman

    Product Code: BXYEZ
    Paperback
    Are your kids struggling with music theory? Do you wish you could help them learn how to read music? Help Your Kids With Music is what every frustrated parent needs. This invaluable guide covers all the core subjects needed to pass up to grade 5 music exams around the world, including melody, rhythm, chords and harmony, intervals, scales, and keys, styles and genres, and the instruments of the orchestra. Its unique visual approach, which uses simple, colourful illustrations and diagrams alongside a wide range of musical examples, allows parents and children to work together to understand even the trickiest concepts of music theory. Feature boxes on composers and musicians across a variety of styles and genres help children and parents learn and discover more about music, while guides to writing your own melody and harmonizing a song melody encourage budding composers to have a go at writing their own music. This book is also packed with musical examples, which you can listen to on the accompanying free audio app. Perfect for exam preparation, homework help, or learning to read music as part of learning an instrument, Help Your Kids With Music is a clear, accessible guide that will help parents and children understand even complex music theory and put it into practice with confidence.
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  • Music Theory Practice Papers 2019, ABRSM Grade 5

    ABRSM

    Product Code: CDBMJ
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    ABRSM's official Music Theory Practice Papers are essential resources for candidates preparing for ABRSM Music Theory exams. They provide authentic practice materials and are a reliable guide to what to expect in the exam. These Grade 5 Practice Papers have been adapted from the 2019 Music Theory exam papers and contain four Grade 5 papers to work through. A set of corresponding Model Answers is available separately.
  • Music Theory Practice Papers 2019, ABRSM Grade 1

    ABRSM

    Product Code: CDBMH
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    ABRSM's official Music Theory Practice Papers are essential resources for candidates preparing for ABRSM Music Theory exams. They provide authentic practice materials and are a reliable guide to what to expect in the exam. These Grade 1 Practice Papers have been adapted from the 2019 Music Theory exam papers and contain four Grade 1 papers to work through. A set of corresponding Model Answers is available separately.
  • Music Theory Practice Papers 2019, ABRSM Grade 2

    ABRSM

    Product Code: CDBAP
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    ABRSM's official Music Theory Practice Papers are essential resources for candidates preparing for ABRSM Music Theory exams. They provide authentic practice materials and are a reliable guide to what to expect in the exam. These Grade 2 Practice Papers have been adapted from the 2019 Music Theory exam papers and contain four Grade 2 papers to work through. A set of corresponding Model Answers is available separately.
  • The Advanced Pianist Book 2

    Karen Marshall

    Product Code: CCDIN
    Paperback
    The Advanced Pianist Book 2 from the Piano Trainer series is for students who are beyond the intermediate stages and want to develop an advanced technique and musicality. Exploring piano technique through a variety of elements, these books include exercises, 'quick study' sight-reading, repertoire and 'concert pianist' hints and tips. The series not only develops students' technique, reading, theory and musicianship, but also provides an invaluable insight into the world of classical music, here focussing both on historical context and key composers for the piano. Book 2 is suitable for students at grade 7-8 level.
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  • EPTA Teachers' Choice Piano Collection 2

    Product Code: BZTUB
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    Selected by piano teachers for piano teachers, EPTA Teachers' Choice Piano Collection 2 is a collection of the most popular pieces for Grade 5-8 level students, as voted for by members of the European Piano Teacher's Association (EPTA). Each piece is introduced with a comment from a teacher, providing first-hand insights, tips and technical advice.
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  • Piano Star, Book 2

    Product Code: BVOXV
    Other
    Piano Star is an exciting series for young pianists, offering a rich selection of new repertoire to help players build confidence and musical skills. Piano Star 2 is at ABRSM Prep Test level and provides alternative repertoire for that assessment and includes compositions by David Blackwell, Edmund Jolliffe, Mike Cornick, Aisling Greally, Christopher Norton, Mark Tanner, Sarah Watts, Alasdair Spratt, Andrew Eales, Heather Hammond, Karen Marshall, Nicholas Scott-Burt, Nancy Litten, Paul Harris, Alan Bullard, and Peter Gritton. Key features of the series: - Solo pieces, plus a number of duets - A rich mix of musical styles, with techniques introduced progressively - Fun extension activities - Beautifully illustrated
  • Music Theory Practice Papers 2018, ABRSM Grade 5

    Product Code: BTNIW
    Other
    ABRSM's official Music Theory Practice Papers Grade 5 are essential resources for candidates preparing for ABRSM Music Theory exams. The new papers are selected from the 2018 Music Theory exam papers and reflect the new question types that have been in use for the first time this year. A set of corresponding Model Answers is available separately.
  • The Lang Lang Piano Method

    Lang Lang

    Product Code: ARWGV
    Other
    Join the superhero world of Lang Lang and come on a piano adventure! Five progressive books provide a unique and imaginative way for complete beginners to learn the piano with the world's most successful concert pianist, Lang Lang.There's plenty to play all around the keyboard right from the start. Fun, imaginative pieces develop the left and right hands equally and the playalong CD features exclusive performances by Lang Lang of the concert pieces. Musicianship is developed through theory pages and listening to exclusive performances by Lang Lang of piano classics for children. Levels 4 and 5 extend technique, rhythms and keys and through progressive repertoire, featuring fun original pieces, classic themes and evocative world tunes."I've written The Lang Lang Piano Method to inspire today's kids with my passion for the piano."Lang Lang
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  • Ukulele For Dummies

    Alistair Wood

    Product Code: APGQW
    Paperback
    The fast and easy way to learn how to play the ukulele With the help of Ukulele For Dummies, learning to play this popular string instrument at a basic level has never been easier. Now in a fully updated second edition, this hands-on, friendly guide provides everything you need to know to pick up a uke and get playing fast. From purchasing a ukulele and the necessary accessories to making sense of simple chord progressions and playing in a variety of styles including pop, folk, Hawaiian, and holiday favourites the second edition of Ukulele For Dummies will have you creating beautiful music in no time. For anyone wishing to learn to play this fun, surprisingly versatile instrument, Ukulele For Dummies covers all the basics, from chords and strumming patterns to guidance on finger picking and everything in between. Plus, you'll find tips to make certain chord changes easier, chords and tabs for popular Christmas and New Year songs, apps for mobile devices, the ten best ukulele chords, and so much more. * Audio tracks are available via online download at Dummies.com, creating a total musical instruction package * Features a ukulele buying guide for the novice * Offers instruction in a variety of musical styles * Provides finger-picking instruction and the chords and patterns you need to know With its simple and clear instruction, and inspiration on every page, the second edition of Ukulele For Dummies will have fans and first-time musicians making a big splash with this tiny instrument in no time.
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  • Learn How to Play the Acoustic Guitar

    Ted Fuller

    Product Code: AJWPA
    Paperback
    This is a complete practical guide with 750 step-by-step photographs, illustrations and musical exercises. It explains all the basic techniques of guitar playing, from tuning and strumming to double stopping and improvising. It includes a chordfinder of 300 essential guitar chords. It shows you how to master blues, country, jazz, classical, gypsy jazz, Latin jazz and flamenco, as well as novel party tricks. It features fascinating information about influential acoustic guitar heroes, such as Robert Johnson, Django Rheinhardt, Julian Bream and Bob Dylan. Acoustic guitars are very popular with beginners, and this book will help musicians to master the instrument, from buying the right guitar and learning the necessary chords to trying out advanced techniques. It introduces the different genres of music played using the guitar, such as blues, country, jazz, classical and flamenco, and features a helpful chordfinder to help you understand the guitarist's basic vocabulary. With expert step-by-step instructions from professional guitarists, 300 chords and over 750 photographs and musical exercises, this comprehensive manual is a must for anyone interested in learning this universally loved instrument.
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  • Music Theory Practice Papers 2019 Model Answers, ABRSM Grade 2

    ABRSM

    Product Code: CDBAR
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    ABRSM's official Model Answers are a useful resource for students and teachers preparing for ABRSM Music Theory exams. This Grade 2 collection contains answers for the four practice papers published in ABRSM's Music Theory Practice Papers 2019 (Grade 2), and should be used alongside them. This set of model answers features a list of correct answers, where appropriate, or a selection of likely options where the answer can be expressed in a variety of ways.
  • Me and My Piano Complete Edition

    Marion Harewood

    Product Code: CBXCH
    Paperback
    Me and My Piano is the best-selling series by the distinguished authors Fanny Waterman and Marion Harewood, that has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Designed especially for the needs of the younger beginner and delightfully illustrated throughout, the series makes learning the piano an enjoyable experience for both pupil and teacher. This Complete Edition combines Parts 1 and 2 in one book. Part 1 takes the young pianist step by step through the earliest stages of piano technique, leading to very easy pieces for hands together using a constant five-finger hand position in C major. Part 2 builds on these foundations by extending the compass of notes, introducing new rhythms, note values, chords and changes of hand position. Games and puzzles throughout give elementary theory a new lease of life, and children will love the rhymes, songs and Monkey Puzzles pages.
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  • This is Your Brain on Music

    Daniel Levitin

    Product Code: BYIAF
    Paperback
    The New York Times bestselling book which examines how humans experience music and unravels the mystery of our perennial love affair with it Using musical examples from Bach to the Beatles, Levitin reveals the role of music in human evolution, shows how our musical preferences begin to form even before we are born and explains why music can offer such an emotional experience. Music is an obsession at the heart of human nature, even more fundamental to our species than language. In This Is Your Brain On Music Levitin offers nothing less than a new way to understand it, and its role in human life.
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  • Piano Star Book 3

    Product Code: BVNOB
    Other
    Piano Star is an exciting series for young pianists, offering a rich selection of new repertoire to help players build confidence and musical skills. Piano Star 3 moves from Prep Test level towards Grade 1 and includes compositions by Alan Bullard, David Blackwell, Peter Gritton, Mike Cornick, Mark Tanner, John Madden, Karen Marshall, Andrew Eales, Edmund Jolliffe, Nikki Illes, and Nancy Litten. Key features of the series: - Solo pieces, plus a number of duets - A rich mix of musical styles, with techniques introduced progressively - Fun extension activities - Beautifully illustrated
  • Music Theory Practice Papers 2018 Model Answers, ABRSM Grade 4

    Product Code: BTNIF
    Other
    ABRSM's official Model Answers are a useful resource for students and teachers preparing for ABRSM Music Theory exams. This Grade 4 collection contains answers for the four practice papers published in ABRSM's Music Theory Practice Papers 2018 (Grade 4), and should be used alongside them. This set of model answers features a list of correct answers, where appropriate, or a selection of likely options where the answer can be expressed in a variety of ways.
  • Music Theory Practice Papers 2018 Model Answers, ABRSM Grade 5

    Product Code: BTNIC
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    ABRSM's official Model Answers are a useful resource for students and teachers preparing for ABRSM Music Theory exams. This Grade 5 collection contains answers for the four practice papers published in ABRSM's Music Theory Practice Papers 2018 (Grade 5), and should be used alongside them. This set of model answers features a list of correct answers, where appropriate, or a selection of likely options where the answer can be expressed in a variety of ways.
  • Music as an Art

    Roger Scruton

    Product Code: BRJZC
    Hardback
    Music as an Art begins by examining music through a philosophical lens, engaging in discussions about tonality, music and the moral life, music and cognitive science and German idealism, as well as recalling the author's struggle to encourage his students to distinguish the qualities of good music. Scruton then explains - via erudite chapters on Schubert, Britten, Rameau, opera and film - how we can develop greater judgement in music, recognising both good taste and bad, establishing musical values, as well as musical pleasures. As Scruton argues in this book, in earlier times, our musical culture had secure foundations in the church, the concert hall and the home; in the ceremonies and celebrations of ordinary life, religion and manners. Yet we no longer live in that world. Fewer people now play instruments and music is, for many, a form of largely solitary enjoyment. As he shows in Music as an Art, we live at a critical time for classical music, and this book is an important contribution to the debate, of which we stand in need, concerning the place of music in Western civilization.
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