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Our music tutorials explain all about the different techniques you can use to play instruments. They'll even help you learn to read music.

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Techniques of Music & Music Tutorials

Our music tutorials explain all about the different techniques you can use to play instruments. They'll even help you learn to read music.

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    UKBG

    Ukulele for Beginners (Paperback)

    Will Grove-White

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    Learn how to play the ukulele with this step-by-step guide. Written by Will Grove-White, a member of the world-renowned Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, it's clearly written and full of illustrations that make learning the instrument easy.

    A perfect first instrument, this book will come in handy for both children and adults and you don't need any prior knowledge of playing music to master it! It introduces the chords and has tips and tricks for writing your own songs. It covers simple and advanced strumming techniques and has songs to play along to online. It even shows you how to play the ukulele in a group!

    It also comes with a pull-out comprehensive chord dictionary, biographies of the greatest uke players of all time and a history of the instrument, including revelations about Jimi Hendrix, Neil Armstrong and Elvis Presley.
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  • AHTMF 7 years +

    John Thompson's Easiest Piano Course (Paperback)

    John Thompson

    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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  • BRAJB

    The Classical Music Book (Hardback)

    DK

    From Mozart to Mendelssohn, this comprehensive guide to classical music history and classical music biography is the perfect latest addition to the bestselling Big Ideas series. Easy to understand and clear to follow, this history of classical music explores and explains music theory and the impact of seminal pieces, while also providing fascinating stories about the lives of crucial composers and performers. Including an insightful foreword by Katie Derham, The Classical Music Book analyses over 90 works by famous composers. From Thomas Tallis in the early period to baroque masters like Bach and Handel, to the classical genius of Beethoven and Wagner and beyond to the modern day, The Classical Music Book explores the key ideas underpinning the world's greatest classical compositions and musical traditions, and defines their importance to the musical canon, placing them into their wider social, cultural, and historical context. The unique approach to the subject makes this book the perfect classical music guide for everyone. Regardless of whether you are relatively new to the subject and want to learn or if you are a classical music aficionado, there is plenty to discover in The Classical Music Book.
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  • AHTUK 7 years +

    John Thompson's Easiest Piano Course (Book 2) (Paperback)

    John Thompson

    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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  • BSBUT

    Left Hand Guitar Chords (Pick Up and Play) (Other)

    Jake Jackson

    Now for the left hand guitarist, introducing a major new feature for print books: sound! With your mobile, scan the QR code to launch flametreemusic.com and listen to the chord as a strum, or an arpeggio. Of course, Flame Tree'e easy-to-use diagrams make this a fantastic new book for home, studio, writing and rehearsal.
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  • BIZYL

    Piano (Paperback)

    Paul Harris

    This is the best-selling series that is guaranteed to improve your sight-reading! This workbook helps the player overcome problems, by building up a complete picture of each piece, through rhythmic and melodic exercises related to specific technical issues, then by studying prepared pieces with associated questions, and finally 'going solo' with a series of meticulously-graded sight-reading pieces. This new edition has been completely re-written, with new exercises and pieces to support the Associated Board's new sight-reading requirements from 2009. "Improve your Sight-reading!" will help you improve your reading ability, and with numerous practice tests included, will ensure sight-reading success in graded exams.
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  • BHJVJ

    Learn to Play the Piano in Six Weeks or Less (Other)

    Dan Delaney

    Many people wish they could sit down at the piano and simply play, their hands flying over the keys as melodies pour out. With this simple, achievable program that's possible...in just six weeks! Using Dan Delaney's innovative chord playing techniques, as opposed to more classical methods, musical newcomers and lapsed musicians can quickly and easily gain skills. Each of the six weeks' worth of lessons contains several exercises. The classes build on each other, becoming progressively more difficult as the player's ability improves and every lesson includes sheet music, practice advice and an evaluation at the end. Plus, MP3 audios of the lessons will be available on Delaney's website.
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  • BDJKU

    Keyboard For Dummies (Paperback)

    Jerry Kovarsky

    The easy way to get keyed up on the keyboard Where Piano For Dummies helps budding musicians to master the black-and-white musical keyboard, Keyboard For Dummies helps them understand the possibilities that unfold when those black-and-whites are connected to state-of-the-art music technology. Keyboard For Dummies explains the ins-and-outs of modern keyboards and helps you get the most out of their capabilities. Key content coverage includes: an overview of the types of keyboards available today and how they differ from acoustic pianos; expert advice on choosing the right keyboard for your wants/needs and how to shop and compare the various models; a close look at the types of sounds an electronic keyboard offers and how to achieve them; step-by-step instruction on how to use keyboards anywhere using external speakers, amps, home stereos, computers, and tablets; guidance on how to use keyboard software and applications to get the most out of keyboard technology; and much more. * A multimedia component for this title will be hosted at Dummies.com and includes companion audio tracks that demonstrate techniques and sounds found in the book * Step-by-step instructions make learning keyboard easy and fun * Introduces you to the musical possibilities of the keyboard If you're new to the keyboard or looking to take your skills to the next level, Keyboard For Dummies is a thorough guide to the ins and outs of this popular instrument.
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  • ALUUQ 7 years +

    Improve Your Theory Grade 1 (Paperback)

    Paul Harris

    Improve your theory! Grades 1 - 5 are the latest additions to the bestselling 'Improve your - ' series by Paul Harris. This theory workbook takes students through every aspect of music theory covered in the grade 1 ABRSM examination. Firmly rooted in Paul Harris's Simultaneous Learning approach, it will transform how music theory is taught and learnt, improving every aspect of musicianship along the way. Never before has theory been so fun or seemed so natural! - Handy fact files that cover different areas of music theory - Practice questions to help students prepare for examinations - Fun games and quizzes to engage students and offer new and interesting ways to tackle difficult concepts - Questions that connect theory directly with pupils' own pieces - allowing them to discover the links between music in theory and music in practice - Opportunities for composing, improvising, aural and listening activities, all carefully devised to consolidate musical understanding.
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  • AKUKU

    Guitar All-in-one For Dummies (Other)

    Hal Leonard Corporation

    Make your music come alive with this indispensable guitar guide There's no denying that guitar players have cachet. The guitar is an ever-present part of our collective musical heritage, and the sound can be sensual, aggressive, or a million things in between. Whether you're hoping to conquer Free Bird, Bouree, or Bolero Mallorquin, you need to learn to walk before you can run. Even once you can run, you need something to help you clear hurdles along the way. That's where Guitar All-In-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition, comes in. It's your complete compendium of guitar instruction, written in clear, concise For Dummies style. It covers everything from positioning and basic chords to guitar theory and playing styles, and even includes maintenance advice to keep your instrument sounding great. It's an amazing resource for newbies and veterans alike, and offers you the opportunity to stretch beyond your usual genre. Forge the sound of rock, blues, classical, and more Understand the music theory behind guitar mastery Express yourself through your own compositions Perform practice exercises for muscle memory and dexterity Guitar All-In-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition, includes access to audio tracks and instructional videos to guide you through the lessons and inspire you to play often, which is the number-one key to success. You get advice and instruction from some of the most respected guitar teachers in the business, plus online resources, for less than the cost of a single lesson. Guitar All-In-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition, is the key to bringing your music to life.
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  • AHTQY 7 years +

    Guitar Basics (Paperback)

    Nick Walker

    "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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    Organ Specimen Sight-Reading Tests, Grades 1-8 from 2011 (Other)

    This volume contains valuable practice material for candidates preparing for ABRSM Organ exams, Grades 1-8. Includes specimen transposition tests for Grades 6-8 for the revised requirements from 2011. The book is written in an attractive and approachable style and is representative of the technical level expected in the exam.
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  • BYNPG

    Double Bass Exam Pack 2020-2023, Initial Grade (Other)

    ABRSM

    This book brings together in one place selected exam pieces, scales and sight-reading to support ABRSM's Initial Grade Double Bass syllabus for 2020-2023. The pieces, three from each of Lists A, B and C, have been carefully selected to offer an attractive and varied range of styles, creating a collection that provides an excellent source of repertoire to suit every performer. The book also contains helpful footnotes and, for those preparing for exams, useful syllabus information. Inspiring recordings of the nine pieces featured in the book, plus piano accompaniment tracks for use when practising, are available from www.abrsm.org/initialgrade/audio (access code included in the book).
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  • BYNPF

    Cello Exam Pieces 2020-2023, ABRSM Grade 5, Score, Part & CD (Other)

    ABRSM

    This book contains nine pieces from ABRSM's Grade 5 Cello syllabus for 2020-2023, three pieces chosen from each of Lists A, B and C. The pieces have been carefully selected to offer an attractive and varied range of styles, creating a collection that provides an excellent source of repertoire to suit every performer. The book also contains helpful footnotes and, for those preparing for exams, useful syllabus information. The enclosed CD features inspiring recordings of the nine pieces in this book, plus piano accompaniment tracks for use when practising. A version of this book without the CD is also available, as are audio downloads (see www.abrsmdownloads.org for more details).
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  • BYNPE

    Viola Exam Pack 2020-2023, Initial Grade (Other)

    ABRSM

    This book brings together in one place selected exam pieces, scales and sight-reading to support ABRSM's Initial Grade Viola syllabus for 2020-2023. The pieces, three from each of Lists A, B and C, have been carefully selected to offer an attractive and varied range of styles, creating a collection that provides an excellent source of repertoire to suit every performer. The book also contains helpful footnotes and, for those preparing for exams, useful syllabus information. Inspiring recordings of the nine pieces featured in the book, plus piano accompaniment tracks for use when practising, are available from www.abrsm.org/initialgrade/audio (access code included in the book).
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  • BYNPD

    Specimen Aural Tests, Initial Grade (Other)

    ABRSM

    Aural tests are an integral part of all ABRSM Practical graded music exams. The Specimen Aural Tests provide teachers and students with many practice examples of the tests and are ideal for use when preparing for an exam. This volume covers Initial Grade and includes * practice examples for each test in a range of musical styles *the examiner rubrics (the exact words that will be used by the examiner to deliver the tests), so that candidates can be fully prepared for what will happen on the day * descriptions of the tests as they appear in the syllabus*model answers, where appropriate, as a guide to the sort of responses that would be successful in the exam * Audio recordings of all the tests in the book (access code included), delivered by an ABRSM examiner and including answers where appropriate - ideal for use in lessons or for pupil practice at home
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  • BYNPB

    Cello Exam Pack 2020-2023, Initial Grade (Other)

    ABRSM

    This book brings together in one place selected exam pieces, scales and sight-reading to support ABRSM's Initial Grade Cello syllabus for 2020-2023. The pieces, three from each of Lists A, B and C, have been carefully selected to offer an attractive and varied range of styles, creating a collection that provides an excellent source of repertoire to suit every performer. The book also contains helpful footnotes and, for those preparing for exams, useful syllabus information. Inspiring recordings of the nine pieces featured in the book, plus piano accompaniment tracks for use when practising, are available from www.abrsm.org/initialgrade/audio (access code included in the book).
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  • BYNPA

    Violin Exam Pieces 2020-2023, ABRSM Grade 6, Score, Part & CD (Other)

    ABRSM

    This book contains nine pieces from ABRSM's Grade 6 Violin syllabus for 2020-2023, three pieces chosen from each of Lists A, B and C. The pieces have been carefully selected to offer an attractive and varied range of styles, creating a collection that provides an excellent source of repertoire to suit every performer. The book also contains helpful footnotes and, for those preparing for exams, useful syllabus information. The enclosed CD features inspiring recordings of the nine pieces in this book, plus piano accompaniment tracks for use when practising. A version of this book without the CD is also available, as are audio downloads (see www.abrsmdownloads.org for more details).
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  • BYNOT

    Violin Exam Pieces 2020-2023, ABRSM Grade 3, Score, Part & CD (Other)

    ABRSM

    This book contains nine pieces from ABRSM's Grade 3 Violin syllabus for 2020-2023, three pieces chosen from each of Lists A, B and C. The pieces have been carefully selected to offer an attractive and varied range of styles, creating a collection that provides an excellent source of repertoire to suit every performer. The book also contains helpful footnotes and, for those preparing for exams, useful syllabus information. The enclosed CD features inspiring recordings of the nine pieces in this book, plus piano accompaniment tracks for use when practising. A version of this book without the CD is also available, as are audio downloads (see www.abrsmdownloads.org for more details).
    • £17.00
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  • BYNNT

    Cello Exam Pieces 2020-2023, ABRSM Grade 4, Part (Other)

    ABRSM

    This book contains nine pieces from ABRSM's Grade 4 Cello syllabus for 2020-2023, three pieces chosen from each of Lists A, B and C. The pieces have been carefully selected to offer an attractive and varied range of styles, creating a collection that provides an excellent source of repertoire to suit every performer. The book also contains helpful footnotes and, for those preparing for exams, useful syllabus information. Inspiring recordings of the nine pieces featured in this book, plus piano accompaniment tracks, are available. These can be purchased as part of the Cello Exam Pieces with CD package or as audio downloads (see www.abrsmdownloads.org for more details).
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  • BYNNS

    Cello Exam Pieces 2020-2023, ABRSM Grade 5, Part (Other)

    ABRSM

    This book contains nine pieces from ABRSM's Grade 5 Cello syllabus for 2020-2023, three pieces chosen from each of Lists A, B and C. The pieces have been carefully selected to offer an attractive and varied range of styles, creating a collection that provides an excellent source of repertoire to suit every performer. The book also contains helpful footnotes and, for those preparing for exams, useful syllabus information. Inspiring recordings of the nine pieces featured in this book, plus piano accompaniment tracks, are available. These can be purchased as part of the Cello Exam Pieces with CD package or as audio downloads (see www.abrsmdownloads.org for more details).
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  • BYNNQ

    Cello Exam Pieces 2020-2023, ABRSM Grade 1, Score, Part & CD (Other)

    ABRSM

    This book contains nine pieces from ABRSM's Grade 1 Cello syllabus for 2020-2023, three pieces chosen from each of Lists A, B and C. The pieces have been carefully selected to offer an attractive and varied range of styles, creating a collection that provides an excellent source of repertoire to suit every performer. The book also contains helpful footnotes and, for those preparing for exams, useful syllabus information. The enclosed CD features inspiring recordings of the nine pieces in this book, plus piano accompaniment tracks for use when practising. A version of this book without the CD is also available, as are audio downloads (see www.abrsmdownloads.org for more details).
    • £14.50
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  • BYNNP

    Cello Exam Pieces 2020-2023, ABRSM Grade 1, Score & Part (Other)

    ABRSM

    This book contains nine pieces from ABRSM's Grade 1 Cello syllabus for 2020-2023, three pieces chosen from each of Lists A, B and C. The pieces have been carefully selected to offer an attractive and varied range of styles, creating a collection that provides an excellent source of repertoire to suit every performer. The book also contains helpful footnotes and, for those preparing for exams, useful syllabus information. Inspiring recordings of the nine pieces featured in this book, plus piano accompaniment tracks, are available. These can be purchased as part of the Cello Exam Pieces with CD package or as audio downloads (see www.abrsmdownloads.org for more details).
    • £8.25
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  • BYNNO

    Cello Exam Pieces 2020-2023, ABRSM Grade 3, Score, Part & CD (Other)

    ABRSM

    This book contains nine pieces from ABRSM's Grade 3 Cello syllabus for 2020-2023, three pieces chosen from each of Lists A, B and C. The pieces have been carefully selected to offer an attractive and varied range of styles, creating a collection that provides an excellent source of repertoire to suit every performer. The book also contains helpful footnotes and, for those preparing for exams, useful syllabus information. The enclosed CD features inspiring recordings of the nine pieces in this book, plus piano accompaniment tracks for use when practising. A version of this book without the CD is also available, as are audio downloads (see www.abrsmdownloads.org for more details).
    • £17.00
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