By Aaron Shearer, Thomas Kikta, and Dr. Alan HirshAaron Shearer´s Classic Guitar Technique is used by serious guitarists all over the world and has long been one of the definitive classic guitar methods. The Shearer Method : Classic Guitar Foundations, Shearer´s final work, is the first in a series that encapsulates his lifetime experience as America´s premier classic guitar pedagogue. This new work is a step-by-step curriculum based on Aaron´s innovative and common sense approach that incorporates all the advantages of modern technology. The method includes 63 DVD videos for up-close aural and visual learning, 74 new solo and duet compositions and arrangements (made exclusively for this method by Dr. Alan Hirsh), as well as works by Sor, Carcassi, Giuliani, and more. Plus, recorded tracks masterfully illustrate nuance, tone, and musicality. The book even includes Alfred´s exclusive TNT software that allows you to slow down and loop tracks for careful practice. In addition, a complete online supplement is available for teachers and students that want a deeper understanding of Shearer´s work. The book does not replace Shearer´s original classic. It augments and expands on it in ways not imaginable in the early ´60s when the original was published. It´s a must-have to complete the library of any classic or fingerstyle guitarist! The Shearer Method Classic Guitar Foundations is not just a book but a media experience.
This fascinating original by Richard Meyer incorporates easy mixed meter, modal scales and driving syncopations to create a level of excitement not often found in works at this grade level. The energetic Allegro sections surround a Largo section of intense beauty. An ideal concert and contest selection.
As the title suggests, a driving, rhythmic pulse permeates throughout this contemporary original selection by Richard Meyer. The piece incorporates two diverse moods ? a highly rhythmic first section in B Minor, built on rising and falling thirds, followed by a simple chorale in folk song style presented first in the violins and then passed throughout the ensemble. As this slow section winds down, the energy is once again established with the re-introduction of earlier material. The chorale is then heard again, this time coupled with the energetic figures that started the piece. A great choice for your next concert or contest, Momentum provides a wide variety of outstanding teaching opportunities while using a fresh new sound that your students will love! (5:30)
Comprised of singing and body movement activities which incorporate the principles of music educator Jaques Dalcroze and using the repertoire of the Suzuki Method®, Movement That Fits was written by Dalcroze educator Joy Yelin who is also knowledgeable about the Suzuki Method®. There is an introduction by the editor, Ken Guilmartin, director of the Center for Music and Young Children and himself a certified Dalcroze instructor. Movement That Fits consists of sequentially structured singing and movement activities presented in easy-to-read outline form. Lifelike drawings and other visual aids accompany each activity along with information about the Dalcroze approach to rhythm, movement and music reading. Suzuki Method® favorites such as Twinkle and Go Tell Aunt Rhody serve as the basis for the various activities.
Five compositions geared to assisting a drummer reach goals such as synchronizing with the band, identifying the subtle changes in musical intensity, establishing strong, secure rhythm, and playing with controlled force. These pieces incorporate fusion, an African pattern, rhythmic displacement, and samba, funk, and rock elements.
Launching with tribal percussion introductory material, Primitivo quickly builds to incorporate a lively melody. The theme develops throughout the ensemble in a primal fugue-like fashion with an energetic conclusion. (2:31)
George Gershwin´s works incorporate elements of jazz, creating a rich style that is unmistakably American. This volume contains 18 pieces, including songs later published for solo piano, seven preludes for piano, and more.
Two Beethovian Sketches outlines a new look at Beethoven, from the pen of Robert W. Smith. A strikingly lovely string and piano setting of the ever popular Moonlight Sonata is featured first. Smith´s impressions of the famous Diabelli Variations follow in the second sketch. A great addition to any concert and a wonderful way to incorporate a student pianist in the program.
Simplified just enough, this authentic-sounding arrangement incorporates the use of several toys to provide a highly entertaining and enjoyable concert experience. This may be played alone, or following the Toy Symphony (1st Movement) (also published by Highland/Etling) as a three-movement suite. This piece provides a great opportunity to involve other students, staff members, administrators, etc. Use your imagination!
Leopold Mozart wrote his Kinder Symphony (Children´s Symphony) to charm young people especially. This arrangement incorporates the two main melodies in the original symphony and reduces their length to about four minutes. As in the original, there are holes where various sounds, other than musical, should be sounded. Before playing Kinder Symphony, the sounds will need to be assigned. This will be great fun for your audiences as well as players.