News & Views Wednesday, June 20, 2018

SAVE THE DATE – Sacred Choral Reading Session 30 April, 2013

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Mary McDonald as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session! Mary McDonald’s music and talents have blessed choirs and congregations across the country for nearly thirty years.

McDonald_Mary_RGBMary is a well-known composer of more than 700 choral anthems, many seasonal cantatas, and keyboard collections. She previously served as a sacred music editor for a major publishing company and continues to serve in editorial consultant role for The Lorenz Corporation in Dayton, Ohio. She is published with every major publisher of church music and has had numerous top-selling anthems. Her unique blend of heart, hands, and humor, combined with a wide range of writing and performing styles, keep her in constant demand as a keyboard artist and keyboard and choral clinician.

Your registration includes a packet of over 40 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. We look forward to seeing you on August 10th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/10/2013, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Battelle Fine Arts Center, Otterbein University
195 West Park St., Westerville OH 43081
Cost: $20.00 (There is no pre-registration; you may register the day of the clinic beginning at 8:30.)
email our choral department for more details

Sacred Piano Reading Session
- Also featuring Mary McDonald
Saturday 8/10/2013, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music,
330 South 4th St., Columbus OH 43215
Cost: Free!
email our keyboard department for more details

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The Nashville Number System 29 April, 2013

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, or check out our website at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

Life of Pi 26 April, 2013

00115938Canadian composer Mychael Danna  won Best Original Score for Life of Pi, the movie.  The story of a 16 year old boy lost at sea with a Bengal tiger for 227 days was  written by Yann Martel, and adapted for a  movie directed by Ang Lee.  The piece “Pondicherry” is about the town that Pi came from.  By the sound of it, it seems that Pi was happy there.  “First Night, First Day” has plenty of tension in it, pretty, but surreal, with the occasional clash of seconds and sevenths.  If you’ve seen the movie, you know where that tension comes from!  A total of fifteen pieces are in this collection of sheet music.  The final question for this story seems to be, “Which Story Do You Prefer?”, which is the next to last piece in this collection. So, which story do you prefer?  For more information about this collection of movie music or others, call  us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website,  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Salute America! 25 April, 2013

Let your concert band show pride in their country with one of these great new arrangements – perfect for your spring or summer concert, or any patriotic occasion!

Aces High
Ron Goodwin, arr. Larry Daehn
Grade 3.5
Aviation history honors the flying aces of the Battle of Britain, as does this stalwart march/movie theme, splendidly executed with powerful, heroically flowing themes laced with spirited woodwind ostinati and triumphant fanfares.

Suite for Band: New England Sketches
Gene Milford
Grade 3.5
A great descriptive suite with outstanding original music by Gene Milford interspersed with familiar old tunes. A masterwork!

The Blue and the Gray
Clare Grundman, arr. Robert Longfield
Grade 3
Published in 1961 commemorating 100 years after the start of the Civil War, Clare Grundman’s classic work has become a staple in the repertoire. Robert Longfield’s adaptation for younger bands maintains the character of the original as well as all of the tunes, but in a shorter and more concise setting.

For more recommendations like this, browse Patriotic music for Concert Band at Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Register NOW – Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic! 24 April, 2013

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 20th annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic on Saturday August 24, 2013! This session was designed to help you select concert and contest literature from some of choral music’s most distinguished composers, featuring the best in new music for mixed, treble, and men’s choirs at all levels of difficulty. Registration fee includes a complimentary packet of over 30 titles.

Come join us to discover beautiful music and share ideas with colleagues and friends! For more information, please check out our video below, contact us by email, or call us at 1.800.426.8742. Register online NOW!

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20th and 21st Century “Classic” Piano Music 23 April, 2013

48022710The word “classic” tends to mean an art form that is so good  that it will be enjoyed for generations.  The “British Piano Sampler“  includes 12 “classic” works by 8 composers, all from the “Modern” era.  (20th and 21st  century time period.)  Alec Rowley is represented by his collection, “Old English Worthies”, a set of ten easy pieces by other English composers.  Arthur Benjamin‘s  ”Jamaican Rhumba” simply has to be included.  Karl Jenkins‘  ”Madog”  from 2009 is in this collection. For those who love  modern piano compositions, or for those who wish to sample the modern repertoire, this is a great collection.  For more information, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or look at our website,  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music  needs!

Music for the Earth 22 April, 2013

Caring for our planet is becoming more and more important to our society Happy Earth Day!and our world. According to, “Earth Day is a time to celebrate gains we have made and create new visions to accelerate environmental progress; Earth Day is a time to unite around new actions; Earth Day and every day is a time to act to protect our planet.” These choral pieces are an ideal way to celebrate our planet and encourage environmental action:

I Will Tread Lightly by Alisa Bair is a lilting and winsome choral that beautifully expresses the ever-growing desire to preserve and protect our cherished planet. Features a jubilantly optimistic message of environmental stewardship.

Treasures by Mark Patterson is a dazzling marriage of language and music perfect for drawing attention to the magnificent and mighty natural resources of this world.

All Things Bright and Beautiful by John Rutter is a long-standing classic in choral literature. It’s sweet, simple melody lingers with you, and the text celebrates all the wonders our world has to offer.

Another John Rutter favorite appropriate for Earth Day is For the Beauty of the Earth, a gentle and joyful setting of the beloved text.

I Heart EarthContact the choral department for more superb repertoire suggestions for your choir. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

The Music of James Reese Europe 19 April, 2013

James Reese Europe 00110581was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1880.  Although he only lived to age 39, he became an accomplished orchestra conductor, band leader, and a successful composer of popular songs, marches, and dance music.  He was a key figure in the evolution of orchestral ragtime into jazz.  Some of Europe’s works are still performed today by ragtime pianists and military bands.  Following a concert at Carnegie Hall on March 11, 1914,  the New York “Evening Post” described Europe as “one of the most remarkable of men, not only of his race, but in the music world of this country.”

James Reese Europe was an effective champion of African-American musicians and performers in all idioms, and helped to gain acceptance for them in the USA and abroad.  This collection of sheet music, “The Music of James Reese Europe“, is important because the works within it show Europe’s skill, imagination and versatility in his composing.  It is a valuable resource for early pop, ragtime and dance music. For more information about this or other collections of music, please contact us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Register NOW – Elementary General Music Clinic! 18 April, 2013

gm logoElementary General Music Clinic
Wednesday 7/31/2013, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
Stanton’s Sheet Music is excited to welcome back Cristi Cary Miller as our clinician for the 31st edition of our Elementary General Music Clinic. This is one of Stanton’s longest running and most successful clinics, showcasing the best new teacher resources, song collections, games, musicals and more! We are sure that you will find materials that will keep you and your students interested throughout the year. Get your school year started on the right foot!

New Star-Spangled Titles for Young Band 17 April, 2013

Patriotic numbers make the perfect addition to any concert program, but especially as we approach summer! Share one of these fantastic, new selections with your young band:

Brighton Camp
Randall Standridge, Grade 2.5
Using the familiar folk songs Brighton Camp, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, and The Cruel War as a basis, Randall Standridge has created a unique concert march with a built in American history lesson. Perfect to pay tribute to the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, this arrangement works as a patriotic concert selection, march, and as an interesting choice for contest. Its light style, legato vs. staccato rhythms, and section independence will advance your band’s musicianship, and the layering of the various melodies puts this arrangement over the top!

Call to Valor
Scott Watson, Grade 1.5
Valor is defined as “boldness or determination in facing great danger; heroic courage.” “Call to Valor” musically evokes both the resolute strength and quiet courage required to face difficulties and the unknown. The piece begins with a brief, animated introduction followed by a bold fanfare theme. A quieter, contrasting section alternates bugle calls with field drum solos, but then builds to the return of the opening material. “Call to Valor” is the perfect fanfare opener or exciting closer for your next concert.

Fanfare for the Unsung Hero
Matt Conaway, Grade 2
Stirring and dignified, this original patriotic fanfare is perfect for Memorial Day, Veterans’ Day, or any patriotic celebration, and is an ideal opener. Majestic percussion, stately (and basic) 16th note patterns, and bold brass statements set the stage for a rousing, mature-sounding salute.

To the Colors
Ronald C. Knoener, Grade 2.5
Written in the style of a U.S. Civil War marching song, this enjoyable patriotic march features the historic flag-raising bugle call To the Colors. The lightness of style and battery percussion enhances the character and reverence of this march. Open a concert or patriotic program by processing the colors in to this fantastic, respectful work followed by the Star-Spangled Banner!

For more great suggestions for your young band, contact Stanton’s band department. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Register NOW – Stanton’s Super Session 2013! 16 April, 2013

ss logoStanton’s Super Session
Saturday 8/3/2013, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
at Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth St, 43215
REGISTRATION: $55.00 (includes lunch)

Do you need to put a little “spark” in your choral program? Is there just too much new music out there for you to review? Join us for a fun, enriching day of music education with Andy Beck, Greg Gilpin, and Stanton’s own Jen Sper featuring music from Alfred Publications, Shawnee Press and many other choral publishers. Nowhere else will you find such a variety of new choral selections and teaching resources to inspire and motivate you and your students as you begin the school year.

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Downton Abbey-The Music 15 April, 2013

Downton Abbey aired in September of 2010 in the United Kingdom. It  aired in the United States only a few months later  in January of 2011.  By the third season, it hasbecome one of the most widely watched television series in the world.  The music played in the series finally made it  “across the pond”  in March of 2013.

Published by Hal Leonard in two levels  of piano sheet music, the original music by John Lunn is available in both intermediate/advanced level and easy level.  If you love hearing the music, you’ll love playing it.  For more information about this or other piano music from TV or films, please call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at or visit our website at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

Down Front: New Concert Band Solo and Section Features 12 April, 2013

Do you have an excellent solo player or section that you want to feature on your next concert? Try one of these pieces recommended by Stanton’s Band Department:

Allegro Francaise
F Horn, Trombone, or Euphonium Solo Feature
J. Ed. Barat, arr. Andrew Glover, Grade 3
Barat’s “Andante and Allegro” has been a staple of trombone solo repertoire for decades, and now the Allegro has been excerpted and arranged for the Barnhouse “Spotlight” series by Andrew Glover. An excellent solo to showcase your trombone, euphonium, or horn soloist.

Can’t Help Falling in Love
Alto Saxophone Feature
arr. James Swearingen, Grade 3
Elvis’ classic hit finds inspired life in this romantic ballad beautifully scored to feature your best alto saxophonist.

Cinema Paradiso
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Alto Sax or Trumpet Solo Feature
Ennio Morricone, arr. Robert Longfield,
Grade 3
From the classic 1988 film Cinema Paradiso, this beautiful theme has been recorded by artists ranging from trumpeter Chris Botti to violinist Joshua Bell. This wonderful setting by Robert Longfield allows you to feature your choice of solo instrument with full band accompaniment. (solo options include: oboe, flute, clarinet, alto sax, or trumpet)

Lightning Fingers
Clarinet Feature
Henry Fillmore, arr. Robert E. Foster,
Grade 4
Lightning Fingers showcases the musical and technical virtuosity of the solo clarinetist in this original work by legendary bandmaster and composer Henry Fillmore. It is a happy, showy display piece which has been enjoyed by generations of performers and audiences alike. Robert Foster’s new edition cleans up some inconsistencies present in older editions and makes it accessible to a new generation of band musicians.

Miss Trombone
Trombone Section Feature
Henry Fillmore, arr. Nicholas J. Contorno,
Grade 3.5
“Father of the Trombone Smear,” Henry Fillmore, wrote a series of fifteen novelty ragtime solos known as The Trombone Family. Miss Trombone – the first of these – was written in 1908. Dr. Contorno’s setting maintains all the fun and mischief of the original.

A Night in Tunisia
Saxophone Section Feature
arr. Paul Murtha,
Grade 3
Authentic, newly inspired treatment of Dizzy Gillespie’s Afro-Cuban groundbreaker features your saxophone section as it deftly shifts between swing and Latin styles, and sizzles with rich jazz flavors.

Overture for Brass Quintet & Band
Brass Quintet Feature
Clarence Barber,
Grade 4
Literature for brass quintet with band is scarce and this is a welcome addition to the repertoire that demonstrates the versatile sonority of both the brass quintet and concert band. It is melodic yet contemporary with unusual rhythmic and harmonic twists.

For more solo and section features, contact Stanton’s Band Department. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Jazz For Baby 11 April, 2013

Does your youngster get excited about hearing music, or “reading” along with you?  Here are four picture books,  each including a CD that goes along with the book.  The books have heavy card stock pages with colorful illustrations.  Each page has a corresponding song on its CD.  The players in the  jazz band recording are some of New York City’s hottest young jazz players.

Duck Ellington Swings Through the Zoo” is about Duck going to the zoo to relieve the boredom of the zoo animals with his jazz piano.  Things certainly liven up!  “Charlie Bird Counts to the Beat” tells the story of Charlie Bird playing his sax and counting up to ten.  Three Happy Hippos playing harmonicas never sounded so good!  “Mingus Mouse Plays Christmastime Jazz” is about Mingus Mouse, who, upon arriving at home for Christmas, realizes he hasn’t brought a present for his mom.  After a little brainstorming, he solves the problem.  (Sorry. You have to read the book.)

In “Nursery Rhyme Jazz“, we meet the main jazz characters, which include Ella the Elephant and a few more we haven’t mentioned, yet.  You have never heard nursery rhymes quite like this!  Delight your little one(s) with one or more of these wonderful books.  For more information about these, or other children’s books or songbooks, please contact us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website,  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Happy Birthday John Stanton! 10 April, 2013

100_0967Today we celebrate the 90th birthday of John Stanton, founder of Stanton’s Sheet Music!  A former band director, John opened Stanton’s Sheet Music in the heart of downtown Columbus Ohio in 1960.  In the early years, John was active in all aspects of the business to keep up with growth – with a small staff of only four employees, he couldn’t afford to be “just a manager!”  John was careful to hire musically educated staff, so his customers would receive the best repertoire recommendations and customer service from people who understood the ins-and-outs of music and teaching.

We still believe in these values that John instilled in our company early on, and we are proud to carry on the great tradition he began.  Happy Birthday, John!

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Ukulele: Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Bass 08 April, 2013

leon-00699406-fMany of us are familiar with the soprano ukulele.  Did you know that there are also concert, tenor, baritione and bass ukuleles?  Wow! A whole ukulele family!  A good book to learn to play the soprano and concert ukuleles is “Jumpin’ Jim’s Ukulele Tips ‘n’ Tunes” by Jim Beloff.  This book teaches how to tune the uke, how to play the chords, and has 29 songs. The tenor uke’s top string is tuned  to “G” an octave below the soprano uke’s “G”, otherwise, the strings are the same, so the same chords can be played on the tenor as on the soprano or concert ukes. The sound is different because of the lower string, but the chord fingerings stay the same.

The Low G String Tuning Ukulele” by Ron Middlebrook includes a CD and is helpful for learning  the tenor uke.  The baritone ukulele is tuned like the 4 highest strings of the guitar: E, B, G, D.  Hal Leonard’s “Baritone Ukulele Book 1” includes a CD, and has a chord chart in the back of the book.  The baritone ukulele  was introduced about 1949-1950.  Now there is the bass ukulele, the U-Bass, from Kala, new in 2009.  Mel Bay has a book that includes a CD, “Ukulele Bass Manual” .  The UBass is tuned to standard bass tuning: E-A-D-G.  It is surprising how big a sound this  amplified 21″ instrument can produce!

For more information about ukulele books or others, please contact us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our sheet music website.

“Joy of Singing” and “John Jacobson Workshop” 2013! 05 April, 2013

logo JJWStanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to invite you to our 2013 “John Jacobson Workshop” on August 1st and “Joy of Singing” on August 2nd – two full days of the best new music from Hal Leonard!

John Jacobson Workshop
Thursday 8/1/2013, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $60.00 teacher/$40.00 student, Both fees include lunch

logo JOSJoy of Singing
Friday 8/2/2013, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $50.00 (includes lunch)

Register now online, or contact us at 1-800-426-8742 or for more information.

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Show-offs: New Solo and Section Features for Young Band 04 April, 2013

Is your young band filled with a bunch of show-offs and attention grabbers? Let them put their skills to the test with one of these great section features!

Trumpet Section Feature
Matt Conaway, Grade 1
Feature your trumpet section on this laid back, groove-rock tune with the slang title. It’s all here: 12-bar blues form, a tune that follows the chord changes (open it up to feature some middle school soloists!), a solid bass line, and 8th note rhythmic breaks. This chart makes it on authenticity and your students will have fun!

The Elephants (from Carnival of the Animals)
Low Brass Section Feature
Camille Saint-Saens, arr. Matt Conaway, Grade 1.5
Bring those low voices into the spotlight! In this setting from Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals,” Matt Conaway has created an accessible and audience-friendly feature for those oft-forgotten basses in the back that is also a fun choice for recruiting performances!

Trumpets of Symphony Hall
Trumpet Section Feature
arr. Todd Stalter, Grade 1.5
Add a touch of light novelty to your concert, introduce your band to some standard classical themes, and feature your trumpets all at the same time! Your audience will enjoy the variety of this arrangement showcasing themes by Beethoven, Mozart, Dvorak, Haydn, Brahms, and more, while your trumpet section and ensemble navigate multiple changes of playing style and dynamics.

Euphonium Feature
Edward Kennedy, Grade 1
The title of this work conjures up images of outer space and flying saucers. However, it’s also a pun on the affectionate name often given to the Euphonium in the U.K. and Australia: EUPHO. This exciting work will give your euphonium or baritone players a chance to shine and have some fun, either as soloists or in a section feature.

Walking the Planks
Mallet Percussion Feature
Robert W. Smith, Grade 0.5
Using a nautical theme, Robert W. Smith has created this work to reinforce musical concepts and highlight this crucial area of skill development for percussionists. Using only six notes, the melody flows seamlessly across the planks while providing a delightful musical experience for all. The optional accelerando leads to a very exciting conclusion.

For more great suggestions for your young band, contact Stanton’s band department. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Piano Lesson Books (And more!) 03 April, 2013

For piano teachers and parents of piano students, Stanton’s Sheet Music is a rich source of materials for lessons and music for fun.  We stock many of the current piano method series, such as Piano Adventures by the Fabers, Piano Town by Keith Snell, the Premier Piano Course from Alfred Publishing, and more.  We stock favorite series some of us grew up with, such as Thompson’s Modern Course, the Schaum Pre-A Book and the following books, and Aaron’s Piano Course.

Sheet music like “Somewhere in Time”, ”Ashokan Farewell”, “Bumble Boogie”, “You Raise Me Up”, and other songs are available in easy piano versions and in intermediate to advanced versions.  Books of popular songs and tunes are available.  The “Twilight” series of movies is available on different levels, as are the “Pirates of the Carribean” series.  The “Star Wars” piano solo books are favorites on any level, as are the Harry Potter collections of sheet music.  The Disney collections are very popular. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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From Prime Time to the Silver Screen for Band! 02 April, 2013

The soundtracks from our favorite movies and TV shows offer a wealth of great music that can “walk the line” between pop and classical. Choose one of these great arrangements recommended by Stanton’s band department:

Music from Brave
arr. Michael Sweeney, Grade 1.5
Here are the main themes from the popular Disney/Pixar movie Brave in a concise and easy to learn setting for very young players. Sure to sound great with limited rehearsal time.

Highlights from Brave
arr. Sean O’Loughlin, Grade 3
Featuring a marvelous blend of Celtic-flavored themes, Patrick Doyle’s soundtrack from the blockbuster Disney/Pixar film Brave ranges in mood from haunting and lyrical, to powerful and majestic.

Dark Shadows
Danny Elfman, arr. Victor Lopez, Grade 2.5
Director Tim Burton brings the cult classic series Dark Shadows to the big screen. A great opportunity to introduce cinematic soundtrack, this medley certainly depicts the intensity of Danny Elfman’s original score.

Game of Thrones
arr. Michael Brown, Grade 2
The dark and dramatic theme from the popular HBO series Game of Thrones is one of the most distinctive and effective themes for TV or film to come along in several years. Arranged in a powerful setting for young bands, this is sure to be a hit with your students.

Highlights from How to Train Your Dragon
John Powell, arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 2
Composed by John Powell, the exciting and emotionally powerful music from the DreamWorks film How to Train Your Dragon has taken on a life of its own. Here is an adaptation for younger bands by Johnnie Vinson that includes the tender lyricism as well as dramatic heroic moments of the original.

James Horner Movie Magic
arr. Michael Brown, Grade 3
James Horner has written some of the most memorable and striking movie themes of the past 30 years, and Michael Brown has assembled several of them in this stunning medley – “The Bioluminescence of the Night” (from Avatar), “Southampton” (from Titanic), “The Plaza of Execution” (from The Mask of Zorro), Rocketeer Main Theme, and Theme from Field of Dreams.

arr. Jay Bocook, Grade 3
The theme to the latest James Bond movie, Skyfall was co-written and performed by popular British singer-songwriter, Adele, and won both the Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song. Faithful to the original, Jay Bocook’s arrangement for band is sure to spark your students, and be a hit with your audience!

For more great suggestions for your concert band, contact Stanton’s band department. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Fiddle from Scratch 01 April, 2013

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, or visit our website, Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.