News & Views Saturday, July 21, 2018

Category: Folk Music

Six Resources to Protect Your Hearing in Rehearsal 18 July, 2018

Wearing ear plugs is something few performing musicians do. We worry about communication and our effectiveness in playing, so we tend to forgo the plugs – but AFTER experiencing hearing loss is not the time to start worrying about protection. Here are some educational resources to help you protect one of your most valuable musical assets – your hearing!

New Year, New Look! 18 June, 2018

new-year-new-lookNotice anything different about us?

We’ve launched our newly redesigned website for musicians and educators to compare all music options, organize titles for personal and professional use, and share their passion for musical expression. The new website is designed to improve your search results and reduce research stress.

“We’ve been working on this website for three years now. The features we are most excited for are the advanced search bar and music-specific filters that offer you more opportunities to find sheet music that fits your educational or performance goals,” said David Ginter, technical manager.

Our search bar is optimized for music specific searches. You can search by instrument, voicing, keyword, full title, composer, artist, arranger, series, or catalog number. However, remember – less is more. If you want to be even more specific, click on our advanced search and type in as much information as you have.

CaptureIf you still have too many results after hitting enter, click on the photo to the left to reveal the filter! All you’ll have to do is chose the tab you want and it will grow to show you how every item is grouped. Say you searched the word “Star,” but you only want to see SAB music – the voicing tab will tell you how many SAB selections are in this search.

We are also introducing new Social Media and Reprise pages. These pages archive our social and email announcements to allow our non-social media users access to our news and product recommendation. You can check in with the Social Media page for a weekly snapshot of what’s happening at Stanton’s and easily follow us without ever logging in.

You can stop scrolling back months at time to find that email with that title you can’t remember the name of, but you know would be perfect! Visit our Reprise page and only look through our emails without any distractions.

“The website is a resource where music directors can easily see, listen, and learn new products that best fit their ensemble needs. What we’ve created is a large music library database. With that database we can help directors and musicians compare ideas, organize their selections, and share with their ensemble and the audiences they reach,” says President, Eric Strouse.

Field Guide to the Mountain Dulcimer 28 May, 2018

30608mSpiced with humor, Anne Dodson’s Field Guide to the Mountain Dulcimer Book 1 is a beautifully structured and organized guide, taking the beginning student step-by-step through a well-planned sequence of lessons. Friendly and encouraging, Book 1 covers tips on buying and maintaining the instrument, left and right hand techniques, chords, and accompaniment. Exercises, lots of fun tunes to play, and downloadable audio files to support the written instruction all make this a lasting resource. This book is easy to understand, so you can even teach yourself to play. Even better news, there is a Book 2!

For more information about dulcimer music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com. And remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

The Ceilidh Dance Book 18 May, 2018

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

30606A “ceilidh” is a traditional Scottish gathering where people share songs, stories, music, and dancing that is very much alive today. In Scotland, there are hundreds of ceilidh bands, each of which has their own trademark tune sets, making it possible for a man in a kilt to make a living as a performing musician!

The Ceilidh Dance Book is full of dance sets for this type of social occasion. Written for violin or mandolin, it also includes chords for guitar. Given the nature of the folk musician, the melody and chords are all that is necessary for skilled players of nearly any instrument to improvise accompaniment for the melody. There are 24 dance sets to choose from, so the dancers can be happily occupied. Instructions for each dance set are included, and for experienced dancers, at least some dances will already be familiar. Dancers and folk musicians need to check out this collection!

For more information about this collection or others like it, call us at 800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.

Merle Haggard Presents Swinging Texas Fiddlin’ 02 May, 2018

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Swinging Texas Fiddlin’“was first published in 1982, but has been out of print for many years. Newly re-released, this new edition contains all the old tunes, as well as Tiny Moore’s commentary found in the original publication. It is a definite must-have for any player who wants to study traditional and modern breakdown and hoedown fiddling. Tunes are presented in the styles of Vernon Solomon, Bob Wills, Warren Helton, and others.

Merle Haggard explains why he wanted to produce this collection: “I got to thinking that there probably are a lot of people who can read music and might like to learn some of these songs and styles. That is the reason for this book.”

For more information about this fiddle book or others, call us at 800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.

The Deluxe Tinwhistle Songbook 27 April, 2018

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Compiled by Patrick Conway, The Deluxe Tinwhistle Songbook contains 71 Irish songs and ballads. Standard notation and tab are included for each tune, with ornaments explained and instructions given on how to play them. Merry, fast tunes such as “The Merry Plowboy” are included, as well as pretty ballads such as “Baidin Fheidhilmid” and “The Sally Gardens.” There are also hornpipes, jigs and reels. Chord names are included, so you may persuade a guitar, mandolin or uke playing friend to join you. This collection will keep you happily occupied for some time!

For more information about this or other tin whistle collections, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.

Ukulele For All 20 April, 2018

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

kg1t.jpgUkulele For All is an exciting new ukulele method from Kjos Music Company. The Teacher Edition is filled with effective solutions for establishing the ultimate ukulele learning environment. This richly informative volume gives educators everything they need to teach ukulele successfully. The Teachers Edition also offers comprehensive guidance on achieving curricular alignment with the National Core Arts Standards.

Student books employ unique classroom-tested pedagogy to progress from one chord to five. Engaging interactive Practice Studio video and audio make it easy for students to experience hands-on instrumental performance. Informative text, photos and graphics accelerate learning, and notation of all melody lines in both tablature and standard notation means students can sing or play the tunes right from the start. Historic and multicultural repertoire and correlated facts enhance a standards-based curriculum. This is a great course to learn to play a fun instrument, and a fun course to teach!

For more information, call us at 800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.

First 50 Folk Songs You Should Play on the Guitar 09 April, 2018

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

00235868-wlThe collection First 50 Folk Songs You Should Play on the Guitar is a great blend of styles for a beginning guitar player. There are sacred songs such as “Amazing Grace,” “Down By the Riverside,” and “This Little Light of Mine”; there are Western songs including “Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie” and “The Yellow Rose of Texas.” Some Appalachian songs are represented, like “The Crawdad Song,” “Worried Man Blues,” and “Cindy.” There is even a nod given to the Child Ballads with “Matty Groves” and “Barbara Allen.”

Tablature is written out under the standard notation so the player can play the melody, and each song has the guitar chord grids for quick reference.  Most songs are in the keys of C and G, with a few in D or A. This is a perfect collection for sing-alongs, and just fun to play and sing by yourself!

For more information about this collection or others like it, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.

St. Patrick’s Day is Coming! 02 March, 2018

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The Best of Irish Music has 81 of the best Irish songs for St. Patrick’s Day! Everyone must sing “Danny Boy” at some point during the day; “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” is a perennial favorite; and “My Wild Irish Rose” is a great singalong song. I’ll stop before I bore someone to death, but the 78 other songs are just as good! The melody of each song is in the right hand of the piano, so the player can play the songs as solos if no one sings along. The chord names are above the staff, so a guitar player can also join in the fun!

Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day! Call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stanton’s.com, or visit our website at stantons.com for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.

Learn to Play the Folk Harp 22 February, 2018

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So you bought a folk harp and now you want a book to help you learn to play it! Well, how big is it? How many strings does it have? What’s with the blue and red strings? Just how do you use those levers? Teach Yourself to Play the Folk Harp by Sylvia Woods is one of the best books to help you learn all that stuff. Sylvia has written a short history of the harp, how to hold it, proper hand position, reading music, and how to replace and tie harp strings. There are plenty of songs to play as you learn new techniques. Who knows? Maybe by Christmas, you will be confident enough to play in church! Stanton’s has plenty of books to learn to play the folk harp, and plenty of books of solos for the harpist.

For more information about this book or other books of sheet music for folk harp, call us at 800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.

Easy Christmas Fake Book 29 November, 2017

00240209Looking for a quick and easy way to make music this holiday season? The Easy Christmas Fake Book is a collection of 100 Christmas songs, all in the key of C. You can “fake” the accompaniment to the songs on piano (chords in the left hand), guitar, mandolin, or any other chorded instrument. The contents include some sacred carols such as “Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella” and “What Child is This,” as well as secular and popular Christmas songs like “Jingle Bells,” “Let It Snow,” “Blue Christmas,” and more. This is a fun collection to play by yourself, or to jam with friends during the Christmas season!

For more information about this collection or other Christmas songbooks, call us at 800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Violin Christmas Solos 24 November, 2017

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

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Two special collections come to mind when I think of Christmas music for violin. The first is a volume of lovely violin solos from Mel Bay Publications, Christmas Melodies for Violin Solo by Craig Duncan. There are 14 Christmas pieces for violin solo with piano accompaniment included, written mostly in first and third positions and suitable for intermediate to advanced players. “Carol of the Bells” sparkles as it goes through first, third and fifth positions; the lyrical “Gesu Bambino” may just tempt you to get up and waltz; and the rest of the pieces are no less appealing!

For earl99639bcdier level players, Mel Bay offers My Very Best Christmas arranged and edited by Karen Khanagov. It’s a collection of 17 pieces with the choice of violin solo or duet for each piece, as well as a piano accompaniment or CD to play along with. The CD is great to use in performance, or at home to experiment with improvisation.

Whether you play for others or for your own enjoyment, either collection is a delight to play from! For more information about these selections or similar offerings, call us at 800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.


Bluegrass Songs 25 October, 2017

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

00311484-wlWhat is bluegrass music, anyway? It’s music from Scotland, Ireland, and England that is influenced by the American Appalachian region, plus “home-grown” tunes with that British Isles flavor and the dash of Appalachian salt. “Hear the Wind Blow” shares some melodic content with “Connemara Cradle Song,” an Irish lullaby, for instance.

The Big Book of Bluegrass Songs contains seventy-two bluegrass songs, some collected by or written by A.P. Carter, some by Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, and others. There is plenty of material here to play and to sing. Written for piano and vocals with guitar chords, these songs can also be easily adapted for string band, or for a guitar player looking for new repertoire. Remember, shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.


Ukulele for All 01 September, 2017

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

KG15_Ukulele for All by Jenny Peters and Rebecca Bogart is an easy-to-use beginning ukulele method for kids. Students learn to read standard notation, ukulele tablature, and chord symbols. This method book also includes access to Kjos’ Interactive Practice Studio, featuring videos, play-along accompaniments, an online recording studio, tuner/metronome, media downloader, and “My Files,” which accesses saved recordings for playback and sharing! A great resource for classroom use, too, and there is a teacher’s guide available.

Looking for a fun, quick way to learn to play ukulele? Here’s the answer! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.


Recorder Music to Dance To 18 August, 2017

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

49045581In 1651, John Playford (1623-1686) published a comprehensive collection of 105 short country dances that were very popular at the time under the title “The English Dancing Master.” The tunes, given as a single melodic line, were followed in each case by a description of the dance. Playford’s collection was evidently very popular – by about 1728 it had been revised several times and reissued seventeen times under the title “The Dancing Master.” When the eighteenth version was printed, it had expanded to include over a thousand pieces!

This delightful collection of 5 Easy Dances from “The Dancing Master” is at a Level One difficulty for the soprano recorder, and also includes an easy piano accompaniment, plus chords for guitar accompaniment and an easy hand drum part in some cases. A description  of each dance is included. It isn’t easy to find easy recorder music with piano or guitar accompaniment, and if you are a folk dancer or you dance English Country dance, you may already be familiar with one of more of the tunes, and with the steps of the dances!

This little gem of a collection is worth a look for  its use as an easy recorder collection and for the possible use as live music for a dance group! Remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.


Celtic Jam Session 01 August, 2017

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

00215696-wlNewly available in the Hal Leonard “Strum Together” series is the collection Celtic Songs. It is designed for five different instruments to play from together: soprano ukulele, baritone ukulele, guitar, mandolin and 5-string banjo (or any combination or number of those instruments). It contains seventy Celtic songs from the British Isles, including: “All Through the Night” from Wales, “Barbara Allen” from England, “The Blue Bells of Scotland” from Scotland, and “The Wild Colonial Boy” from Ireland. The melody line is included, so a fiddle could play along, too! Another couple of tricks – an Irish tenor banjo can play from the mandolin chords, and a tenor ukulele can play from the soprano uke chords, to bring more instruments in on the fun! This collection can provide hours of music for one person or many, so gather your friends and “Strum Together!” Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.


A Violinist’s Guide to Scottish Fiddling 21 June, 2017

recommended Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

melbay-517291The Violinist’s Guide to Scottish Fiddling by Melinda Crawford Perttu
Especially designed for violinists who have never fiddled in the Scottish style or for anyone who would simply like to brush up on their “Scottishness,” this guide discusses ornamentations and their applications, bowing styles, rhythmic issues and stylistic interpretations. It covers five basic types of tunes: airs, marches, jigs, reels and strathspeys, as well as Scottish fiddle history and regional styles. Each technique is clearly defined and supported with an abundance of tunes and assessments for maximum learning. Accompanying video clips demonstrated by former U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Champion Melinda Crawford show how to execute all of the different techniques and how to perform more than 44 full-length traditional Scottish fiddle tunes. Even the most classical player will be jamming!

For more information on this book or other fiddling resources, please contact us! And remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.


Songs for Children 21 March, 2017

Best-Loved Children’s Songs – Alfred Music Publishing

best-loved-childrens-songsFor so many of us, classic children’s nursery rhymes and songs were a part of our upbringing, both at home and in the elementary music classroom. Toddlers and young children love to sing and dance to classic nursery rhymes and songs, and this activity not only strengthens bonds with family and encourages brain development and musicality, but is also (perhaps most importantly) fun!

This beautiful keepsake collection of over 100 classic nursery rhymes, playground songs, activity tunes, and memory rhymes ensures that all those bases are covered for parents, teachers, and their kids. Carefully arranged for piano to play and sing with toddlers and young children, each song also includes guitar and ukulele chords for easy strum-and-sing performance. The book features a “Genre Index” that breaks the titles down into song types and categories – especially useful for educators. Finally, an “About the Songs” section rounds out the collection with a brief history of all the tunes, and, to demonstrate what the songs should sound like, professional MP3 recordings of every song can be downloaded from alfred.com with your purchase.

Additionally, this book would make a beautiful gift for a baby shower, or for a friend with young children.

If you would like more information about this book or other products visit our website at www.stantons.com, call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC ext. 3, or email us at keyboard@stantons.com. Stanton’s can assist you with all of your sheet music needs!


Celtic Bluegrass for Banjo 09 February, 2017

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Getting ready for Saint Patrick’s Day?  Stanton’s has a new book for banjo, Celtic Bluegrass. Many of the Scottish-Irish folksongs and tunes were retained in the Appalachian mountains, and this collection of tunes for 5-string banjo includes “Devil’s Dream,” “Soldier’s Joy,” and “Fisher’s Hornpipe,” among others. This book includes Audio Access – when you use the code that comes with the book, you will find recordings for each tune, and listen or play along!

A fun collection for lever harp players is 50 Irish Melodies For All Harps, arranged by Sylvia Woods. Each tune has an easy arrangement and an intermediate arrangement – with 52 tunes to play, you have lots and lots of choices! Contents include “Danny Boy,” “The Gartan Mother’s Lullaby,” “Killarney,” “My Wild Irish Rose,” “The Rakes of Mallow,” and more.

For more information, call us at 800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at stantons.com  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.

 


Chanukah! 05 December, 2016

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recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Chanukah is just about three weeks away! Are you ready?

For beginning piano players, we have a book of seven Chanukah songs at a level two, “Festive Chanukah Songs.” Your youngster could play a different song each night! We also have a book of Chanukah songs, “The Complete Chanukah Songbook.” This collection of sheet music includes nearly one hundred songs for the season, from Jewish folk songs to more modern compositions by some of today’s songwriters. Certain questions concerning Chanukah are answered, too: Why do we eat latkes? Where did the dreidl come from? This book is one that may take up residence in the piano bench, ready to hand for the season.

Call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com to learn more. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:

Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.