News & Views Sunday, November 29, 2015

Category: Folk Music

Chanukah! 25 November, 2015

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recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Chanukah is just about two 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, or visit our website, 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.

Instruments A to Z 21 August, 2015

This is the fourth month for our Instruments A-Z series, so we are choosing instruments that start with the letter “D”.  Australia’s Aborigine people use a didgeridoo in religious ceremonies and it can be played for native dancing.  It is classified as a natural trumpet.  The didgeridoo is made traditionally of a hollow tree or tree limb.  Non-traditional didgeridoos may be made from PVC pipe of different lengths. Five didgeridoos are shown in the picture. The top three are native-made instruments, the bottom two are not.

An example of an American-Appalachian instrument is the mountain dulcimer.strum3  It’s a member of the zither family.   The dulcimer is a popular folk instrument that can be played as a solo instrument if picked, or as an accompaniment for singing if strummed.  Stanton’s has books of music for dulcimer, both to learn how to play it, and books of pieces to play and sing.  Give us a call, 1-800-42-MUSIC, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Instruments A to Z 20 July, 2015

250px-Tambores-El-Power170px-Croix_Sonore_Jon_B_1Welcome to month #3 of “Instruments A to Z!  As promised, the instruments presented will not be common ones.  The first instrument is an electronic instrument called a croix sonore.  A prototype of this Nicolai Obukhov invention was built in France in 1926 by Pierre Dauvillier.  It functioned along the same lines as a theremin.  Obukhov wrote music for the croix sonore which was played by one of his students, Marie-Antoinette Aussenac-Broglie.  Next are the Candombe drums, actually a set of three to four drums. Each of the drums has its own size, voice, and function in the ensemble.  Last is the celesta, in instrument that is just over 100 years old.  It was invented in 1886 by Auguste Mustel.  It is a small keyboard instrument most famously used by Tschaikovsky in The Nutcracker’s “The Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy“.  A concert band arrangement of Harry Potter movie themes also uses a celesta at the beginning of the piece for “Hedwig’s Theme”. Contact us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website if you have questions or if you are looking for something special.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Playbook: A Tiny Library from Hal Leonard 06 July, 2015

14043451Hal Leonard has a new “tiny” library ! There are how-to-play books, each one a handy beginner’s guide to playing ukulele, guitar, keyboard or harmonica.  They are small, (3″ x 4″),  and spiral bound at the top. Also offered in the “Tiny” series is a book of chords for guitar, ukulele, or keyboard, which include a photo of someone playing that chord alongside a diagram of the chord. A brief guide to music theory rounds out this series.  They are easy to keep in a case or a gig bag, and very reasonably priced at $3.99.  If you need to keep something handy for chords or “how-to” tips, these little books are great references! For more information about this “tiny” library, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Mister Tambourine Man 24 June, 2015

0032225600701550On June 5, 1965, Bob Dylan’s song, “Mister Tambourine Man“, performed by The Byrds , hit number one on the Billboard charts and stayed there for ten weeks.  People still love to sing that classic hit, whether in a coffeehouse setting or any other group setting.  It is in a guitar book, “Greatest 60’s Rock Guitar“, and it’s in a piano/vocal book (with guitar chords), “Early Rock Hits“. Whether you sing along or play along, it’s campfire and singing time weather!  So entertain yourself and others!  Get one of these collections of classic rock sheet music, and sing the night away. For more information about these collections or other similar collections, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Instruments, A-Z 19 June, 2015

21exqpkxeOLWelcome to month #2 of “Instruments A-Z”.  Our first “B” instrument is bongos.  Bongos belong in the membranophone class of percussion instruments.  Bongos come in a pair bolted together. One drum is larger than the other.  Bongos are played with the bare hands. A “B” instrument from the aerophone group is a bullroarer.  It’s not so hard to play, but you need some space to use it in-preferably outdoors! The bandura is a string instrument from Ukraine.  Apparently, the more strings the instrument has, the more the bandurists like it. Watch for next month when we feature the letter “C”. Those instruments won’t necessarily be common, any more than these were. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

Chord Solos for the Baritone Ukulele 09 June, 2015

00145630The baritone ukulele is tuned like the highest four strings of a guitar:  E, B, G, D, while the soprano uke is tuned A-E-C-G. This collection for baritone ukulele has been complied by Dick Sheridan, longtime player of fretted instruments.  The ukulele is his favorite fretted instrument.  These classic ukulele songs are arranged for chord soloing. Chord soloing is using chords to play melody and harmony simultaneously.  The melody usually is played on the first, (highest pitch), string. The combination of chord and melody makes for a richer sound.  There are twenty-seven songs, including jazz, blues, barbershop, gospel, classical, folk and more.  Learn or relearn some ukulele favorites, and learn to show off with some chord soloing!  For more information about this collection of sheet music, or other ukulele music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website,  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

Instruments, A-Z 21 May, 2015

imagesHave you ever tried to name one instrument for every letter of the alphabet?  Some letters aren’t too hard to name the instruments for: say, the letter “c” or “t”.  We will be choosing at least one instrument  for each month, “A” to “Z” until we run out of letters.  So this month, we start with “A”.  There are different classifications of musical instruments. Idiophones are  struck percussion of various kinds that have no membrane, (think “no drumhead”).  “Agung a tamlang” is in this class. The 2 slit drums are on the left, the 2 beaters are on the right in this photo.  The alphorn is a natural horn, which means it has no slides or valves. The Swiss Club in Columbus, Ohio, has a group that plays alphorns.  An unusual stringed instrument is the Aeolian harp.  People can build an Aeolian harp, but not play it. (Honest!)  Watch for next month, when we feature the letter “B”!

“Children’s Songs” for Earth Day 14 April, 2015

00311054Earth Day is just next week!  Do you have your songs ready for the day?  If not, have a look at today’s offering for Earth Day.  Nobody’s down to Earth more than a child, right? So here is a collection, “Children’s Songs“, which is full of “earthy” songs.  There are 110 songs, including “Be Kind to Your Web-Footed Friends” and “Peter Cottontail” to celebrate the wildlife, “This Land is Your Land” and “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” to celebrate the great outdoors, “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring” and “Eensy Weensy Spider” to celebrate the weather.  “The Farmer in the Dell” and “Old MacDonald” celebrate the growers of the  food we get from the good Earth.  “The Old Gray Mare” and “Oh Where, Oh where, Has My Little Dog Gone” celebrate our pets.  “Happy Trails to You” celebrates our journeys across our varied landscapes.  So if you are entertaining people, especially kids, this is the collection for you!  For more information about this collection of sheet music or others, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

Stanton’s Employee Orchestra 01 April, 2015

10849837_10154965200825052_5872004811299345621_nMeet  Stanton’s Employee Orchestra.  This unique orchestra includes instruments from A to Z, literally.  It includes autoharp to zither, (Three zithers).  From front, left , a small zither is being played. A larger, “Perfecta” zither is in the middle row on the right. The book to learn to play these instruments is  the Darr Method for Zither. Front row, second from left is an autoharp (with 21 chords).  Books of all kinds are available to learn to play the autoharp, or chromaharp.  First row front, third from left, is a merry mandolinist.  We have lots of music for mandolins, too. In the back row, third from left, is a different sort of mandolin.  It is a banjo mandolin.  In the front row on the right is a type of plucked psaltery called a “Melody Harp”. If you check out this link, you can find out how to get one and the music for it.  We have two ukuleles in our orchestra. In the middle row to the left, there is a tenor ukulele.  In the back row on the left, there is a banjo ukulele (soprano version).  Of course, we have lots of ukulele music.  In the middle row, second from the left, is another type of zither It’s a Jubel Tone zither.  You kind of have to figure it out for yourself, but if you are a string player, it’s easy.  In the middle row third from the left is a ukelin.  Follow this link to find out about this one. In the back row second from left is one of the more “normal” instruments in our orchestra.  It is a guitar.  Sure, we got music for that!  Our last instrument is in the back row on the right.  This is a tenor banjo. Yep, there is some music for that, too.  Come visit and hear us play, sometime. (We dare you!)

The Great Irish Songbook 06 March, 2015

great irish songbookSaint Patrick’s Day is coming!  Dan Fox has arranged a book of Irish sheet music for easy piano with guitar chords and words to the songs.  Some jigs, reels and hornpipes have been included as well.  There are some traditional Irish songs, and quite a few Irish-American songs.  There are over eighty selections for Saint Patrick’s Day, so you won’t run out of music!  For more information about this book of Irish songs or others, call 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Today is Purim! 05 March, 2015

00-42662And, pray tell, what is Purim?  It is a fun holiday when the Jewish people remember how Queen Esther went boldly to her husband the king to tell him how one of the court officials, Haman, was plotting against the Jews to kill them.  The king didn’t like the idea, and stopped Haman. (For the whole story, read the book of Esther.)  If you are Jewish, you already know and love this holiday. There are games and feasting, and the story of Esther is read.  When Haman’s name is read, everyone uses noisemakers to drown out his name.  Children dress up like different characters in the story. “Top Requested Jewish Holiday Songs” includes five Purim songs, “Haman, a Wicked Man”, and “Chag Purim” among them.  There are eight songs for Chanukah, and six songs for Passover. For more information about this collection of sheet music or other types of holiday song books, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website, Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Fifty Easy Irish Favorites for Classical Guitar 16 February, 2015

14043322This book of sheet music for Irish songs includes a download card which will give you online access to full demonstration performances by the author, Jerry Williams. “50 Easy Irish Favorites for Classical Guitar” contains traditional songs such as “The Bard of Armagh”, “The Galway Piper”, “Morning Has Broken”, and much more.   Arrangements include tablature, but lyrics are not included.  For a late elementary to advanced player, this is a great book of Irish standards. Play it for every day, or for St. Patrick’s Day!  For more information about this collection or other similar items, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Auld Lang Syne 30 December, 2014

“Should auld aquaintance be forgot…”.  We all know the first several words of this traditional New Year’s Eve song.  How 00353010many of us know all the words, and the right words?  Just in case you are shaky on the words or the melody, (and test yourself out, here!), we have the sheet music for this song.   So for the sake of old times, and old friends, revisit this timeless gem of a song!  Contact us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website, to check out our extensive offering of seasonal music!  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

Have Yourself a Merry, Folky Christmas! 11 December, 2014

96466leon-00001209-fMost of us are used to piano and organ music for Christmas, but did you know there is Christmas sheet music for folk instruments? From accordion to ukulele, we have collections of Christmas songbooks and instrumental solo books.  Most predominantly feature carols, but two collections have both carols and some Celtic Christmas tunes:  “A Celtic Tinwhistle Christmas” and “A Scottish Christmas for Hammered Dulcimer“.  “Christmas Favorites for Harmonica” includes some carols and at least twelve pop Christmas songs. “Christmas Songs“, for the recorder, includes mostly pop songs.  Whether you are looking for Christmas music for guitar, harp, fiddle mandolin, or another folk instrument, give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC to see what we have for you.  You can also email us at or browse our website at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Jewish Holiday Songs 03 November, 2014

00-42662This newly released book of sheet music, “Top Requested Jewish Holiday Songs“, includes several songs for each of three holidays :  Chanukah, Passover, and Purim.  There are nineteen songs in all.  The piano part, words, and guitar chords are all included.  From the serious ” Baruch Shel Chanukah” ,  to the lighthearted “My Dreidel“, and on to the the silly “Chad Gadya“, there is more than one song appropriate to each holiday!  This is a collection you will go back to again and again.  For more information about this collection or other similar collections, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Bluegrass! 18 August, 2014

bluegrass songbookTraditional bluegrass music is typically played on acoustic instruments: fiddle, string bass, five string banjo, guitar, and mandolin.  Sometimes a harmonica, autoharp, or dobro may be played in the group.  Bluegrass songbooks are not always easy to find, and Stanton’s has one that will work well for everybody.   “The Bluegrass Songbook”  has over forty great Bluegrass songs including  “Ballad of Jed Clampett” from The Beverly Hillbilles, “Wabash Cannonball” by A. P. Carter,  “The Long Black Veil” by Marijohn Wilkin and Danny Dill, plus more.  Guitar chords, melody, and the words to the songs are included.  Expand your repertoire!   For more information about this collection or others like it, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

O’Neill’s Music of Ireland 17 July, 2014

This one-inch thick book of 1,850 Irish melodiesResizeImageHandler.ashx is a library of tunes in one volume.  There are set dance tunes, which are tunes for a “set”, or group of dancers in couples, many of O’Carolan’s tunes, folk song tunes, and more.  The melody is laid out, ready to be played, embellished upon, or arranged by a group or soloist.  There are many familiar tunes; “The Minstrel Boy”, “The Bard of Armagh”, “Planxty Irwin”, reels, hornpipes, and more.  The words are not included, nor are there chords provided.  The melody is the main emphasis in this collection. For more information about this collection or other tune books or fiddle books, please call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Jam Session! 16 July, 2014

00240112What is a jam session?  It is a musical event, process, or activity where musicians play (“jam”) by improvising.  At a typical folk music or Bluegrass jam, players in the group take turns choosing a tune to play and the key to play it in. (Example- “Let’s play “In the Pines” in the key of D.”)  Most of the group will be familiar with the songs, so people can strum, pick, or fiddle along to the song.  Maybe one person will sing the verses, and everyone will sing the chorus in harmony.  Often, the leader will give a nod to different people and the chosen person will improvise a solo for a verse of the song.  Jams can go on for hours with people coming and going as time passes.  It’s great fun!  I’ve been in jams where I’ve alternated playing fiddle, mandolin, or ukulele.   Sometimes, I stop playing and just sing. To learn the songs associated with a particular style of music, fakebooks are helpful, as is listening to lots of music in your chosen style. Eventually, your ear kicks in, and you can play “by ear”.  That is, you can hear a song and play it without sheet music.  For information about fakebooks for different styles of music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at or visit our website at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

It is NOT a “Flamingo Guitar”! 14 May, 2014

Flamenco is a style of Spanish dance.  Flamenco is also  the style of music played for the dancers to dance to.  This collection, “Essential Flamenco Guitar” by Juan Martin, includes two DVD’s, and 134 pages of flamenco pieces that are written in both standard notation and tablature. You can watch the flamenco group playing, singing, and dancing and get an idea of how the ensemble functions together.  For an enjoyable exploration of the flamenco style, this book and the DVD’s included are a great introduction!  For more information about this collection or other guitar literature, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!