News & Views Sunday, September 25, 2016

Category: Guitar Music

How to Write Guitar Tab 27 June, 2016

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Tablature for fretted string instruments was common in the Renaissance and Baroque eras, and is still in use today. It’s handy because no matter what, the strings are always in the same place, and so are the frets. The strings are numbered from high to low, 1-2-3-4-5-6. The frets are numbered from the nut up the fingerboard.

How to Write Guitar Tab shows how to write the tablature including rhythms, and how to apply modern notation for things like whammy bar, bending, and slides. This is especially helpful when the guitar is in an alternate tuning, such as DADGAD. This is a great resource to help learn how to write sheet music for guitar, and how to read tab as well as write it.

For more information, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, 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 Songs You Should Strum on Guitar 15 June, 2016

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Are you looking for something fun to strum this summer? “First 50 Songs You Should Strum on Guitar” is stuffed full with fifty popular songs, old and new! Songs include “Soul Sister,” “Good Riddance,” “Rocky Mountain High,” “Maggie May,” “Mull of Kintyre,” and more. Whether you play for your own pleasure, or you like to play for singalongs, this book will keep you happily occupied for hours.

For more information about this songbook or other sheet music for popular guitar, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, 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.


Why Does Copyright Law Matter? 01 June, 2016

copyrightrespectfully offered by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

If you are reading this, you are probably a musician or associate with musicians. When you are a musician or hang with musicians, you begin to think that everyone is probably involved in music in one way or another. But, we musicians are really a fairly finite group of people.

It has been speculated that if you were to gather all people in the United States who make their living in the music industry (whether creating it, performing it, recording it, writing it, teaching it, publishing it, selling it, making and repairing instruments that play it etc), you would end up with about the same amount of people as are employed by the Kellogg’s Company – you know, the cereal and snack food folks. Yeah – a pretty finite group!

It seems unlikely that anyone involved in this tight-knit music community would intentionally keep their fellow musicians from trying to make a living. And yet, that’s what you do when you copy sheet music without permission. Sheet music is property – like a trumpet, violin or a microphone – but it’s intellectual property, which can be a bit nebulous. Basically, only the Copyright Holder has the “right” to “copy” their work. When you copy music without permission from the copyright holder, you are actually stealing it.

When you copy music without a second thought, that means the music is not being sold. Consequently, the music retailer and all their employees lose income, the music publisher and all their employees lose income, and, perhaps most tragically, the composer loses income. Your fellow musicians are being deprived of their ability to make a living.

So not only are you breaking the law by copying music, you are keeping your brothers and sisters in this finite musical community from doing what they love to do: be a musician. If they can’t make a living at it, they may have to leave and do something else. And the musical world becomes an even smaller place.

So don’t copy music without permission – it’s not only illegal, it’s immoral. Let’s make sure the livelihood of our music community is secure so we can all continue to make music – that thing we love to do!

For more information on what you can and cannot do when it comes to copyright, check out these books on the subject:
Copyright Basics by Joel Leach
The Teacher’s Guide to Music, Media, and Copyright Law by James Frankel
Music Copyright Law by Moser & Slay
Music Publishing: The Complete Guide by Steve Winogradsky

About the Author:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.


Stanton’s E-Tools: Digital Delivery 08 April, 2016

digital deliveryThe amazing staff at Stanton’s knows how valuable your time is. That’s why we try to provide you with as many tools as we can to make choosing music easier, faster and more enjoyable! In this series of blog posts, we will be profiling our E-tools. Whether you are a local customer here in Columbus, OH or one of our many friends around the world, we hope you will find a way to use our E-tools!

It’s happened to all of us: You have a rehearsal or a performance coming up in a few days (or a few hours!) and you’ve lost your music; it’s they day before a competition, and your judges’ copies are nowhere to be found; you desperately need something new and fresh for your church choir to start on tonight. In many cases, Stanton’s Digital Delivery can come to your rescue!

Using the Digital Delivery website, you can purchase thousands of titles and print them at home on your home computer within minutes. In addition, many popular sheets (including pop, Broadway, country, etc) can be transposed to the key of your choosing, so you’ll always be able to have piece in a comfortable range for you. Lead lines can also be transposed for instruments such as trumpet, clarinet, saxophone and French horn. Many titles are available in convenient PDF format, so they’re ready to use right on your tablet!

You can access our Digital Delivery site directly by clicking here, where you can browse options for bands, orchestradigital delivery printers, choirs, and solos for many different instruments. You can also use the regular Stanton’s website, where titles available for Digital Delivery have a printer icon next to their descriptions. Clicking on that icon will take you directly to that item’s page on the Digital Delivery website, where you can purchase and print.

For questions about how to use the Stanton’s Digital Delivery Site, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC or visit us online or in person!

Click here for more in the Stanton’s E-Tools series!


Fiddle Tunes for Baritone Ukulele 08 January, 2016

00153260This collection of sheet music for baritone uke is a fun mix of American, Irish and Scottish fiddle tunes arranged for baritone uke.  (You can also play them on the top four strings of a guitar.)  This book includes Online Audio, which lets you stream or download the recording of the tunes.  There are fifty-five tunes to choose from, which include chord symbols for anyone who wants to strum along.  This is great entertainment, either for yourself or to share with friends!  For more information about this collection or other baritone uke music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our web site , http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Blues Guitar Songs for Guitar 09 December, 2015

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recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Blues Guitar Songs” is a collection of ten complete blues songs by the greats, including Albert King (Born Under a Bad Sign), Eric Clapton (I’m Tore Down), and John Lee Hooker (Boom Boom). The songs are written in tab and standard notation. A big plus is that the purchase of the book includes access to audio tracks online for either download or streaming. Listening is the key to learning to play different styles of music, so the audio tracks are very helpful. Learn the blues by playing authentic blues!

For more information about this blues collection or others, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, 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.


Classical Guitar for Christmas 13 October, 2015

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Classical Guitar, Christmas Sheet Music00146974”  is a recent release. There are thirty holiday favorites arranged for solo classical guitar arranged by John Hill in standard notation. These Christmas favorites are at a late elementary/early intermediate level. They could be played in any setting: church, recital, nursing home, or any other setting you could think of. There is plenty of good material in this collection of sheet music for Christmas. It can be used every Christmas for years. Check it out!

For more information about this collection or other Christmas collections for guitar, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, 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.


Guitar Trios for Christmas 09 October, 2015

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recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

If you have several guitar students, or several mid-later elementary guitar players  at church, school, or studio, this book of sheet music for Christmas, “Christmas Classics” is a great collection to get 3 of your players together to play background music at a dinner, or for a recital. The 15 songs include two secular tunes, “Jingle Bells” and “Deck the Halls.” Chord symbols are provided, so a fourth guitar may be added for a rhythm part. Each song includes the melody part, a harmony part, and  a bass line. There are other collections of songs for guitar trio in the “Essential Elements Guitar Ensembles” line, too. For more information about this collection or other similar options, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or check our website, 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.

 


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 keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

 


Pop Song of the Month: May 22 May, 2015

00702196On  May 10th of 1980, Bob Seger’s song, “Against the Wind” hit the radio waves.  It maintained the #5 spot for eleven weeks in a row.  It is still one of the best-known songs by Bob Seger.  Therefore, it is no surprise that we can still find “Against the Wind” in print.  “The Best of Bob Seger” is a book of sheet music for easy guitar containing eighteen Seger hits, including “Against the Wind”.  Reacquaint yourself with some classic rock!  For more information about this music, or other personality collections for guitar, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com. or visit our website. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


A World Without Led Zeppelin??? (Nooooo!!!!!!!!) 04 May, 2015

OK, if you don’t like rock music, that’s fine.  If you do like rock music, especially classic rock music, you have 00-42832to like Led Zeppelin at least a little.  Their music has always been available for sale on whatever recording medium has been current, and their printed music has never been out of print. That’s not bad for a group that only performed for about twelve years!   Jimmy Page and Robert Plant wrote timeless rock classics for their band. Along with John Paul Jones and John Bonham, they were one of the most innovative, influential, and successful rock bands in history.  This collection of sheet music for guitar, “Led Zeppelin, Acoustic Classics“, is from the Authentic Guitar Tab Edition line produced by Alfred.  There are fifteen selections for guitar in this collection, including “Black Mountain Side“,  “Tangerine”, and “Hey, Hey What Can I Do“. For more information about this collection or other Led Zeppelin sheet music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Guitar Lesson Packs 26 March, 2015

00131553 00131554If an adult or teen wants to learn to play guitar on their own and at their own pace, we have two Guitar Lesson Packs from Hal Leonard that are a great buy and very helpful.  One is for Acoustic Guitar, and the other one is for Electric Guitar.  Each pack includes a beginning method book, a chord chart with chord theory explanation, a guitar scale chart, a guitar theory chart, and a DVD of lead lines and phrases, riffs, and more.  These Lesson Packs are currently retailing at $24.99 for a $47.95 value.  Check it out! For more information about guitar methods or songbooks, call us at  1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com.  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 keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Worship Guitar Anthology Volume 1 11 August, 2014

This Worship Guitar Anthology  Vol. 1  has the melody, lyrics and chords for one hundred songs.  It includes favorites worship guitar“Beautiful One”, “Revelation Song”, “Our God”, and more.  Chord grids for guitar are printed at the beginning of each song, so there’s no digging through a chord dictionary trying to find some of the more exotic chords.  Because there are chords included, a keyboard player can play along.  This collection of sheet music could be used for solo vocal with guitar, or it could be used as a starting point for a praise band to work with various songs.  It’s not easy to find this many praise favorites in one collection!  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 www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


This summer, learn to play the guitar! 22 July, 2014

00-42548Stanton’s got a shipment of the best guitar methods from Alfred!   You can learn to play rock guitar. blues, electric,  jazz or acoustic.   We got some ukulele books and bass guitar books, too. While away the  evenings on your deck (or patio) with your guitar in the summer breeze!  For more information about these helpful methods, call us at 1-800-42-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!

 


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 keyboard@stantons.com or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


The Boss is Back! 11 July, 2014

Bruce Springsteen’s new album, “High Hopes” has been released for piano/vocal/guitar, and for guitar.   This collection includes several old favorites (The Ghost of Tom Joad”)  and several newly re-recorded  songs are presented (The Wall.)  The Boss is back on tour, and back on a roll!  Play along with the Guitar Songbook Edition!  For more information about “High Hopes” or other Springsteen music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Iron Butterfly 12 June, 2014

00322242In June of 1969, the group Iron Butterfly still had a popular album on the charts that included a song that can be found in over a dozen songbooks for guitar in 2014.  The song was “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida“.  It had been on the charts  since December 7, 1968.  It stayed on the charts until July of 1969.  220px-Inagaddadavida-singleThe Boomer’s Book of Classic Rock Guitar” is full of hits from the 60′s and 70′s that the Boomers grew up with, including “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”.  Of the six titles on the album,   only this song has endured.  For more information about this special-order collection please call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com.  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 keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Dream Theater 06 May, 2014

Dream Theater’s twelfth album, self titled “Dream Theater” is now out in Recorded Version Guitar from Hal Leonard.  The album, released in September of 2013, was written during the tour for “A Dramatic Turn of Events.”  Metal Injection’s Greg Kennelty says that Dream Theater has crafted a record that is” front-to-back great.”  This book of sheet music for Dream Theater will help you learn to play your favorite pieces from the album! For more information about this book of guitar music or music for other bands, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!