News & Views Friday, May 24, 2019

Category: Folk Music

17 Hot Singles for Ukulele 23 April, 2019

00289818-wlThis edition of Chart Hits of 2018-2019 is a collection of 17 pop songs written for ukulele. Songs included are: Eastside (Benny Blanco, Halsey & Khalid); Happier (Marshmello featuring Bastille); High Hopes (Panic! At the Disco); Natural (Imagine Dragons); Shallow (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper); Sunflower (from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) (Post Malone featuring Swae Lee); Thank U, Next (Ariana Grande); Without Me (Halsey); Youngblood (5 Seconds of Summer); and more. The melody is written out and the words are included; chord grids are above the melody line, so you don’t have to get the chord dictionary out to look them up! Why not while away an evening with this collection of hits?

For more information about this collection or other pop songbooks for ukulele, 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!

Guitar Picking Tunes 09 April, 2019

WBM44Mrecommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Fun Solos to Play is a collection of 47 favorite guitar picking tunes collected by the author, William Bay. They come from many different places: Ireland, Scotland, England, and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The melodies are easy to pick, and include slides, hammer-ons, and other guitar embellishments. Chord names are included, so another guitarist can play backup; the range of the melodies brings the tunes within reach of a fiddler or mandolinist, too! Online audio is also included, so you can play along!

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.

 

Leith Glass Harp 02 April, 2019

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In 1840, a man named Edward Bunting published a book of harp pieces that had been played at the Belfast Harp Festival in 1792. He called the natural key of the harpers’ tuning “leith glass,” which turns out to be the key of G.

The new volume Leith Glass contains nine pieces arranged by Frances M. Thiele, a well-known harpist and teacher from Australia, for intermediate lever harp from England, Scotland and Ireland. She has used the leith glass tuning for these pieces. Together, these pieces give a sense of the many musical colors that can be produced from the leith glass tuning if we think modally, like those old Irish harpers. The British Isles favorites include “Comin’ Through the Rye,” “Rosemary Lane,” and “Lovely Willie.” These could be played for a recital, as background music for an event,  or for your own enjoyment. Harpers who especially enjoy this type of music will be pleased with this collection!

For more information about this collection or other lever harp music, call us at 1-800-42-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.

Woody Guthrie, 75th Anniversary, Columbia River Songs 28 March, 2019

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In 1941, Woody Guthrie started working for the Bonneville Power Administration. A film documentary had been proposed to promote development of the Columbia River and hydro-power, and a folk singer who could write songs was wanted to provide the music for it. Alan Lomax, then head of the Folk Archive at the Library of Congress, suggested Woody Guthrie. Woody went out and watched the men building the dam, and he talked to them, listening to the way they spoke and what they said. The gig lasted 30 days, and during that time, Woody had written 26 songs; only three of them made it into the documentary.

The collection Roll On, Columbia: The Columbia River Songs is written for guitar or any other chorded folk instrument, and includes all 26 songs. This is a treasure trove for a folk singer, and a fun book for general music. Check it out!

For more information about this collection, call us at 1-800-42-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.

Irish Folk Tunes for Viola 26 December, 2018

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Irish Folk Tunes for Viola is a valuable collection of 60 traditional Irish tunes, and includes a CD recorded by Benedict Taylor, an award-winning violist, composer and ethnomusicologist. The tunes are a selection of jigs, hornpipes, reels, marches, slow airs and ballads. There are notes on style and interpretation for all tune types. If you play viola and enjoy folk dancing, this will supply you and your fellow dancers with some live music for your dancing pleasure! An added bonus is the fact that chord names are included with the music, so friends who strum can join in. Even if you aren’t a dancer, this is a fun collection of intermediate to advanced Irish tunes.

For more information about this collection or other viola music, call us at 1-800-42-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.

Christmas Carols for Ocarina 28 November, 2018

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Christmas Carols for Ocarina contains 30 Christmas songs for 12-hole ocarina, including “Deck the Halls,” “Silent Night,” “Away in a Manger,” and many more. It’s amazing how the ocarina has been catching on. Stanton’s now has five books for ocarina – one method book for those learning to play, and four solo song books. This Christmas book is the fifth collection to arrive! So pick up this book, get your ocarina, build a fire in the fireplace, then sit back and play away. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

For more information about those other ocarina books, call us at 1-800-42-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.

The Ultimate Harmonica Songbook 05 October, 2018

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The Ultimate Harmonica Songbook is written for the C diatonic harmonica. It includes 114 songs, plus instructions and examples on how to play riffs, melody lines, solos, scales, and how to “bend” notes. The concepts presented can be transferred to other harmonicas, no matter what keys they are in. The styles of playing range from folk to blues to pop to rock and roll!

Songs include “Green Onions,” “Blue Moon,” “Fields of Gold,” “Saint James Infirmary,” “Wildwood Flower,” and many more. If you’re headed to that desert island with your harmonica this is the only songbook you’ll need to take along!

For more information about this new collection or other harmonica music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our newly redesigned 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.

Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin 27 August, 2018

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Dick Sheridan, who plays all the fretted string instruments, has arranged 50 fiddle tunes for the mandolin in the collection Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin. Although he doesn’t play the fiddle, he has an affection for the instrument and the fiddle tunes, and what better instrument to arrange fiddle tunes for but the mandolin? It is tuned the same, and easily lends itself to playing the same repertoire.

This rich treasury brings together many of the tunes acknowledged to be the best from Ireland, the British Isles, Canada, and from the Cajun, Appalachian and rural region traditions of the United States. This collection includes Audio Access and chord grids for mandolin chords. This collection promises to supply hours of fun, especially with the online audio files included.

For more information about this collection or other mandolin music, 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.

Cowboy Songs for Harmonica 22 August, 2018

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The harmonica is indelibly associated with the popular image of the cowboy, playing his plaintive, warbling melodies to wile away the evening hours and calm the cattle, as music was known to do, after the herd has stopped for the night. With few options for entertainment along the trail other than poetry, dancing and music, it’s no wonder that hundreds of songs emerged from the Old West telling of the cowpuncher’s life, the exploits of famous outlaws, and other aspects of frontier existence.

Cowboy Songs for Harmonica by Glenn Weiser is a fun collection of harmonica songs drawn from the cowboy tradition.  In this book, you will find 27 traditional cowboy ballads arranged for the 10-hole diatonic harmonica. All the songs include music notation, harmonica tablature, guitar chords, lyrics and online audio files with acoustic guitar backing tracks.

For more information about this collection or other music for harmonica, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our newly redesigned 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.

Ragtime Fingerstyle Ukulele 01 August, 2018

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New collection Ragtime Fingerstyle Uke includes 15 classic rags arranged for fingerstyle solo ukulele. Fingerstyle – what’s that? In fingerstyle playing, the player plucks the strings with the fingertips as opposed to strumming or flat picking. Audio Access is included with the collection, so you can download or stream to hear how to style these ragtime gems. Standard tunes in this collection include “Dill Pickles” by Charles Johnson, “Pegasus” by James Scott, “Slippery Elm Rag” by Clarence Woods, and several pieces by Scott Joplin. The music is written out in tablature as well as standard music notation. An added point of interest is the inclusion of the original artwork from the sheet music covers of each tune! Learning these rags will expand your ukulele horizons and provide hours of musical fun – great for the intermediate to advanced player.

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 newly redesigned 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 Beatles for Baritone Ukulele 27 July, 2018

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The Beatles for Baritone Ukulele includes 20 classic Beatles songs including “Let It Be,” “Here Comes the Sun,” “Yellow Submarine,” and “Ticket to Ride.” The songs are written with the words in standard notation with chords.  Sometimes, a bari uke part is written in tablature. At the back of this collection, there is a notation legend for the bari uke parts. Check it out, strum or pluck along, and sing your favorite Beatles tunes. While away the summer day and entertain your friends on a lazy afternoon!

For more information about this collection or other baritone ukulele collections, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit the newly redesigned 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.

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

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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.