Spring is in the air, and that means that it’s time to pick up your horn, and try something new! For those of you out there who are looking to get back into playing an instrument, the new series I Used to Play may just be the kick start you need! Available from Carl Fischer Music, the series is an innovative new method developed specifically for adults looking to reacquaint themselves with music, brush up on their skills, and perhaps learn a new thing or two along the way. Available for brass, woodwind, and string instruments, each book contains technical [...] Read more
Posted on April 19, 2011 by Lesley Dawe
Posted on March 30, 2011 by Elliott Chung
Spring is here and with it comes the arrival of Bridges, the recently revised classical guitar series from the Royal Conservatory of Music. From an aesthetic point of view the new series looks great, with attractive covers for each level, clear and large printing, and better spacing between staves. Inside the books you’ll find that new titles have been introduced (including “The Frog Galliard” by John Dowland and “Cavatina” from The Deer Hunter in level 8). You’ll also notice that contemporary Cuban guitarist and composer Leo Brouwer has been well represented in both the repertoire and studies from grade 6 [...] Read more
Posted on March 8, 2011 by Cristina D'Alessandro
Guitarists, are you tired of sifting through your entire collection of backing track CD’s to find the exact one you feel like playing along to today? Well Hal Leonard has just released a new series of guitar books: Boss eBand Guitar Play-Alongs.
These books have done away with the CD and introduced the USB flash drive instead! Now all of the digital backing tracks are stored on a 1GB flash drive that is compatible with Mac’s and PC’s alike. These digital tracks come in mp3 format which means that you can easily transfer them onto your ipod or even mix and [...] Read more
Posted on February 22, 2011 by Doug Armstrong
Did you check out the 2011 Grammy’s? What a show! The performances alone were worth finding the T.V channel on February 13th. At 67 Mick Jagger showed us he’s still as spry as a 20 year old on stage and Rihanna, Usher and Canuck Justin Bieber didn’t disappoint their millions of fans either.
At Cosmo Music we love the Grammy’s too and you can find the sheet music for your favourite winners and nominees in our Print Department from Miranda Lambert, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga to Cee Lo Green, Lady Antebellum, Sade and Bruno Mars. For what’s new and hip [...] Read more
Posted on January 31, 2011 by Elliott Chung
Classical guitarists, have you ever wanted to introduce rasgueado’s into your playing? The Art of Rasgueado by Ioannis Anastassakis is a recent addition to our store collection and contains a comprehensive analysis of this special technique for both the classical and flamenco guitar. The author goes to great lengths to describe how the rasgueado, or finger strum, can be performed using different finger combinations. In addition, he also includes a chapter on the golpe technique, which involves hitting different parts of the right hand on the body of the guitar to produce a percussive sound. This is the first book [...] Read more
Posted on January 19, 2011 by Lesley Dawe
Teachers! Are you looking to add something to enhance your lessons, and create excitement among students in your music classroom? If so, then you may want to consider introducing the terrific new series Freddie the Frog written by Sharon Burch, and illustrated by Tiffany Harris.
Suitable for children from preschool through to early elementary, the series does an excellent job at creatively combining musical instruction and engaging students. Students will love following Freddie’s adventures as he travels with his friend Eli, discovering numerous musical concepts along the way.
By introducing the musical alphabet through a story in the first two books The [...] Read more
Posted on January 14, 2011 by Elliott Chung
Easy Renaissance Pieces for Classical Guitar and Easy Baroque Pieces for Classical Guitar are two books that have recently arrived and are worth visiting us to check out. Compiled and edited by Jerry Willard, an accomplished player and arranger, both books include tablature and a CD and have been designed with the beginning to intermediate guitarist in mind. Both also contain a helpful introduction to the unique rhythm and ornamentation of their respective periods, making them valuable learning tools. Pieces such as Greensleeves, Scarborough Fair, Orlando Sleepeth, Bist Du Bei Mir, Bouree and The Harmonious Blacksmith, plus many more, can [...] Read more
Posted on January 14, 2011 by Doug Armstrong
Hal Leonard has just introduced the newest addition to its impressive fleet of Guitar Methods with the unmistakable black cover – Guitar Chord, Scale and Arpeggio Finder (00697410). I can’t count how many time I’ve been asked for a good guitar scale book or a good guitar chord book. Well, now there’s a great 2-in-1 option and because many guitarists want to learn how play over chords and eventually learn to improvise their solos, Hal Leonard has included arpeggios too. Probably most useful are the 3 different voicings the publisher has provided for each chord type. Containing over 1,100 chords [...] Read more
Posted on December 15, 2010 by Elliott Chung
Christmas is just around the corner and it’s time to start practicing your favourite pieces! Three great titles we have in store now are A Guitar for Christmas by Liona Boyd, Christmas Carols for Easy Classical Guitar arranged by Mark Phillips, and The Ultimate Christmas Guitar Songbook published by Hal Leonard. Each of these books is special in its own way and has something to offer classical guitarists at all levels of playing.
If you’re up for the challenge and looking for beautiful arrangements of traditional carols then A Guitar for Christmas is definitely your best choice. The pieces in here [...] Read more
Posted on October 26, 2010 by Elliott Chung
Daily sight reading is an excellent routine to get into as we grow as classical guitarists. It’s also a great way to add variety and excitement to our practice sessions as we explore new sounds and phrases on the instrument.
Alfred Publishing has a series of books entitled Sight Reading for the Classical Guitar which we carry and that I highly recommend. There are two books in the series – Levels 1 to 3 and 4 to 5. Each book contains a wealth of information and exercises that will improve your ability to read and interpret new material, paying proper attention [...] Read more