Friday, 25 November 2016

Christmas is coming...

With Christmas on the way, it's time to think about gifts for music lovers.  A new item this year is a round wall clock in the shape of a keyboard.  You can find the full selection of gifts here.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

New Violin Method for Older Beginners

 Almost all violin methods are aimed at children, since most beginners are under 10 years old.  But what about older beginners or those who want to go back to the violin later in life and need a refresher course?

A new method, Violinworks, is just published, aimed at this group.  Book 1 is out now, with Book 2 due out in a few months.  Priced £16.95 with CD, it may be just what's needed for older violinists.

Friday, 2 September 2016

New ABRSM Piano Exam Pieces 2017

The new piano exam pieces for the ABRSM syllabus 2017-2018 are in stock and available to order now.  There is also a new piano prep test.  Special discounts for full sets for teachers.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

New Trinity Flute Exam Pieces 2017

Trinity College has now followed ABRSM in publishing selected flute exam pieces in one book, though the prices are a little more competitive.  I've yet to see them as they are being published in June, but they are now available to pre-order via the website and will be despatched as soon as they are available.  Here's a link to the flute section where you will find all the books: 

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

The Elgar Howarth Way

Newly Published - The Elgar Howarth Way, 16 studies for intermediate to advanced trumpet with performance CD by well-known trumpeter and composer Elgar Howarth.  New and in stock.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Tips on Preparing for Music Exams

It's that time of year again, music exams approach and there are so many things to think about.  Here are a few tips to help you or your family member through...

  1. Practice enough but not too much - too much repetition can make your performance stale and mechanical, make sure you get a break to do something else from time to time
  2. Practice with your pianist - not just once the day before, make sure you practice with the pianist a few times so you each know how you are going to approach the exam music
  3. Check you have the music well in advance - the instrumental part and the piano accompaniment need to be originals and they will be inspected on the day, so don't leave it to the last minute!  If you need music, go to
  4. On the day- take some water with you as your brain needs water to function and if you are nervous you'll get though more water than normal, warm up thoroughly, and when you get in the exam room, smile and enjoy it!
Examiners are generally nice, friendly people who want you to do well, so relax and you'll be great.
If anyone has any other tips for exam season, do let me know!

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Trinity Guitar Exam Pieces 2016

Trinity Guitar Exam Pieces and scales 2016 grades initial-5 now in stock!