Friday, 12 December 2008
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
This is the view from my window this morning - lots of snow fell early in the morning. No post and no deliveries today as it can be difficult to get here in this kind of weather.
Saturday, 29 November 2008
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
Wednesday, 29 October 2008
Friday, 24 October 2008
Saturday, 11 October 2008
Sunday, 28 September 2008
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
- increased range of bags and other instrumental accessories
- addition of a section for accordion
- increased folk music section
Which brings me neatly on to the subject of today's post. Folk music is increasingly popular, and there have been a lot of recent publications in this area by mainstream publishers. Boosey and Hawkes have been publishing their collection for fiddle over the last few years, the most recent addition being The Greek Fiddler which unsurprisingly contains Greek music.
These books were published in a traditional instrument/piano version, albeit often with guitar chords. Recently publishers have changed this to instrument/chords/CD versions, which gives players the opportunity to play along to backing bands - definitely an improvement on piano! Boosey and Hawkes have revamped parts of their fiddler collection by introducing the Fiddler Playalong books for violin, viola and cello.
Schott has now published some excellent collections of fiddle music, covering English, Scottish, and Eastern European music. These playalong collections contain a lot of tunes - often around 80 and guidance notes on the music and playing traditions. These are great reference volumes which will keep you occupied for hours! While the Eastern European collection does cover some Klezmer music - for those who don't know, this is traditional Jewish music from Eastern Europe - there are also other collections focussing exclusively on this.
You can check out the folk music section on the website by clicking here: http://www.vsmusicsupplies.com/folk-music-239-c.asp
Further developments are planned for the folk music section - in particular, an increased selection from Scottish Publisher Taigh na Teud.
As always, if you are looking for something in particular and don't see it, drop us a line: firstname.lastname@example.org and ask.
Next week - Christmas is coming...
Sunday, 31 August 2008
- gig bags/cases for clarinet and flute
- massively increased selection for voice
- new section for accordion
- increased folk music section
- Trinity Guildhall exam books
- American Popular Piano
- increased range of strings and instrumental accessories - more to come on this
So why not check out the site and see what's new?
Friday, 15 August 2008
Friday, 25 July 2008
- Everyone should play the same piece.
- Stop at every repeat sign and discuss in detail whether to take the repeat or not. The audience will love this a lot!
- If you play a wrong note, give a nasty look to one of your partners.
- Keep your fingering chart handy. You can always catch up with the others.
- Carefully tune your instrument before playing. That way you can play out of tune all night with a clear conscience.
- Take your time turning pages.
- The right note at the wrong time is a wrong note (and vice versa).
- If everyone gets lost except you, follow those who get lost.
- Strive to get the maximum NPS (note per second). That way you gain the admiration of the incompetent.
- Markings for slurs, dynamics and ornaments should not be observed. They are only there to embellish the score.
- If a passage is difficult, slow down. If it's easy, speed it up. Everything will work itself out in the end.
- If you are completely lost, stop everyone and say, "I think we should tune".
- Happy are those who have not perfect pitch, for the kingdom of music is theirs.
- If the ensemble has to stop because of you, explain in detail why you got lost. Everyone will be very interested.
- A true interpretation is realized when there remains not one note of the original.
- When everyone else has finished playing, you should not play any notes you have left.
- A wrong note played timidly is a wrong note. A wrong note played with authority is an interpretation.
Monday, 21 July 2008
Thursday, 17 July 2008
- the order placed with a supplier for an item which went out of print after I placed the order, only they didn't bother to tell me, just marked my order "complete" (!?) and forgot about it
- the order placed by phone but promptly lost by the supplier and so not actioned
- the supplier who dispatched an order later than they normally do, but in this case I really need something in the parcel, plus put inadequate postage on it which meant it took 4 days to arrive
Monday, 14 July 2008
- work when I like
- have a cup of tea when I like
- get out in the fresh air every day when I take my parcels to the post office on foot, being environmentally friendly
- the view from my window (right)
- becoming addicted to checking my orders at all times of the day and night
- boxes in my house
- no office cleaner to tidy up after me!
So, I have a small office with a view of trees and birds, and a nice plant on the windowsill. It's certainly better than a crowded office in a city, with a view of walls of other buildings! Home working isn't for everyone, but it does work for me.