Friday, 8 May 2009

Preparing for the next exams

Spring is gathering pace, this week the may flowers came out -they're all over the damp fields at the moment.  Lots of rain and wind this week so I'm afraid my post went to the post office by car a couple of times, sorry.

The last set of music exams is now well behind us, so the thoughts of teachers and students are turning to the next ones.  This week the most popular item has been CDs of the exam pieces, for various instruments.  Some of them can be purchased with the sheet music (violin, clarinet, flute, piano) while others can be bought separately (cello, guitar, viola, oboe, saxophone, also piano).  

The CD is really useful - allows you to decide what you want to play before buying any music, and also helps you perfect your playing.  For instruments which are accompanied by piano, practice tracks are included to playalong to.

One book which is going up the "charts" is Big Chillers for Trumpet, which is having a surge in popularity.  I ran out this week and have ordered some more.  It contains Mack the Knife, One Note samba, As time goes by, Lullaby of birdland, A nightingale sang in Berkley Square, Night and day, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Ain't Misbehavin' and Revelation.  Great tunes, also available for horn (both) and tuba (euphonium uses the trumpet one).

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