Friday, 28 October 2011

New Guitar Tutor - Guitar Academy

Every so often I get emails from musicians/teachers publishing their own music, often under their own label these days.  They are often very passionate about their product, which is a good thing, and usually disagree vehemently with whatever the other top sellers are in their field, hence their own new book.

A few weeks ago I got an email from Richard Corr, the author of a new guitar tutor called Guitar Academy.  I didn't have time then, just starting the manic September routine, but I have now managed to have a look at it.  It does look impressive, and like many recent guitar tutors it teaches skills for both classical and acoustic guitar, which is welcome.  With integrated CD it is sure to be popular so I am going to stock it in my shop.  There are three volumes in the series, all priced under £10 which is sure to make it attractive.  You can find it in the shop here.

After I shut the shop and took a few hours off on Tuesday in anticipation of the electricity going off, nothing actually happened!  It seems they were doing some work at the sewage pumping station and sewage systems here, saw a few vans though, including one attempting to drive down a footpath.  Fortunately the driver was able to read the sign telling him the road wasn't suitable for vehicles, but the path is now blocked off anyway to prevent the illiterate and stupid driving down until they wedge themselves firmly.

As it's half term this week, things have quietened down a bit so I have been able to add more new music and accessories to the website.  I have lots more in the pipeline for coming weeks.

Monday, 24 October 2011

New on the Website and Special Notice re 25th October

I've now added a guitar section to the website, with instruments of different types in varying sizes.  To go with this development, I've also added some guitar accessories.  I'm particularly pleased with the guitar bags, which are good quality and excellent value.

Staying with the guitar theme, I've finally done something I really wanted to for some time, which is add some single songs - melody line, lyrics and chords.  These are only £2 each, printed in a loose-leaf form on good quality paper, but much cheaper than if they were commercially printed and bound in the traditional way.  At the moment I've concentrated on classics such as "Wild Thing", "We are the Champions" and "Faith", popular songs which will always be popular.  Lots more to come, the section is far from finished.

Finally, tomorrow United Utilities' electricity division, Electricity Northwest, is turning off our electricity from 9am for some reason which undoubtedly has something to do with the electricity substation down the road.  It may be off all day, who knows, given my experience of what I call "United NO-Utilities", I suppose it could be longer.  Last time they made a mess it lasted three days and they cut my gas off twice into the bargain.  Anyway, let's hope they stick to their word this time.

So I've got ahead with my orders as best I can and will be starting work extra early tomorrow morning.  But clearly I will be unable to take phone calls, deal with emails or process orders which arrive after the witching hour of 9am tomorrow.  Sorry, please bear with me.

Friday, 7 October 2011

A five minute breathing space!

The last month has been hectic, with masses of new stock arriving ready for the mad rush that arrives in September, and boy, has it been mad!

Trying to get a day off has been a challenge, let alone develop more things on the website, but finally this week I've found a little time to do things I've wanted to do for a while.

So firstly, some music new to the website:

Bach's Air on a G String for violin
Bach's Air on a G String for piano
Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor for piano

All of these are Edition Peters and at good, low prices.

While the last few months have been dominated by reconfiguring the website for Google's ever-increasing demands, that work is now coming to an end and I've now added a new section for musical instruments to the site.  As of this afternoon, the instruments covered are strings, woodwind and brass, in great value packages suitable for beginners.

For violins and cellos, there are student models down to 1/8 size, and in the brass and woodwind sections there are packages which not only include the instrument and case but also music stands and other accessories.  Fantastic value at good low prices, so do check them out.

Next week I'll be adding guitars, so do watch this space!