Wednesday, 14 December 2011

New Rock & Pop Syllabus from Trinity

Last week I got a large envelope in the post and opened it to find this inside.  It looks like an old vinyl album cover, with a sleeve inside containing written info and a CD  masquerading as an old vinyl record.  Takes me back...
Anyway, this is a preview of Trinity's new Rock & Pop Syllabus which starts in 2012.  Looks really interesting, the graded exam books cover keyboards, bass, vocals, guitar and drums.
Here's what Trinity has to say about it:

This new syllabus for Rock & Pop has been designed to reflect the diverse and often creative ways that rock & pop musicians learn, and is suitable for students of all ages and abilitites. Whether they are self-taught or taking lessons, learning for fun or heading for a career in the music industry, these new exams for guitar, bass, drums, vocals and keyboards will help musicians develop valuable playing skills and achieve their musical ambitions. Extensive graded song-lists range from the classics to recent releases including the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, the Kinks, Kings of Leon, Radiohead, Muse, Rihanna, Jessie J and many more.

Song-lists have been revealed as well as the first glimpse of the song books available from January 2012, including some sample audio and sheet music. The books will include six songs for each grade (Initial to Grade 8) with professionally recorded backing and demo tracks, helpful background notes and performance hints and tips. The first tranche of early grade books will be on sale from late January 2012.

So you heard it here first!  I will put the books on the website as soon as they are available, do drop in here, on Facebook or Twitter to make sure you don't miss them!  If you want any more information, just let me know.

Friday, 9 December 2011

New music 9/12/11

November was a very, very busy month in the webshop, so it's take quite a while for me to find time to add new music to the site.  This week I finally found a few hours, so have taken the time to add a new series by Trinity Guildhall.
It's called Musical Moments and is a series of accompanied repertoire for flute, clarinet and saxophone, both alto and tenor, unusually.  It covers students from beginner to intermediate standard, providing newly composed or arranged pieces.  Just put "Musical Moments" in the search engine on the website to see the full list.
Trinity is currently redesigning their syllabus for woodwind and has lots of other things in the pipeline too, such as the Rock and Pop project, so there's much to look forward to in 2012.
It has been a long time since my last post, and there have been a number of developments on the website in the meantime, such as the addition of instruments which are despatched by next day courier delivery, free!  Guitars are very popular Christmas presents, as always.
We are now approaching Christmas and deliveries in and out of the shop are starting to slow down.  PLEASE allow extra time for your delivery.  And advance warning - it looks like almost all publishers and distributors are closing for 10 days over Christmas, so books that go out of stock or are special orders will only become available in early January.
And that's without the weather of course.  Having spent 30 minutes stuck in the ice and snow on a windy Lancashire hill this morning, it brings it home that the weather can play havoc.  Hope all the people stuck in that queue eventually made it out...