Tuesday, 31 January 2012

New Music 31st January 2012

Trinity Guildhall have just published their first tranche of the new Rock & Pop books, along with the syllabus for these new exams.  Interesting new approach to music making, with improvisation and imitation skills more prominent than in other exams.  I'm sure these will develop over time, I'm looking forward to seeing what happens.

Most of the books up to grade 2 are now available (drums, guitar, bass, keyboards and vocals).  Trinity still haven't mastered the logistics of having all the books ready at the same time, which is slightly frustrating, but they are much improved on the old days, thankfully.  Still waiting for grade 1 drums, and keyboards grade 1 & 2.  I haven't got them in stock yet, will do so in the next few weeks.

Another new series which I have finally added to the website is the Super Duet series for flute, clarinet, alto sax, oboe, french horn, trombone and trumpet by Anglo Music.  The most recent of them is the Trombone Treble Clef.  They're all available to order via the website, just put "Super Duet" into the seach engine.

Other new music - Hartbeat for flute by Paul Hart.  A mixture of familiar tunes arranged for flute along with new compositions, this is a nice collection, published by Brass Wind.

Other highlights - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is in the oscar nominations, and handily Alberto Iglesias' selections from the soundtrack for piano has just been published.

These are the highlights for January, there are more, and I generally post them on Twitter and Facebook as I do them, so do sign up for instant updates.

One of the difficulties being a sheet music retailer is what to keep in stock.  Some people think that you keep everything on the website in stock, ready for despatch.  Well, I hate to break it to you but nobody in the business does that, or we would all be bankrupt!  So we have to pick and choose.  New music can take a year or more to catch on, some never does.  A few years ago I bought a lot of stock because I thought it would be big, and it turned out to be a turkey.  It's still sitting there, reminding me of my mistake.  Some stuff doesn't sell because big retailers like Amazon and WH Smith undercut the specialist music seller, so you don't keep much of that in either.  I tend to focus on niche music and accessories and if I sell more than two copies a year, I keep it in stock.  With even Amazon and Musicroom cutting back to keep cash from getting tied up on shelves, we all have to be careful with our money.  Happily, most suppliers can deliver extra stock  within a few days so customers don't have to wait too long for special order music.

That's it for now, hope to have a more regular update from now on.

Ruth