Here’s some exciting new releases from MIA member Alfred Music:
Alfred’s Guitar Play-Along series presents some of the most classic songs in modern music in practical but easy-to-play arrangements, in TAB and standard notation. The music within works for both the bedroom hobbyist, who can practice with the provided play-along tracks to feel what it’s like to play with other musicians, and the weekend warrior, who can perform these arrangements with a band. The sound-alike backing tracks on the included CD-ROM come in two formats: play-along MP3s that can be loaded onto your computer, smartphone, or iPod; or, if you access them via our exclusive TNT 2 Custom Mix software, you can mix the vocals and instruments in the track to your liking, slow the audio down without changing the pitch, change keys, and loop parts for practice!
The term “xtreme” is often used in sports to indicate feats that go beyond the ordinary. The pieces in the Solo Xtreme series were written to encourage piano students to achieve similar feats. Pieces in this series move beyond single-line melodies that stay in one location, challenging students instead to move around the keyboard, cross hand-over-hand, use a variety of articulations, play harmonic intervals and accidentals, and use the pedal to create colour and moods. At the same time, they expand technique and musicianship.
Jazz Suite in Color was commissioned by the Music Teachers National Association to provide young musicians with the experience of collaborative music making. Each of the three movements features a different jazz style. The first movement projects a jazzy feeling of celebration and happiness. The second movement has a calm and serene quality that depicts the sadness of the blues. The third movement is a happy and carefree ragtime piece. The instrumentation used is the perfect combination for the popular jazz styles portrayed in the suite.
The 100 pieces (including individual sonatina movements) in this anthology provide a valuable resource for pianists and piano teachers as well as piano pedagogy faculty and students. The literature ranges from late elementary to intermediate levels of difficulty. Repertoire was chosen from all style periods and each piece includes suggestions for fingering and pedaling. All selections are in their original form (no arrangements, simplifications, or other adaptations).