Nov 082017
 

Classical Gas is one of the most requested and most familiar instrumental pieces of all time. This tune is always asked for whenever a bunch of people and a nylon string acoustic guitar are in the same room. Even though it is not a great technical showcase for fingerstyle guitarists, it is a great vehicle to show off the sound of the classical guitar.

 

Classical Gas, released into the world in 1968, was a song that The Doors prevented from turning into a number one hit; but, it remained in the second place for two weeks. Today, it is still among the most familiar tunes of all time and, along with The Anonymous Romance and Lecuona’s Malaguena, regarded as an essential element of the classical guitar repertoire. Moreover, nobody can say why.

 

The impact of Classical Gas is way more than the sum of its parts. There are very few musical ideas in this composition. It is mainly repetition of a theme made up of a few notes. There are a few parts that are unforgettable “surprises” making use of syncopation, scales, strums, and rough time signature changes. Somehow all the bits link together like pearls on a necklace, and the final note adds a sublime resolution.

 

The composer, Mason Williams, states on his website, “I did not have any big plans for it, other than maybe to have a piece to play at parties when they passed the guitar around. I envisioned it as simply repertoire or “fuel” for the classical guitar, so I called it Classical Gasoline.” Mason Williams’ day job was as a comedy writer and stand-up comedian who had lots of other projects besides writing a classical guitar instrumental.

 

It was Mason Williams’ work on the Smothers Brothers’ “Comedy Hour” which gave him the opportunity to have his pet composition heard by the American public. The original score of the piece shows only chords and a few notes. Mason Williams had a twenty-three-year-old composer named Mike Post finish off the arrangement.

 

At the Grammys, it won Best Instrumental Composition and Best Instrumental Performance for Mason Williams and Best Instrumental Arrangement for Mike Post who has had a career full of triumphs in the field of TV theme music. Among his achievements as a television, theme composer include the theme(s) of Law And Order, The A-Team, and the Rockford Files.

 

Classical Gas has been employed as the theme music for several news programs, the background music for the Apollo 4 movie, and featured in some other films and TV shows. Many people have mistakenly attributed Mason Williams’ solo version of the tune for a cover by Eric Clapton.

 

Classical Gas is an easy piece to play; the challenge is to play it with passion and dynamics because it appears to non-guitarists, more challenging to play than it is. Maybe this is the reason it is among the most requested guitar pieces ever.

 

 

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By Mason Williams. Piano Solo; Solo. Pop. Performance part. With chord names. 5 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.3708CSMT).
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Guitar TAB. Composed by Mason Williams. This edition: Guitar TAB. Artist/Personality; Guitar Personality; Guitar TAB. Pop, Classical and Play Along. Guitar tablature songbook and accompaniment CD. With guitar tablature, standard notation, vocal melody, lyrics, chord names and guitar chord diagrams. 176 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.P0961GTA).
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Classical Gas
Drill Design 68/12. Arrangers’ Publ Drill Books. 24 pages. Arrangers’ Publishing Company #D620. Published by Arrangers’ Publishing Company (HL.40001744).
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Classical Gas
Drill Design 83/12. Arrangers’ Publ Drill Books. 28 pages. Arrangers’ Publishing Company #D621. Published by Arrangers’ Publishing Company (HL.40001745).
Sep 262017
 

baby violin

 

There might be different views as regards music as it has a significant effect on our emotions and scientists have proved that music also affects the development of human brain too. When a baby is born, it has billions of brain cells, over time these cells grow stronger. Children who grow up listening music have strong music connections. It affects the way of your thinking, for example, listening to classical music improves your spatial reasoning, and if you are learning by playing with an instrument, it affects individual thinking skills.

Is it true that music makes one smarter?
Music controls some cells of the brain for a particular way of thinking, and after listening to classical music, one can quickly perform some spatial tasks such as solving a jigsaw puzzle. This improved performance is because the classical music pathways are similar to the channels used in spatial reasoning. When one listens to classical music, these channels are turned on and are ready to be used. These open channels result in solving the puzzle quickly but lasts for a short time after listening to music. Playing an instrument also improves the spatial skills as research has proved that music training creates new pathways in the brain.

Use of classical music
Due to the complex structure of classical music, a child who listens to classical music quickly picks out the structure and recognizes any classical music he has heard before. Therefore, listening to classical music has a different effect as compared to other forms of music.

How to nurture your child with music?
You can easily help your child to build his love for music by playing music for your baby, singing to your baby, start taking early music lessons, sing with your child or help your child to learn music education at the school.

Sep 062017
 
Originally composed by Jerome Kern, with lyrics written by Oscar Hammerstein II for the musical, Very Warm for May in 1939, All The Things You Are is a piece that is a jazz standard performed by many performers including Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Charlie Parker, and Michael Jackson.
This arrangement for Horn Quartet is 3 minutes, 32 seconds long, and is an endurance challenge for the first part. It also should be played lyrically at quarter note equaling 120.
Sep 062017
 
Written by Richard and Robert Sherman and featured in the 1964 motion picture, Mary Poppins, Feed the Birds is a song that tells of an elderly beggar woman who sits on the steps of London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral.  As the birds gather around her, she sells bread crumbs to those who pass by for tuppence a bag.
With the duration of 3 minutes long, this arrangement of Feed the Birds is for six horns and is a great piece as far as phrasing, chamber ensemble playing and dynamic levels.
Sep 062017
 

This arrangement of No. 5 Pas de deux From Act I from the Ballet Swan Lake Op. 20 is a challenging piece for British Style Brass Band. It contains a full score including parts for 9 cornets ( 4 solo cornets, 2 second cornets and 3 3rd cornets), 1 Flugelhorn, 3 Tenor Horn parts, 2 Baritone, 2 Tenor Trombones, 1 Bass Trombone, 2 Euphoniums, 2 E flat Tubas, and 2 BB flat Tubas.  Please order this piece today!!

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Jan 052016
 

Gala is a joyful woodwind dectet in 7/8 time. It comes complete with score and parts consisting of 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, and 2 Horns. With a duration of 1 minute, 40 seconds, Gala makes a great opening number for concerts and festivals.

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Jan 052016
 

Cardinal Quintet in G Major is a joyful piece written for woodwind quintet. This 3 minute, 14 second work has 3 distinct movements. The first movement is in 2/4, the second, 5/8, and the 3rd is in 3/4. This advanced musical composition is an excellent choice for any concert or solo and ensemble contest.

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Dec 312015
 

Composed by Lisa Lenke Sousa and released in 2015, Frolicking in the Daisies is a happy, dance-like tune written for String Quartet. This joyful piece in 3/8 gives the feel of a warm summer day and of carefree children and animals in a field full of flowers. With a duration of 1 minute and 43 seconds, this piece serves as a great opener to a recital, concert or festival piece.

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Dec 302015
 

Written in 2015, A Peace Offering is an original musical composition for orchestra composed by Lisa Lenke Sousa. This lyrical work is 4 minutes and 15 seconds long and features the string section, flute, oboe and clarinet. This music contains both score and parts including 1 score, 1 Flute, 1 Oboe, 1 Clarinet in Bb, 8 1st Violin parts, 8 2nd Violin parts, 7 Viola parts, 8 Cello parts and 6 String Bass parts.

You can purchase and download sheet music for A Peace Offering  at Sheet Music Plus.

Dec 292015
 

Buy The Radiance of Daybreak for Two Mandolins at Sheet Music Plus!! :)

Released in 2015, The Radiance of Daybreak is a piece that is written for 2 mandolins. With the duration of 1 minute and 14 seconds, this musical number can be used in concerts, recitals or solo and ensemble contests. The inspiration for this piece came from a spectacular sunrise near Sicily, Italy after a rescue of a small fishing boat on the Mediterranean Sea the night before.