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CMP 01

A SET OF SEASONS - Ian Gammie

£3.00

Eight charming pieces in a melodiously modern style, illustrating moods of the seasons through the year. Easy enough for players who are approaching Grade 2 standard


CMP 02

FIRST NOTES ON THE GUITAR : Book 2 - Bob Power

£5.00

Introducing notes on the lower strings, simple solos with melody and open bass strings, dotted rhythms and familiarity with notes played in second fret position, etc. See also CMP 05 (Book 1 of this series) and CMP 09 (Book 3)


CMP 03

GUITAR for STARTERS : Book 1 - Ian Gammie

£3.00

26 very easy pieces beginning with single note melodies and progressing to the simplest solos using double notes or open bass strings; designed to enlarge upon what has been learned in the "First Notes" series. See also CMP 10 - Book 2


CMP 04

CUATRO SANTOS - Four South American Solos

£3.00

4 concert solos by Ian Gammie for more advanced players (approx. Grade 6-7) in a South-American style. One is a pastiche of a Barrios dance, another a Milonga in the style of Fernado Sor. etc, etc. Now in a newly type-set edition, replacing the old hand-written version from 1986.


CMP 05

FIRST NOTES ON THE GUITAR : Book 1 - Bob Power

£5.00

An ideal beginner's book for group or individual tuition, working thoroughly on single line melodies and duets, playing tunes across all the strings before introducing double notes and solos. Based on finger-style playing, the book can also be used by plectrum players because it is based on the playing of melodic lines. The duet accompaniments can be played by the teacher or a slightly more advanced pupil, making the book ideal for use with classes and groups of mixed abilities. See also CMP 02 - Book 2


CMP 06

READ and PLAY : Sight reading for beginners

£3.00

Sight reading for real beginners, assembled by Ian Gammie. A highly entertaining book of beginners' tunes, all of which have an easy second part to be played as a duet; underlaid with nonsense verse and doggerel to assist in reading and understanding rhythms. Read all about William the Conker and King Canute's visit to Butlins! With zany illustrations.


CMP 07

A SUPPLEMENT of TUNES

£2.00

25 varied melodies (with chord symbols underlaid) for practice in sight reading at the level a student has achieved achieved by the end of First Notes on the Guitar Book 1. Includes a chart of chord windows. See below CMP07-D for an edition with accompanying CD.


CMP 07-D

A SUPPLEMENT of TUNES

£3.00

25 varied melodies (with chord symbols underlaid) for practice in sight reading at the level a student has achieved achieved by the end of First Notes on the Guitar Book 1. Includes a chart of chord windows and a CD with one page per track, played once with melody and accompaniment, then repeated with accompaniment only so that the student learns to play the tune accurately in time.


CMP 08

INTERMEDIATE GUITAR REPERTOIRE

£4.00

15 solos drawn from 4 centuries of music, including Bach, Dowland, Schubert, Tarrega and Vishnick. Selected and edited by Martin Vishnick. Mostly Garde 5 level.


CMP 09

FIRST NOTES ON THE GUITAR : Book 3 - Bob Power

£5.00

Introducing more simple double notes, chords and chord symbols, plus semiquavers, rests, duets and solos, and also reading in the third and fifth positions. See also CMP 02 - Book 2 and CMP 05 - Book 1




CMP 10

GUITAR for STARTERS : Book 2 - Ian Gammie

£3.00

16 very easy pieces continuing the introduction of the solo style for beginners, double notes and open bass notes with melodies on upper strings. See also CMP 003 - Book 1


CMP 11

5 MINUTES A DAY, Bk 1

£3.00

A precisely callibrated series of exercises devised to give pupils a manageable and satisfying task for a maximum of 5 minutes in any one day. A warm-up for both hands and brain, without the risk of boredom. This book is for absolute beginners, Preliminary and Grade 1 standard.


CMP 12

A PACKET OF PASTICHE 11 solos by Ian Gammie

£5.25

Egregious and eclectic solos. Eleven substantial pieces ranging in style from the mood of the lute to the ambience of the Argentinian pampas. The works include a Tango, a homage to the Argentinian guitarist Eduardo Falu, a meditation on Dowland's Lachrimae Pavan, and pieces with oblique reference to Barrios and Tarrega. 28 pages. For players Grade 5 to 7.


CMP 13

SONATA in D major by Willem de Fesch (1687-1757)

£3.00

Transcription of a cello sonata to make a noble baroque solo in the style of Sylvius Weiss. Three movements: Larghetto, Minuet, Alla Breve . For players of approx Grade 5 standard.


CMP 14

TWO 18th CENTURY ARIAS (by Gluck and Mozart)

£3.00

Che faro senza Eurydice and Voi che sapete arranged by Martin Vishnick as guitar solos for players of approx Grade 6 -7. Two of Gluck and Mozart's most celebrated operatic arias.


CMP 15

TUNES TO READ Spirituals, folk tunes, dances etc.,

£3.00

A collection of traditional melodies arranged into keys that make ideal reading practice for beginners up to Grade 1, either finger-style or plectrum. With chords for simple accompaniments. Arranged by Ian Gammie.

 

CMP 16

LAS FLORENCIAS and SONNERIE —Two solos by Ian Gammie

£3.50

Both pieces are for low D tuning on the sixth string. Las Florencias is a lullaby written for two Chilean infants in 2004. Duration approx 3 mins. Sonnerie is an exploration of bell chimes, partly inspired by works of baroque composers Marin Marais and John Jenkins. It passes through many transformations and rich sonorities with much use of campanella effects, and reflects also the moods of church bells, from joyous to funereal. Duration approx 7 mins. Grade 5 – 6. For other recently issued guitar solos see: CMP 33, CMP 34, CMP 35, CMP 36, CMP 37, CMP 38, CMP 39, CMP 40

 

CMP 17

A BUMPER BOOK of CHRISTMAS TUNES

£3.50

26 very easy settings of Christmas carols from various countries, arranged as a melody with mostly open string bass notes and no awkward stretches for the left hand. Ideal for Grade 1 & 2 players


CMP 18

JACOBEAN BALLAD TUNES

£4.00

English Broadside Ballad tunes from the 16th and 17th centuries arranged for guitar solo. 28 pieces from the days of Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth I and James I. Popular melodies that would have been sung in the streets and taverns, and were used as the tune for political and topical ballads or satirical songs. Mostly Grade 3 – 4.


CMP 19

RHYME TIME

£3.50

A selection of beginner's sight reading examples with word underlay to give a sense of the rhythm and shape of the music. Saying the simple rhymes gives a clear feeling of the shape the music must take. Grades 0 -1


CMP 20

FINGERS and THUMB : Book 1 - Nicholas Mackey

£3.25

Easy pieces to train the right hand, the thumb plays open bass strings while the fingers play the melodies; with cartoons and drawings by Carole Mackey to illustrate each title. Approx Grade 1 standard. See also CMP 22 - Book 3, and CMP 25 - Book 4




CMP 22

FINGERS and THUMB : Book 3 - Nicholas Mackey

£3.50

By Nicholas Mackey. Most of the pieces (21 in all) are arranged to be played as solos or in conjunction with a companion piece as a duet; each part of the duet thereby serves as a solo or as part of an ensemble. Approx Grade 1-2. See also CMP 25 - Book 4

See also CMP 25 - Book 4




CMP 23

CELEBRATION : A solo suite for Guitar - Derek Hasted

£3.00

A four movement suite for Solo Guitar - Captivation, Contemplation, Consolation and Celebration. A highly enjoyable set of pieces well within the range of a Grade 4 or 5 player.


CMP 25

FINGERS and THUMB : Book 4 - by Ian Gammie

£3.50

An excellent new development of this series. The 24 solo pieces are specifically designed to link with the last four pages of First Notes on the Guitar Book 2, using open bass notes with a melody played on the three upper strings. In addition, there are seven simple arpeggio exercises, each with a preliminary practice routine, to accustom players to using p - i - m - a in various combinations with free stroke. Grade 1& 2 level. See also CMP 22 - Book 3




CMP 26

FINGERS and THUMB : Book 5 - by Ian Gammie

£3.50

Continuing the theme of using mostly open string bass notes with a flowing melody above, played by the fingers. Many of the tunes are folk or traditional melodies. Together with book 4 of the series, this prepares the player for a wide range of the guitar's solo repertoire Grade 1 & 2 level. See also CMP 25 - Book 4 and. CMP 22 - Book 3




CMP 27

HIGHER and LOWER : Book 1

£1.75

Popular tunes (Scarboro' Fair, John Brown's Body, Greensleeves, etc) arranged as melody and bass, the lower line for pupil/teacher duets. The aim is to familiarise Grade 1-2 players with reading notes in ledger lines above and below the stave.




CMP 28

The CORDA CHORD BOOK

£3.00

Starting with common chords in first position, players learn to associate chords in groups of tonic, relative minor, subdominant, dominant, etc. This is much better than learning a few shapes without understanding harmonic relationships. Once these are mastered, barree chords are introduced gradually, leading on to the ability to move shapes up and down the neck of the guitar to cope with different keys. Major 7ths, diminished and half diminished chords, 9ths, 6ths, 4ths or 11ths, minor 7ths etc., are then introduced to complete a user friendly and compact volume.



 

CMP 29

. . . TEN SOLOS - Uros Dojinovic

£4.00

Ten short pieces for Guitar. Cameo portraits, descriptive pieces in conventional tonalities for Grade 4-5 players by this well-travelled Balkan guitarist

 

CMP 32

CHORALES : J.S. Bach

£2.50

4 famous Chorales arranged by John Zaradin for players of approximately Grade 4-5 level. These are the same pieces as SM 101, but arranged for solo guitar rather than ensemble. See also SM 101


CMP 33

EL LLADRE REFORMAT for solo guitar by Ian Gammie

£3.50

Variations for solo guitar by Ian Gammie on the famous Catalan folk-song El Lladre. Richly varied harmonies and contrasting moods as the melody is remoulded in various contrapuntal and modal ways. Duration approx 7 mins. Grade 7 – 8.

 

CMP 34

A SECOND CLASSICAL GUITAR BOOK

£3.50

28 easy and intermediate guitar solos from the 19th century. Composers: Beethoven, Carulli, Sor, Offenbach, Aguado, Neuland, Ferrer y Esteve, Coste, Giuliani, Horetzky, Carcassi, Küffner and traditional. Grades 2 - 4

 

CMP 35

LES FEUILLES VERTES by Ian Gammie. Guitar solo

£3.50

Reflections and variations for solo guitar on a most famous 16th century English melody The Leaves be green. 8 minutes rich in counterpoint and fascinating melodic development through several keys and modes. Review in Classical Guitar Magazine said: Here is a beautifully crafted new solo guitar offering . . . . . a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable composition, extremely well-written . . . . and a work I imagine would be most appreciated by audiences. Approximately Grade 6 -7.

 

CMP 36

TRES PIEZAS FAMILIARES by Ian Gammie. Guitar solo

£3.50

These three pieces are dedicated respectively to three different ladies from the composer's family. The first is in the style of a Venezuelan waltz, the second is a set of variations on a Catalan song La Filla del Marchant, and the third is in the style of an Argentinian chacarera. Each one lasts approximately three minutes and is within the compass of a good intermediate player. Review in Classical Guitar Magazine said: Here are three attractive pieces written in a South American idiom and all very skilfully written for the instrument. . . . . A lovely little group ideally suited to the intermediate player. Approx Grade 5 - 6

 

CMP 37

NADALA by Ian Gammie for guitar solo

£3.50

This is a superbly lyrical set of variations on the Catalan Christmas carol El Desembre Congelat, (nadala being the Catalan word for a carol). Dedicated to a talented student (Soshana Fernando), it moves through several keys with full use of the very best sonorities of the classical guitar. For players of approx Grade 6 -7. Review in Classical Guitar Magazine said: . . . . with clear printing and excellent fingering this is a superb new solo guitar repertoire piece ideally suited to the Higher/Intermediate player. Duration approximately 8 minutes.


CMP 38

NOCTURNE by Ian Gammie. Guiatr solo

£3.50

An atmospheric and broodingly expressive work for solo guitar for players of approx Grade 6 -7. Duration 6 minutes.


CMP 39

ESTRIBILLO and LORELEI by Ian Gammie for solo guitar

£3.75

Estribillo is an exhilirating solo in Argentinian style with vigorous and intriguing counter-rhythms. Lorelei is a finely wrought set of variations on the 19th century setting of Heine's famous poem, the original theme by Friedrich Silcher. Both pieces have bass D tuning for the sixth string. For players of approx Grade 6 -7.


CMP 40

IN MEMORIAM GEOFFREY BURGON by Brian Wright, for solo guitar

£3.75

This is a set of nine variations on the late Geoffrey Burgon's arresting melody from his Nunc Dimittis, which was used as the theme tune for the TV series Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. The memorial piece for guitar was written by his school friend and fellow composer Brian Wright. F sharp tuning for the third string. A version in renaissance lute tablature is also available on request. Approx Grade 6.


CMP 41

PLAYING GUITAR TOGETHER : Book 1 by Bob Power

£5.75

Following his highly successful books First Notes on the Guitar, Bob Power was invited by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music to contribute a variety of pieces to the new Medals guitar syllabus, designed to support teachers who teach groups rather than individual lessons. This book is a further development of material based on that project and includes pieces on the Medals syllabus. It is a comprehensive method for teaching in groups, training beginners to play in ensemble from the very start. Based on the same principles as the Associated Board five Medals exams for beginners (Bronze, Copper, Silver, Gold and Platinum) it has the flexibility to be used as a starting point, no matter what systems teachers may use in the very first stages. Thus teachers can choose to start pupils on the fifth string, on the third string or on the first string — all the exercises and ensembles are designed to provide suitable material. Grade - Beginner

 

CMP 44

THE BIG BASS D BOOK for solo guitar

£4.00

This is a collection of pieces to introduce the player of approx Grade 3 standard to reading with the 6th string tuned to D and progresses to approximately Grade 5 in the course of twenty nine pieces. Repertoire includes folk songs, some lute music, a musette by Bach, Ombra mai fu by Handel, Offenbach's Barcarolle and Elgar's theme for Nimrod.


CMP 48

GRADED REPERTOIRE for the GUITAR : Book 1

£4.25

A selection of solos for the Grade 2 player, ranging from works of the Elizabethan and baroque periods, 19th century classics and some easy 20th century works. (24 pages) Grade 2.

 

CMP 49

GRADED REPERTOIRE for the GUITAR : Book 2

£4.25

For Grade 2 and 3 players with works ranging from Bach and Handel to Amazing Grace; it includes a graded introduction to Bass D on the 6th string and five easy solos all set in 9th fret position and using open bass strings. (24 pages) Grades 2-3

 

CMP 50

GRADED REPERTOIRE for the GUITAR : Book 3

£4.00

For the Grade 3 and 4 player, including nine items from former Associated Board's exam lists as well as a Boogie, Kemp's Jig, some Giuliani and a set of variations on Greensleeves. (20 pages) Grades 3 -4

 

CMP 51

GRADED REPERTOIRE for the GUITAR : Book 4

£4.00

More solos for the Grade 4-5 player, including pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Offenbach and Elgar, as well as several from an earlier Associated Board syllabus for Grade 5. (28 pages) Grades 4 - 5

 

CMP 87

CHRISTMAS CAROLS : Book 1

£2.00

7 easy Christmas guitar solos - the melody with simple bass notes, for Grade 1 or 2 players. Nice large print.

 

CMP 88

STRUM ALL YE FAITHFUL

£4.50

Arranged by Nick Clarke and illustrated by Nick Inman. 15 Christmas carol melodies in the easiest keys for guitar players, with hilarious cartoons to illustrate each one. The tunes are printed in staff notation with chord "windows" on every page; verses printed in full, with chord symbols throughout. Useful for creating easy ensembles with other instruments.

 

CMP 101

JAZZBITS : Book 1 - Ian Gammie

£4.00

Introduction to jazz improvisation. The first volume of a series for those who would like to improvise but have often felt inhibited by lack of suitable starting material. Each book provides 5 complete melodic solos for guitar with chord accompaniment, based on some of the most common jazz chord sequences. Extensive suggestions are given with each piece for use of modal scales, chords, rhythmic figures, etc, so that players can develop dozens of ideas for their own solo improvisations.

 

CMP 102-S

HUNKY DORIAN (solo version) - by Ian Gammie

£4.50

See Jazz Ensembles for the version with four guitars. This arrangement features the solo guitar part, with all the usual hints and examples for developing improvised ideas, and includes a CD backing track so that players can practise their solos with a private backing group who never get bored with playing it again, . . . and again.

 

CMP 107-S

TINO LATINO (solo version) - by Ian Gammie

£4.50

Another piece for the budding jazz player. See Jazz Ensembles for the version with four guitars. The arrangement features a solo guitar part, with all the usual hints and examples for developing improvised ideas, and includes a CD backing track so that players can practise their solos with a private backing group who never get bored with playing it over and over.


CMP 111

FIRST FOLIO - Ian Gammie

£3.50

Easy and very easy pieces for the beginner, devised by Ian Gammie. 30 pieces, a mixture of folk tunes, classical tunes and simple modern compositions; some as plain melodies with open bass strings to support the harmony, some as duets with a written accompaniment for the teacher (or a more advanced pupil). Ideal beginners' repertoire, Grade 1 + .


CMP 112

SECOND FOLIO - Ian Gammie

£4.00

More easy pieces for the beginner, devised by Ian Gammie. 29 pieces, duets and solos from 4 centuries. Grades 1 – 2.


SBM 003

SONGS OF OLD ENGLAND : Book 1

£4.50

A range of traditional melodies arranged for solo guitar by Stuart McGowan.

SBM 004

SONGS OF OLD ENGLAND : Book 2

£4.50

A range of traditional melodies arranged for solo guitar by Stuart McGowan.


SBM 022

TOCCATO RONDO - Richard Lambert

£4.00

For guitar solo by Richard Lambert; a fairly demanding modern piece, edited (and first performed) by Stuart McGowan. One of his Sul Boca Music Series. Grade 6-7

 

SM 097

SUITE No 1 pour Guitare - Ovidiu Atanasiu

£3.00

A fine solo suite in neo-baroque style by this Romanian composer: Prelude - Sarabande - Gavotte - Bourreé – Gigue. Grades 4 -5.

 

SM 098

HYMNS for the Classical Guitar

£3.50

Arranged by Eric Hill. 12 most pleasing solo arrangements by the versatile Eric Hill, including Morning has broken and Amazing Grace. Grade 3

 

SM 130

SIX PIECES for SOLO GUITAR - Herman Wilson

£3.50

A set of studies in a modern "jazz" mood by this renowned composer of film and jazz scores. Grade 4 – 5.

 

SM 235

LIGHT READING for DARK NIGHTS - John Zaradin

£3.50

16 guitar solos in notation and tablature with chord symbols, based on themes originally written for theatre and stage. Grade 3 - 4

 

CORDA MUSIC PUBLICATIONS - Other items relating to teaching

A Music Note Book

£1.00

There is a memo section for every lesson, with sufficient space for teacher's comments and reminders. Enough pages for a whole year of lessons, plus a daily column for pupils to keep a note of their practice times.

 

 Musicianship : First Set - Rhythm

£0.50

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A series of simple tapping exercises, initially with one hand, then with both hands reading two separate rhythm parts. An essential aid for any pupil who has difficulty with counting and reading.


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