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March 2020

News from my Guitar Workshop

Guitar Workshop - my ensemble for adult intermediate players - is currently closed owing to Coronavirus restrictions

That doesn't mean we're idle - have a look at this...

You can buy an arrangement of I Dreamed A Dream for 4 guitars/large ensemble in my shop

Those Magnificent Men

Uptown Girl (Billy Joel/Westlife) - accessible arrangement for 3 or 4 Guitars

 

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Those Magnificent Men?

 

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I'm pleased to announce another fun arrangement for 4 guitars or large ensemble, which is at the early-intermediate to intermediate level.

This is the theme music to "Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines", said to be the inspiration for Dick Dastardly and Mutley.

 

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New music sales

Sheet Music Sales

As the UK tax year comes to a close, it's been an amazing year!
Sales of my guitar arrangements are up 34% on a year ago...

In the last 6 months, I've sold music to America, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Wales

 

Here's a list of all my downloadable contemporary arrangements

 

Uptown Girl - flute & guitar

Uptown Girl (Billy Joel/Westlife) - accessible arrangement for 3 or 4 Guitars

 

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Uptown Girl?

 

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Following the exciting uptake of my "Uptown Girl" arrangement for 3 or 4 guitars, I've now added a version for flute and guitar.

 

 

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Uptown Girl - 3 or 4 guitars/large ensemble

Uptown Girl (Billy Joel/Westlife) - accessible arrangement for 3 or 4 Guitars

 

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Uptown Girl?

 

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This is a very accessible and straightforward arrangement of Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl", but it contains all the verses, choruses and bridges of the original. And more importantly it includes all the uplifting key-changes of the original too, all now falling neatly into comfortable chord shapes, most of which are instantly familiar to an intermediate guitarist.

 

In a large ensemble, Guitar Two can split between players to suit novice guitarists, and the download includes additional parts to make the reading easier.

 

 

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February 2020

Chi Mai - feedback from Germany

"Hiya Derek, practised 'Chi Mai'/switchover version and loved the arrangement!!! Super, well done and thanks a lot. It has gone straight in our repertoire." 

 

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Lady Madonna - 3 guitars/large ensemble

Lady Madonna - The Beatles - accessible arrangement for 3 Guitars

 

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Lady Madonna?

 

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This is a very accessible and straightforward arrangement of The Beatles’ “Lady Madonna”, but it contains all the main thematic material of the original.

In a large ensemble, Guitar Two can split between players to suit novice guitarists.

 

 

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Match Of The Day - 4 guitars/large ensemble

Match Of The Day - 4 Guitars

 

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Match Of The Day?

 

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Instantly recognisable by many as the Theme Music to the Football TV programme of the same name, this is a great "early intermediate" quartet that's loads of fun. It has an uplifting key-change in the middle, and if you play the upper parts of my arrangement away from the first position, it's just a matter of sliding your left hand up two frets and playing the same fingering!

 

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Sleepy Shores - 4 guitars/large ensemble

Sleepy Shores (Johnny Pearson) - 4 Guitars

 

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Sleepy Shores?

 

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This is quite a piece - Johnny Pearson, who was a prolific composer as well as running BBC's Top Of The Pops orchestra for 16 years, has produced some amazing music, and none more than this...

 

Used as the Theme Music to "Owen MD", this piece of music is a craftsman's journey round the circle of fifths - teachers will love explaining the journey from 1b to 6#, 4# 2# and more, and the textbook key-change from F# to C is exciting for players and audience alike.

 

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Penny Lane - 4/5 guitars or large ensemble

Penny Lane (Lennon/McCartney/The Beatles) - Four/Five Guitars

 

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Penny Lane?

 

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This needs no introduction.

My arrangement is based on the version Hampshire Guitar Orchestra performed, and can be played on 4 guitars, or a 5th guitar can be brought into to add the Piccolo Trumpet part, which is styled on the original super-high descant. I've taken account of the strengths and weaknesses of the guitar to make the descant line comfortable to play.

 

A concert performance will work whether or not the descant part is used.

 

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Chi Mai - Guitar duet

Chi Mai (Ennio Morricone) - Two Guitars

 

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Chi Mai (2 guitars)?

 

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This is a wonderfully haunting piece for a concert.

My arrangement for 2 guitars moves the key of the piece very slightly to make an arrangement that fits two guitars like a glove. My arrangement suits intermediate (or higher) players.

 

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Chi Mai - 3 Guitars or large ensemble

Chi Mai (Ennio Morricone) - Three Guitars/Large Ensemble

 

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Chi Mai (3 guitars)?

 

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This is a great piece for a concert - known to guitarists and a general audience in equal measure.

My duet arrangement (see above) follows the original closely. But this arrangement uses several arranger's tricks to make the piece accessible to many more players!

 

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Danza (John Williams & Sky) - 4 Guitars

Danza (John Williams and Sky) - Four Guitars

 

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Danza?

 

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This is a great piece for a concert - known to guitarists and a general audience in equal measure.

My version (for 4 guitars or a large ensemble) isn't hard to play and the sound is big!

 

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Say You Love Me (Fleetwood Mac) - 4 Guitars

Say You Love Me (Fleetwood Mac/Christine Mc Vie) - Four Guitars

 

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Say You Love Me?

 

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Audiences will know this piece from the TV series M*A*S*H - a haunting melody and some lovely (and straightforward) chords make a heady combination.

 

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Ballad of Casey Jones (TV Theme) - 6 Guitars

Casey Jones - 6 Guitars

 

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Casey Jones?

 

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Audiences will know this piece from the TV series Casey Jones and here we have a driving rhythm simulating the sound of a steam locomotive. The music is in 6 parts, ranging from "pretty much a novice" up to "intermediate". It suits a sextet or a larger ensemble.

 

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Here's Hampshire Guitar Orchestra playing their version - identical except a tone higher....

January 2020

As Long As He Needs Me (Oliver) - 2 guitars

Here's a little taster of my intermediate arrangement of "As Long As He Needs Me" from the film and stage show "Oliver" - a lovely gentle piece...

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A new arrangement for 2 guitars

Here's a little taster of my intermediate arrangement of "Suicide Is Painless" (Song from M*A*S*H) - fun to play and a great sound!

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Song From M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless) - Flute & Guitar

Song from MASH (Suicide is Painless) - Flute and Guitar

 

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Song From M*A*S*H?

 

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Audiences will know this piece from the TV series M*A*S*H - a haunting melody and some lovely (and straightforward) chords make a heady combination.

 

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Happy New Year!

Wishing visitors to my website a New Year full of Good Health, Great Opportunites and Fantastic Music!

Guitar Lessons

At the moment I have no vacancies at all for the Spring Term from January to Easter.

Check out my teaching website for vacancies as they arise.