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  • My Music to buy page...
    270+   pieces for sale : 1-6 guitars and flute & guitar
    GREAT for School Guitar Teachers
    GREAT for ensembles with limited chances to rehearse
  • My Videos page...
    Now with videos of fusion in concert
July

July 2022

Portsmouth - Guitar Quartet/large ensemble

Made famous by Mike Oldfield, this traditional Hornpipe was actually first published in 1701. My arrangement sneaks in a little bit of "What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor" and makes a spectacular concert item, running to about 5 minutes and building up as the piece progresses.

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Portsmouth - for 4 intermediate guitars arr. Derek Hasted

Portsmouth
Traditional

Portsmouth
4 guitars/large ensemble

$3.99 Intermediate level

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Planxty Three - Guitar Trio/large ensemble

Turlough O'Carolan, the blind Irish Harpist, wrote arguably some of the finest melodies one can enjoy.

Here are three of his pieces - Planxy Irwin, Planxty Sir George Brabazon and the wonderfully titled Planxty Sir Festus Burke. Together they form a contrasting suite - three distinct moods, and all at the early intermediate to intermediate standard.

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Planxty Three - three Celtic pieces by Carolan arr. Derek Hasted

Planxty Three
3 Carolan pieces

Planxty Three
Three Celtic Trios

$2.99 Intermediate level

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The Only Living Boy In New York

Written by Paul Simon when he was in New York without Art Garfunkel, this slightly poignant song makes a wonderful guitar and woodwind duet.

My arrangements are somewhere between Early Intermediate and Intermediate.

Read more about (and hear an excerpt of) my flute & guitar (and clarinet & guitar) arrangements here.

At the time of writing, my catalog has over 270 item. Check back here for future additions...

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June

June 2022

Mozart Presto - K522

Sometimes called "A Musical Joke", I've arranged an abridged version of the fourth movement of Mozart's suite for 3 guitars.

But if you live in the UK, you might know it better as being the basis of the theme to TV's "The Horse Of The Year Show".

 

Read more about my guitar trio arrangement here

Mozart Presto K522 (Horse Of The Year Show theme) - for 3  intermediate guitars arr. Derek Hasted

Mozart Presto K522
Horse Of The Year Show

Mozart Presto (abridged)
"The Horse Of The Year" TV theme

$2.99 intermediate level

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Fields of Gold - new arrangements

Following some great feedback at fusion's concert in May just gone, I've re-worked the versions of "Fields of Gold" that I have on sale - all of them are now the full-length Eva Cassidy version, complete with the instrumental break in the middle.

Here are the versions on sale...

Fields of Gold (String and Eva Cassidy) - for 3  intermediate guitars arr. Derek Hasted

Fields of Gold
Eva Cassidy

Fields Of Gold

$4.99 intermediate level

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The Muppets Theme - 4 guitars or large ensemble

My easy-to-play arrangement of The Muppets Theme is back - originally withdrawn from sale when copyright permission was retracted, it's now back on sale with revised copyright permission, so download and you're good to go!

Read more/see/hear "The Muppets Theme" here ...

The Muppets Theme Tune - for 4 early intermediate guitars arr. Derek Hasted

The Muppets
Jim Henson & Sam Pottle

The Muppets Theme Tune
4 guitars/large ensemble

$4.99 Early Intermediate level

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Elton John's Basque - oboe and guitar duet

My arrangements of Elton John's Basque (for flute and guitar and for guitars) are amongst my best sellers. And now I've added an arrangement for oboe and guitar.

The characteristically haunting, emotional, sound of the oboe is limited to a modest range of pitch, so my oboe arrangement is pitched in a different key. The guitar part is capo 2, so that the arpeggio shapes are accessible to those players of even quite modest ability, though more experienced players will enjoy the rich sound that comes from their guitar.

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May

May 2022

Spanish Flea - 3 guitars / large ensemble

Here's a "blast from the past" - my arrangement of the tune made famous by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

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Spanish Flea (Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass) - for 3 early intermediate guitars arr. Derek Hasted

Spanish Flea
Herb Alpert

Spanish Flea Herb Alpert
3 guitars/large ensemble

$4.99 early intermediate level
(but intermediate if played fast!)

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fusion in concert

Here's one of the ten pieces we played in fusion's lunchtime concert at St Faith's Church Havant on May 25th - Adagio by Rolf Løvland

The Rise & Fall of Flingel Bunt - 4 guitars / large ensemble

This arrangement - based on the Hampshire Guitar Orchestra's version, which audiences always enjoyed - is an intermediate quartet (also suits large ensemble). A toe-tapping crowd-pleaser, there's a funky bass-line to die for!

The soundclip features HAGO playing a snippet of this piece live in concert.

Read more/see/hear "Flingel Bunt" here ...

The Rise And Fall Of Flingel Bunt (The Shadows) - for 4 intermediate guitars arr. Derek Hasted

The Rise and Fall
Of Flingel Bunt

Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt
(The Shadows)
4 guitars/large ensemble

$4.99 Intermediate level

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Por Una Cabeza - 4/5 guitars or large ensemble

This arrangement can be played as an intermediate quartet (or large ensemble), but also comes with an optional descant line for a 5th guitar. The descant line mirrors the violin accompaniment in the film "Scent of a Woman" and can be played high up the neck (advanced intermediate) or on the main part of the neck (intermediate ability).

Read more/see/hear "Por Una Cabeza" here ...

Poe Una Cabeza - for 4 guitars arr. Derek Hasted

Por Una Cabeza
From Scent Of A Woman

Por Una Cabeza 4 guitars
with additional 5th part
Also listed under 5 guitars

$4.99 Intermediate level

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Oh Dear! What Can The Matter Be? - 3 guitars/large ensemble

My latest arrangement is the well-known traditional folk song . It makes a rumbustious concert item for an intermediate guitar trio or a large ensemble. With multiple verses arranged in different textures and shared between the players, there's something for everyone here, and at a bargain price too - the edition contains individual parts and a full score too.

Read more/see/hear "Oh Dear! What Can The Matter Be?" here ...

Oh Dear! (What Can The Matter Be?) - for 3 intermediate guitars arr. Derek Hasted

Oh Dear!
What can the matter be?

Oh Dear! What Can The Matter Be?
3 guitars/large ensemble

$2.99 intermediate level

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New Music - You Are The Reason - flute & guitar

This glorious piece, sung by Calum Scott, finds new life in my arrangement that takes the original voice & piano and fits them onto flute & guitar, to make a full-length piece that builds and fades away like the original.

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April

April 2022

My music for sale...

Music for sale

My publisher has migrated all my music for sale to a new platform. The music's absolutely fine but some of the descriptions on the SheetMusicPlus website have become incorrect - changing Classical Guitar to Electric Guitar for instance (a known bug, it turns out, with no immediate fix).

Apologies - it's created a nightmare for me that I'm still working on so that the new site presents my works more accurately...

All the descriptions here on this site are correct, so it's best to view and purchase via my website rather than theirs!

Free Music

I've just added an easy John Dowland arrangement (for 3 novice guitars) to my collection of free ensemble music - click the link here to go and visit and help yourself!

New Music - La Cucaracha - 3 guitars/large ensemble

Almost everyone knows this catchy Mexican Folk Tune, though not many know that it translates to "The Cockroach".

My arrangement for 3 guitars is ideal for a school concert or a whacky encore in a concert - it's easy to play, and the three parts are slightly different standards - from novice to intermediate.

Read more/see/hear "La Cucaracha" here ...

La Cucaracha (Mexican Folk Song) - for 3 intermediate guitars arr. Derek Hasted

La Cucaracha
Trad. Mexican

La Cucaracha
3 guitars/large ensemble

$1.99 Early intermediate level

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Viva La Vida

Andrew Gough (Birmingham Conservatoire and West Dean Guitar Festival) has just sent me a recording of his school guitar orchestra playing my arrangement of Viva La Vida...

Have a listen! The dynamics are fantastic....

To download the score, click here...

March

March 2022

Video advert

I've put together a little 3-minute video to showcase some of my trio arrangements...

You can see and hear 10 pieces from my range of over 200...

Guitar Workshop website

Hampshire Guitar Workshop - 34 years old!

Two days ago, the Guitar Workshop celebrated our 34th birthday.

We've been meeting fortnightly in term time since 1988!

Visit our Guitar Workshop website to read more...

 

We welcome new joiners, but if you live too far away you can download some of our music instead!

Adagio (Secret Garden) - 3 guitars/large ensemble

Here's a second wonderful piece of calming music in these troubled times - my arrangement of Rolf Løvland's haunting melody, as featured on the Secret Garden album. See also Nocturne, below

Read more/see/hear "Adagio for 3 Guitars" here ...

Adagio (Secret Garden) - for 3 intermediate guitars arr. Derek Hasted

Adagio
Secret Garden

Adagio
3 guitars/large ensemble

$4.99 Intermediate level

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All Day (The Shadows) - 4 guitars/large ensemble

Here's a blast from the past, a real foot-tapping crowd-pleaser arranged to suit an early intermediate quartet or large group - a great concert piece for those with less experience and fun to play whatever one's ability!

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All Day (The Shadows) - for 4 guitars arr. Derek Hasted

All Day
The Shadows

All Day
The Shadows

$4.99 Early Intermediate

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New Music to buy - Suo Gân - 3 guitars/large ensemble

This delightful Welsh Lullaby, arranged here for an Early Intermediate group, makes a reflective and beautiful interlude in any concert.

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Suo Gan (Welsh Lullaby) - for 3 early intermediate guitars arr. Derek Hasted

Suo Gân
Welsh Lullaby

Suo Gân
3 guitars/large ensemble

$1.99 Early intermediate level

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February

February 2022

fusion in concert

May 25th - fusion in concert

Here's a date for your diary - "fusion" are playing a lunchtime concert in Havant on Wednesday May 25th - more details nearer the time!

New Music to buy - Chanson Triste - guitar ensembles, guitar & woodwind

This haunting piece by Tchaikovsky makes a wonderful contrasting item in any school concert or adult recital.

Originally for piano, I have produced 4 arrangements

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