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Merrell Barefoot Life Excursion Glove, Men's Trainers, J41725, Blue (Denim Blue), 11.5 UK
Merrell Barefoot Life Excursion Glove, Men's Trainers, J41725, Blue (Denim Blue), 11.5 UK

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars, 3 Oct. 2015
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Normally 11, too small, 11.5 too small. Lets hope a 12 works!


Higgledy Piggledy Jazz: For Piano
Higgledy Piggledy Jazz: For Piano

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to Jazz!, 2 Jan. 2015
Fantastic music, with some great backing tracks to enhance the experience. It's a really easy way into Jazz improvising. All the pieces are alot of fun, with nice patterns to help remember the music. Love it!
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Becoming a Great Sight-Reader -- or Not! Learn from my Quest for Piano Sight-Reading Nirvana
Becoming a Great Sight-Reader -- or Not! Learn from my Quest for Piano Sight-Reading Nirvana
Price: £2.82

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice easy read, 1 Jan. 2015
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Very interesting and easy read. It's like a diary of Al's journey through sight reading. Covers a lot of the standard advice and how Al felt it helped or hindered and why he thinks it worked that way for him. Lots of reflection on each step of the way and audio files with recordings of his practice. Fascinating to read about the dedication he had and just as fascinating to hear the progress made. Great work Al! A discussion on having a teacher is particularly useful in it, and there are a few useful practice ideas.

Good value for the money! It's not a book packed with breakthrough ideas on sight reading, but an decent read that will be encouraging for others going through similar trials and shows how to avoid some pitfalls of standard advice.


What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body: The Practical Application of Body Mapping & the Alexander Technique to Making Music
What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body: The Practical Application of Body Mapping & the Alexander Technique to Making Music
by Barbara Conable
Edition: Spiral-bound

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but seems like it would be more useful in conjunction with a course, 21 April 2011
My first impressions are that this book is more of a workbook for using in conjunction with a Body Mapping course or for lessons with an Alexander teacher. All the information seems like it more for a quick reminder, rather than to help explain and give examples. All the information in it seems to be good, but for someone with a limited knowledge of the Alexander technique, it doesn't seem too useful. I may change my mind when I've went through it a few times, but that's where I'm at.


Thompson's Easiest Piano Course (Part 1)
Thompson's Easiest Piano Course (Part 1)
by Various
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, monotonous and unimaginative!, 28 Jan. 2011
This was my first piano book, and looking back I can categorically state that this book (series of) didn't help me play the piano in anyway.

This book doesn't teach people how to play the piano, it teaches people music theory applied to the piano. If you want to be good at theory, knock yourself out, but forget the piano and musicianship (including sight reading), theory doesn't help much with this. It starts with counting to 4, four times - that's not music! Counting may be useful, but it's not now and never will be music. Kids should start off with actual musical tunes / pieces first. You'd need an exceptional teacher to make the best out of this book.

Things to look for in a good first piano tutor are starting with musical sounds (not theory), playing by ear, working with shapes rather than music notation, improvising/composing, rhythm work, intonation, part development, memory work and technique. Some of this is down to the teacher, but selecting the right book to start with makes a big difference.

Two great tutor books I currently use are Gillian Earl's With Music in Mind - Pupils Book 1 (Kodaly principles of music applied to beginners at the piano) and Sue Anderson's Keyboard Skills for Reluctant Pianists: A Do-it Yourself Manual for Students: A Self-Help Manual for Musicians(for people who've previously played other instruments or older beginners could work with this). I've tried a few others that were ok, but these cover everything comprehensively.

The recently released Hal Leonard Beginner series All-In-One Piano Lessons, Book A [With CD (Audio)] (Hal Leonard Student Piano Library (Songbooks)) and Adult Piano Method Book 1 also look like they are going in the right direction.
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WITH MUSIC IN MIND: Kodaly Principles of Music Education Applied to Beginners at the Piano (Teacher's Guide)
WITH MUSIC IN MIND: Kodaly Principles of Music Education Applied to Beginners at the Piano (Teacher's Guide)
by Gillian Skottowe Earl
Edition: Spiral-bound

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jammed packed full of ideas for using the Piano BK 1, 24 Jan. 2011
This teacher's guide is just jammed full of ideas to use in lesson while using the With Music In Mind Bk 1 Piano Tutor. It goes through the book step by step, building up ideas to use while teaching. It's essential if you've never completed any Kodaly work before and great if you find yourself starting to get bored during lessons, open up the book and get some new ideas to refresh and revive your approach to the lesson.
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Singing and the Actor
Singing and the Actor
by Gillyanne Kayes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a superb book!, 24 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Singing and the Actor (Paperback)
If you're into the voice, especially singing (in any style), you have to get this book. Based on Jo Estill's methods (and a small section on Accent Method/Janice Chapman breathing), it really clearly defines how the voice works, how you can change it, what each change does and how you can use it. It's just a must for all singers and teachers.

Almost everything (excluding the breathing) is based on tons of high quality research, and helps to encourage students to gain control over their instruments and be able to change their voice quickly. No endless scales, just informed choices! A CD is also available if you're having difficulty creating the sounds, or if you haven't been on an Estill or a Vocal Process course.


Popular Singing: A Practical Guide to: Pop, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Country and Gospel
Popular Singing: A Practical Guide to: Pop, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Country and Gospel
by Donna Soto-Morettini
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best book available on Popular Singing, 24 Jan. 2011
This book is so good that when I lost my copy, I'd another one ordered within a week! It's great.

There's no scales to waste your time on, it's simply about how to be creative with your voice and that's really what makes popular music interesting to listen to! The important concepts are clearly laid out. "Proper" singing isn't put forward as the only way to do it and dangerous voice qualities are acknowledged and explained.

There's fantastic analysis of the voice qualities used in tons of songs and suggested listening, which is great for generating ideas. As the book doesn't work on obvious big hits of recent years, it has introduced me to some amazing music that I may never have heard of, which sparks the imagination again!

Wasn't sure why she changed some of the Estill terms for the sounds, however the new names work and that's what counts.

Love it!


Ultimate Vocal Voyage: The Definitive Method for Unleashing the Rock, Pop or Soul Singer Within You [With CD]
Ultimate Vocal Voyage: The Definitive Method for Unleashing the Rock, Pop or Soul Singer Within You [With CD]
by Daniel Z Borch
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read with some great ideas, 24 Jan. 2011
Throughly enjoyed this book. Generally written from an informed physiological viewpoint, the guy knows his stuff, has great ideas for working within this genre and sounds like a superb vocal coach, hope he does a workshop near me someday. All the exercises are great and very refreshingly popular!

The only bit I didn't get was the use of old terminology regarding registers / voice (e.g. head, chest, falsetto), this lead to some misunderstandings and having to reread things and decipher.
He seems not to want to add any new terminology to an already overcrowded area, which is fair enough. Personally I felt that he confused things further by trying to mix the idea of a high / low register with head voice / chest voice. Terms such as Head and Chest make no sense to me and I feel they should be avoided by singing teachers.


Changing Voices: An Approach to Adolescent Voice Training
Changing Voices: An Approach to Adolescent Voice Training
by Deirdre Trundle
Edition: Spiral-bound

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for teachers working with teen's, 24 Jan. 2011
This book is to the point and doesn't waste any words. The stages are clearly laid out. The ideas for working with young people are great. Super stuff. Alot of the ideas are based around the Estill model. It's well researched and it works!


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