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Musicroom Staff Picks – 25th July 2022

First 50 Pop Songs – Bass

If you’re new to the bass guitar, you are probably eager to learn some songs now that you’ve got some time this summer! This book provides a combo of tab, lyrics and chord symbols for 50 of the biggest pop hits bassists love to play from Billie Eilish and Lizzo to U2 and Coldplay. Included in this book are the songs Africa • All Star • Bad Guy • Beautiful Day • Come on Eileen • Counting Stars • Crazy Little Thing Called Love • Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic • Get Lucky • Juice • My Sharona • Psycho Killer • Shut up and Dance • Y.M.C.A. • Your Love • and more!

Do-It Yourself

Written especially for adult learners, Do-It-Yourself books guarantee self-teaching success with thorough explanations and demonstrations. Use popular songs from the Beatles and Bowie to Taylor Swift and ZZ Top and get support from professional video lessons in instrument books to demonstrate key concepts. Includes online audio demos that let you slow down and speed up as needed, loop parts you want to focus on, and more!

Joanna Borrett: Folk and Beyond

Folk and Beyond is an album of 12 new cello and piano pieces that combine the ease and spontaneity of folk music with the passion of the classical world. Joanna Borrett re-imagines folk tunes and characterful pieces with a strong sense of narrative. Including stamping, tapping, ponticello, col legno, snap pizz, tremolo bowing, natural harmonics and glissandi, these pieces are made to be fun to perform and enhance the player’s musicality and personal expression. Suitable for cellists from around Grade 5, these pieces also make perfect concert encore for our advanced and professional players. Recordings of all of the music can be heard via the ‘Resources’ tab for ease of learning.


The exclusive SAM-Klang series offers basic and advanced choral repertoire arranged for soprano, alto and one male voice- part. Classical German, Scandinavian, French and English SATB repertoire are carefully and considerately reworked for SAM and the arrangements retain the characteristic features of the original movements and have almost the same richness of timbre, resulting in works which sound nearly unchanged to an audience. Piano reductions of all choral movements facilitate rehearsal preparation. The arrangements offer development opportunities for all voice sections, bringing new life and new quality to SAM choir work. SAM-Klang enables youth choirs to gain access to classical choral literature and ensures that mixed choirs who face challenges in finding singers for all male voice parts continue to have access to well-loved repertoire. Discover the full series here.

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