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Musicroom’s Staff Picks – 27th June 2022

Taylor Swift: Red (Taylor’s Version)

Hal Leonard’s folio for Taylor’s long-anticipated remake of her 2012 classic album features arrangements for piano and voice with guitar chord frames. After a well-publicised battle with her management in 2019, in which Swift lost control of the rights of the masters of her back catalogue, she began re-recording her back catalogue. The first “Taylor’s Version” 2021 release was Fearless, followed by Red in November. Songs include: All Too Well (both versions!) · Better Man · Everything Has Changed · Holy Ground · I Knew You Were Trouble · Red · Sad Beautiful Tragic · State of Grace · 22 · We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together · and more.

Hal Leonard Guitar Method: Guitar for Kids – Book 1

In a special edition for UK teachers and children comes one of the world’s best-selling guitar methods. Adapted by leading UK guitarist Chris Woods, this special edition of Hal Leonard’s Guitar for Kids is a fun, easy course that teaches children to play guitar faster than ever before. Popular songs such as “Yellow Submarine,” “ABC,” and “Every Breath You Take” keep pupils motivated, and the clean, simple page layouts ensure their attention remains focused on one concept at a time. The method is equally suitable for children using electric or acoustic guitars. It can be used in combination with a guitar teacher or parents, even if they’ve never had any musical training themselves. The accompanying online audio contains more than 30 tracks for demonstration and play-along and is accessed using the unique code printed inside each book.

Alexis Ffrench: Truth

Alexis Ffrench isn’t afraid of fusing his music with weighty issues. For years, the pioneering pianist has used his music to highlight mental health, discuss diversity and challenge the classical world to be more inclusive. Truth is his most powerful and political to date, and also his most optimistic. “I imagined what the world would look like if everybody had the opportunity to ask themselves the questions ‘who am I?’ and ‘what is my purpose in the world?’ and what we, as a human race, could create and change together.” Featuring Alexis’ signature piano & orchestra sound, alongside rare collaborations including the searingly soulful ‘One Look’ with his friend Leona Lewis, Truth captures Alexis’ hopes for the future and his belief that change is already upon us. Created in close collaboration with the composer, this exclusive folio presents all the pieces from Truth. The transcriptions are presented in Solo Piano format, with one Piano and Vocal score, and are preceded by a specially written preface from Alexis.

Rosephanye Powell: Just Over the Way Where the Rainbow Fell

Dr. Rosephanye Dunn Powell has been hailed as one of America’s premier women composers of solo vocal and choral music. As a choral composer, Dr. Powell has written for university choruses, professional, community and church choirs, as well as secondary school choruses. She also is an accomplished singer, voice professor, and researcher on the art of the African-American spiritual and voice care concerns for voice professional. With a style accessible for singers of all ages, Just Over the Way Where the Rainbow Fell is Dr Powell’s most recent piece. It is a heartfelt piece that speaks to the power of music, with words written during the beginning of the pandemic. The expresses what many musicians felt as they began the frightening journey into a world without singing. As singing is back into swing, this piece is sure to celebrate our return to music and the power it has to build our communities.

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