Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad) Yamaha CP4 Rebate
Yamaha CP4 Rebate
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Who's Online
157 registered (accordeur, Abby Pianoman, alfredo capurso, ajames, Almaviva, 38 invisible), 1600 Guests and 17 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#1975021 - 10/18/12 05:00 AM Ben Crosland - Get Set JAZZ!
Nikolas Online   content
5000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/26/07
Posts: 5625
Loc: Europe
Ben, You deserve your own thread mate! smile Not only because of your music, but because in the pic of your score, you look quite handsome! grin

So, Ladies and gents,

Teachers and students alike. Since Ben's Swingle Bells came up from Ann, I thought I'd back up Ben's work as a composer (and obviously as a teacher as well), by offering my insights in his book(s) "Get Set JAZZ!"

Well,

I've been playing a few, just for the kicks, since this years I don't have any advanced students, and thus the red books (grades 4-7) is too difficult for them. but not for me! And I've been listening to his playing in the CD.

All the works are catchy, as promised in the book, well thought out and not too difficult, if one grasps the general idea of 'jazz' or 'blues'.

Personal favorite is "Now we're talking" and "The Blue train", though all are quite nice! Especially the 2nd one has some Satie vibes in it!

As far as I know there are two other books, for beginners, and amateurs, so while this may be the most difficult book, I'm sure that amongst the 41 tunes in total, you'll be getting quite a few tunes to use for your students.

The edition itself is very nice and contemporary. Nice coloured cover, the CD is working properly and was nicely tacked in its sleeve, and the music itself is very well laid out.

And, exactly because I have nothing to do with Ben, I'm not getting paid or promoting his work, I'll spam the forums to provide a link: http://www.spartanpress.co.uk/spweb/publ...pdf=Y&mp3=Y I know you can get the scores from there, but I'm not sure if it's anywhere else (sheetmusicplus, etc), so if Ben would be kind enough to provide a link, that would be great!

Other than that... still listening the CD for the third time, while I'm typing this!

Thanks for your music Ben!
_________________________
http://www.musica-ferrum.com

Top
(ad) Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
#1975318 - 10/18/12 05:26 PM Re: Ben Crosland - Get Set JAZZ! [Re: Nikolas]
Ben Crosland Offline
Full Member

Registered: 03/11/10
Posts: 433
Loc: Worcester, UK
Originally Posted By: Nikolas
Ben, You deserve your own thread mate! smile Not only because of your music, but because in the pic of your score, you look quite handsome! grin


Haha! Amazing what you can do with modern technology, eh? wink

So...yeah. I should probably mention that Nikolas and I agreed to exchange books last week, hence the recent mutual reviews - although I should also hasten to add that the reviews were both spontaneous, and not part of some clandestine prior agreement!

Quote:
All the works are catchy, as promised in the book, well thought out and not too difficult, if one grasps the general idea of 'jazz' or 'blues'.


Yes, this is an important point to consider - the perceived difficulty of these works (and those by others in the same genre) is largely dependent on whether the student has a natural grasp of swing and syncopation. However, I consciously avoided using "academic" trickery in the rhythmic devices, and tried to keep everything feeling natural and instinctive.

Quote:

And, exactly because I have nothing to do with Ben, I'm not getting paid or promoting his work, I'll spam the forums to provide a link: http://www.spartanpress.co.uk/spweb/publ...pdf=Y&mp3=Y I know you can get the scores from there, but I'm not sure if it's anywhere else (sheetmusicplus, etc), so if Ben would be kind enough to provide a link, that would be great!


OK - since you've twisted my arm wink

Musicroom

Quote:
Thanks for your music Ben!


Likewise, Nikolas smile

Edit: Oops! In all my excitement, I forgot to thank you for the review (much longer than my paltry effort!) - so...Thank you!


Edited by Ben Crosland (10/18/12 06:19 PM)

Top

Moderator:  Ken Knapp 
Shop our Store for Music Lovers!
PianoSupplies.com is Piano World's Online Store
Please visit our store today.
circle of 5ths coaster
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ad) Hal Leonard Teacher VIP
Hal Leonard Teacher VIP Your Source for Piano Music
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Knabe Pianos
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
New Topics - Multiple Forums
name that tune....
by paradice
03/26/15 03:52 PM
BBC RADIO 4 - "Saving Gazas Piano"
by bluebilly
03/26/15 03:47 PM
Yamaha N1 Delivered!/First Impression
by Michiyo-Fir
03/26/15 03:26 PM
Petri playing the Bach-Busoni St. Anne Prelude and Fugue . .
by Michael Sayers
03/26/15 01:37 PM
Alfred's Piano Methods
by Celdor
03/26/15 05:09 AM
What's Hot!!
Trade Regrets: Gary Trafton - Piano Rep
--------------------
Historic Piano Documents
--------------------
Posting Pictures on the Forums
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
-------------------
PIANO BOOKS
Forum Stats
78,662 Registered Members
43 Forums
162,724 Topics
2,388,699 Posts

Most users ever online: 15,252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
Sheet Music Plus (125)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
|
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2015 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission