Hal Leonard

  • ‘Jazz Duets: Etudes for Phrasing and Articulation’ from Berklee Press

    SBO Staff | March 6, 2021Jazz Duets: Etudes for Phrasing and Articulation by Richard Lowell provides 27 duets in jazz and jazz-influenced styles such as swing, bebop, funk, samba, and others. They are appropriate for performance by any melodic instruments. The duets feature independent contrapuntal lines, and practicing them will give players intimate insight into how these constructs sound and […] Read More...
  • Hal Leonard Virtual Choir Toolkits Provide Audio Tracks & Licensing for Virtual Performances

    Mike Lawson | March 1, 2021For the past year, choir directors have been challenged with keeping their choirs singing together in any way possible. Hal Leonard and Shawnee Press have just released a series of Virtual Choir Toolkits that make directors’ tasks a little easier. Each kit includes downloadable demonstration, accompaniment, and part-dominant recordings along with licensing permissions needed to […] Read More...
  • “Ukulele for Young Beginners” by Jake Shimabukuro

    Mike Lawson | February 23, 2021Anyone who’s attended a Jake Shimabukuro concert or workshop knows what a remarkable ukulele player he is, and how amiable and charismatic he can be. With all of these abilities, it’s no wonder he’s great with kids, too. This book also uses video lessons to help kids learn how to play the ukulele. Read More...
  • The ‘JustinGuitar Easy Guitar Songbook’ and Other Releases from Hal Leonard

    Mike Lawson | December 29, 2020

    The JustinGuitar Easy Guitar Songbook features 101 popular songs that can be played with up to eight open chords. Songs are presented in sequential difficulty order in chord/lyric format with lesson tips, chord diagrams, and more.

  • Hal Leonard’s Flex-Band Series for Grade 1.5 and ‘Ukulele for Young Beginners: Easy Lessons for Kids’

    Mike Lawson | December 3, 2020

    The Hal Leonard Flex-Band Series features works that are scored with just five parts, plus percussion, that are playable with combinations of woodwinds, brass, or strings.

  • Hal Leonard’s ‘George Gershwin – Super Easy Songbook’ and Taylor Swift’s ‘folklore’ books

    Mike Lawson | November 9, 2020

    The “Super Easy Songbook” series from Hal Leonard features accessible arrangements for piano, with simple right-hand melody, letter names inside each note, basic left-hand chord diagrams, and no page turns.

  • Teach Kids Music Launches ‘Little Rockers’ Program

    Mike Lawson | October 9, 2020

    Teach Kids Music has launched their new “Little Rockers” program. This program and 80-page book written by Teach Kids Music founder John McCarthy teaches children about music starting as young as three years old in the pre-schematic stage of artist learning.

  • Hal Leonard Launches Essential Elements Band Talk Podcast

    Mike Lawson | September 25, 2020

    Essential Elements author Charlie Menghini, and Hal Leonard vice president Instrumental Publications and composer Paul Lavender have joined with Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser to create the Essential Elements Band Talk podcast.

  • Hal Leonard Distributes Masks and Shields to Fight COVID-19

    Mike Lawson | September 22, 2020

    Hal Leonard has acquired exclusive distribution rights to new products that have been successful in making music spaces safer for combatting the COVID-19 virus. 

  • Hal Leonard’s Essential Elements Interactive Expanding

    Mike Lawson | August 18, 2020

    Hal Leonard’s Essential Elements Interactive, the online component for its Essential Elements methods for band and strings, crossed over a half million student users this past school year.

  • ‘Frozen’ Activity Book from Hal Leonard

    Mike Lawson | July 6, 2020

    Hal Leonard has expanded its Music Activity Book Series with a new edition featuring the songs and artwork from Disney’s Frozen and Frozen 2 movies.

  • ‘Flying Fingers’ from Hal Leonard

    Mike Lawson | June 29, 2020

    Flying Fingers from Hal Leonard covers an expansive variety of styles and techniques – including recent innovations like percussive gestures, right-hand string-stopping, two hands on the fingerboard, and partial capos – through its 50 accurate transcriptions with historical and performance notes for each.

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