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Episode 46 – Wristruments – A New Way To Learn Guitar With Your Watch!

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A New App Which Makes Use Of The Apple iWatch To Learn Guitar Is Arriving Soon…

 

Heard of Wristruments yet? If not, check out this podcast which details the app, work and company set up by Joe Corcoran which helps people learn to play guitar by using your watch! Interested? Thought so, click for more…

Christmas Carols For Guitar Released By GMI

CHRISTMAS CAROLS FOR GUITAR

Graded arrangements of 12 all time favorite Christmas songs for acoustic, fingerstyle and classical guitar players.

Christmas Carols For Guitar
OUR LATEST RELEASE REACHED #1 IN THE AMAZON USA NEW RELEASE FOR GUITAR CHART!

A collection of twelve of arguably the most well known Christmas carols and holiday season songs beautifully arranged for guitar by guitarist James Akers.

Each of the 12 songs are offered at beginner, intermediate and advanced technical versions. For beginners, start with the easy version of the song, then build up to the more complex versions which are all found in one book. This publication would also be an excellent resource for guitar teachers looking for potential material for students around Christmas time.

  1. All songs are notated in both music and guitar TAB for non music readers.

  2. All advanced versions of the song come with QR codes for watching a video performance of each song.

THE TWELVE SONGS INCLUDED ARE:

  1. Auld Lang Syne
  2. Away in a Manger
  3. Ding Dong Merrily on High
  4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  5. Good King Wenceslas
  6. In Dulci Jubilo
  7. Jingle Bells
  8. O Christmas Tree
  9. Silent Night
  10. The Twelve Days of Christmas
  11. We Three Kings of Orient Are
  12. We Wish You a Merry Christmas

FREE DOWNLOAD OF EXTRA MATERIAL FOUND HERE

A link is included within the book to download free extra material which accompanies the publication. Contents of the free download are:

  • mp3 versions of all advanced versions of the Christmas carol guitar arrangements for you to listen to before practice.
  • mp3 accompanying tracks for the beginner versions of the Christmas carols for play along.
  • A PDF book which details all the chords used in the beginner guitar chord arrangements offered in chord diagram format for easy understanding.

Episode 45 – Professor Adam Ballif And Private Music Studio 2 App

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For teachers looking to keep track of student work & assignments a new lightweight Apple App may just fit the bill.

 

Private Music Studio 2 is for music teachers who want to track the progress of their students taking private lessons. Student information may be organized by semester including weekly lesson assignments, grades, and notes about student performances, accompanists, and ensemble participation.

Technique and exercise assignments may be created and saved as templates for use with other students. Points may be used if desired for assessing student progress. Teachers can send progress reports to students to remind them of assignments.

Students who also download Private Music Studio 2 may be invited to subscribe to view their lesson and assignment information from within their copy of the app.

Episode 44 – Musicians & Live Streaming With Andi Lippi

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As the pandemic continues to prevent most musicians from performing is live streaming a possible alternative for you? Live streaming expert Andi Lippi, possibly the most outwardly positive man on the planet right now, explains why and how you can reach a huge new audience

ANDI LIPPI

 

Ged Brockie has undertaken several podcast interviews with musicians who are dealing with the effects of a global pandemic and shutdown. In this episode, Ged talks to live steaming guru Andi Lippi. Andi provides a large range of hints, tips and guides for anyone interested in live streaming. 

As Andi is also interested in music, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to discuss with him the technology, ideas and knowledge needed for musicians to operate effectively within the burgeoning live streaming platforms now spreading their tentacles across the globe.

Episode 43 – Musicians Living in Lockdown with Jean Johnson

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This podcast interview is with renown classical clarinetist Jean Johnson. Jean discusses everything from odd auditions to lock down to her new ensemble Metamorphoses.

Jean Johnson Metamorphosis

 

Jean Johnson is in heavy demand as a performer, teacher and as the leader of her own ensemble named Metamorphoses. The pandemic has put the brakes on a huge amount of work as well as the furthering of this exciting new ensemble which includes a stellar lineup.

Jean discusses her background and movement into the world of music, time teaching at one of the USA’s biggest music faculty whilst a student as well as moving to the far east to play with a world class orchestra to name just a few of the topics covered including starting a fitness class!

 

Episode 42 – Phil Curran: Breaking Into & Creating A Career As A Composer In Film & TV

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Many Are Called….Few Are Chosen! Many Would Love A Career As A Composer In Film & TV But Few Actually Make It. This Podcast Features Composer Phil Curran Who Has Broken Into This Magical Musical World.

Philip Curran Film Composer

Have you ever listened to the music at the movies or when watching a TV show and thought “I’d love to do that”…well so have thousands of other people, however, it’s easy to dream but not so easy to actually realise your dreams.

In this podcast interview, Philip Curran talks candidly with Ged Brockie about the challenges presented in becoming a film and TV composer. Philip talks about his early dreams, how he advanced into the arena and then set himself up as a composer who can actually support himself and family through writing music for screen. 

A wonderfully positive and likable man, Phil continues to grow his musical talent and writing skills and will undoubtedly be one to look out for in the years ahead.

Episode 41 – Musicians Living In Lockdown with Honza Kourimsky

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We are just starting to come out of one of the strangest times that any of us will possibly ever face with the Covid 19 pandemic. Ged Brockie of GMI talks with up and coming guitar maestro Honza Kourimsky about being a musician in these lock down days.

Honza Kourimsky guitarist
Honza Kourimsky in action leading one of his many bands

Most people agree that it is a hard life being a musician. Doing something you love for at times not a lot of money. Add on to that the fact that music scenes are witnessing a contraction in places to play live music and a general public’s view in many cases that somehow “music should be free” makes it even tougher; and then we added Covid-19 to the pot!!!

Honza Kourimsky is an exciting and in demand young guitarist who has been active in creating several bands and opportunities for musicians in his currently adopted land of residence Scotland. Ged Brockie talks with Honza about the opportunities he’s created and asks how the lock down has affected his work and the work of those around them in terms of the bands and live performance opportunities.

GMI LATEST BOOK RELEASE: “LEARN 33 HIT SONGS JUST 3 CHORDS PER SONG!”

A cover that leaves no one in any doubt what it’s about…

In 2018 GMI released a song book for beginner guitarists titled “Learn 22 Hit Songs Just 2 Chords Per Song!”. We were slightly taken aback by this release’s popularity which is why, two years later we are delighted to announce the next book in what is becoming a series which now makes a play on the number 3.

GMI Launches IOS and Android Apps

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THE FIRST OF THE GMI APPS HAVE BEEN ROLLED OUT ON BOTH IOS AND ANDROID FORMATS. WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITIES THIS OFFERS OUR CUSTOMERS…HERE’S WHAT ALL THE FUSS IS ABOUT!

IOS guitar app

WHAT ARE THE CURRENT APPS ALL ABOUT?

The first of our apps concerns the GMI Guitar Shop. If you don’t know about our sister site, it’s basically where all downloads now take place (as much as possible). Everybody wanting a download should be directed to the GMI Guitar Shop and that is where you can find all our free and paid for books, lessons and resources.

WHY DOWNLOAD THE NEW APP?

The apps will become crucial in the offers we create and promote for new products and our existing lines of guitar publications and lessons. We will also be joining up a lot more of the lesson material and resources we have here at the GMI website as well as creating content only found on the GMI shop app.

guitar app

Everything is so much faster on the app, the content can be viewed offline and we will occasionally send out direct messages for our customers re special offers and the latest GMI news.

WHERE CAN YOU GET IT & HOW MUCH DO THE APPS COST?

  • The apps are of course completely free to download and use.
  • The Apple IOS app can be found HERE.
  • The Android Play store app can be found HERE.

Scottish Classical Guitar Collection Volume 1 Released By GMI

Jamie Akers Classical Guitarist

Hot on the heels of the first classical guitar publication release by GMI – Guitar & Music Institute “Italian Theorbo Music” a second classical guitar book has also been created by virtuoso guitarist James Akers and is now available to buy.

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