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New BARD Additions: May 2022

Welcome back to our monthly BARD roundup! This month we added a number of instructional audio recordings from Bill Brown for guitar, bass guitar, piano, and banjo. If you are looking to brush up on some of your holiday music in the “off-season,” check out some of the newly added Christmas music titles. We have also added a number of varied titles in our braille collection, including music for piano, voice, flute, organ and violin. Also included are some text-only items that can accompany your music studies!

Please note that all materials listed below are also available to borrow by mail, not only through BARD. Please contact the Music Section to borrow talking books on digital cartridge or to borrow hard copies of braille music. Call us at 1-800-424-8567, ext. 2, or e-mail us at [email protected]

Talking Books — Instructional

Bass Guitar
Pelota
Bill Brown teaches how to play the bass guitar part of the song “Pelota” as performed by Khruangbin without the use of music notation. (DBM04456)

Time You and I
Bill Brown teaches how to play the bass guitar part of the song “Time You and I” as performed by Khruangbin without the use of music notation. (DBM04457)

Guitar
Home Where I Belong
“The 90’s redo of this Gaither standard includes two beautifully executed guitar parts and you will learn both of them in this “By Ear” lesson. The lesson starts with a full demonstration of the song and then teaches both guitar parts without music, tab or video. At the end of the lesson there are backing tracks to practice and perform with in three different formats.” –Publisher’s website. (DBM04461)

Jingle Bells
“This Christmas WOW your friends with this flat pick solo version of Jingle Bells. In this completely ‘all-audio’ lesson you will learn a level one solo version of ‘Jingle Bells’ as well as the accompaniment part for the acoustic guitar. The lesson starts with a full demonstration of the song followed by the detailed ‘by ear’ lesson that lets you memorize the song as you learn it. Add this new Christmas standard to your repertoire today!” –Publisher’s website. (DBM04458)

O Holy Night
Bill Brown teaches “O Holy Night” in a flat pick solo style on guitar without the use of music notation. (DBM04459)

Thrive
Bill Brown teaches a beginner arrangement of “Thrive” as performed by Casting Crowns on guitar without the use of music notation. (DBM04460)

Piano
Climb Every Mountain
“This inspiring finale from the movie “The Sound of Music” is just as inspiring to perform as a piano solo. This intermediate level arrangement is both challenging and impressive and in this lesson you will learn it completely “by ear.” A full demonstration is included at the beginning of the lesson followed by a detailed all-audio of the arrangement taught in two to four measure sections.” –Publisher’s website. (DBM04466)

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
“Learn this reflective Christmas carol without using any music, print or video. The lesson starts with a full demonstration of the arrangement and then proceeds to teach the entire song “by ear,” describing every note and finger used to play the song.” –Publisher’s website. (DBM04467)

My Funny Valentine
BIll Brown teaches an intermediate arrangement of “My Funny Valentine” on piano without the use of musical notation. (DBM04441)

What a Wonderful World
BIll Brown teaches an early intermediate arrangement of “What a Wonderful World” on piano without the use of musical notation. (DBM04440)

String Instruments
Duelin’ Banjos
“In this Banjo By Ear lesson you will learn the banjo part to ‘Duelin’ Banjos’ completely ‘By Ear.’ The lesson starts with a full demonstration of the song followed by a detailed ‘By Ear’ lesson of every note and phrase. At the end there is a track with only the guitar part on it for you to perform with. Early intermediate level.” –Publisher’s website. (DBM04455)

Braille

Flute
Andersen, Joachim. Schule der Virtuosität: 24 grosse Studien : für Flöte. For flute in section by section format. (BRM31095)

Piano
Daniel, Kathryn. Drowsy June: Piano Solo. For piano in bar over bar format. (BRM00157)

Dett, R. Nathaniel. Barcarolle: Morning. For piano in over bar format. (BRM00166)

Dittenhaver, Sarah. Forget-Me-Not Waltz. For piano in bar over bar format. (BRM00177)

Durand, Auguste. Chaconne, op. 62. For piano in bar over bar format. (BRM00178)

Eckstein, Maxwell. Techni-Cues: Twelve Tuneful Technics. For piano in bar over bar format. (BRM00183)

Ewing, Montague. In Sunny Spain. For piano in bar over bar format. (BRM00184)

Holst, Gustav. The Planets. Arranged for 2 pianos by Gustav Holst. Bar over bar format. (BRM29994)

Liszt, Franz. The Final Years: Piano Compositions of the Late Period. For piano in bar over bar format. (BRM37658)

Orem, Preston Ware. American Indian Rhapsody: On Themes Recorded And Suggested by Thurlow Lieurance. For piano in bar over bar format. (BRM13220)

Palmer, Willard A. Alfred’s Basic Piano Library: Piano Lesson Book, Level 1A. For piano in bar over bar format. (BRM30160)

Post, Mike. Hill Street Blues Theme. For piano in bar over bar format. (BRM33027)

Rachmaninoff, Sergei. Prelude VI from 13 Preludes for the Piano: Op. 32. For piano. Transcriber indicates open score format for the music braille. (BRM30218)

Rachmaninoff, Sergei. Prelude in C-Sharp Minor, op. 3, no. 2: Piano Score. For piano in bar over bar format. (BRM34853)

Music Appreciation and History
Biggs, E. Power, (Edward Power). The Organ in Sight And Sound. Program notes that accompany the recording “The Organ in Sight and Sound” by E. Power Biggs. Literary braille format. (BRM30202)

Huneker, James Chopin Etudes: Text. Introduction and prefatory material to Frédéric Chopin’s Douze grandes études, op. 10; Douze études, op. 25; and Trois études. Material written by Arthur Friedheim and James Hunker in literary braille. (BRM18441)

Lehman, Paul R, (Paul Robert). Tests and Measurements in Music. A collection of musical evaluations intended for use by undergraduate or graduate music students. Contracted braille. (BRM22773)

Organ
Gershwin, George. Rhapsody in Blue. For organ in bar over bar format. (BRM34797)

Rodgers, Richard; Hammerstein, Oscar. Selection from “Oklahoma.” Arranged by Ashley Miller for organ in bar over bar format. (BRM25722)

Violin
Kendall, John D. Listen & Play. Bk. 2, Violin. For violin (BRM33883)

Schubert, Franz. Ave Maria. Arranged for violin and piano in single line and bar over bar formats. (BRM34699)

Voice
Aznavour, Charles. She: Dance, Theme from L. W. T. Series “Seven Faces Of Woman.” For voice and piano in line by line and bar over bar formats. (BRM24089)

Bartók, Béla. Öt Dal: opus 1.  For voice and piano. Voice part only in line by line format. (BRM30170)

Young, Victor; Heyman, Edward. Blue Star: The “Medic” Theme. For voice and piano in line by line and bar over bar formats. (BRM33855)

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