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What's New for July, 2014?

"The Washington Post"

Song of the Month

For July, I've arranged a snappy Sousa march, "The Washington Post", a march for a bluegrass band.
This first release features the Guitar. This download includes all of the sheet music and tablature for Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Mandolin and Fiddle I will be uploading more play-along audio tracks later this month. I wanted to get this arrangement posted for the 4th of July holiday.

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Download: washington-post-march.rar

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"The Washington Post" is a march composed by John Philip Sousa in 1889. Since then, it has remained as one of his most popular marches throughout the United States and many countries abroad.

In 1889, the owners of The Washington Post newspaper requested that John Philip Sousa, the leader of the United States Marine Band, compose a march for the newspaper's essay contest awards ceremony. Sousa obliged; "The Washington Post March" was introduced at the ceremony on June 15, 1889, and it became quite popular. It led to a British journalist dubbing Sousa "The March King". Sousa is honored in The Washington Post building for his contribution to the newspaper and his country.

This is a good version with a marching band: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mxrh1CrMmTY

There is some very interesting history about John Philip Sousa on Wikipedia. Sousa held a very low opinion of the emerging and upstart recording industry. Using an epithet coined by Mark Twain, he derided recordings as "canned music", a reference to the early wax cylinder records that came in can-like cylindrical cardboard boxes. In a submission to a congressional hearing in 1906, he argued:

"These talking machines are going to ruin the artistic development of music in this country. When I was a boy...in front of every house in the summer evenings, you would find young people together singing the songs of the day or old songs. Today you hear these infernal machines going night and day. We will not have a vocal cord left. The vocal cord will be eliminated by a process of evolution, as was the tail of man when he came from the ape."

I wonder what he would think of the iPhone, Internet and mp3 today? :)

Hard Copy Books with FedEx

The Hard Copy Books are available again! They are being processed with FedEx. When you place an online order, the files are sent to a FedEx near you and are available the same or next business day for pickup. If a FedEx Office is not near you, they will ship to your address. This service is available for the USA and Canada.

The matching audio CDs are also available. More details are here.
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21 String Harp Guitar Update.

The next two 21 string harp guitars will be ready to ship this month. The preliminary photos and all of the details are in my monthly July newsletter.
These next two harp guitars will included a full set of sharping levers on both the super trebles and the sub-basses.
This is a very exciting addition.

The first production models will begin to be released early September, through Christmas and into 2015. The tone
woods schedule for the first releases will be African Rosewood (Bubinga), Wenge, Bocote, Granadillo, Flamed Maple and Claro Walnut.
A few models will be made with Ziricote and Cocobolo as the material is available.

Top woods will be Carpathian Spruce (pictured), Sitka Spruce and Bear Claw Sitka Spruce. A heavy gig bag and/or durable TSA flight case are available.

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