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Choan Galvez

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More wonderful music directly from Choan at The Ukulele Bookshop

NOW AVAILABLE! Four wonderful books of tantalising music by Choan Galvez. 

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50 Miniature Studies for Ukulele

$37.50 AUD

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50 Miniature Studies for Ukulele is a set of short pieces, about one-minute long each, created by Choan Gálvez to develop a variety of musical performance abilities and fingerpicking techniques.

 

All of these studies are written for C6 re-entrant tuning and can be played on any sized instrument within a range of 12 frets.

75 pages

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This collection of short studies by Choan Gálvez is presented as a comprehensive fingerpicking ukulele method. It covers the presentation of a broad range of mandatory ukulele techniques and typical musical issues for beginner and intermediate players. Such subjects are pragmatically listed in a detailed index to guide the reader. In addition, the studies are not sorted by difficulty, and usually tackle more than one technical issue each: this makes for an interesting interplay of part and whole and several ways to approach and go back over them.

 

The extra-musical inspirational framework—that is evident in the beautiful titles—and the variety of musical styles elevate the pedagogical aims to a set of independent miniatures of delightful music that is a pleasure to browse.

 

Gálvez’s compositions for ukulele meaningfully contribute to the affirmation of the ukulele and its repertoire, and this wonderful study book is no exception.

Prof. Giovanni Albini

Composer, Ukulelist, Music Theorist

Waltz in Progress
12 Original waltzes for solo ukulele

$25

Waltz in Progress is a collection of 12 original waltzes for solo ukulele written by Choan Gálvez. Difficulty ranges from fairly basic fingerpicking to advanced playing. Styles include classical, romantic, jazz and even latin-american grooves and avant-garde harmonizations, but always within the realm of ternary rhythms. Shall we dance?

 

All of these waltzes are written for C6 re-entrant tuning and can be played on any sized instrument within a range of 12 frets.

 

This set was originally published as a set of videos in 2020-2021 with accompanying scores distributed through Choan’s Patreon site. Audio and video recordings of these pieces are available as a reference from https://go.choan.es/wip

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Brevities
12 original short pieces for baritone ukulele $25

Brevities is a collection of short solo pieces for baritone ukulele aimed at the intermediate fingerpicker.

All the pieces are written for G6 linear tuning and are presented in notation and tablature format. Don't own a baritone uke? Not an issue: everything is also playable on your low G instrument. Follow the TAB!

 

'This collection of original pieces for baritone ukulele is a real treat for the soul.  I have listened to and played many of Choan's compositions and I marvel at his ability to create such original, modern and imaginative pieces whilst subtly infusing them at time with a traditional Spanish flavour.' Tony Mizen

Video recordings of many pieces are on Choan's Facebook page.

May the Low 4th
12 new original pieces for ukulele in linear tuning $25

May the Low 4th is a collection of original ukulele pieces  for solo ukulele in linear tuning (that's low G (GCEA). Most of the tunes will fit beginner and intermediate fingerpickers, though mastering them may be challenging. Some other arrangement are concert level. We're confident your ukulele skills will grow while playing from this book.

'Playful, delightful and bursting with musicality; these pieces would be equally at home in the concert hall or on the beach. This is the kind of thin our community needs: original music that explores and expands the voice of the ukulele. Bravo!'         James Hill

Video recordings of many pieces are on Choan's Facebook page.

Eight Rags a Week
Ragtime music for solo ukulele $25
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Eight Rags a Week

'Playing (and composing) ragtime music on the ukulele is always fun, and I have had a great time working on this collection.

Notice that the collection is written for re-entrant tuned ukulele. It will not sound as intended when played on a Low G ukulele.

Recordings and additional info about this set are available from  https://go.choan.es/eraw

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