Samantha Muir resource descriptions

The Classical Ukulele Method                $38.95

Comprehensive classical ukulele method including learning to read notation.

Samantha says, 'This Method is suitable for self-learning or may be used with the guidance of a qualified and experienced teacher. The student with no prior musical knowledge or no knowledge of the ukulele can use this Method as a platform for learning. Topics covered include how to read staff notation and tab, how to fingerpick, and how to understand basic rhythms and musical signs and symbols. Many exercises re offered as well as twenty-three repertoire pieces ranging from Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to Ecossaise by Carulli. The Method begins with simple melodies and progresses to playing arpeggios, playing chord melody arrangements and an introduction to playing campanela style.'

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Fernando Sor arr Samantha Muir      $19.95

12 Progressive Lessons from Op. 31

Sor's studies and lessons for guitar are beautifully crafted miniature pieces that showcase the harmonic and melodic capabilities of that instrument. Samantha has created arrangements of these pieces for  the ukulele compromising where necessary from the 6 string to the 4 string instrument.

21 Studies for Ukulele                             $28.00

For easy to intermediate standard players. 'While the pieces cover a variety of technical challenges my overall aim was to create a set of studies that are also musical and fun to play.'

12 Progressive Studies                            $19.95

These 12 studies are designed to help players develop their technical skills while improving their facility around the fingerboard. The pieces become progressively more challenging ranging from easy to intermediate level.

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Theme and Variations on the Dowie Dens of Yarrow   $14.20

For advanced players. The theme of the folk song The Dowie Dens of Yarrow is stated and is followed by nine variations that represent the nine attackers described in the song. Each variation explores a different technique on the ukulele.

The Falling Rain                                           $17.95

An advanced piece for solo ukulele which explores a variety of techniques including arpeggios, campanelas, block chords and strumming.

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100 Arpeggio Exercises for Ukulele    $28.00

Forty exercises in 3/4 time and sixty in 4/4 time. The exercises are designed to improve right hand finger picking control and fluency. Practicing these exercises slowly and methodically will also help to promote good tone and rhythm.

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12 Traditional tunes for Fingerstyle Ukulele     $19.95

Arranged for classical ukulele these tunes explore a number of finger picking techniques. Chord melody, arpeggios and campanela style are all present and are often combine within one piece.

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A Conspiracy of Ravens  $17.95 Advanced piece for solo ukulele

The musical inspiration for this collection was the English folk ballad The Three Ravens. I used the original melody as the basis for my pieces. Part i of the White Raven, Blue Raven and Black Raven are arrangements of the original melody in campanella style. Part ii of each raven is an original composition based on the theme.  Listen here: A Conspiracy of Ravens - YouTube

From Renaissance to Late Classical Era    $28

The following collection contains pieces which I have arranged and adapted for the ukulele over several years. Many of the pieces were arranged for my own concert programmes and others were arranged for my students to use as workshop material. I am very happy to be able to share this collection of delightful pieces which are ordered progressively from easy to advanced. Although predominantly arranged for standard high G tuning a number of the pieces can be played with low G tuning. 

The pieces are presented in both traditional notation and tablature.

Mercurius Suite in 3 Movements    $19.95

I am curious to see what this little 4 stringed instrument can do and curious to see how I can extend the technical and musical affordances of the instrument. 

Mercurius is Latin for the Roman God Mercury. The movements reflect different aspects of Mercury who, as well as being a fleet footed messenger of the gods, is the god of thieves and trickery and also has the job of guiding souls to the underworld.

This piece is written for standard re-entrant GCEA tuning and the music is  presented in both traditional notation and tablature.

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