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Year in Review – 2021

A look at what happened with JamesGilbertMusic.com this past year.

The ongoing worldwide pandemic has dramatically affected musicians throughout the world including me.

The number of piano students I have declined dramatically in 2020. I have been unable to gain any new students in 2021. You can be anywhere in the world to take piano lessons from me. I also teach how to use computers to make music (software libraries, DAW, composition, arranging, etc).

On YouTube (https://youtube.com/jamesgilbertmusic) I added several demo videos of new sheet music. I started out on YouTube doing music tutorial videos. In 2021 I only added 2 tutorial videos. Since my videos are no longer monetized and I get practically no feedback from viewers of my newer videos I’m hard pressed to do more. On top of that, most of the topics I might do videos for have plenty of existing videos available by others on YouTube. I would love to hear what you think I should post on YouTube.

I’ve added quite a few titles to SoundCloud (https://soundcloud.com/jamesgilbertmusic).

Here are some statistics about my sheet music and sheet music sales over the past year (2021).

In addition to viewing my titles in the music catalog at my website, you can also view them on Sheet Music Plus at: http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/publishers/James-Gilbert-Music/2172?aff_id=104230

As a result of the ongoing pandemic, sheet music sales of my compositions and arrangements continued to decline as they did in 2020. The decline this year was less than in 2020 but nonetheless a significant decline.

Musicians from the following countries enjoyed my music this past year:

United States, Australia, Canada, Barbados, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Hong Kong, Hungary, Haiti, Israel, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Mexico, Netherlands, Singapore, Slovakia, and Taiwan

I added 71 new titles to the sheet music catalog in 2021. I now have a total of 1,143 titles in my catalog.

I sold nearly 500 titles this year.

Approximately 57% of all sheet music titles I’ve ever written or arranged have never been sold.

My average monthly income from sheet music sales was barely enough to buy one week’s worth of groceries for one person.

I released two new albums in 2021. I now have 355 individual audio titles from 14 albums and various singles on SoundCloud (https://soundcloud.com/jamesgilbertmusic). Links to my audio recordings are in my catalog at my website.

The most popular categories of music, in descending order were:
Classical Piano music
Organ music
Original compositions or arrangements for solo piano
Instrumental Hymn Accompaniments for Instrumental Ensembles
Orchestra and other large Instrumental Ensembles
Woodwinds
Strings
Brass
Organ Hymn Accompaniments
Choir

The most popular titles by number of titles sold:
Hallelujah Chorus (Piano)
Day By Day (Woodwinds)
The Sound Of Silence (Piano)
Canon In D (Organ)
Bridal Chorus (Piano)
All People That On Earth Do Dwell (Choral)

Thank you to everyone who purchased music or took music lessons this past year. Please spread the word about this site and my music.

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Website update

Website update

I’ve made some major changes to the website in the past two months. Visit JamesGilbertMusic.com to see all the changes.

More free music

In the process of getting rid of collections (see below), I decided to move several titles to the free category (listed at the bottom of the music catalog pages). As an example, all of the instrumental hymn improvisations are now available for free.

Singles – no collections

Most print publishers sell music in collections. Multiple titles contained within one book. Overall it is cheaper per piece for the customer. But, in my experience, the collection contains to many titles I didn’t want to buy but were forced to. When I first started the website, I only sold music as single titles. A little over a year ago (I think) I switched to collections for most everything. Thanks to your feedback, I’ve learned that online customers just want to purchase a single title.

Almost everything on the site is now available as a single title. What collections there are will disappear soon to be replaced by singles.

Albums, singles, EP and audio recordings in general

I’ve been an active contributor to SoundCloud and have announced my uploads via Twitter, this blog, facebook and the like. However, on the website, all I had was a link to my SoundCloud page. Those are mentioned on the website’s main page, but nowhere else. I’ve updated the sheet music catalog to include those in the listings with links to the two sites. For most of 2014 my recordings have only been available via online sources other than my website. For various reasons that is best for me and will continue to be that way. Those include Amazon, Spotify and Apple Music as well as various online streaming sites.

New titles

I’ve added several new titles to the sheet music catalog. Click on the New Titles icon to see all of them.

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New videos

New Videos

I’ve posted several new videos on YouTube. You can view all of them  at My YouTube Channel

Here’s a look at a few of them.

First, another music video with fractal art I created. I have some rendered 3-d artwork and fractal images. The background music is a new piece “How Perfect Love Is” from our website (http://jamesgilbertmusic.com).
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZCY5jqO1RI?hl=en&fs=1]

The next one I’ll feature here is one of several similar videos that illustrates the various sheet music offerings available at the website. This one features Handbell and Handchime music. It shows samples from the website along with sample recordings.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B38KKLJ3Sts]
In addition to the Handbell video, there are videos featuring our Orchestra & Instrumental Ensemble titles; Choral titles and Brass selections. I plan to add more videos with our other categories.