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May update

Current news

I’m always looking for subjects to write about here or tutorial to do on YouTube. Please use the comments section to give me some ideas.

I’ve not shown a map of where people are buying and performing my sheet music for some time, so here’s the latest (as of Mar 31, 2018)

I’m making some changes to the music catalog. Rather than offer individual keyboard arrangements, I’m only selling collections. I have 8 piano solo collections available. As time permits I will remove organ solos from the catalog and only offer collections. It is easier to manage collections.

I have no plans for anything on YouTube at the present time. This is for two reasons: 1) Nobody who watches my videos on YouTube has bothered to let me know what they want to see and 2) YouTube no longer allows me to monetize my channel and nobody who watches my videos has donated anything to keep it going.

As always, check the sheet music catalog for new titles. At least once a month, sometimes more often there are new titles.

After 15 custom arrangements for a single client I must be doing something right. If you have a beginner/intermediate instrumental group or a church orchestra in need of arrangements, let me know so I can write it for you.

I’m always “playing around” with my various sound libraries and live instruments in my home studio. Look for at least one new album out this summer, if not two.

I continue to teach piano lessons locally and via Skype. So, no matter where you are in the world I can teach you. I can also tutor on composing, arranging, music theory and more. Drop me a note if you are interested.

 

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. Also, I have several singles and now 2 EPs (only) on GooglePlay. 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 CD-Baby, Amazon, GooglePlay and Spotify 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.

Better Icons

At least I hope they are better. I updated the graphics on the music catalog page to make it easier to read. I also added and updated a few on the main page.
Other places you can find us on the internet:


Twitter

YouTube

SoundCloud

CD-Baby

Amazon Artist Page

iTunes

Amazon Kindle

Nook

Google Music

How do you listen to music

Please let me know in the comments or on twitter how you listen to music.

Listening to music

Why I’m asking this question.
I noticed in my collection of computer “junk” that I had a speaker system of a powered sub-woofer and three speakers. They were from a 2006 era computer. The sub-woofer is good, but the other speakers are not high-quality. I couldn’t remember why I wasn’t using them with my current system other than I have some nice near-field monitors. (But they don’t do low end well).

I hooked the system up and they sounded nice. The low end was a dramatic improvement over my current setup. But, after about 20 minutes the speakers started crackling and making a lot of static. Due to the unique (proprietary?) way the sub-woofer connects to the other speakers, I can find no way to use the sub-woofer without them. So, I’m back to just my near-field monitors and good over-the-ear headphones for listening and mixing.

I really liked hearing the low end in the music I was working on. I would like to get the sub-woofer to work with different speakers, but I can’t. This all got me to thinking, how do you and people you know listen to music? Is a sub-woofer commonly used?

 

Few listen to live non-amplified music

Most people will listen to music via some sort of speaker/amplifier system. Unless you regularly go to live performances of non-amplified instruments – which I do recommend – then you are listening to music via a speaker. I’d like to know what type of speakers you listen on. No, I don’t want to know models or brands, just general information. You may listen in various locations. I want to know what the most common speaker setup is for you.

 

Speaker listening possibilities

Here are some possibilities. Do you listen only in your vehicle? Do you only use ear-buds? Do you use the computer speakers that are in your laptop? What about over the ear headphones? Do you use the speakers that came with your computer desktop? Do you listen to the speaker of your phone or tablet? Do you listen through a home stereo or home theater system? When listening on stand-alone speakers are the largest speakers big (10 inches or more)? Are there multiple speakers within the speaker cabinet? Or maybe you listen via some other speaker setup?

 

To sub-woofer or not?

What about a sub-woofer? Do you listen to most of your music via a system that has a sub-woofer? (That’s the ‘point 1’ in a 5.1 or 7.1 system). What do you think of your music when you have to listen on a system without one? When I record or mix music, should I assume most people don’t listen on a system with a sub-woofer and not worry about mixing so it sounds excellent on a system with one? Although I try to mix so my music sounds good on all systems, I’m wondering as a result of this experience whether I need to spend so much time trying to perfect the sound for all systems or focus on the ones that most people listen to? Of course I’ll always strive to sound better on as many speakers as I can, I could save time by not spending so much time working on trying to please all speakers out there.

Any thoughts or comments are welcome here or via my Twitter account @MusicByJames

Visit my website JamesGilbertMusic.com for details about my sheet-music, recordings, piano lessons and more.

Summertime

Summertime

It’s always slow in the music world in the summer, at least for me. Everyone’s out and about and the last thing they want to do is buy sheet music. I guess most people don’t buy CD’s to begin with, but even digital music (MP3) slows down in the summer. Even my piano students like to take off and disappear for a few weeks or even months. So, I’ve not had much to talk about in the blog.

The music workshop I talked about (see earlier post) came and went. I couldn’t get very many people to attend. Apparently, after the fact, everyone who should have told me, now decides to tell me that “oh, you need to start publicity & sign up way back in April.” Thanks for the help then. Not knowing any better, I started publicity in late May. Even with so much advance time, almost 2 months, I still couldn’t get the teens to come. As to the course, everything went quite well. It being a computer music workshop, the potential for technical issues was great. We had none. There were some issues with one person not having installed one of the software titles I required, but the next day they had done so.

Latest activity since May:

All 9 of my CD albums are now available in physical format in addition to mp3 or FLACC format. Check them out at my CD-Baby page.

If you don’t follow me on my SoundCloud page, please do. I’ve posted quite a few short pieces in a variety of styles. And go back and listen to previous tracks.

My Facebook artist page has doubled its number of followers. I’m now up to 7! (It does sound better if I just say that its doubled).

In addition to selling sheet music on my website, I’ve also partnered with Sheet Music Plus digital to sell selected titles on their digital download site. They are my go-to site if I need printed sheet music.

My YouTube channel has a few new tutorial videos about Battery 4 & Reaper as well as an introductory look at the new SampleTank 3.

For those that use GooglePlay, and why not?, I have several singles that are only available there and plan to add more exclusives later this year.

Of course, Spotify, which has an absolutely free version and lets you choose what you want to listen to (unlike Pandora, right?), all 9 of my albums are there. I hope to have a new album or two out later this year.

If you are at all interested in piano lessons from me over the internet, please get in touch via the website, JamesGilbertMusic.com. (I also teach composition, arranging, music software tutoring, etc. on any schedule or frequency you like).  Of course, I also continue to teach lessons locally (near Gainesville & Ocala, Florida).

Any suggestions for content here or on YouTube or SoundCloud or what type of music to put on my next album(s), drop me a note.

Thanks to those that subscribe and to all that read.

 

My music on Soundcloud

My music on Soundcloud

For those that did not know and for those that would like a single link, I have a number of titles available on Soundcloud. Some are full-length titles and a few are only found on Soundcloud. Here’s a list of everything I’ve got on Soundcloud.

Here’s the Soundcloud list:

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To listen to full albums of my music, I recommend using Spotify:

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I Won’t Give Up (New Album)

I Won’t Give Up

I Won't Give UpThat is the title of my latest album. Available now in digital download from the sources listed below. The album is a collection of New Age titles, with pop, rock, jazz and electronica influences.

Track list:

  • I Won’t Give Up
  • Somebody I Use To Be
  • Awakening
  • Give Me A Reason
  • Lead Us On
  • I Remember A Rose
  • Don’t Stop Me Now
  • Waking Me Up
  • Trying Something Different
  • That’s The Way

Most of the tracks were written for this album. Sheet music adaptations will be available on the website for most titles in the Summer of 2014. The track “Lead Us On” is already available in slightly different instrumentation.

The first two tracks have an ethereal, electronic feel with minimal percussion. In Awakening, some of the percussive elements take on a leading role along with the melody and the ‘tinkle’ sound (as an early listener called it). Give Me A Reason has a strong ambient feel with light percussion/rhythm and a memorable melody. Lead Us On is a little more pop in style with some comedic elements in the percussion. I Remember A Rose continues the Pop/New-Age/Electronic hybrid sound with a catchy melody and nice bass part. Don’t Stop Me Now continues with more percussive/rhythmic feel than the early tracks. Waking Me Up returns some ambient feel with a folk-like feel to it. Trying Something Different returns to a more New Age feel, but with a noticeable percussion/rhythm part. It also as a Middle Eastern feel to it. To finish things out, That’s The Way features a trumpet melody with a nice string and bass part to accompany it.

I hope you like it. If you do, please comment wherever you heard or purchased the album.

I will have samples on SoundCloud soon if they aren’t already there. Click here

Here is a list of all the places you can find the album:
Google Play
CD Baby
Amazon MP3
iTunes

Spotify playlist:
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Request and New Album announcement

Another album?

I know someone reading this is saying, hold on, another album? Didn’t you just release a Christmas one last October (2013) and an EDM one in Dec 2013? Yes, I did. And I’ve got another one out now and will probably have a couple more out this year (2014).  Unlike a lot of artists, I’m not stuck in any one musical style. Maybe I should be, but I’m not. Plus, I’ve never met a woman rich enough for me to want to marry, so my time is pretty much all mine. I spend that time composing, arranging, recording, mixing and releasing albums. This new album is different than the others.

A Request

I don’t expect everyone who reads this blog to rush out and buy one of my albums, but it would be nice. Different people have different tastes, so not everything I record will appeal to everyone. If you have bought an album or listened to them online, may I encourage you, beg? you to write a comment about my music? Please? Pretty please??  The nicer the comment, the better, but really any comment would be welcome. For my albums on CD Baby, visit http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/JamesGilbert
You can search for my name on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, rdio, GooglePlay, Rhapsody, etc. and enter comments there.

I’ve had many requests from people I meet for physical CD’s. They either don’t know how downloads work or prefer the physical format. So, I’m in the process of getting all my albums into physical format. For the time being, I’m going with professionally printed and duplicated CD-R rather than the expensive ‘replication’ or ‘glass pressing’ that you might typically buy from a major label. I’ve yet to find any CD player that can’t play them and shelf life isn’t that much different.

I Won’t Give Up

That is the title of my latest album, available now in digital format and soon in physical format. I’ll have a new entry here that goes into details about that album. In the meanwhile, you can check it out at the link above or listen to it on Spotify.

New Album on Google Music

New Album

Another album is available on Google Music.

Visit the new album

The new album is entitled Selections from JamesGilbertMusic, Volume 2

There is one free track and a couple that are only available at Google Music. The remainder of the tracks are all available in single form at our regular website. (Link to the website). The CD is a mix of various styles, including Classical, Novelty, Dance/Trance, Jazz and popular music.

Contents:

  • All Glory Laud And Honor
  • James Gilbert Music Theme (free track, used in many YouTube videos)
  • Leoni In Africa
  • Brass & Percussion Piece (Google Music exclusive)
  • Short Tease At The Fountain
  • Blessed Assurance
  • Tidings
  • Soft And Hard
  • Suspense Chase
  • Sweet Feel
  • Through The Forest Mist
  • What Are Those Sounds In The Dark (Google Music exclusive)
  • Shake The Duck’s Jaw

As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions. And please spread the word.

Latest News

News

A quick post to let everyone know what’s new. A few new titles on the website, some new mp3 files and sheet music to one of those recordings. See this link for more information. A reminder, if you are a composer/arranger or a recording artist who would like another opportunity to sell your music, we are accepting submissions for publication. See the website for details.

See our other posts for the latest YouTube videos. I am soliciting suggestions for future videos. What would you like to see? Some categories I have in mind are: Music theory; Native Instruments Komplete 8; Reaper DAW; Sibelius 7; Slide shows with my original music as background music; All about scales; piano lesson related. What do you think?

In addition to the recordings and sheet music at the website, I play organ for and direct a choir at a local small church. See the 1611 KJV blog entry for more. That is keeping me busy with our involvement in the christmas music program that a number of churches put on for the community. It is little more than 5 or 6 churches getting together and singing some Christmas music for one another. I’ve heard some people say it is the greatest community music event they’ve heard (they don’t get out much) and even one person, a professional musician from the Netherlands comment that she had never imagined choirs could sound so bad. But, whether it’s the greatest thing since sliced toast or the worse things since ?, it and all the special music that goes into the Advent & Christmas keeps me busy and away from doing YouTube videos or getting new material on the website.

I welcome feedback as to what you’d like to see in the way of new sheet music, new recordings, YouTube videos, piano lessons, etc. Please leave a comment.