Weekend Competition: Rock & Pop Studies


Today’s weekend competition features a useful Rock & Pop tutor book written by Lucy Holliday and Oliver Weeks, published by Faber Music. For beginner to intermediate level (around Grades 3 – 5 ABRSM), this volume contains 88 progressive studies and exercises which become more complex, both harmonically and rhythmically. Each exercise is accompanied by practice tips and advice, and stylistically many genres are covered: Motown, metal, blues, soul, funk, ska, reggae, disco, country, indie, classic rock, synth pop and lots more.

I have one copy to give away to a lucky reader, so as always, please leave your comments in the comment box after this post and I will announce the winner on Sunday evening (British time). Good luck!


Melanie Spanswick has written and published a wide range of courses, anthologies, examination syllabuses, and text books, including Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). This best-selling graded, progressive piano course contains a large selection of repertoire featuring a huge array of styles and genres, with copious practice tips and suggestions for every piece.

For more information, please visit the publications page, here.

19 Comments Add yours

  1. Kellie Skinner says:

    Wow, this book looks fantastic. Just the thing for teen and adult students I’d say.

  2. ashtpiano says:

    I really how this contest is open to Canadians! Fingers Crossed…
    I’ve truly enjoyed browsing through the pages of your website. There are some great topics here.

  3. c spencer says:

    I haven’t come across this collection before but would love this for my pupils to play.

  4. Ada Kan says:

    i would love to have this to teach to my students! 🙂

  5. robfoz says:

    Sounds really interesting! Thanks for sharing Melanie.

  6. TL Dyck says:

    This book sounds like an amazing compendium of contemporary styles that would be helpful to almost any student in advancing their skill and technic. Would love to win a copy to put to good use in my studio right away!

  7. Irma Khouw says:

    This is awesome!! Perfect for teens and adults, even myself.

  8. I would love to win the copy

  9. Victoria says:

    Sounds like a fun book for using with teens!

  10. Ann Coleman says:

    This looks great!

  11. Susan says:

    Isolating riffs is a great way to encourage mastery and understanding of pop and jazz style. Thanks for highlighting this resource!

  12. Lynne Hall says:

    You always come up with the most interesting things! Thank you.

  13. Alan Bond says:

    This just might keep Leon interested in continuing piano.

  14. Matthew Ellson says:

    A great prize, perfect for keeping youngsters interested in practicing.

  15. katerinamusic4 says:

    I would love to try it with older students.

  16. What a superb idea! Will go down well with my students of all ages, 7 to 70.

  17. Noriko Moffat says:

    Wow! This will be a good book for my teenager student who is desperate to impress her friends who aren’t net rested in classical music.

  18. Ho Siew Chui says:

    Wow! Looks amazingly exciting!

  19. Many thanks to all those who took part this weekend. The competition is now closed 🙂

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