Clifford Essex Music Co.Ltd

Following in the footsteps of his father, Clem Vickery Jnr. is now at the helm of Clifford Essex Music Co. Ltd. He has maintained strong links with the craftsmen and composers that his father had onboard to continue the company’s legacy of being a top-quality provider of instruments, accessories and sheet music.

Strings, Instruments, Cases,Sheet Music and Tutor Books and accessories are now available from their online shop.

View their website at:

https://cliffordessex.com/

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Clem Junior has let me know that CE Sheet music and Tutor books are now available.

Here are a couple of links.

https://cliffordessex.com/product/the-banjo-and-how-to-play-it

CE Music also have tutors for other styles too. Check out their website!

I have added Clifford Essex Music to our website LINKS page.

 

We’re not running to full capacity at the moment, however, we should have all products and our complete music catalogue available in approximately a month. If anything is required urgently, currently not listed on the new website, please get in touch.

Congratulations!  Let me know if you start selling the Regal style armrest

reproductions again as I would like to get another.  The one I have is fitted to a Professional and I like it a lot. 

Not that you need any advice, but I would like to see banjo music and books with the tab in separate sections, not over and under as it currently is.  I believe that the vast majority of banjoists either use tab or notation.  Having them together doubles the page count and makes for constant page turns.  

This has kept me from buying things in the past FWIIW.

I also avoid buying or using printed music that has tab and staff notation on the same page as it makes reading inconvenient and the experience of using the printed page becomes unpleasant. I also think the original Grimshaw notation itself, for instance, is easier on the eye than the new CE versions. Not everyone is likely to agree with me on this. But I don't see how the page count is going to be less with tab in a separate section. And isn't it more convenient for the user or notation to find all the notation "information" in one section of a book?  Perhaps a better layout would be to have the staff notation immediately followed by the tab. This is reminiscent of the great old banjo sheet music which contained a first banjo part, a separate set of sheets for the 2st banjo part, yet another for the piano part, and a one more which contained the complete score all together. The latter was good for getting the full picture but was harder to read than when each player had their own uncluttered notation.  The same idea could work for tab and notation. Just my two cents. I don't know anything about the publishing business so maybe I am missing something.

Joel Hooks said:

Congratulations!  Let me know if you start selling the Regal style armrest

reproductions again as I would like to get another.  The one I have is fitted to a Professional and I like it a lot. 

Not that you need any advice, but I would like to see banjo music and books with the tab in separate sections, not over and under as it currently is.  I believe that the vast majority of banjoists either use tab or notation.  Having them together doubles the page count and makes for constant page turns.  

This has kept me from buying things in the past FWIIW.

What you described is what I was envisioning.  My personal thought, since the books tend to have spiral bindings, is that I could tear out all the tab pages from the copies I got. 

Ah! Good idea. 

Joel Hooks said:

What you described is what I was envisioning.  My personal thought, since the books tend to have spiral bindings, is that I could tear out all the tab pages from the copies I got. 

We’re happy to produce any new books and sheet music in our ‘solos’ range in notation (minus the TAB) as an option in future.

 

For players who rely on TAB, the current option will also remain. Often the rhythmic subtleties of a piece can’t be expressed in TAB alone, therefore the rhythm dictated in the notation on the stave above is an added guide.  

 

Once our complete catalogue has been transferred on to our new website, if there are pieces you’d like to purchase in notation form only, please let us know and we can arrange it.

That is amazingly generous, Clem. And you are right that TAB is more informative when paired with staff notation.

Clem Vickery said:

We’re happy to produce any new books and sheet music in our ‘solos’ range in notation (minus the TAB) as an option in future.

 

For players who rely on TAB, the current option will also remain. Often the rhythmic subtleties of a piece can’t be expressed in TAB alone, therefore the rhythm dictated in the notation on the stave above is an added guide.  

 

Once our complete catalogue has been transferred on to our new website, if there are pieces you’d like to purchase in notation form only, please let us know and we can arrange it.

I've been away from here for (quite) a while and this is indeed good news!  I wish Clem Junior every success.

Trevor Boyd

Thanks Trevor. Much appreciated.

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