Books by Alex Wilson
book with accompanying CD written by Alex and leading salsa instructor/dancer Lee Knights. A 120 page book with over 30 workbook exercises and accompanying CD, this is a must for lovers of salsa and latin rhythm in general with clear explanation of clave, instrument signposts and the rhythms of salsa.
Book with accompanying CD by Omar Puente and Alex Wilson
Have you ever wanted to play Cuban music on the violin? Have you ever fancied trying your hand at improvising but don’t know where to start ?
If you have been asking yourself these questions, whether you’re an enthusiastic amateur, student or professional, this book is for you.
Play Violin the Cuban Way provides a step-by-step practical guide to the interpretation of Latin music on the violin. After a few simple steps you will find yourself playing melodies and improvising solos in the Cuban style, and broadening your horizons to include the incredible musical heritage of Cuba.
"Alex worked with me on a summer school aimed at supporting the transition from primary to secondary. Through his enormous talent and considerable experience he brought together a group of young
people who did not know each other and who were at a particularly vulnerable point in their lives. Over the two weeks he nurtured them into a cohesive, driven musical troupe who were ready and
able to perform in public. The fellow musicians and dancers that Alex was able to bring to the mix introduced a larger than life element to our time together. The relationships that those young
people formed still hold strong today. Thank you."
Lynda Callaghan, B+A Consultant Secondary Strategy
"If you work in music education and you want to develop your skills in devising and leading a workshop, then look no further than Alex Wilson. The musicianship, presentation style and know-how are all first class."
Andy Stott, Head of Teacher Training, Access to Music
"Alex Wilson has a natural instinct for music education work- he is a great role model and has a talent for drawing out the best in younger players- I would recommend him very highly. He is also an extremely nice guy and all-important- RELIABLE!!"
Ros Rigby. Performance Programme Director. The Sage Gateshead
"We had a wonderful evening on our Tommorrow's Musicians Today Launch event last Monday. The fabulous Alex Wilson, together with his wonderful colleagues Elpidio Caicedo and Roberto Pla set the scene with an introductory vibe on keys, bass, drums and vocals. They then took 60 young people age 9 to 19 through their rhythmic paces in two exciting and absorbing workshops! The final performance had students leading their own groups and the audience dancing on their feet!"
Jane Wheeler - Music Advisor for Newham Young people's and Children's services, now Director of Living Song (www.livingsong.co.uk)
"Obviously an expert in the field of Afro-Cuban music, Alex proved to be a great teacher also - friendly, a good communicator and able to put us all at ease. There was a great sense of achievement at the end of Alex's workshop - to go from scratch band to a full blown salsa outfit within three hours is nothing short of a miracle! Three hours from Alex was far too short. He's an excellent teacher with a good style. The band was so well in the groove at the end of the workshop that I was itching to go on for another three hours."
Windsor Arts Centre Workshop
".. Alex made learning fun ! His infectious enthusiasm for the music translated into everyone's attitude and playing and we all had a good time."
"His professional attitude to preparation gives additional benefit. An experience to be recommended."
Sambossa Workshop, Brighton