Perhaps no musicologist in recent times has devoted so much effort to the study of music for early fretted instruments
as John Ward, whose publications on the lute and vihuela span more than four decades.
Based on survey results, fretted instruments
, percussion, keyboards and amplifiers will be the most popular category again -- 44 percent this year versus 52 percent last year.
Today, Alfred has more than 12,000 music titles currently available, and its catalog includes keyboard, band, choral, fretted instruments
, orchestra and percussion publications.
brands include: Hohner Harmonicas, Accordions, Melodicas, Recorders, Fretted Instruments
, and Hohner Kids Musical Toys; Sonor Drums, Sonor Orff; Lanikai Ukuleles, and Kohala Ukuleles.
Since 2009, the acoustic guitar category, which includes the mandolin family, banjos, resonators and other stringed, fretted instruments
has risen approximately $141 million, or 36 percent.