Discovery of the Day! Retro Electone Books – Mar 23, 2017

Since ’09, I’ve been keeping an eye out for miniature second-hand book fairs. These pop up every now and then in Singaporean shopping malls. The reason, these fairs almost always have old Electone books for sale.

A second Hand Book Fair at HarbourFront Centre. This one had old Electone books for sale.
A second Hand Book Fair at HarbourFront Centre. With old Electone books for sale.

Walked into one this evening at HarbourFront Centre, and immediately headed for the music section. As expected, there were pre-loved / used Electone books for sale. Compared to previous fairs, this one had well over ten books on sale. Aside from textbooks and supplementary guides, there were also albums. There were also a few Hammond textbooks on sale. These being from a series I have not seen before.

Three boxes of music books. Including many for the Electone, and a few for the Hammond.
Three boxes of music books. Including many for the Electone, and a few for the Hammond.
Used sight-reading guides for the Electone. There were also some books on improvisation.
Used sight-reading workbooks for the Electone. There were also some books on improvisation.

Some players probably dislike such retro scores. Mostly published before the HS era, none of them come with pre-made registrations, and so to play them involves hours of tedious programming. I do dislike this downside too. However, a lot of the songs in them are well-arranged, and so in my opinion, a few hours of sweaty reprogramming is definitely worthwhile. At the same time, simpler arrangements could be used for uncomplicated performances. In the case of the latter, the Stagea’s many preset registrations are perfect partners.

Bought these two. The one underneath is a collection of Stevie Wonder songs for the Hammond. I wonder who signed the cover.
Bought these two. The one underneath is a collection of Stevie Wonder songs for the Hammond. I wonder who signed the cover.
Hammond Score from 1985.
1985!
Retro Electone Scores could be quite challenging. Accompaniment on older Electones was basic. Players needed to play everything manually.
Retro Electone Scores could be quite challenging. Accompaniment on older Electones was basic. Players needed to play everything manually.

Over the years, I’ve picked up quite a few of these retro books. Including some that were not published specifically for the Electone.

Collection of old Electone books and other albums meant for the electric organ.
Some of my purchases over the years.

Special mention to this one, which I found last year.

Electone Mate Step 8.
Electone Mate Step 8.

During my course so many years ago, my class switched to using the newer Electone Study Course series of textbooks after Step 7. In other words, I’ve never even seen Step 8. Thanks to these book fairs, I finally have the complete set.

Full series of Yamaha's Electone Mate textbooks for the Electone.
I’ve finally completed the Electone Mate course!

Where could these book fairs with retro Electone books be found at?

For Singaporean players who might be keen on buying such retro Electone books, the fairs are held every now and then at places like Thomson Plaza, Velocity Novena Square, and Singapore Post Centre. Most of the books on sale are textbooks, but I’ve also seen a couple of really difficult, Grade 4-3 collections. (I’ve ever encountered one at Thomson Plaza that was so frightening, I literally backed away) Alternately, you could check out the store of the company hosting these fairs. It’s located at Brash Basah Complex ground floor. Their upcoming fairs are listed here.

Evernew Book Store (Singapore). Great place to hunt for second-hand books and used music scores.
Evernew. The company hosting these great used books fairs.
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The geek divides his free time between video games, movies, anime, and attempting to write decent short stories. Oh, and trying not to sprain his fingers from playing demisemiquavers on his Electone.

3 thoughts on “Discovery of the Day! Retro Electone Books – Mar 23, 2017

  1. I’m looking for these electone mate books and they are just so difficult to find! Hope I’m as lucky as you are 🙂 I only have the electone mate 5, electone study step 6 onwards and electone playmate grade 7 and 6 while learning n-years back

    1. Hi! Nice to hear there are others collecting these classic books too. They are really hard to find nowadays, with the Electone community so small and these books meant only for the Asean market. But they do pop up once in a while in 2nd-hand shops and book fairs. Good luck!

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