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Dust In The Wind
Great piece. My daughters (1st Violin and Viola) formed a Quartet. They played the piece for the first time at a String Event put on by their Orchestra. Various groups were playing in a full centre as background music. When they came up to play Dust In The Wind the whole Centre went quiet. It sounded great, everyone was spellbound. We will be looking for more. Great way to show teens that strings are cool and can play any type of music.
- Mary Buffett <mgbuffett@rogers.com> - Saturday, November 20, 2004

Various -
I just wanted to let you know how terrific our concert was! The kids SO enjoyed playing Layla and Stairway to heaven- I think we will save Bohemian Rhapsody for next year- but I let two of my string basses play electric guitar- and one of them had the Stairway and Layla  licks down cold-and we added a trap set . The audience reaction was wonderful- Stairway was our finale , so we had 95 strings on stage while we showed baby and senior pictures of our graduating seniors. I think the arrangements are excellent and provided a challenge for all levels of my orchestras. My students range from those who play as well as most professionals, to the average high school player- so all of them enjoyed it. We added electric violin to starway, and gave those runs near the end to my concertmaster who ripped through them - thanks for some fun music!! We are going to make Stairway a tradition.
- Jo Wallace-Abbie <jwallac@pisd.edu> - Saturday, June 05, 2004

Various -
Great. We have ordered California Girls, Whiter, Eleanor, Dust and Layla. We played California Girls a few weeks ago at a public performance. That was our biggest hit. We have been together for over 20 years, and this is absolutely the coolest music we have come across. I am so sick of Kanon and Jesu! You are doing a GREAT job arranging. Keep it up. We are just all four so awestruck. These arrangements are SO tight and woven together so well. We were commenting that you really divided the parts well - as far as all four getting to do some neat things. I actually want to play second violin on Layla.
- Rachel Provena - Monday, May 10, 2004

California Girls and Whiter Shade -
- Mona Rester - Friday, April 30, 2004

Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You -
Thanks for the tip on Babe. I will order that one the next time. All the arrangements have been a hit. We are known now for the only string quartet in Birmingham, AL that plays Stairway to Heaven. Just a note; we played this artwalk job where we were put in a corner of a floor with no one around and very little room to play or have people listen. We played some for the first hour with about 5 people coming and going in the hall, pausing for a moment and then moving on... and then I decided to do Stairway. By the next set, there were literally 200 people "mostly young" crammed into our corner. It is amazing this UNIVERSAL Language! We got lots of jobs from that one.
- Susan Nuckols <nuckolss@bellsouth.net> - Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Stairway to Heaven -
Thank you for the music! We realllllly love this arrangement!! Five stars plus+++++ looking forward to playing it for our next gig... hope to buy more in the future.. Many thanks.. Nicole Ballinger
- Nicole Ballinger <oceanstrings@hotmail.com> - Monday, March 15, 2004

Various -
I just received my first order of rock music. I would like to know who prints such beautiful work and what equipment is used. Would love to know the name of the printer, too. Everyone who sees it oooohs and ahhhhhs. Thank you for creating such beautiful graphic art. It's worth the cost.
- Hattie Wilcox <hwilcox@sbcglobal.net> - Thursday, February 26, 2004

Various -
It is not everyday that one stumbles over an arrangement where a rock classic is compared to Ravel's Bolero. But here it feels completely relevant. John Reed, who has arranged Stairway to Heaven for The Hampton String Quartet, and released it by his own publishing house, does not leave anything to chance when converting a rock musician's idiom to that of a classical string instrumentalist. The tension mounts as the melody is passed from one instrument to the other and the tempo gradually becomes faster, all of it sustained by one big crescendo. For the collector of Led Zeppelin albums this is either a dream or a nightmare. The arrangement is very well made and requires professional skills by the four musicians. Since it will certainly sound different from the original version, one may ask if it will ever seem to be quite "real". The idea behind this type of arrangement is probably rather to create a new "art form", to focus on the characteristics of rock music and yet transform them so that lovers of classical music can appreciate them as well. John Reed succeeds in so doing - one feels that he is well familiar with both styles. the editiion is up-scale too: thick, glossy white paper, clear printing. Time for a performance with a difference? Rock for Strings Several times Grammys-nominated Hampton String Quartet plays it all: Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Rolling Stones...And their arrangements are readily available to everyone through the music publisher Moina Lisa Sound. Any string quartet, possessed by the idea of becoming a star rock group and dazzle the world with their tight sound, should immediately visit www.MonaLisaSound.com - European String Teachers Association News-Sweden (Spring 2003)
- Anna Braw - Monday, November 17, 2003

Various -
I am a high school orchestra director twenty five years of teaching and have bought some of the MonaLisaSound arrangements for our quintet that "gigs" out in the community spreading cheer and goodwill. These arrangements are great! These tunes are fantastic for teaching counting and style and are real crowd pleasers when programmed with the Eine Kleine and Canon in D-isms. As a recruiting tool, these arrangements show the versatilty of strings and create an added dimension of accessibility to audiences. These are long overdue. Bravo to John Reed/HSQ/MonaLisa Sound!!! Rock on!!! Highly recommended and stunning printing quality.
- Mark Eskola <Mark.Eskola@duluth.k12.mn.us> - Monday, October 13, 2003

Various -
The Mona Lisa Sound website is wonderful. I truly enjoy being able to see a page of the score and listen to the various kinds of music samples. I recently ordered the 'Stairway to Heaven' arrangement for the quartet. My quartet tends to play weddings, receptions, and other gigs. When we send out our play list, many people call and question me about the song and "who is the hampton String Quartet?" i always refer them to your website and tell them about the Hampton String Quartet. The CD, 'Sympathy for the Devil' is also very helpful. Again, as a musician, you want to hear what you're buying before you buy. This CD is great to choose music as well as listen to regularly. In fact, it's in the CD player in my car right now! I get so many questions about the CD as well. People alsways want to know where they can get it. I would recommend Mona Lisa Sound to anyone. The customer service is wonderful and the company is very personable. I look forward to purchasing more from Mona Lisa Sound. Thank you, Samantha Crammond, Cellist
- Samantha Crammond - Friday, August 22, 2003

Stairway to Heaven & Rock and Roll -
My string quartet recently invested on these two Led Zepplin arrangements and absolutely love them. We not only play them on our acoustic instruments, but on our electrics as well! Audiences really LOVE them! Its great to walk into a gig and have someone say "hey, you know Stairway to Heaven?" and to be able to say, "actually, we do!!" Looking forward to trying out additional arrangements!
- Betsy <Betsy@thestringdivas.com> - Monday, August 11, 2003

Blackbird -
My four children comprise the B4 String Quartet based in Memphis, TN. They have recently performed "Blackbird" as arranged for The Hampton String Quartet and purchased by us through Mona Lisa Sound. This arrangement was not only very beautiful, but also well prepared in terms of its presentation on the page. Though it is considered an "easy" piece, the sound does not come across as easy. It is arranged so well, that students of several reading levels could perform it and sound professional. The B4 look forward to performing many more pieces from Mona Lisa in the future.
- Dr. Jennifer Borek <padfoot@bellsouth.net> - Thursday, July 17, 2003

Various -
I can hardly describe the fun we had as we attempted to "rock out" on your arrangements. As professional orchestral musicians we had the double, unique pleasure of playing chamber music as well as reliving the rock music that we feel so connected to....challenging parts...created in these wonderful arrangements. We hope you will hear some of our joy in this recording and...we send you our appreciation and gratitude for what was for us an incredbly fun and rewarding experience.
- Olev L. Viro, Sonus Artis Quartet - Monday, June 23, 2003

Imagine A Man -
Wonderful - I teach orchestra in High School. MY STUDENTS LOVE THIS ARRANGEMENT - ESPECIALLY THE VIOLAS! Has a flair of the prelude of the Bach Cello Suite #1. A must buy!
- Ken Laskey <klaskey@nasd.k12.pa.us> - Friday, March 28, 2003

Purple Haze -
I'd been waiting for this arrangement, and purchased it as soon as it was available. I was not disappointed. Driving and playful, "Purple Haze" is fun for the performers and the listeners, and it's sure to be an audience favorite wherever it is performed.
- Helen Fall - Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Foxey Lady -
Great arrangement. My student quartet is having a lot of fun working on this one. Adult musicians who read it at a chamber music play-in gave it "thumbs-up." Medium difficulty.
- Helen Fall - Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Stairway to Heaven -
A student quartet that I coach performed this at a Chamber Music Festival. All of the other selections on the program were traditional-classical. The students played "Stairway" well, and when they finished, the audience cheered. The judges were very complimentary of the arrangement, and afterwards, many audience members expressed thanks for the musical diversity.
- Helen Fall - Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Eleanor Rigby -
If you are looking for a "standard" selection for "Eleanor Rigby", then John Reed's arrangement is not for you. Reed tries to spice up the Beatles version with changes in meter and added syncopation. Reed's arrangement did not satisfy the listeners, nor the the musicians who read it, at a recent chamber music play-in.
- Helen Fall - Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Over the Hills and Far Away -
I received my order today--Led Zeppelin's "Over the Hills and Far Away." This is the second order I have placed through your website. Last year I purchased "Stairway to Heaven", which my quartet performed in a recital at SUNY Fredonia. You've simply outdone yourselves again. The quality of the arrangements are first rate. I'm impressed that you take the extra step in printing the parts and score on high-quality paper, and the full color cover. The binder simply puts it all together, and I'm once again confident that it has been money well spent. The professionalism of your sales department is unsurpassed. I was informed immediately that there would be a delay in shipment. I received a full-color artwork print of John Reed's "Cello", with a note apologizing for the delay. I must say that the personal touch makes so much difference. I'm very interested in participating in your String Quartet Competition, and I will be looking into this with my quartet. Thank you again for an outstanding job, and I wish you all a happy holiday season!
- Matt Burkett <burk7666@fredonia.edu> - Wednesday, November 27, 2002

If I Fell -
This arrangement looks easier on paper than it is. Our cello player is challenged by the opening solo. And the trick part is everyones intonation has really got to be right on, or else the thing sounds kind of woozy. We are going to perform it if I think it'll be well received - it really is a very nice mellow sound, a very pretty piece when we're hitting on all 8 cylinders.
- Wes Stevens <wess@multcolib.org> - Thursday, October 03, 2002

Various -
Recently bought many of your Beatle and Beach Boy arrangements. Found them all to be good, fun, interesting, challenging but playbale. Audience enjoyed them all.
- paul spiwak <pbspiwak@yahoo.com> - Thursday, October 03, 2002

Sunshine of Your Love/Whiter Shade -
We performed some of your rock string quartet arrangements at our spring concert last year and stole the show. The students really enjoyed practicing and performing those pieces. It gave them an opportunity to explore new sounds and helped break the monotony of the typical string repertoire. This year we are going to try Purple Haze. Thanks for the arrangements!
- Rick LaRue <rlarue@tandemfs.org> - Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Various -
Our first performance, featuring a mix of standard classical repertoire and arrangements by the HSQ, was enormously successful. We were pleased to note that the rock arrangements had broad appeal over a wide age range. This is of great importance to us, given the recent demise of the San Jose Symphony. We look forward to sinking our teeth into more of your fine arrangements... Keep 'em coming.. All best wishes, Peter Gelfand Cellist, San Jose String Quartet Principal Cellist, San Jose Symphony
- Peter Gelfand <PQMG@aol.com> - Tuesday, September 03, 2002

Eleanor Rigby -
A top notch arrangement. A constant , persistent beat keeps it all together. Different than the original arrangement, and very much alive!
- Joseph Neglia <profilesinternational.com > - Wednesday, August 21, 2002

Various -
When I purchased the nine arrangements from you, I was not really sure what would happen. I received the order within a couple of days. Not only was the order processed in a very timely fashion but it also arrived in a securely packed box and in one piece. I purchase chamber music all the time and considering the number of pages was put off a bit by the price of the music. These concerns were soon put to rest when I opened the scores after admiring the art on the cover page. The musical notation is very clear - even through a set of pupils that have ceased to accommodate long ago...We all give you high marks for the quality of the music and its presentation. No two ways about it, you have created some good arrangements...The nine arrangements I purchased are all songs I love. They are great songs regardless of who plays them. You have honored their structural integrity and given each member of the string quartet a share of the spotlight. And as if by magic, you have maintained the unity of the quartet...we read "If I Fell" and it was almost a religious experience. It was great to be able to recreate this feeling in our own living room. As I was passing out the parts and sharing the score, everyone asked how much did this cost, I said don't ask. It is expensive but well worth it. The 1st violin, Armgard Haken turned around that evening and bought eleven of your arrangements for her own collection - even duplicating some of the ones I had already purchased. I don't know what else I can say to give credit where credit is due. We play chamber music for the pure joy of it and you have expanded our horizons.
- George Brock - Tuesday, August 20, 2002

Stairway to Heaven -
. . . I can tell you that a quartet of us who coach at the Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop, a summer program for advanced teenage string and wind players in Arcata, CA, performed "Stairway to Heaven" on the faculty recital and it was a huge smash hit. Aside from some initial snobbish classical music type reaction, the players had to agree that it was a well done arrangement, with all parts having interesting and fun things to do. Plus, due to those guitar riff passages in the first violin part, it forever changed the reputation of the first violinist from a tradtional player to a wailing rocker. I had a blast and was only a bit peeved when those few snobby types decided we couldn't actually end the recital with this piece and scheduled this Mendelssohn sextet (which I had to play in) written soon after the octet, and not as nice as an ender. It was rather anticlimactic after Stairway. In the future, I plan to assign this to an advanced string quartet I coach during the year in the Humboldt Music Academy. I look forward to ordering again from you. Sincerely, Karen Davy
- Karen Davy - Wednesday, August 07, 2002

California Girls & Satisfaction -
Been wanting to try these out for weeks. Finally played them last night. California Girls was fun; I think we'll use it in a future performance. Satisfaction was a bit too far out for the group. I admire the creativity and skill that went into the arrangement, however and want to explore more arrangements from this site.
- TL - Wednesday, August 07, 2002

If I Fell, Stairway to Heaven, California Girls, Scarborough Fair -
I am having student High School Quartets perform these on their graduation recital. The students and I really enjoy all of these arrangements and we all find them refreshing and a viable addition to our programing. My own string quartet will get a kick out of all of these when we get back together again in late June. I can't wait to play these myself. I am so impressed with the composition and balance and creativity of the arranger and I love having the recordings for the students to refer to as well as just to drive down the open road to. Thanks for sharing your creativity.
- Sandra Guzzetti <guzzetti@adelphia.net> - Tuesday, June 04, 2002

Various -
This is one great site - keep up the good work.
- Julie - Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Stairway -
Unbelievable stuff - great site too!
- Justin - Wednesday, March 27, 2002

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