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Lang Lang: daily technical exercises is a collection of scale-based warm-ups, work-outs and routines that no aspiring pianist should be without, providing a perfect follow on from the Lang Lang Piano Academy mastering the piano series. Ideal for mastering keys and developing essential technique, this book provides flexible and progressive routines ideal for intermediate-level players upwards. Elements include a comprehensive warm-up section, advice and tips from Lang Lang himself, and an extension section with ideas for further practice. Intermediate routines concisely cover each key centre in musical exercises and advanced routines cover Russian scale patterns, giving a full work-out for each key centre.
Coordinated page-by-page with the Lesson Books, the Notespeller Books reinforce note-reading concepts through coloring and written exercises.
Encore is the official collection of best-loved ABRSM piano exam pieces, selected from syllabuses of the past few decades. Pianists will find an appealing mix of repertoire, while teachers can be confident that the perfect balance of content has been selected at every level. Book 1 features 21 popular pieces at Grades 1 and 2. Have fun exploring timeless classics and modern favourites, like Hook's Gavotte, or Vampire Blues by Wooding. Footnotes provide background information, a summary of the key skills that each piece develops, and new ideas for exploring the music. Whether you're working through our exams, playing informally, or planning a performance, Encore is full of music you'll want to play again and again!
Play jazz piano with new facility and expression as Ray Santisi, one of the most revered educators at the Berklee College of Music - and mentor to Keith Jarrett, Diana Krall, Joe Zawinul, and thousands of others - reveals the pedagogy at the core of Berklee's jazz piano curriculum. From beginning through advanced levels, Berklee Jazz Piano maps the school's curriculum: a unique blend of theory and application that gives you a deep, practical understanding of how to play jazz. Concepts are illustrated by the accompanying practice CD, where you'll hear how one of the great jazz pianists and educators of our time applies these concepts to both jazz standards and original compositions, and how you can do the same. You will learn: * Jazz chords and their characteristic tension substitutions, in many voicings and configurations * Modes and scales common in jazz * Techniques for comping, developing bass lines, harmonizing melodies, melodizing harmonies, and improvisation * Practice techniques for committing these concepts to your muscle memory * Variations for solo and ensemble playing * Advanced concepts, such as rhythmic displacement, approach-chord harmonization, and jazz counterpoint
(Faber Piano Adventures ). This highly effective sightreading course is developed specifically for the needs of the older beginner. There are five variations of each piece from the Accelerated Lesson Book 1, one for each day between lessons. Learning activities scattered throughout the book build pattern recognition skills. Concepts include: fundamental rhythms (including eighth notes), all the notes of the grand staff, intervals, and five-finger scale melodies in C and G.
This is the story of one woman's decision to forfeit a brilliant career for the sake of mother-hood. Once a child prodigy, Gitta Gradova traveled the world as an internationally acclaimed concert pianist, performing recitals as well as appearing with prominent orchestras of her era. Her son Thomas J. Cottle uses written records, interviews, and personal reminiscence to reconstruct her life, as well as their own mother-son relationship. He is at times a storyteller, at times a psychologist, at times a son seeking to uncover those aspects of his mother's life he could never know, or perhaps, chose not to know until it was too late.
This easy step-by-step method emphasizes correct playing habits and
note reading through interval recognition. Lesson Book 3 introduces
"overlapping pedal"; new time signatures 3/8 and 6/8; and the
primary triads in Major and Minor keys. Concepts include: passing
one under two and one under three; playing major scales in contrary
motion; the chromatic scale; the minor scale.
Neuhaus taught at the Moscow Conservatory and his pupils included some of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century: Emil Gilels, Sviatoslav Richter, Nina Svetlanova, Alexei Lubimov and Radu Lupu. His legacy continues today and many teachers around the world regard this book as the most authoritative on the subject of piano playing.
(Faber Piano Adventures ). This book provides a collection of exciting pieces which effectively reinforce the concepts introduced in this level. Charming lyrics and teacher duets enrich the learning experience. Contents include: Persian Market * Carnival of Venice * Allegretto * Vivace * Morning Has Broken * Hot Summer Blues * Funiculi, Funicula * Malaguena * America, the Beautiful * The Erie Canal * The Great Wall of China * The Fly's Adventure * Song of Kilimanjaro * and more.
Thirty-nine of the best songs, all chosen from Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list. Fingering, lyrics, and chord symbols are included in these easy piano arrangements by Dan Coates. Titles: Baby Love (The Supremes) * Beat It (Michael Jackson) * Blowin' in the Wind (Bob Dylan) * The Boys of Summer (Don Henley) * Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon and Garfunkel) * Bye Bye Love (The Everly Brothers) * Dancing Queen (ABBA) * Everyday People (Sly and the Family Stone) * Gimme Some Lovin' (Spencer Davis Group) * Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac) * (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson) * Hotel California (Eagles) * How Deep Is Your Love (Bee Gees) * I Believe I Can Fly (R. Kelly) * I Only Have Eyes for You (The Flamingos) * Iron Man (Black Sabbath) * Killing Me Softly with His Song (Roberta Flack) * La Bamba (Ritchie Valens) * Layla (Derek and the Dominos) * Like a Prayer (Madonna) * Lola (The Kinks) * Losing My Religion (R.E.M.) * Mack the Knife (Bobby Darin) * Moondance (Van Morrison) * Mr. Tambourine Man (The Byrds) * My Generation (The Who) * The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (The Band) * Ode to Billie Joe (Bobbie Gentry) * Runaway (Del Shannon) * Running on Empty (Jackson Browne) * (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (The Rolling Stones) * Summertime Blues (Eddie Cochran) * Sunshine of Your Love (Cream) * Sweet Child o' Mine (Guns n' Roses) * Thunder Road (Bruce Springsteen) * What'd I Say (Ray Charles) * When a Man Loves a Woman (Percy Sledge) * Why Do Fools Fall in Love? (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) * Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd).
Joining the Dots is designed to improve students' skills in reading music at sight, enabling them to perform new music with confidence. The books feature short, creative exercises which help students to develop their ability to read music more quickly and easily, both in exams and when learning new pieces. They're perfect for use during lesson time or individual practice! The series covers the requirements for ABRSM's sight-reading tests at each of Grades 1 to 8. Each book includes: * Key Features - help the student familiarise themselves with the keys at each grade * Workouts - warm up and technical exercises help establish basic hand shapes and finger patterns within each key * Transpose - encourage a confident sense of key and develop skills in reading by shape * Make Music - build confidence in creative and imaginative work, and develop musical ideas and aural skills through simple improvisation exercises * Read and Play - work through examples and practice how to approach sight-reading in the exam: read the title, work out the rhythm, find the notes and play the music!
Stage fright is one of the human psyche's deepest fears. Over half of British adults name public speaking as their greatest fear, even greater than heights and snakes. Laurence Olivier learned to adapt to it, as have actors Salma Hayek and Hugh Grant. Musicians such as Paul McCartney and Adele have battled it and learned to cope. Playing Scared is Sara Solovitch's journey into the myriad causes of stage fright and the equally diverse ways we can overcome it. As a young child, Sara studied piano and fell in love with music. As a teen, she played Bach and Mozart at her hometown's annual music festival, but was overwhelmed by stage fright, which led her to give up aspirations of becoming a professional pianist. In her late fifties, Sara gave herself a one-year deadline to tame performance anxiety and play before an audience. She resumed music lessons, while exploring meditation, exposure therapy, cognitive therapy, biofeedback and beta blockers, among many other remedies. She practiced performing in airports, hospitals and retirement homes. Finally, the day before her sixtieth birthday, she gave a formal recital for an audience of fifty. Using her own journey as inspiration, Sara has written a thoughtful and insightful cultural history of performance anxiety and a tribute to pursuing personal growth at any age.
(Faber Piano Adventures ). Each of these pieces is a proven favorite with students and is easily accessible at this level. Selections include: Menuet en Rondeau, by Rameau * Bourree, by Graupner * Andante, by J.C. Bach * Ecossaise, Sonatina in G, and Russian Folk Dance, by Beethoven * In the Garden, Op. 140, No. 40, by Gurlitt * The Bear, by Rebikov * and more.
Designed to coordinate page-by-page with the Lesson Books. Contains enjoyable games and quizzes that reinforce the principles presented in the Lesson Books. Students can increase their musical understanding while they are away from the keyboard.
In Speaking the Piano, renowned pianist Susan Tomes turns her attention to teaching and learning. Teaching music encompasses everything from putting a drum in a child's hands to helping an accomplished musician unlock the meaning and spirit of the classics. At every stage, some fundamental issues keep surfacing. In this wide-ranging book, Susan Tomes reflects on how her own experience as a learner, in different genres from classical to jazz, has influenced her approach to teaching. She tells us how her performing career has given her insight into what young performers need to know, and how discussions with students have fed into her own practice. She describes the brilliant and intriguing teachers whose masterclasses opened her ears to the many ways in which music can be brought alive and communicated. This is a book to appeal to a wide range of readers - pianists of every level from beginner to professional, piano teachers, musicians of all kinds, and the broader community of music-lovers. In a passionate contribution to the ongoing debate about the place of music in education, Susan Tomes argues that this most inspiring of arts can play a unique role in personal development. This is a lovely, wise, elegantly written book, filled with tips and anecdotes which could be helpful and encouraging for any pianist, whether a beginner or a professional. Above all it is a book in which one senses constantly the deep love the author has for music itself, for its ability to inspire, touch and, indeed, change lives. STEPHEN HOUGH SUSAN TOMES is a multi-award-winning pianist whose career encompasses solo, duo and chamber music playing; she has been at the heart of the internationally admired ensembles Domus, the Gaudier Ensemble and the Florestan Trio. Her lecture-recitals have enabled many listeners to engage with the classics on a new level. She is the author of four acclaimed books about performance: Beyond the Notes (Boydell Press 2004), A Musician's Alphabet (Faber, 2006), Out of Silence (Boydell Press, 2010), and Sleeping in Temples (Boydell Press, 2014).
Easy piano arrangements of all 11 Danny Elfman songs from the soundtrack of this Christmas cult classic. Includes: Jack's Lament * Jack's Obsession * Kidnap the Sandy Claws * Making Christmas * Oogie Boogie's Song * Poor Jack * Sally's Song * This Is Halloween * Town Meeting Song * What's This? * Finale/Reprise.
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