A book all about having fun with music right from the beginning
“A myriad of imaginative ways to learn pieces.”
– Melanie Spanswick
It has been really enjoyable compiling this and trying the pieces out with my students. As opposed to the duet books which were designed to appeal to adults as well as children, this book has the younger player at its heart. I have teamed up with illustrator Catherine Eley who has brought the pages to life with her engaging characters. It has been a joy witnessing how my students respond to the illustrations and the humour and levity these drawings bring to the pieces.
‘Fun, Games and Party Pieces’ is designed to be used with a teacher, alongside beginner methods as an extra source of fun and interest.
There are so many elements in music which can enthuse and capture a student’s imagination. These can be explored right from the beginning. You don’t have to wait till you have mastered an instrument to enjoy discovering how music is put together.
Elements such as major and minor, modes, the pentatonic scale, improvisation and the Twelve Bar Blues structure are all featured in this book, in a way which is easy to grasp and make sense of.
Where you see the guitar symbol, you will find the chord structure. This can be used to enable anyone on a harmony instrument, i.e. guitar or ukulele to play along, for the teacher to accompany the beginner on the piano, and for the beginner to explore the harmony, directed by the teacher.
There are suggestions of ways in which to play these tunes. I hope these suggestions will inspire the students and teachers who use this book to make their own versions, and encourage them to approach written music in a flexible and creative way.
Tap a rhythm on the piano. Play chords. Try tunes in a different octave, key or dynamic. Make your own variations on a tune. Play with friends and swap over. Play things in different ways and have fun!
“I will be obtaining these books for my students as there is so much material that they will enjoy and it is not, as sometimes is the case, buying a whole book and just playing one piece.”
– Sharon Scott