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    Technic Is Fun, Early Elementary

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    Compiled and edited by Gail Lew
    Piano solo collection
    Published by Alfred Publishing. (ELM00035A) 24 pages.
    Level: Elementary (Level 1)
    The Technic Is Fun series offers piano students a series of graded studies for the development of technic, style, and musicianship. These studies reinforce the technical requirements found in method books and in standard piano repertory. The etudes found in this series not only build technic and musicality but have been carefully selected to provide refreshing recital repertoire as well as to develop a strong musical and technical foundation. The Elementary A volume introduces staccato and legato playing, parallel and contrary motion, balance between melody and accompaniment, two-note, three-note, and phrase groups of different lengths, broken chord accompaniment, legato thirds, different articulations in each hand, and canonic imitation. Pieces are in the keys of C major, A minor, G major, E minor, and F major.

    Contents: Trumpet Tune, Marching in a Parade, Minuet in G and Bouncing Ball by Turk; Dialogue, On the Playgrund, Relay Race, Taxi Ride and Wilderness Adventure by Bartók; On the Swing by Berens; Bike Riding, Ice Skating, Round and Round and Two by Two by Beyer; Sonatina on Five Notes by Bolck, Marching, melody, The Music Box and Roller Blading by Czerny; Copy Cat, Dancing, Joyous Reunion and Walking Along by Gurlitt; and Carousel, Evening Song and Running in a Circle by Kunz.

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    Technic Is Fun, Book 5 Early Advanced

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    Compiled and edited by Gail Lew
    Published by Alfred Publishing. (ELM02500A) 68 pages.
    Level: Early Advanced (Level 7)
    This volume in the Technic Is Fun series offers early advanced level piano students graded studies for the development of technic, style, and musicianship, and reinforces the technical requirements found in standard piano repertory at this level. These etudes not only build technic and musicality but also have been carefully selected to provide refreshing recital repertoire as well as to develop a strong musical and technical foundation. The Early Advanced volume focuses on balance between the hands, shaping and voicing a melodic line, ornamentation, articulation, finger repetition, velocity studies, dynamic shading, and chromatic passagework.

    Contents: Menuet BWV 814 by Bach, Bear Dance by Bartók, Bagatelle Op. 199, No. 2 by Beethoven, The Cuckoo by Daquin, Toccatina by Maykapar, The Waterfall by Rameau, Sonata in C Major K. 95 by Scarlatti, Scherzo by Löschhorn, Fantastic Dance and Strange Lands and People by Schumann and velocity studies by Burgmüller, Czerny, Gurlitt, and Heller.

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About Me

Gail Lew is the former director of keyboard publications for Warner Bros. Music and currently serves as Editor and New Music Reviewer for the California Music Teacher magazine, Chairperson for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy Committee on Independent Music Teachers, adjunct professor of applied piano for Las Positas College, and adjudicator for state, national, and international events. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance, Master of Arts Degree in Music History, and Lifetime California State Teaching Credential.. More ...