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Andantino

Back to showcasing the duets in my books. Here is Andantino, the third duet in Delightfully Easy Piano Duets: Book 1. It’s a good one for practice at reading the bass clef. It starts off with both players just playing … Continue reading

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Scarborough Fair

Chords, modes, feisty lyrics and endless variations Downloadable PDFs of Scarborough Fair: Tune line, chords and full lyrics. Scarborough Fair in Dm (the key in the LCM book) Scarborough Fair Am (our key) Scarborough Fair Em (Simon and Garfunkel’s key) One … Continue reading

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Pentatonic in 3

This duet is a firm favourite, and one of the first I wrote. Although it is the only one to venture out of the five-finger position, it is actually one of the easiest. I generally introduce it second after Breeze. … Continue reading

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Allegro

Now that I have recorded all of my Delightfully Easy Duets with the unstoppable Rei Kozaki, I have been meaning to feature a different duet each week. So here is Allegro, duet 1 from book 1. It has an upbeat, … Continue reading

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Workshop Day! Using Harmony Right fom the Start

The infinite benefits of Um Cha and Um Cha Cha A few Sundays ago I attended the event, Casio workshop for Piano Teachers in Waterloo. It was great to share some of my teaching ideas and techniques with the group … Continue reading

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End of term = Big Fat Music Party!

I held my 7th Big Fat Music Party the other week. These are my concerts that don’t feel so much like a concerts. I want to get away from the feelings of dread which seemed inseparable from performing to other … Continue reading

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Popcorn: Ideas and Lyrics

I have been made really happy by the response from my students to the first tune in ‘Fun, Games and Party Pieces’: ‘Popcorn’. They love knocking on the piano and clapping, and take to the rhythm immediately with wide grins … Continue reading

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Paul Harris and Taking the Time to Learn Well

Thanks so much to Frances Wilson for her clear and comprehensive notes from ‘The Virtuoso Teacher’ seminar with Paul Harris. It is so good to hear from a music teacher who through his teaching has explored all the many aspects of … Continue reading

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Hit the Road Jack

My previous blog was all about songs which have one short chord progression repeated throughout the entire song. But I’ve just realised I missed a real gem: Hit the Road Jack! It’s a joy to teach and jam through. Here’s … Continue reading

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Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

The Frozen phenomenon continues unabated. The other evening my husband and I were treated to the sounds of a drunken teenage garden party wafting though our kitchen window, the climax being when they all started singing ‘Let it Go’ at … Continue reading

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