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Valse Triste

This is deceptively easy little waltz  with very simple chords accompanying a lovely melody.  It was written for  piano students of all ages who have just mastered two octaves worth of notes and are now in that woeful  ” donut gap”  between the boring … Continue reading

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“America the Beautiful”

     In some twenty years of teaching piano, I encountered only two students who refused to learn to read the notes.  The first one was a precociously pretty teenager with perfectly manicured nails which she clicked on the keys like castanets.  She … Continue reading

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The Accidental ” Accidentals”

 Accidental Accidents      Magdalena was one of my first students after I moved to Hawaii. And she quickly became one of my favorites. A tiny little Eurasian girl with a quiet twinkle in her eyes, she was a model of … Continue reading

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Little Waltz in F Major

Little Waltz is a simple piece for beginning piano students.   The chord progressions are very easy  ….  the basic I  IV and V.     The student should be encouraged to find the right hand melody in the first and last portions … Continue reading

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Petite Gigue

    This is a lively little piece written in the style of a popular baroque dance which had its origins with the British jig.   Bach wrote many of these delightful pieces.   The main difficulty is the typically baroque  “non-stop” … Continue reading

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