RECOMMENDED BY FORSYTH:
Not just "the perfect way to rediscover the piano", but also a much-needed, structured course for the intermediate and advanced pianist, for use either with or without a teacher.
With so much modern piano tuition material available at the elementary levels, teachers and learners have often been surprised at the lack of similar publications for more developed pianists. Although an experienced teacher can guide a student through a suitable selection of repertoire and studies gathered from various publications, many would still prefer to work through a single curated course – and for the self-learner the need for such method books has gone unfulfilled until now.
Melanie Spanswick’s new Play it again: PIANO offers a careful selection of 60 pieces – printed in progressive order from Grade 1 to Diploma level – each making different technical and musical demands, which the author discusses in her detailed accompanying texts. For each piece, she offers guidance on suitable warm-ups and the most effective practice techniques, including tailor-made exercises, as well as advice on interpretation.
Those returning to the piano after a break may wish to refresh their technique by working through Book 1, while players who are already in practice could, depending on their level, choose to begin with Book 1, 2 or 3.
FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Did you use to play the piano? Would you like to play again?
Play it again: Piano uses real pieces from the piano repertoire to teach specific techniques and tips, getting you playing fluently once again. This is the second book, which is for the more confident ‘former’ piano player or for those continuing their journey from Book 1. The level of pieces in this second book progresses from around UK grades 5 to 8 (intermediate to late advanced).
"I used to play the piano…"
Aimed at ‘returning’ players who have spent some time away from the keyboard, Play it again: Piano gives you the confidence to revisit this fulfilling pastime and go beyond what you previously thought you could achieve. Each of the 21 pieces in Book 2 is accompanied by two full pages of easy-to-understand practice tips, all designed to get your fingers speeding comfortably across the keys once again! There are more comprehensive Piano Technique and Theory sections at the front and back of each book, so you can also delve deeper to regain a fuller understanding of music and technique.
A refresher course for all abilities
Each book is arranged in 4 progressive sections, with Book 1 moving from ‘Elementary’ to ‘Intermediate’, and Book 2 taking you from ‘Late Intermediate’ to ‘Late Advanced’. Dip in and out wherever your level of playing suits: this two-book course starts with simple and elegant miniatures and concludes with the famously showy Prelude in C-sharp minor by Rachmaninoff! Confident pianists could start with Book 2, but there is a wealth of delightful repertoire and valuable practice tips in Book 1 – it’s always useful to go ‘back to basics’.
From Schumann to shuffles
Baroque, Classical and Romantic works sit alongside Jazz, Ragtime, contemporary or traditional pieces at every level, so each lesson brings something different and you’ll learn to play in a range of styles, some of which may be new to your fingers.
If you often find yourself saying “I used to play the piano…” but wish you still did, then Play it again: Piano is the resource for you!
From the author
How to use Play it again: Piano
Practice advice: Warm-ups
C.P.E. Bach: Solfegietto C minor H 220
L.v. Beethoven: Für Elise WoO 69
F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Song Without Words, op. 30/3
H. Berens: Study F Major, op. 88/18
E. Cobb: Lavender Haze
M. Spanswick: Seahorse Dream
G.F. Händel: Allegro from Suite G Major HWV 441
W.A. Mozart: Allegro from Sonata C Major KV 545
L.v. Beethoven: Adagio Sostenuto from "Moonlight" Sonata, op. 27/2
J.B. Cramer: Study C Major, op. 50/1
J. Brahms: Waltz A-flat Major, op. 39/15
S. Hormuth: Sweat Feet Stomp
F. Schubert: Impromptu A-flat Major D 935/2
S. Heller: Warrior's Song, op. 45/15
C. Debussy: The Girl with the Flaxen Hair L 117/8
B.Carson Turner: Londonderry Air
J. Turina: Fiesta, op. 52/7
J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue C minor BWV 847
F. Chopin: Raindrop Prelude, op. 28/15
S. Joplin: The Entertainer
S. Rachmaninoff: Prelude in C-sharp minor, op. 3/2