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:
Book 3 from the Play it Again: Piano series completes the course for those returning to the piano, and continues on their journey from Books 1 and 2.
Each of the pieces in the book is accompanied by full pages of easy-to-understand practice tips. The standard progresses from around UK grades 8 to diploma standard (advanced).
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 pieces in this three-book course is accompanied by at least 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.
From the author
How to use Play it again: Piano
D. Scarlatti: Sonata in E Major
E. Grieg: Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, op. 65/6
C. Debussy: La puerta del Vino
A. Scriabin: Prelude in B minor, op. 11/6
P. Hindemith: Interludium and Fuga decima in Db
M. Spanswick; Frenzy. Étude for Nimble Fingers
L.v. Beethoven: Sonata in C minor (Pathétique), op. 13
J. Brahms: Intermezzo in A Major, op. 118/2
E. MacDowell: Wilde Jagd, op. 46/3
I. Albeniz: Asturias Leyenda, op. 47/5
S. Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G minor, op. 32/12