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Merry Christmas! Preparatory Book A
edited by Helen Marlais

FJH2230 / 5.50

Delightful Christmas favorites create a festive atmosphere for the holiday season. This book starts with pre-reading pieces and ends with music on the staff. In between are activity pages that reinforce rhythm, note names, and terms and symbols. Some titles are: Jolly Old Saint Nicholas; Up On the Housetop; Jingle Bells; He is Born; Deck the Halls and others. Optional duets included.

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All-in-One Approach to Succeeding at the Piano®
Merry Christmas! Preparatory Book B
edited by Helen Marlais

FJH2231 / 5.50

The seven pieces in this collection are in Middle C position and “almost” Middle C (L.H. thumb on B, or R.H. thumb on D.) Some titles are: Away in a Manger; Jingle Bells; Up on the Housetop; Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella and others. The colorful activity pages reinforce guide notes, time signatures, note names, and terms and symbols. Hands-alone playing, no accidentals, lyrics, and optional teacher duets make this a perfect Christmas book for a student who started in the Fall.

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Play Your Scales & Chords Every Day® Book 3
by Helen Marlais

FJH2175 / 7.95

Book 3 introduces one-octave natural minor scales and cadences. Detailed photos show a step-by-step approach demonstrating finger, hand and wrist motions, in addition to verbal explanations. Also includes a fingering chart, practice suggestions for natural minor scales, and check-off “DID IT!” boxes. This is a very useful book for students of all ages.

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Sight Reading and Rhythm Every Day® Book 7
by Helen Marlais with Kevin Olson

FJH2241 / 7.95

Book 7 continues to develop student’s ability to sight read with ease, accuracy and musicality! Carefully crafted musical examples develop eye, ear, and hand coordination. New concepts are: sixteenth-note rhythms in 3/8 and 6/8 meter and three part chorales. Reviewed concepts: relative major/minor keys, reading ledger lines, diminished chords and augmented chords. Daily activities with “DID IT!” boxes save valuable lesson time.

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Write, Play, and Hear Your Theory Every Day® Book 6
by Helen Marlais with Peggy O'Dell

FJH2237 / 7.95

New concepts are: Major, Perfect and minor intervals; 9/8 time signature; sixteenth and eighth note combinations; primary and secondary triads; dominant 7ths; transposition; compositional techniques of repetition, sequence, and imitation; and non-harmonic tones (passing and neighbor). Complimentary download of ear-training examples and answer key is available online. Contains several musical analyses and a final test.

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Fractured Folk Songs
arr. Valerie Roth Roubos

FJH2198 / 5.95

Elementary/ Late Elementary
Inspired by Saturday morning cartoons, this amusing collection presents familiar folk songs with an added (quirky!) twist–the music and words are slightly changed to make them fun. Some titles include: Home on the Strange; Hush, Little Monster; I’ve Been Waltzing on the Railroad; Plop! Goes the Weasel; and more. Written with accidentals (not key signatures), these solos are two pages in length with lyrics. A fun book for a 1st-2nd year pianist, it could also be used as a “sight reading at your lesson” book for your higher-level students.

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Jazz Improv
by Edwin McLean and Kevin Olson

FJH2248 / 8.95

Intermediate
Jazz Improv is a core book of the Jazz in Focus Library, introducing students to seventh chords, the ii-V-I chord progression, and approach tones. As with the two previous improv books, the step-by-step approach encompassing: 1) a simple concept, 2) a short demonstration piece, 3) riffs for improvising, and 4) a free improvisation chart assures steady progress and opens the door to more advanced study. Jazz Improv is an essential introduction for any piano student who wants to begin the study of jazz, and the material is flexible enough to be used by younger as well as more experienced players.

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Jewish Festival & Folk Songs, Book 4
by David and Renee Karp

FJH2210 / 7.95

Intermediate/Late Intermediate
The concluding book of this popular series contains a wealth of songs for seasonal holidays, liturgical services and folk songs. Includes lyrics and a pronunciation guide. Some of the titles are: Chanukah Candle Blessings; Dayeinu; Chag Purim; Jerusalem of Gold; and Ose Shalom.

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Christmas Gems
arranged by Nancy Lau

FJH2253 / 6.50

Late Elementary/Early Intermediate
The beauty of these Christmas carols shines forth through the lush harmony and use of pedal. Older beginners and adults will appreciate this book because the pieces sound harder than they really are! Perfect for performance, this book starts with a poem written by Nancy that would be a great intro to your Christmas recital. Some titles are: Jingle Bells, The First Noël, Deck the Halls, Away in a Manger and many others.

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Firefly Dance
by Jeanne Costello

P2015 / 2.95

Elementary
This is a flowing waltz with cute lyrics in “almost Middle C” position. The accidentals provide interesting color and it’s a great piece to teach phrase gestures. Optional teacher duet included.

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May Night, Op. 27, No. 4
by Salim Palmgren / ed. Edwin McLean

PS1029 / 3.50

One of the best-known works by Palmgren, this Impressionistic piece requires the L.H. to project the melody even when it crosses over the R.H. The pedal is notated throughout, creating atmospheric effects. This short piece (36 measures) is a perfect introduction to Impressionism for the Intermediate/Late Intermediate student featuring thick sonorities, parallelism and rolled chords.

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Scarlatti’s “trumpet” Sonata in E Major, K. 380, L. 23
by Domenico Scarlatti / ed. Edwin McLean

PS1030 / 3.50

Scarlatti’s most popular piano sonata, this charming one-movement sonata was a favorite of Vladimir Horowitz who performed it frequently. This cheerful piece abounds with scale passages and trills. The edition is urtext, with fingering and optional pedaling included.

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Mysterious Journey
by Martín Cuéllar

W9417 / 3.50

Intermediate
The rolling, restless rhythm of the patterned L.H. is in 6/8 meter in the key of E minor. The opening melody is contrasted with powerful R.H. chords in the middle section accompanied by surprising L.H. harmonic shifts. This commissioned work shows Cuéllar at his lyrical best.

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Crossroads
by Kevin Olson

W9418 / 3.50

Late Intermediate
An energetic, swinging toccata that develops technical skills with repeated notes. The piece is very syncopated throughout and requires a hand that plays octaves comfortably. Students and teachers alike will enjoy this upbeat piece– it’s really fun to play and quite an attention grabber!

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6th Street Stomp
by Kevin Olson

W9420 / 3.50

Late Intermediate
This “show-off” recital piece will have you stomping your feet! Even though the tempo is “with a driving rhythm; even eighths” the R.H. is very syncopated while the L.H. maintains a steady 4 beat rhythmic figure for the most part. This faster-than-ragtime piece uses the full range of the keyboard and requires frequent hand shifts, but is really fun to play and well worth the challenge.

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Toccatina in A Minor
by Martín Cuéllar

W9424 / 3.50

Intermediate
Using a wide range of the keyboard, this polymetric intermediate piece is a showstopper! Interesting chromatic passages and cascading cross-hand arpeggios give it dramatic flair. Starting in 5/4 with a triplet pulse, then a R.H. chordal middle section in 6/8, it goes back to the original theme and crescendos to f with “senza rit.” Great choice for a performance piece!

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The Lone Star Suite
by Timothy Brown

E1095 / 4.95

One Piano / Four Hands
Early Intermediate
This three-movement suite for four hands is a tribute to the sights and sounds of Texas, the “Lone Star State.” The first movement Bluebonnet Stroll is reminiscent of the Old West; the second Seagulls in the Breeze is tranquil–a lyrical interlude between two energetic movements; and the third Twilight on the Brazos is a contemporary look at the regional flavor of the Brazos River.

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Don't Say Goodbye (CD)
by Edwin McLean

CD1043 / 10.95

Atmospheric and introspective, Don’t Say Goodbye contains original jazz-inspired works spanning four decades. The album features some of McLean’s most popular jazz works with The FJH Music Company, such as Lágrimas en la noche, Jazz Nocturnes (Volumes 1 and 2), and Nightworks; also a few unpublished jewels such as Theme from Woodworks and Memories of Changing Time. An album you’ll want to listen to again and again.

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