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The All-in-One Approach to Succeeding at the Piano, Book 1B
by Helen Marlais

FJH2226 / 6.95

This next book in The All-in-One Approach to Succeeding at the Piano® method teaches: G position; sharps and flats; tonic and dominant; Bass G position; upbeats; accents; and the I and V7 chords in C and G. Short theory and technical exercises appear between appealing solos. A CD with three tracks for each solo is included.

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Energize Your Fingers Every Day, Book 2B
by Helen Marlais with Timothy Brown

FJH2166 / 6.95

Short patterns guide technical development with specific goals in the sub-title such as: free arm, two-note slurs, rotation or balance between the hands. 2B uses larger intervals, ledger lines, cadences, one-octave scales, and more finger crossings. Students read, play and review an exercise (4-8 measures) every day and are encouraged to listen to the sounds they make. Helpful technique tips are found throughout.

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Etudes with Technique, Book 5
by Helen Marlais with Suzanne Torkelson

FJH2029 / 9.50

Late Intermediate
Most of the 28 etudes written by illustrious teacher-pianists (Gurlitt, Le Couppey, Türk, Beyer, Streabbog, Czerny) are two pages long. The selections reinforce technical concepts, but they are not just “exercises” but delightful pieces that can be programmed for recital or performance. Unit 1 focuses on Trills; Unit 2–Crossovers; Unit 3–Double Notes; Unit 4–Blocked and Broken Chords; and Unit 5–Waltz Bass.

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FJH Duets At Their Best! Book 3
by various composers

FJH2258 / 7.50

Intermediate
We put seven of our popular Intermediate equal-part duets under one cover. Five original duets: Windrider and Bases Loaded! by Melody Bober, Hoedown at Cripple Creek by Kevin Olson, Funtasia in F Minor by Carolyn Miller and Toe-Tappin’ Twins by Claudette Hudelson plus two arrangements: Flower Duet (from Lakme) arranged by Nancy Lau and The Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues arranged by Jason Sifford make this a very attractive collection. This carefully leveled book offers lots of variety in styles and moods. All can be programmed for performance.

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Christmas with Kevin Olson, Book 1
by Kevin Olson

FJH2264 / 6.50

Elementary
Kevin adds his special touch to the 11 familiar Christmas songs that are mostly two pages with minimal hands-together playing. These carefully leveled yet accessible arrangements include lyrics and teacher accompaniments. Students will enjoy playing these famous carols. Titles include: Up On the Housetop; O Come, O Come, Emmanuel; It Came Upon the Midnight Clear and others.

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Christmas with Edwin McLean, Book 1
by Edwin McLean

FJH2265 / 6.50

Elementary
Edwin McLean’s holiday arrangements are perfect for the second year pianist. The ten carols in the book include: Jingle Bells; Deck the Hall; Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring; Auld Lang Syne; and others. Nine pieces have lyrics; all are interesting solos–some of which have teacher duets that enrich the performance.

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A Child is Born
by Kevin Costley

FJH2263 / 6.50

Intermediate
Kevin Costley pens pianistic arrangements of seasonal favorites in this 32 page book that focus on the birth of Christ including: Gesu Bambino; In the Bleak Midwinter; Still, Still, Still; Away In a Manger; and others. Lush harmonies abound in this carefully edited intermediate volume that can be played at home, church or in a recital.

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The Perfect Start for Finger Exercises, Book 3
by Kevin and Julia Olson

FJH2261 / 6.50

Students choose how to play short exercises (4 measures with a repeat) by checking a box under various icons. There are eight different icons that suggest variations in touch, dynamics, tempo, and use of the pedal–always with a rounded-hand shape. Develops listening skills and reinforces the concept that the gesture creates the sound. Creativity is sparked when students combine icons together!

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The Perfect Start for Solo Playing, Book 3
by Kevin and Julia Olson

FJH2262 / 6.50

The solo pieces teach students to play with artistry and expression and reinforce the positions used in the Note Reading book: G positions, F position, and D position. They are encouraged to “tell a story” through the music as they follow the many changes in dynamics, tempo, pedaling, articulation and octave shifts. Pieces are one to two pages in length; some have lyrics. Titles such as Bernie’s Banana Tree, Rockin’ Rhythm, and Waltz of the Giant Gorillas appeal to young musicians.

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Frontier Sonatina
by Bruce Berr

P2017 / 4.95

Intermediate
A sophisticated, new modern sonatina in which Berr uses a contemporary tonal style in the tradition of Kabalevsky is beautifully written for the intermediate student. The three movements are: I. The Dakotas–Neo-classical style, follows classical structure showing form in a modern style. II. Mystery of the Ravine–impressionistic tone painting of a western scene. III. Desert Rainstorm–In 6/8 meter, marked "Presto scherzando" features chromaticism and cross-hand playing.

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Ocho Pasos
by David Karp

E1100 / 3.95

Intermediate/Late Intermediate
This dynamic duet in F minor is very entertaining and quite fun to play! Students must have good rhythmic skills due to the Latin syncopations and sharp listening skills for precise ensemble playing but the work is well worth it. Ocho Pasos is a stunning recital/performance choice.

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Yangtze River Cruise
by Emilie Lin

E1099 / 3.50

Late Elementary
This lovely pentatonic duet can be played on white keys or black keys. It evokes cruising down China’s largest river. It’s a recital piece that can be learned quickly by young students or adults.

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The Wishing Star
by Timothy Brown

W9432 / 2.95

Early Elementary
This piece in “almost” Middle C position (L.H. on E-B) is good legato study for an early elementary student. The lush chordal teacher duet adds beauty to the mostly stepwise melody. Lyrics are included.

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