A collection of appropriate and interesting piece for beginners.
Clarke: King William’s March – Demands crisp finger work, plenty of energy and dynamic contrasts, as well as total rhythmic control.
Schumann: Soldiers’ March – Needs a swift tempo and decisive chordal playing and requires lots of colour and tone, so fourth and fifth fingers must swing into action.
Tchaikovsky: The Sick Doll – Experiment with the sustaining pedal and essentially soft dynamics.
Elgar: Salut d’amour – Keep the accompaniment soft and light, and enjoy revelling in the melody, adding lots of warm tonal colours.
Kabalevsky: Galop – The upbeat, tuneful and simple style demands excellent clarity and articulation (finger work), with a clear sense of rhythm and phrasing.
Nielsen: Poco Lamentoso – Requires a steady, even accompaniment with a soaring melodic line. Aim to explore a wide dynamic range and enjoy the chromatic harmony. Harris: Ghostly Conversations – The menacing opening chord, provides a wonderful veiled backdrop, allowing overtones to ring out. The declamatory melody in the treble is offset with staccato ‘replies’ from the bass. The ghosts drift off into the distance at the end visit this site.
Tanner: Night Trip across Hong Kong Harbour – Provides ambient pedal effects with simple, Chinese-inspired colourful harmonies.
Elena Cobb: I Ate all the Choc’late – Played with an energetic and rhythmical with the rolling bass and offbeat chords, or an improvisation around the suggested Blues scale.
Elissa Milne: Storm in a teacup – An excellent study in staccato playing, rests and dynamic markings which can be exaggerated, encouraging whip up a storm.