As a prelude to my forthcoming set of piano duets for late elementary/early intermediate players, today’s Friday competition is actually a freebie. I’m hoping the new duets will be published in September and my challenge has been to write very short pieces (8-10 bars) for those of Grades 2-4 standard. It’s amazing just how tricky it is to say something musically interesting (hopefully) in just 8 bars!
Andante is a tuneful duet for students (or anyone) of around Grade 3 level. Built on the Minimalist idea, I hope it’s fun and convenient to play. It could also be useful sight-reading material for those of a slightly higher level too. To collect your free download and to listen to the piece (which I will be recording soon), please go to Elena Cobb’s Facebook Forum Discussion Page and join (click here). Elena runs a perpetually expanding forum for piano teachers, students and all those interested in learning to play, and to benefit from many discounts, competitions and free downloads, you need to be a member!
Andante is now available to purchase for £2.60 from EVC Music Publications. Check it out here.
For much more information about how to practice piano repertoire, take a look at my two-book piano course, Play it again: PIANO (Schott). Covering a huge array of styles and genres, 49 progressive pieces from approximately Grade 1 – 8 level are featured, with at least two pages of practice tips for every piece. A convenient and beneficial course for students of any age, with or without a teacher, and it can also be used alongside piano examination syllabuses too.
You can find out more about my other piano publications and compositions here.