Book 3

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Book 3 takes the student to grade 1 standard playing. The numbered staves are now replaced by conventional staves.

Pieces

Children explore the keyboard further and progress to extended hand positions by playing arpeggios within a piece. A wider range of styles and tempi are used (see rhythm below). Pedal is introduced in a simple way, either at cadence points or to be held down for certain phrases (no pedal changing is required).

Technique

More sophisticated use of legato and staccato is required such as right hand legato thirds. Playing in 2 parts with the right hand is introduced. This requires the thumb to be held while crotchets are played above. Hand crossing is required. This involves playing a broken chord through 4 octaves. Both scales and arpeggios are introduced within pieces and covered in the theory sections.

Rhythm

Compound time is introduced. Rhythms are now used to explore a broader range of styles from Waltz to Boogie. A wider range of tempi is covered from Lento to pieces that require nimble quaver finger work.

Theory exercises

Note finding by letter names (rather than line numbers) is explained. All elements of conventional notation are thoroughly covered in order that the child can move on to conventional notation. By the end of the book sight-reading exercises without the use of colour are roughly grade 1 sight-reading standard.

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