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A good ensemble piece - but be careful
You will be lucky if you have a little group that can play this piece together! But watch out for the unexpected chord change on part 2 from Am to A - if the flatpicker isn't backed up by the correct chord, their C# note will sound like a jarring error!
What is the origin of this piece?
It sounds like Irish fiddle music to me, and there are other tunes about Bonaparte that come from over the sea...
Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine, and Bonaparte's Retreat. I think Napoleon Bonaparte only ever crossed the Rockies in someone's imagination!
The rhythm is a bit tricky
I spend a lot of time saying, TAH, tee-tee, tee-tee etc. in this piece when working with young students who don't read rhythms easily.
But they begin to interpret the quarter and eighth notes well after a few weeks of this song.
Good left hand practice for finger 4
This piece fits nicely in the left hand, and only strays away from "first position" when the melody climbs to high A...
That requires the use of the little finger, and it is good for students to get that finger accustomed to slapping down on the 5th fret!
Here is the very same arrangement, but spread over two pages to make it easier to read.
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Good flatpicking practice
Like Devil's Dream, this flatpicking tune has a melody made up almost entirely of eighth notes.
Your students who are new to flatpicking melodies may struggle initially with the "down,up,down,up" motion of the pick.
I like to get my students used to this technique by doing fret-by-fret scales up the neck of the guitar from string 6 to string 1, going "down, up" on each fret.
Use a simple "scale" for practice
I play along with them, singing the notes like this to correspond to frets (or no frets): "Open, open; one, one; two, two; three, three; four, four; open-open (that's the next string)," etc.
Then, with my eyes watching their pick hand, I'll switch to singing, "Down, up; down, up..."
Sometimes we try it with a metronome to even out their strokes, and I'll assign metronome work at home, too.
Enjoy this beautiful, rhythmic guitar and fiddle music!
This beautiful song book for piano & voice "Esther, For Such a Time as This", available as a digital download, tells the riveting story of the time when Jews in ancient Persia faced a foe named Haman, and how a brave young queen risked her life to save her people.
A good choice for a singing story-teller, an operatic group, a short theater production, or a class of children!
This is the perfect easy start for little pianists.
And when they start reading white-key notes on the staff, this is a fun easy resource to say each week, "Choose a new black-key song at home this week and figure it out to show me next lesson!" They will be spending more time at the piano.
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