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John Thompson’s Easiest Piano Course PART TWO CHAPPELL & CO., LTD. 50, NEW BOND STREET, LONDON, W.I THE WILLIS MUSIC CO. CINCINNATI, OHIO FOREWORD (Part Two) REVIEW The first example in Part Two presents a review of Notes, Time Values ond other Rudiments leamed in Part One. NEW MATERIAL Grect importonce is attached fo the fact that as new notes are introduced, the pupil is given opportunity to play examples in which only one hand is required. This together with the Reading and Writing exercises on the Work Sheets will ensure fom ploying hands together. rity with the new material before ACCOMPANIMENTS The accompaniments to be played by teacher or parent, not only make these examples sound complete, but are a great oid in establishing good rhythm and even tempo—as well as encouraging the pupil to play with expression. FINGER DRILLS ‘Most examples are preceded by short four-bar Finger Drills in Five-finger position. Since the five-finger group is the fore- runner of the scale, the importance of these little exercises cannot be over-estimated, The Scale as a musical and technical figure will be taken up more completely later in the Course. CHORDS In the latter part of the book, some very simple two-and three-note chords are introduced—both in “block” and broken-chord formation. This enables the pupil to get the “feel” of harmonic accompaniments before he is required to learn the Theory and Evolu- tion of chords—which of course, can only follow a knowledge of Scales and Intervals By progressing slowly and presenting many exomples containing each new set of notes, the pupil is certain to have developed fluency in Reading by the time Part Two is finished—particulorly if emphasis is placed on the Work Sheets, the “Reading Aloud” Exercises and the Finger Drills which are always built upon the new notes presented. CONTENTS FOREWORD REVIEW—Moterial learned in Part One—"'Schoo! Days" QUAVERS— In Two- Four “Playing Tag” QUAVERS— In Three- Four “Through the Woods" QUAVERS— In Four-Four “The Trombone Player" B AND D ON LEGER LINES “Oh, Susanna! REVIEW—"Ten Little Indians” WORK SHEET THE SHARP SIGN “The Bells Ring Out" THE FLAT SIGN “Sunrise” KEY SIGNATURE: F MAJOR “The Ballet Dancer” KEY SIGNATURE: G MAJOR “Three Blind Mice” WORK SHEET—New Notes EXAMPLE ON NEW NOTES “The Dancing Kangaroo” REVIEW—"Follow the Leader” REVIEW—"Lightly Row” REVIEW—"Setting Up Exercise” WORK SHEET—NeWw Notes in the Bass DUET ON NEW NOTES—"Serenade’ REVIEW—"The Pipers are Coming THE NATURAL SIGN—"Once Upon A Time” 12 13 4 16 7 18 9 20 a 22 23 24 REVIEW—"The Wishing Stor” 25 BROKEN CHORDS—"Mountain Clim 26 WORK SHEET-—New Treble Notes 27 DUET ON NEW NOTES—"Maypole Dance” 28 REVIEW—"lLittle Bo-Peep” . 29 WORK SHEET—Two-Note Chords. 30 DUET ON TWO-NOTE CHORDS “Evening Stor’ 31 TWO-NOTE CHORDS—in G Major ‘The Skater” 32 TWO-NOTE CHORDS—in C Major “The Dancing Bear” 33 THREE-NOTE CHORDS—With Stationary Bass, in C ‘Major ‘Theme from The “New World” Symphony Dvofék 34 THREE-NOTE CHORDS—With Stationary Bass, in F Major “Skip to My Lou” 35 THREE-NOTE CHORDS—With Stationary Bass, in G ‘Major “London Bridge is Falling Dowr 36 CROSS-HAND PIECE—"The Giant Steps" a7 REVIEW—“Turkey in the Straw’ 38 ACCENTS—"indion Tom-Toms” 39 Duets for Sight Reading or Diversion “Sweet and Low” Joseph Barnby 40 “Pretude’ Chopin 42 ~The Band Played On” Charles Ward 44 CERTIFICATE : 47 counts couNTS 2 COUNTS @ = 1 count (& || Aways pe carcrur OF THE FINGERING Teacher Pupil Part One School Days Quavers In Two-Four WHEN NOTES ARE JOINED TOGETHER. ike THI ( J] on [ff ) THEY ARE CALLED QUAVERS -— THERE ARE TWO QUAVERS. TO ONE COUNT. Playing Tag Quavers THIS PIECE In Three - Four z \ BEGINS ON RLF | THE THIRD COUNT, Through the Woods Welsh Folk Tune ONLY Two COUNTS TO THIS BAR, BECAUSE WE BEGAN Accompaniment ON THE THIRD. Quavers In Four-Four The Trombone Player , LIKE MIDDLE C, B awd D CAN BE, WRITTEN IN EITHER CLEF. Ee Oh, Susanna 3 siephen Foner Read Aloud Read Aloud Qe a a . se Ten Little Indians ‘Traditional One lit-tle, Two lit-tle, [Three lit-tle In-dians, [Four lit-tle,Five Tit-tle, Six lit-tle In - dians, Seven lit- tle, Eight lit-tle, |Nine lit-tle In- dians, | Ten lit- tle In- dian Work Sheet y) P_fom THE STEMS IN THE FIRST TWO EXERCISES, SO AS TO MAKE QUAVERS IN PAIRS. Draw the Bar Lines in the next three exercises, then recite the names of the notes. WHEN A SHARP (#) e t sriaceoserone| The Sharp Sign B hone nia one Aenrust stlex nev vo Tue RIGHT toon at to enant, Tee See now mance Ponca $i "San Cano on Your Pano rT The Bells Ring Out 92 To imitate chimes effect, hold the right pedal down throughout the first two lines. 42 The Flat Sign WHEN A LAT (b) 15 PLACED BEFORE A NOTE, PLAY THE NEAREST BLACK KEY TO THE LEFT LOOK AT YOUR CHART, THEN SEE HOW MANY Bb's TT Sunrise ww Key Signature F Major The Ballet Dancer WHEN THE FLAT OR SHARP SIGN APPEARS NEXT TO THE CLEF SIGN, IT BECOMES THE KEY SIGNATURE. IN THIS PIECE, ALL BS ARE FLATTED. IT 1S IN THE KEY OF F MAJOR . Ne // 5 SEE IF YOU CAN FIND THIS. BLACK KEY BY YOURSELF, Accompaniment = 7 ty i == ae aan 4 Key Signature G Major IN THIS PIECE, THE SHARP SIGN hy 1S SHOWN IN THE KEY SIGNATURE \\ IT MEANS ALL FS WILL BE SHARPED. IT IS IN THE KEY OF G MA/OR. Three Blind Mice Don FORGET ig) [eae ALL FS ARE SHARPED In Taig Piece. 16 Work Sheet eta tein a NEW NOTES IN THE TREBLE letter names — — ne . a= Se Transposing Write the new notes below. Write these notes (one octave lower) in the Bass. Semi. Dotted Two. breve _Minim Minim Crotchet Quavers, Write these notes (one octave higher) in the Treble. a7 Finger Drill Read Aloud Pupil The Dancing Kangaroo Teacher Finger Drill Read Aloud Follow the Leader * The duet, poge 42, may be assigned at this point for Sight Reading or Diversion. 9 Finger Drill RHA 2 4 3 6 4 2 Lightly Row 4 Finger Drill Setting-Up Exercise ‘Accompaniment a Work Sheet (HERE ARE THREE NEW BASS NOTES ‘New Notes Write letter names Transposing Write the new Bass notes below. Semi- Dotted Two breve _Minim Minin _Crocchet Quavers f° E 5 Transpose these notes to the Treble—one octave higher. Transpose these notes to the Bass—one octave lower. Serenade (For the Left Hand) Accompaniment Finger Drill Read Aloud 2 The Piper’s are Coming! , (Musette) 1.5. Bach i The Natural Sign 4 Finger Drill 4 Once Upon a Time HE NATURAL SIGN CANCE! a THE EFFECT OF SHARD Ci = Finger Drill Read Aloud Po avi Eee ie eae | 2 ae The Wishing Star German Folk Tune CHANGE HAND | bo ON HERE. Finger Drill 5 5 ssf ce a7 Work Sheet TTT, Gt B_fig ajo toe “pf ts a 4 7 Write letter names TRANSPOSE THESE NOTES ONE OCTAVE LOWER IN THE TREBLE | NEXT, WRITE THEM IN THE BASS CLEF. (THEN PLAY THEM AND SEE If YOU CAN NAME THE TUNE. Finger Drill Read Aloud 2 Maypole Dance Pupil = — Accompaniment Teacher { The duet, page 44, may be assigned at this point for Sight Reading or Musical Recreation. 29 Finger Drill . 8 2 aon RH a ra 7 128 Little Bo-Peep Chords When two or more notes are played together, they form a CHORD LEARN THESE TWO LITTLE CHORDS. THEY WILL BE VERY USEFUL Spray iC Key of G Key of F \ Key of C Key of G Key of F NOW PLAY THEM WITH THE THIRD NOTE ADDED IN THE LEFT HAND NowSYOU play these broken chords in the Key of G and in the Key of F. IN THIS PIECE, WHEN STEMS POINT DOWNWARD, PLAY WITH THE LEFT HAND. J_A WHEN STEMS POINT UPWARD, PLAY WITH THE RIGHT HAND Preparatory Exercise Hands Together Teacher: The Skater 2 ie 3s The Dancing Bear 2, WHEN NOTES ARL MARKED WITH | THe Pause SIGN, HOLD THEM FOR [x tongen tage : Chords with Stationary Bass In C Major Preparatory Exercise THe 8 Theme from “The New World” Symphony 2 Anton Doak WHEN THIS SIGN IS \_==> PLACED BELOW A NOTE, x Wam.ce. 20 PLAY IT ONE OCTAVE LOWE! Chords with Stationary Bass In F Mojor Preparatory Exercise - Chords with Stationary Bass In G Major Preparatory Drill : 3 London Bridge is Falling Down eee The diamt Steps | / ~- Finger Drill 7 For Sight Reading, use the duet on page 43. THIS IS THE SIGN OF THE ACCENT(7p )- NOTES MARKED WITH “THIS SIGN SHOULD BE PLAYED WITH EXTRA FORCE. Indian Tom-Toms WM.Co, 2280 40 Duet Accompaniment Ngee Joseph Barmby a = z < z 2 CAREFUL OF B | FINGERING, Duet from Prelude, Op. 28, No. 20 Secondo In quick four-four ee $ i Duet = from Prelude, Op. 28, No. 20 Primo F. Chopin In quick four-four 44 Duet The Band Played On Secondo Charles Ward Duet tn this piece, both hands The Band Played On play in Trebie Clef ’ Primo" & Charles Ward WM.Co re TS 3 Certificate of Merit This certifies that has successfully completed PART TWO oF John Thompson’s EASIEST PIANO COURSE and is eligible for promotion to PART THREE