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#1 The Great Sosso

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 14:47

Hi everyone. 

 

I've got my first student through grade 6 - hooray!  But this is the furthest any student of mine has ever got, and I am wondering what to do next before embarking on grade 7.

 

Can people recommend some good pieces to learn for the next term or two, to get her up to grade 7ish standard?  She's highly motivated and wants to get on with the pieces on her own, then come to me for pointers in the new year, once they're under way. 

 

The main weakness she needs to work on is pedal.  I want to avoid anything too fast (she has arthritis in her hands, so doesn't cope well with trills and the like, so hoping to avoid too many of those in this instance).

 

Thank you all in advance,

 

TGS X


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#2 fsharpminor

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 15:31

Chopin: A Minor and B Minor Waltzes. the first (Op9) of the 2  E flat Nocturnes,  and the second (Op37?) of the two G Minor Nocturnes. (All Grade 7 ish).  Prelude in B Minor (0p 28 no 6),maybe even the D flat (Raindrop)

Schubert : Moments Musicaux

Schumann:  Some of the 'Waldscenen' (Forest Scenes) pieces

Mendelssohn: Quite a few of the Songs without words would suit.  Its worth investing in these as there are 48 and cover Grade 6 to Dip level (a couple are Grade 5)

 

Just a few ideas off the top of my head !


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#3 Dorcas

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 16:26

One of the Chopin waltzes?  Clementi, sonatina 6, both movements.


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Posted 26 November 2018 - 17:54

I think it's reasonable to embark on grade 7 now. That said, I suggest looking into the above suggestions and more, and pick something she likes. In addition, I also suggest looking into more modern music.
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 18:22

Just remembered 'Jazzy Piano 2'  , Five pieces Grade 6-7 by Brian Bonsor and colleague. One has become quite a well known Grade 7 piece (its been twice in the syllabus). Its called 'Willie Wagglesticks Walkabout. Has been a popular selection too.


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Posted 27 November 2018 - 02:04

I would second all of F sharp minor's recommendations - excellent, especially the Chopin and the Jazzy piano book which I use extensively too.

I also like Burgmuller's Op 105 studies.
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Posted 27 November 2018 - 20:32

Thanks everyone - really great suggestions.

 

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 08:11

What about Samuel Maykapar Pedal Preludes - these are sometimes set for exams too. It also has a good forward on pedalling, and the preludes are not long so could be good as a weekly/fortnightly/monthly exercise.


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