Lesson 52

Focus: Final Review

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Week 52, the last in your year-long jaunt through the art of piano playing, begins with a classical piece in a minor key. It's a complicated piece, one that provides an essential review of several things learned thus far. After demonstrating the song hands together as written, Duane pulls in for a close-up to show you the piece hands alone in greater detail.


The remainder of the songs in the fourth supplementary book are written in figured bass, a chord notation method which Duane defines thoroughly, explaining both the benefits and drawbacks of such a method. He then guides you through the ten songs remaining in the book -- including "How D'Ye Do," "Cowboy Jack," "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" and "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" -- and reviews nearly every arrangement technique covered in the course, including octaves, western bass, Alberti bass, tremelos, contrary motion, twangs, grace notes and walk-ups and walk-downs.


The lesson then pulls back out of the close-up for a final discussion of everything covered this year, including a retrospect look at everything you've accomplished. Duane ends this final course with a good-bye and encourages you to continue your piano studies beyond this year of lessons.


Review by Mollie Wells

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