Read Ahead - Level 1

Day 1

Warm-up: C and G Major Five-finger Positions

Play these exercises without looking down at your hands:

Memory Exercise

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Song in Half Notes (Louis Köhler)

Before you start to play, look at the clefs, key, and time signature. A metronome marking of quarter note (crotchet) = 100 is suggested, but choose a tempo that is comfortable for you.

You Go First (Ken Johansen)

Find your hand positions before you begin to play, then try not to look down at your hands as you play.

A Lonely Melody (Ken Johansen)

Choose your own tempo for this piece, one that captures the mood of the title.


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