• Chris Caton-Greasley

Junior Piano Interpretation: Detached or Connected?

This piece was composed to practice the alteration between staccato and legato. Before playing this piece a student should be able to produce staccato and legato to a level 1 standard.

Requirements




 

Learning Objectives


The learning objective sets the reasons for learning this piece. It does not cover all reasons, only the most important ones.


Interpretation Skills

Fluency Skills

  • To play C5, E5, G5

  • To play C3, E3, G3

  • To play on the beat without pauses

  • To play a 2 note chord

  • To play a 3 note chord

 

Demonstration Video





 

Complete Practice Method

  1. Read the letter names out loud.

  2. Play the legato passage to be aware of the movement.

  3. Sit at the piano or keyboard with the correct posture and hand position. (Link: Explanation video)

  4. Play the piece counting the rests and the notes.

  5. Remove any pauses by using a metronome at sixty beats per minute or one tick per crotchet.


Audio Files

Right hand

  • Play along with the right hand to ensure you can play it in time.

  • Play along with the left hand to understand how it feels hands together.

Left hand

  • Play along with the left hand to ensure you can play it in time.

  • Play along with the right hand to understand how it feels hands together.


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