Fiddle On Down
This is a fun, quick piece in an American Hoe-Down style. In the key of A major, it’s a good piece for focusing on G# intonation, as well as cut time rhythms. There are some small fiddle-y ornaments and some exciting dynamic contrasts. Definitely listen to some folk/fiddle music together as part of your study! The piece also has a lot of repeats and a DC al Fine so lots of ‘roadmap’ music theory practice. Last, I had my students play double stops throughout this piece, but you could do divisi if that were more appropriate to your ensemble. I hope your students enjoy playing this piece as much as mine did.
Duration: 2 minutes 20 seconds
This energetic arrangement was the first that Matt Arnett and Zachary Griffin performed as Rising Action Piano. Full of quick, short references to other Christmas favorites, it’s a difficult number but the fun is well worth it. Duration: 3 minutes 45 seconds (Matt Arnett and Zachary Griffin) Back to piano music
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This is a great piece for a 2nd year group and includes eight short solos for featuring different members of your ensemble! Squarely in the key of D major, with all standard 1st-position fingerings, the challenges lie in rhythm and texture. There are usually three independent layers, with a cool syncopated groove going through nearly the entire piece. Musicians will…
I started writing “Hallelujah” in December of 2018. At the time, Zach Griffin and I were regularly doing Four-Hand piano numbers together and we had talked about trying to make a full Christmas album the next year. I thought it would be good to have a couple original numbers for that set and this light melody was the result. I…