Students just beginning to learn an instrument naturally want to advance quickly beyond simple melodies to something more "popular", but beginning techniques are not enough to allow them to enjoy this type of music as much as they would when singing it. This set of pieces is meant to help bridge that gap, step by step. The pieces gradually progress from very easy to medium advanced, constantly teaching something new. Articulation, phrasing, rhythm, and harmony are all addressed, with special attention paid to the characteristics of pop music. Instrumental parts for violin, flute, viola, and cello are available separately. These parts can be used separately or together in unison. In English and German.
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Manfred Schmitz was born in 1939. He has a degree in piano from the Franz-Liszt-Academy in Weimar, Germany. He was a piano instructor at various music schools and held a teaching position at the Franz-Liszt-Academy of Music in Weimer from 1968 to 1984. He has been active as a freelance composer, pianist, arranger, author and teacher since 1984, appearing in countless guest performances and performing for recordings for both TV and radio productions.
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