MY FIRST WEEK
Solo / SB / Grade 1
An album of 7 pieces
MONDAY. This little piece uses just the basics. The right hand uses only crochets and (dotted) minims. In the key of C Major and in 3/4 time, this introduces three basic chords for the left hand (C major, F major, G major), and only fundamental bass notes. Only two dynamics are introduced, together with a crescendo, and a pause marking. A two-note finish in the right hand provides a little stretch at the end of the short piece.
TUESDAY. This little piece is in 4/4 time, also in the key of C Major, but using the same chords for the left hand (C major, F major, G major), and only fundamental bass notes. A crescendo and decrescendo are introduced, as are two pause marks, a three-note treble chord at the conclusion of the piece, and a finishing accent.
WEDNESDAY. This little piece, in 4/4 time, is in C Major. It introduces the staccato mark, the ritenuto and a tempo directions, plus a wider range of dynamics. The left hand still concentrates on fundamental basses only, and three chords (C major, F major, G major). An introduction to more precise timing of right hand notes is featured towards the end, when quavers are introduced
THURSDAY. This little piece is in 4/4 time, and in the key of C Major. However, there is a greater use of quavers and more complicated right hand fingering in the tricky middle sequence. The left hand remains simple, with the use of just three chords (C, F, and G Major) and fundamental basses. The last chord (for both hands) needs to be loud, and snappy.
FRIDAY. This little piece is written in 3/4 time, and is written in the key of F Major. The right hand now extends to slightly more than one octave. Naturals are also introduced in the right hand tune. In bars 45 and 46, smooth phrasing is required without disrupting the timing and flow. The left hand introduces 7th chords for the first time. The chords used are F major, Bb major, C major, G7th and C7th.
SATURDAY. This little piece is written in 3/4 time, in the key of F Major. However, it is unusual in that it has a 12-bar theme, with a minor key being interspersed with a major key. It introduces triplets in the treble.
SUNDAY. This little piece is in G Major, and is written in 4/4 time. In the right hand, thirds are featured in the second part of the piece, as well as an unusual ending and rhythmic pattern. The left hand introduces chords that are held over in the middle of the bar (bars 12, 13, 14) to provide a different rhythmic feel, and fundamental and counterbass notes are featured.