Little Hands 2017 – Cool Hand Luke

[Posting clips of my students performing lets them know I’m proud of them. Learning music – like learning most things – is a series of little steps, every step significant, and hopefully taken with a sense of pleasure and adventure.]

Luke is getting ready for his AMEB Piano For Leisure Preliminary Grade exam later this year. He’s almost there, just a couple of things to fix, and I might have to stop him grooving around on his seat when he plays bluesy Sherlock Holmes.

Luke’s fingers are now more relaxed, and I can hear he’s enjoying himself!

These pieces are from the Series 3 (purple) book.

“March Of The Goblins” has lots of slurs, rests, and staccatos. I’m amazed little kids persevere with it, with me harping on at them, “Make this smooth, now break off! Stop! Start! Stab here (staccato). Pop! Pop! Pop!”  Phew…


Definitely Cool Hand Luke here…


With “Japanese Koto”, he gets to be free, and hold the sustain pedal down for the whole song! Fun eh?  Right at the end, Luke reaches all the way down to play the lowest note on the piano. You don’t get to do that very often.

I love AMEB Piano For Leisure.  The songs are gorgeous and a great way to engage young kids.  Great examples of beauty in simplicity.

Well done Luke!



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