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Scherzando Book 2 - Piano - Joan Alfaras

Scherzando Vol. 2 - English

Creative and Dynamic Piano Method - Book 2



Reg.: B.4122

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  • Ensemble: Solo.
  • Genres: Musical education: Instrumental study repertoire; Instrument methods.
  • Language: Inglés
  • Product format: Libro
  • Difficulty level: Elementary
  • Period: 2nd half S. XX - XXI
  • Publishing house: Editorial Boileau
  • Illustrator: LOSANTOS, Cristina
  • No. of pages: 112 + 8
  • Measure: 31,00 x 23,00 cm
  • ISBN: 978-84-17199-86-9
  • ISMN: 979-0-3503-4306-3
  • Available in digital: No
  • Available for rent: No



Book in spanish: Reg. B.4121
Book in catalan: Reg. B.4120

Learning to play an instrument through games, experimentation and creativity as well as trial and error.

Learning to play the piano has never been so exciting. This is the second volume of the collection Scherzando. In this volume the student will concentrate on learning tonalities, improvisation with chords as well as continuing to develop the techniques and ideas presented in the first volume. All of the original music, which was composed by the author of this collection, is written using varied styles evoking exotic landscapes and all kinds of enjoyable activities. Not only will the student work on music reading but also improvisation and playing in groups. 

Beautifully illustrated and including audio recordings, this book has a clear and easy to follow format that introduces the fundamentals of piano playing (fingering, notes, dynamic indications, hand positions, etc.) and at the same time captures and stimulates the student’s imagination. A card game is included to add a different dynamic to the lessons. 

The Italian word «Scherzo» means “game”. The author used the title, Scherzando to convey his concept of learning to play an instrument through games, experimentation and creativity as well as trial and error. All of those are part of this fantastic musical journey that you are about to begin. 

Scherzando, Book 2 (Joan Alfaras):

  • 42 original pieces and an elementary level Concertino.
  • Progressive technique: from changes of position and hand openings, to thumb steps, polyphony, repeated notes, substitutions, various staircases and arpeggios.
  • Different styles, especially designed to appeal to a young audience: classical, jazz, Celtic, world music and film-style pieces.
  • Pieces for reading, improvisation and 4 hands and a final Concertino as a summary of all the technique worked on.
  • Colour illustrations, indications of the key, highlights of the concepts highlighted and reminders in each piecePresentation incomparable to other methodologies, attractive book and especially clear in the presentation of concepts.
  • Set of cards to work on improvisation by agreement.
  • CD accompaniment for all the pieces, quality audios, also available online. All the accompaniments, on the one hand, enrich the student's interpretations both harmonically and instrumentally and, on the other hand, help him/her to keep the tempo, to respect the indications of dynamics and articulation and to have an overall view of the character of the piece.
  • Technical and musical contents of the book.
  • The second volume also has an innovative pedagogical approach to improvisation work: it introduces fundamental concepts such as tonality and chord, which it relates to the reading of some chords in American ciphers (in the fundamental and inverted states) so that the student can begin to interpret and improvise on them. It also gives a series of patterns for the left hand so that the student can get used to thinking harmonically when playing them. Apart from the Concepts pages where this information is presented, the card game allows the student to explore this world by being aware of the chords and scales of some keys.

How This Book Works
First Concepts

01. Gondola
02. The Mambo Brothers
03. Giulietta
04. The Emperor’s Garden
05. Finnish Song
06. The Time Machine
07. Petite valse (Little Waltz)
08. Polka
09. Tamino and Papageno
Concepts that introduce new tonalities and chords for the improvisation piece: Irish Piece
10. Irish Piece
11. Young Ludwig
12. A Rain Day
13. Gladiators
14. Night Cats
15. Al Capone
16. Kyoto
Concepts that introduce new tonalities and chords for the improvisation piece: Mazurca
17. Mazurca
18. Cha-cha-cha
19. Lieder
20. Nautilus
21. Orient-Express
22. An intergalactic Voyage
23. Skate
24. Lazy Blues
25. Niagara Falls
Concepts that introduce new tonalities and chords for the improvisation piece: Tango
26. Tango
27. Oliver Twist
28. The Ghost in the Tower
29. Jurassic
30. The Old Fisherman
Concepts that introduce new tonalities and chords for the improvisation piece: Blues in C
31. Blues in C
32. Syncopated
33. Constellations
34. Viena 1762
35. Alhambra
36. Tito Puente
37. The Oboe and the Bassoon
38. Pirates
39. Sonatina
40. Honolulu
41. Rondeau
42. Sicilian Song

Concertino «Piccolo virtuoso» No. 2 in D minor
I  Tempo giusto
II  Con dolcezza
III  Con brio

Technical Chart
Instructions for the Card Game Scherzando: reading chords and creating small accompaniments and melodies

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