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August Song explores the comfort and beauty of playing on the black keys. Feel free to start teaching this piece by rote - the ease of playing with a six flat key signature has never felt so comfortable!
The piece is scaffolded for you and your student. It begins slowly, with the left hand clusters that form the basis of the piece. Slowly add the right hand, and finally begin to break apart the notes into sparkling broken chords.
An excellent opportunity to develop a sense of mastery over a “complicated” key signature, with a lyrical, singing, shimmering sound.
The piece is dedicated to Finn, not one of my students, but one of my biggest fans. He has learned every Month Song and faithfully sent me a video each month, though he’s been playing the piano less than one year!
Listen to August Song below: