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Friendly Letters

by Carla K. Bartlett

Level:Intermediate to Early Advanced
Instrument:Solo Piano
Genre:Character Pieces
Format:Soft cover book with CD
Price:$15.95

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Friendly Letters

Introduction

Second in a series of "musical correspondence," Friendly Letters provide vivid melody, intriguing rhythms, and a variety of styles from ballad to samba to country. Introductions set the context for each musical letter.
-- Carla K. Bartlett


Dear Jennifer (The New American) Dear Jennifer (The New American)
Level:Intermediate to Early Advanced
Instrument:Solo Piano with chord symbols
Genre:Popular/Easy Listening
Description:A simple I vi IV V '50s pop progression form the basis of this tender ballad.
Technical Highlights:- Parallel thirds in the right hand melody
- "B" section with melody in the left hand
- Imitation and echoing between hands


Dear Julie (The Romantic) Dear Julie (The Romantic)
Level:Intermediate
Instrument:Solo Piano with chord symbols
Genre:Popular/Easy Listening
Description:Lilting thirds tell of yearning for romance and a love to call your own.
Technical Highlights:- Parallel thirds in the right hand melody
- Some chromatic phrase endings and harmonic movement
- Broken chord accompaniment in the left hand


Dear Maureen (The Healer) Dear Maureen (The Healer)
Level:Intermediate
Instrument:Solo Piano with chord symbols
Genre:Samba
Description:A light samba-like rhythm; smooth jazz chords; and a simple, iterative melodic motif give this piece a soothing quality.
Technical Highlights:- Chromatic "B" section returns to the tonic through altered chords


Dear Mary White (California Cowgirl) Dear Mary White (California Cowgirl)
Level:Late Intermediate
Instrument:Solo Piano with chord symbols
Genre:Country/Popular
Description:A ballad with just enough twang for a down-home, country feel.
Technical Highlights:- Grace notes and 16th notes to suggest a slide guitar
- Cross register fingering


Dear Nancy (The Survivor) Dear Nancy (The Survivor)
Level:Intermediate
Instrument:Solo Piano with chord symbols
Genre:Blues
Description:A soulful blues in the style of Janis Joplin.
Technical Highlights:- Triplet pickup to the first theme
- accented, marcato articulation
- Boogie Woogie style in the left hand accompaniment


Dear Jaye (Karaoke Queen) Dear Jaye (Karaoke Queen)
Level:Intermediate
Instrument:Solo Piano with chord symbols
Genre:Rock Ballad
Description:A haunting melody outlining chords and unusual harmonic turns reminiscent of Led Zeppelin.
Technical Highlights:- Simple rhythmic figures
- Left hand melody in section "B"


Dear Stacy (The Happy Little Girl) Dear Stacy (The Happy Little Girl)
Level:Intermediate
Instrument:Solo Piano with chord symbols
Genre:Light Classical
Description:A lilting, repetitive melody brings a melancholy, Irish folk song quality to this piece.
Technical Highlights:- 12/8 time signature; shift to 4/4 for a calmer, duple feel at the end
- Grace notes in the left hand opening figure
- Some duple figures within the compound quadruple meter


Dear Margaret (The Cosmopolitan) Dear Margaret (The Cosmopolitan)
Level:Late Intermediate
Instrument:Solo Piano with chord symbols
Genre:Light Classical / Easy Listening
Description:Dance-like rhythms and shifting meters and harmonic centers create a romantic kaleidoscope of emotions
Technical Highlights:- Wide keyboard range used
- Shifting time signatures and key signatures


Dear Debbie (The Roadrunner) Dear Debbie (The Roadrunner)
Level:Early Advance
Instrument:Solo Piano with chord symbols
Genre:Jazz/Easy Listening
Description:A sassy and hyper-energetic dance with a dreamy B section
Technical Highlights:- Tricky left hand ostinato patterns
- Syncopation in both hands
- Waltz-like "B" section


Dear Anne (Baby Girl) Dear Anne (Baby Girl)
Level:Intermediate
Instrument:Solo Piano with chord symbols
Genre:Lullaby
Description:A loving lullaby, with an introductory lyric that can accompany the opening "A" section.
Technical Highlights:- Two-note chords in the right hand "A" section
- Broken chords in the left hand accompaniment

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