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John Thompson's Modern Course for the Piano - The First Grade Book

Something New Every Lesson

By John Thompson

First Grade - Book only (English) Piano/Keyboard
Something New Every Lesson. Willis. Learn To Play. Instructional book (softcover). With introductory text, instructional text, instructional photos, illustrations, easy piano notation, fingerings and lyrics (on some songs). 79 pages. Willis Music #5640. Published by Willis Music (HL.412081).

Item Number: HL.412081

ISBN 9780877180050. 9x12 inches.

John Thompson was famous for his sincere efforts to interest young pupils in pianism. This series is a clear, correct and complete foundation in the study of the piano to enable the student to think and feel musically. All of his books teach, in the simplest language possible, interpretation and expression. One ideal is "to use in miniature the same attacks as those used by the concert artist.".

  • Foreword 
  • 1. Hand Position (C Major) - The Phrase "Music Land" 
  • 2. Musical Form - "Patterns" 
  • 3. Rhythm and Accents - "Runaway River" 
  • 4. Tonal Shading - "Swans on the Lake" 
  • Half Steps - Sharps, Flats and Natural 
  • Whole Steps - Writing Lesson 
  • 6. Accidentals - "The Scissors Grinder" 
  • 7. New "Hand Position" (G Major) - "A Sng of Penny Candy" 
  • 8. Two Melody Patterns - The Man in the Moon" 
  • 9. Folk-tunes - "The Party" 
  • Phrasing Attack - Right Hand and Left Hand 
  • 10. Combing Hand Position - "The Robin" 
  • 11. Finger and Harmony Patterns - "The Merry Clown" 
  • 12. Harmony Patterns (Left Hand) - "The Cuckoo" 
  • Examination No. 1 
  • Scales - Ways and Means 
  • Building the C Major and G Major Scales 
  • 13. Ascending Scale in C Major - "Scaling the Wall" 
  • 14. Descending Scale in C Major - "The Chimes" 
  • 15. New "Hand Position" for Left hand - "Stepping Stones" 
  • 16. Broken Chord as a Melody - "Mountain Climbing" 
  • 17. New "Hand Position" (F Major) - "A Chord Frolic" 
  • 18. A First Recital Piece - "The Fairies Harp" 
  • 19. First Introduction to Eight Notes - "The Wishing Star" 
  • 20. New "Hand Position" - (D Major) - "Lightly Row" 
  • 21. New "Hand Position" - (A Major) - "Little Spring Song" 
  • 22. Staccato and Legato Groups - "Falling Leaves" 
  • 23. Dance Forms - "Dutch Dance" 
  • 24. A Descriptive Recitl Piece - "The Fairy Court" 
  • Examination No. 2 
  • 25. Example in Staccato - "The Tiresome Woodpecker" 
  • 26. Extended "Hand Position" (A Major) - "The Knight and the Lady" 
  • 27. Dotted Quarter Notes - "Air from Mozart" 
  • 28. Rhythmical Pattern used by Brahms - "A Little Waltz" 
  • 29. New "Hand Position" (Bb Major) - "The Owl's Question" 
  • 30. Six-Eight Time - "Cheer for the Blue" 
  • 31. Two-Note Phraases in 6/8 Time - "The Owl's Question" 
  • 32. Six-Eight Time (G Major) - "The Singing Mouse" 
  • 33. Hand Position Extended in Left Hand (F Major) - "The Birthday Cake" 
  • 34. Playing in Two "Hand Positions" - The Popcorn Man 
  • 35. Two "Hand Positions" (6/8 Time) - "The Merry-Go-Round 
  • 36. Syncopation - "A Spanish Fiesta" 
  • 37. A Hunting Song - "The Fox hunt" 
  • 38. Two "Hand Positions" - "To Celia" 
  • Examination No. 3 
  • 39. Cross-Hand Postion - "The Frog Chorus" 
  • 40. Wrist Staccato - "The Sleigh" 
  • 41. New "Hand Position" (Eb Major) - "Little Bo-Peep" 
  • 42. Forearm Attack 
  • 43. New "Hand Position" (E Major) - "Peasant Dance" 
  • 44. Broken Chord Accompaniment - "Long, Long Ago" 
  • 45. Three "Hand Positions" - "Silent Night" 
  • 46. Scale Patterns and Chords - "A Keyboard Recreation" 
  • 47. Interpreting Characteristic Music - "The Streamliner" 
  • 48. New "Hand Position" (Ab Major) - "To a Skyscraper 
  • 49. Two "Hand Positions" (Both Hands) - "Dublin Town" 
  • 50. Sixteenth Notes 
  • Examination No. 4 
  • Technical Drills 
  • Four Certificates of Merit 

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  • 5

    Castle Rock, CO
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  • May 29, 2020 John Thompson Book 1

    This is a great beginner book to learn to read and put hands together. There are some great songs that sound good from the start!

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  • 5

    Clovis, CA
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  • June 13, 2017 John Thompson

    I bought this for a transfer student who had been in another prep method. He was halfway through the method but his teacher was plodding him through even though he was much more advanced. After starting him in this, he is ecstatic! I loaned him an old copy from my...

    studio until his came and he flew through the first 2 pieces. I am using this along with Thompson supplementary method "Melody All The Way". I don't use every page of the supplementary book, but if I feel he needs a bit more review of a technique I can always add another piece at the same level with the same technical requirements. Students are also thrilled to get pieces by "Real" composers in the supplement. Thompson not only expects much of the student, but expects much of us, the teachers. After nearly 40 years of teaching and going through every method out there, I always return to Thompson. Just can't beat it!

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  • 5

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  • July 07, 2016 John Thompson's First Grade Book

    I have been teaching for over 35 years. I have used nearly every method out there, and have gone back to the Thompson method. Yes, some of the other methods have music that may seem more 'Fun" but if you want your students to become "excellent" pianists and not just...

    "okay, mediocre" piano players, stick with Thompson. If you have young students, start them with Teaching Little Fingers To Play and go to this one. PLEASE skip the "Teaching Little Fingers To,Play More" book. It it's NOT a Thompson book and it is complex and absolutely NOT a good move from the Primer Thompson to the First Grade Book. If you want "fun" music for your students, there are plenty of supplemental things you can add. Thompson now has a series of Popular Song books, correlated to each level. There is a big book of songs for Teaching Little Fingers that is great for that level and also as use for fun, or sight reading for this level. Get your students plenty of sheet music!

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  • December 27, 2015 Masterpiece

    This was one of the books I used learning. Some of the pieces got a bit tricky towards the end, but still at an easy level.

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  • August 18, 2014 A Real Gem

    I taught myself how to read music and play piano w/this book when I was 8 years old. I'm 50 now, and I'm glad to see its still available for ppl wanting to learn the instrument. It will help you get a solid foundation as a beginner...

    if you have any innate musical talent. Geared towards children, but adult beginners who aren't too proud can benefit too. What really helped me was to emphasis on 'hand positions' w/photographic examples.

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