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Right From the Start

A Rapid Piano Reader

By Lynn Freeman Olson

Chamber Piano - SMP Primer Level (Early Elementary); NFMC Level: Pre-Primary Class Level B
A Rapid Piano Reader. Composed by Lynn Freeman Olson. SWS. Classical. Book. With Standard notation. 32 pages. Carl Fischer Music #O5101. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.O5101).

Item Number: CF.O5101

ISBN 9780825833700. 9 X 12 inches.

Right From the Start is a first-year reader using elementary rhythms, simple dynamics, and familiar staff Guide Notes as landmarks.

About SMP Primer Level (Early Elementary)

Very beginning music. Five-finger positions with no chords and almost no hand position movement.

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  • 5

    Gloria Merle Huffman
    Stamford, CT
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  • January 31, 2018 Excellent Guide-Notes Approach to Reading Music

    I'm very happy with Lynn Freeman Olson's "Right from the start: a rapid piano reader," which was highly recommended online by renowned piano pedagogue Marvin Blickenstaff. It's for piano students who are just beginning to decipher the treble and bass staves. The focus is on starting with...

    the three note-reading keys (Treble G, Middle C, Bass F) and adding other guide notes (Treble C, Bass C) as reading progresses. Olson has saved me the trouble of writing all this out. It's as though he wrote the examples for what I'm saying in the lesson! The piano methods that work best in the long term use the Middle C and guide notes approach. This first year reading-exercise book (which doesn't pretend to be a book of songs) can be used in conjunction with any other method, with students of any age, and as an aid to reading music of any style. This little gem is a classic, the essential side-dish that every piano teacher should be using to introduce and solidify music reading concepts.

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  • 5

    Mrs. Tracy
    Little Rock, AR
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  • October 31, 2008 Excellent Supplement

    As a teacher, I teach note reading by using Landmark notes (Guide Notes). The Right from the Start book is an excellent supplement to a student just learning to read notes on the staff. It helps to build very strong note reading skills.

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