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The Counting Book Learn how to play eighth notes

By Rhonda Bradley

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Piano Solo, Easy Piano, Organ, Keyboard - Easy/Beginner - Digital Download
Composed by Rhonda Bradley. Method, Etudes and Exercises, Classroom, General Instructional, Technique Training. 19 pages. Published by Miss Rhonda (S0.161027).

Item Number: S0.161027

The Counting Book -  Learn how to play eighth notes

Learn to master eighth notes and dotted quarter notes with THE COUNTING BOOK by Rhonda Bradley.
19 pages black and white


This 19-page book includes 17 pages dedicated to exercises that will help you to master the basics of music rhythm. All exercises are in standard C-position so that the student can focus solely on music rhythm.

The Reading Book is the most straightforward and effective collection of exercises designed to help students of all ages and levels to master eighth-note reading.  

As a new teacher, Miss Rhonda struggled with teaching eighth notes in a way that was successful 100% of the time. It seemed that the piano teaching materials available at the time didn't offer enough support and repetition to guarantee success, and it left Miss Rhonda worried whether she would ever be able to teach piano successfully.

At about that time a new product became available at her local Best Buy store. It was called a "personal computer," and when she finally got one into her own home she immediately began trying to make sheet music exercises that would help her students master those tricky eighth notes.

After some trial and error, Rhonda began having 100% success helping students to completely master eighth note playing and reading by the end of her second year of teaching piano.

Those early exercises eventually became the beginnings of this book, The Counting Book, which she would formally publish for the first time in the year 2000. Not much has changed with this book over the years because sometimes when something works so well -- you don't mess with it.

Miss Rhonda still considers The Counting Book to be the most important and valuable of the many piano books that she's published since. She believes that music rhythm is more important than any other concept at the piano -- including note reading.

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