'Tall Stories for Short Pianists' is an album of a dozen approachable Piano solos along with 5 duets (for pupil and teacher) pitched at the younger Pianist. Each piece connects with a tale or story (some will be more immediately familiar than others) while the level of difficulty starts at ABRSM Prep Test/Trinity College Initial with a couple nudging Grade 3.
While in some cases the technical and reading difficulties have been kept to a minimum, other pieces include hand-positon changes hand-crossing isolated high/low notes or brief chromatic features in order to widen the interest. The intrepid Pianist is warmly invited to take up a commanding presence at the Piano (or Keyboard) and perform with authority!
Mark Tanner's compositions encompass an impressively wide range of attractive styles. A number of his pieces written or adapted for a variety of instruments feature in current ABRSM TCL and LCM exam syllabuses drawing from a growing oeuvre (60 volumes) of music published by Spartan Press. You will find a few of his pieces within an appealing new ABRSM series due to appear later in 2016: 'Piano Star'. Mark's 'Scapes' series was shortlisted for the 'Best Print Resource' Award at the 2015 Music Teacher Awards and he is co-author of ABRSM's Teaching Notes an informative book to support the latest Piano syllabus. His thought-provoking book 'The Mindful Pianist' was published by Faber Music in 2016.