Alan Bullard: Joining The Dots - Book 4

Books | Piano

Publisher: ABRSM Publishing
Composer: Alan Bullard
Format: Sheet Music | Instrumental Album
Joining the Dots offers pianists lots of material to help build confidence and skill in sight-reading. The series brings together a range of activities to help students improve their sense of keyboard geography, helping them to read new music more quickly and easily.

The five books cover the requirements for ABRSM's sight-reading tests at each of Grades 1 to 5, and include:

  • many short, characterful pieces to sight-read, in a range of approachable musical styles
  • warm-up and technical exercises, to establish basic hand shapes and finger patterns within each key
  • simple improvisation exercises in which students can explore musical ideas and familiarise themselves further with the 'feel' of each key
  • longer solo pieces and a duet, for additional sight-reading practice or to learn quickly and play through for fun

ISBN: 9781860969799
Skill Level: Intermediate Explain this
Published on: 19 January 2010
No of pages: 48
Language: English
Catalogue No: 9781860969799

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        Scores 9.8 out of 10 based on 5 reviews
        10 out of 10


        Luton GB private piano teacher
        This is a really well thought out course in sight reading, in my opinion the best around for piano.
        Confirmed purchase: 08 January 2018
        Published on: 08 February 2018
        9 out of 10


        Rugeley GB mature student.
        Tips for sight reading.
        Reviewer left no comment
        Confirmed purchase: 01 March 2016
        Published on: 15 March 2016
        10 out of 10


        Shropshire GB
        Wide variety helping me to learn and improve
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        Confirmed purchase: 06 October 2014
        Published on: 20 October 2014

        Musicroom Reviews

        Really like these new teaching aids. They are wonderful for building up Sight-reading techniques and key recognition and can be used in lessons or at home. A more fun way to approach sight-reading. Recommend.
        Anonymous - (New Barnet, United Kingdom)
        A superb book from a great new series. These are "must have" books for all teachers who wish to promote the idea of integrated learning- linking sight reading to scales and composing. The pieces are attractive and appealing to all ages and are spot-on as practise material for the ABRSM revised sight reading tests.
        Anonymous - (Hitchin, United Kingdom)
        An interesting and new approach to learning sight reading by developing skills in each key and then improvising simple pieces in those keys.
        Anonymous - (Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom)
        Some of the early sight reading samples in this book were a little easier than I was expecting, but there is a gradual increase in difficulty. I assumed that Book 4 would match the scales required by ABRSM's Grade 4, but that didn't seem to be the case. Also, some of the sight reading tests seem to be repeated, albeit in different scales. I guess it's personal preference, but I would have preferred more variation. I did find it useful for sight reading practice and it is a clear and well presented book. I would suggest going for a book that's one above the ABRSM Grade you're working on.
        Anonymous - (Saltburn-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom)
        This is an excellent book for making not just scales, but improvisation less gruesome to practise. The exercises are short and sharp resulting in more outcome and less groaning.
        Anonymous - (Clitheroe, United Kingdom)
        This book gives some levelled structure to those working at improving their sightreading. The books are clear and well laid out. Pieces are at an appropriate level for grades and of appropriate length. There are pieces in the book that are longer than you would ever get in an exam, but these can be broken down into sections if required.
        Anonymous - (Penrith, United Kingdom)
        An excellent book once again and will make the learning pianist and learning to read music so much easier.
        Anonymous - (Nr. Barry, United Kingdom)

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