We’re With You!

September brings mixed feelings. Reluctance—summer’s disappearing. Eagerness—the possibilities in a new school year. “What About Us?” We’re thinking of all of you who are with us in the adventure of reaching minds and hearts through making music. And what about you? Still in the flurry of launching your new schedule? Still planning? Still choosing? Time to hang loose a bit and appreciate that a simple chord progression—vi, IV, I, with its small surprise skip directly from IV to I—can support an entire song, like this one found in BigTime® Piano Hits. The descending sixths that enrich the introductory opening section not only fit the hand, but glide so easily. The added chord notes, those soap-opera sounds, as Dr. Faber calls them while gently emphasizing their dissonance, provide color in quiet sections, power at more dramatic moments. The song says, “We are searchlights; we can see in the dark.” Let’s all shine brightly this year!

8 Responses to “We’re With You!”

  1. Janell mann September 18, 2018 at 11:02 am #

    A. Beautiful piece beautifully demonstrated

    • Marianna Ussner October 25, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

      Hello Randal, You are such an inspiration as a bright Light in the world!! Thanks for your fabulous presentation in Vancouver at Long and McQuade! Love the visual metaphor of “We are Searchlights; we can see in the dark.” It is a time of strong and bright lights to illluminate all through music!!
      I am playing and planning for future students. Keep up the world illuminating power of music!! Marianna

  2. Adrienne September 18, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

    Beautiful….thank you!

  3. Kristin Kelley Richards September 18, 2018 at 9:04 pm #

    I love this arrangement, I will definitely try it out with my students!

  4. Cindy Lorenzo September 20, 2018 at 6:30 am #

    Hi Dr Faber,

    Do you have a place to log mistakes that need to be corrected in Piano Adventures?

    Early beginner C workbook:

  5. Betsy Henrichs September 20, 2018 at 9:57 am #

    Hi Cindy — Please click the Contact link at the top of our website (https://pianoadventures.com/contact/). There you’ll find a place to submit your message. We review all messages and consider all reported errors. Thanks for contacting us and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

  6. Glenda Kernen October 1, 2018 at 11:52 am #

    Is there a web site that students can listen to the pieces in Piano Adventures?
    Glenda Kernen

  7. Lesli Malle October 17, 2018 at 1:25 pm #

    As usual, a beautiful arrangement from the Fabers! We cannot over emphasize the importance of these commercial pieces for our students. There are some students that will stop playing piano if they don’t have popular repertoire to work on that is arranged so well. And that is why the Fabers have put in so much care and attention to this genre. So enjoyable on it’s own and as a supplement to classical study.

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