Category: Level 3B
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Lost… and Found!

Summertime, and the feelin’ is… relax. Maybe “get lost” a bit. Is there, perhaps, a lost boy—or girl—in your studio? There are many ways to define that kind of loss: attention, practice, motivation, interest. But instead of going to Neverland, let’s take a trip into FunTime® Piano Hits and amble along a leisurely bass line […]

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The Hits are Here!

We are pleased to announce a stunning new collection of contemporary pop hits arranged by Faber & Faber. Students in Levels 3A and above will enjoy a variety of  current blockbusters and Grammy winners as performed by pop artists such as Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Adele, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and more. Great […]

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By Georg! It’s a Dance!

If you asked someone living in Germany when J.S. Bach was alive—who is the best and most famous composer?—the answer would be Georg Philipp Telemann! His music topped the charts in those days, and he earned in Hamburg nearly three times what Bach did in Leipzig. He was prolific. His good friend Handel said that […]

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Liszt, Lyricism, and Love

Franz Liszt is generally acknowledged to be the greatest pianist. Someone who heard him in person said his playing “was all sunshine and dazzling splendour.” As David Andruss explains in this video, Liszt wrote three Liebesträume. They were originally intended as songs, each based on a poem idealizing a type of love. The poem that […]

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Mr. Spindler, Harmonic Blocking, and Musical Minds

At first glance, Spindler’s two Preludes in G present a flurry of eighth notes—first in the treble line, then the bass line. However, if we look through our “theory glasses,” patterns emerge! This video explains how grouping the 8th notes into chords allows us to see the harmonic structure of each phrase. Harmonic blocking is […]

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Finger Fireworks

Watch as Randy presents a teaching demonstration of the first technique secret, “Finger Fireworks,” from Level 3B. Randy starts by having Ian experience the cupped hand shape off the piano, with the hand upside down. With practice, Ian is able to master the closed-hand technique which gives ease and speed for scalar passages. From Level 3B […]

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A New Approach to Technical Fluency

In keeping with the Year of Technique and Artistry, Nancy and Randall Faber are pleased to present Hanon-Faber, The New Virtuoso Pianist—a fresh, new approach to the 150-year-old keyboard exercises of Charles-Louis Hanon. Why This Edition? Concert artists recognize that finger strength is subordinate to the coordinated use of fingers, wrist and arm, which together harness […]