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Cadenza Keys for Beginners ; Books 1-3

The Missing Bars series is a collection of books written by Daniel Nicholson. They offer an accessible, fun and progressive journey into the world of improvisation and composition. The series has three categories – Beginners Books, Duet Books and Improvisers Books.

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These books are aimed at those taking up the piano for the first time. They are full of highly engaging exercises, improvisations and composing activities which all supplement carefully composed original repertoire that gradually increases in complexity. Theoretical knowledge is also supported throughout the books to offer a truly holistic learning experience. 

Book 1:

Your journey starts here! Begin by exploring how to make  different sounds on the piano before gradually being guided through rhythmic and notational understanding. By the end of this book you will have developed the ability to read and understand music played in both hands (albeit at a basic level). 

Book 2:

The aim of this book is to build on everything worked on in Book 1 and develop technique, further rhythmic understanding, reading methodology, changing hand position, more improvisation and composition and more. By the end of this book you will have reached a level comparable with Grade 1. 

Book 3:

This book is slightly different from the others in that is it a repertoire book However, the pieces are each composed to feature elements of improvisation, composition or ensemble playing (duets). The ability level is approx Grade 1-2 and offers a fantastic alternative to other repertoire of similar standard. 

All books feature fully orchestrated backing tracks and example recordings which are emailed to pupils and soon available to download via SoundCloud.

Cadenza Keys – Books 1-2

These books were the first to be conceived by Daniel and they were aimed at making improvisation accessible to those who have not learned how to improvise before. Each piece is styled in a contemporary manner covering various sub-genres of Jazz, Film/TV and 20th Century Classical music. 

All books feature fully orchestrated backing tracks and example recordings which are emailed to pupils and soon available to download via SoundCloud.