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The Missing Bars series
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. The series has two categories - Beginners' Books and Improvisers' Books.
The Missing Bars collection starts with 3 beginners' books. They are all very interactive and both pupil and teacher have fun learning to play the instrument. There are exciting accompaniments and exercises to complete. The books are thorough and offer a huge repertoire of music to complement the composition and improvisation exercises that essentially define these books.
Book 1: Starters' Book
– This is designed for beginners starting the piano for the first time. It introduces basic features of notation and keyboard geography with detailed descriptions, composition and improvisation exercises to ensure that information is internalised practically and interactively.
Book 2: Preliminary Tutor Book
– This follows the Starters' Book and covers all of the essential skills and techniques required to begin ABRSM grade 1.
Book 3: Preliminary Pieces
– The conclusion of the Preliminary Tutor Book features some pieces that summarise all the information learned until that point. This book is a repertoire book that features 16 pieces that each contain a line of composition or improvisation. Each piece is of an ability range of approximately grade 1.
Recordings of all pieces within these books are available in the Pupil Portal
for Cadenza Music pupils.
The pieces within the ‘Missing Bars – For Improvisers’ books are all short original compositions each with a selection of bars devoted to improvising. The philosophy behind this part of the series is to engage the pianist with something new, challenging and rewarding. Adjacent to each piece is a page of guidance which includes assistance on how to approach the improvising. This includes step-wise building up of the accompaniment, which notes to use for the improvisation, guidance on the harmony and rhythmic assistance.
The books are designed for those with a creative edge looking for something alternative and interactive. They could act as a bridge between music grades or offer an enjoyable alternative. The contemporary and engaging manner of these compositions ensures that motivation levels are kept high and at the same time offer suitable challenges to maintain sustained levels of progress.
The books all feature CDs and recordings are featured on them, along with an accompanying backing track. All books have an RRP of £7.99. Contact for more details or to make an order.
New Score by Daniel Nicholson
Click the link below to be directed to ScoreExchange where you can purchase the new solo piano arrangement of the complete second piano concerto in G minor by Prokofiev Op.16.