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pianistimo
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« on: December 04, 2007, 06:58:28 PM »

OK this question is more in the range of students 12 and older.  Typically, students are introduced to 2 and 3 part inventions - but what if a student is a slight bit on the dyslexic side (very slight) and is really frustrated by this type of music.  What is a good way to still cover Bach and not become frustrated by him.

I printed out some general info about Bach (esp about the WTC) and was thinking about some kind of easier introduction than preludes/fugues or even the inventions.  Are there any suites that fit this bill?  I know the Anna-Magdalena notebook would be easy but perhaps too easy and too boring.  Are there some suites that are 'pared down' for easier reading - or could one do this?  He seems more inclined to songs and melodies.  Also, Bach was really into 'theme and variations' when younger - and perhaps that is an idea to start.  Any suggestions of theme and variations to work on?

addendum:  I just printed out 'Small Prelude' from PF and it looks just about right.  Still interested in any more ideas. 
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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2007, 11:28:47 AM »

The French Suites seem to be easier than the preludes and fugues, and there are of course the clavier-ubung works, like the small prelude you printed out.
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2007, 01:54:10 PM »

Yes. The French Suites might be a really great start.  Even if they are randomly picked through and we only play this or that dance from them.  Thank you!
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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2007, 03:11:16 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2007, 03:52:47 PM »

Goldberg variations?  Woah.  Now that's a fur bit more difficult with the rhythms and trills, etc.  Are you sure?  Some of the gigues and all from the English suite are really easy and not bad - so I'm imagining the French suites would be the same way.  Not sure about the Aria of the Goldberg - but, you know what - sometimes fear prevents us from doing something because we 'think' it's difficult when it's really not if broken down into manageable parts (ie measures).  If I have success with the French suites - I might consider doing something like that.  First eliminating trills and all - and just going for the 'effect' of the Aria.  In fact, possibly just rewriting it in the simplest manner.

Mayla - all because of this good suggestion I found on 'free-scores.com' a suitable version for about level 3 of the aria.  Good idea!  I'm printing it out right now.  http://www.free-scores.com/download-sheet-music.php?pdf=6068
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