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Rhythm Machine by Lynn Freeman Olson

Lynn Freeman Olson's, "Rhythm Machine," has become a student favorite in piano teaching repertoire. The quick, alternating hands, provide a busy, energizing pattern akin to the sound of drums. The contrasting B section presents a series of acrobatic legato fifths patterns that soar up and down the keyboard. This is the perfect "easier, sounds hard" piece for an enthusiastic student. "Rhythm Machine" at a Glance Level: Late Elementary Key: D Minor Tempo: Very Fast Hand Span: Must be able to play blocked triads in first inversion. Challenges: -It can be challenging for some students to change rhythm from quarter notes to eighth notes in (mm. 1-2). Preliminary exercises that involve tapping thi

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