A Walk in the Woods by Kathryn Cater PDF Download
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Our customers LOVE Kathryn Cater's original music! This new collection of 9 pieces has a wide variety of styles for early intermediate level and above. The pieces are in keys of 1 or 2 flats, with a few C# and F# accidentals. There are only a few fingerings. 18 pages of music.
The videos below include Kathryn's performances of 7 of the 9 pieces from this book.
Kathryn’s Having Fun with the Music: Thoughts on Practice and Performance explanations below will also help you get a flavor of the variety of pieces included.
Barefoot Wanderer: My hope is that this lighthearted piece will inspire some arranging
In the Treetop: Feel this in long phrases. We climb this tree up to measure 29, and
then settle in on the favorite branch, where the breezes blow.
Wildflowers: Students may be tempted to play this too fast too soon. The second page is more difficult and requires attention to fingering.
Salamander: The particular way our slow moving salamanders deliberately place each little foot inspired me to write some connected placement passages.
Fox Trail: It’s all about the rhythm. (ONE two three ONE two three one two.) Improvisation is encouraged. This could be very fun as a harp duet. Get creative!
The Fawns: This piece is about one of those surprise encounters with nature, when you try so hard not to move or even breathe, not wanting to end the moment. To achieve that breathless quality, I have the performer lightly stopping the live strings in a few places. The performer is encouraged to be highly expressive and use rubato as they feel it.
Tango of the Owls: We have a pair of Great Horned Owls in the woods, and they often glide between the trees in long, sweeping arcs. Think of this motion to help you make the glissandi deliberate and graceful. Measures 30-35 is whoo who whoo. Play this with dramatic expression. Be a show off! The tango rhythm may also be interpreted as a double dotted quarter - sixteenth note.
Lady Buggedy: Encourage accented boogie rhythm, not speed. (Heavy on beats one and four.) This piece should have a good natured rocking feel.
Secret Agent Super Bunny: Must be performed with strong swing rhythm. If you have back up players, have them snap their fingers on the off beats!