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2 a) Scheltema Stepping Stone Notation


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One of my main concerns is to take the fear out of using the black keys.

I have, therefore, devised a form of notation which leads on to traditional staff notation hence its' name "STEPPING STONE NOTATION".

With "STEPPING STONE NOTATION" the same lines and spaces are used as in traditional notation except that the notes are printed in OUTLINE - see Step1.

Notes representing black keys may then be filled in by the student - see Step2.

Have no fear of confusing FILLED IN NOTATION with TRADITIONAL NOTATION because, as we shall see, at the end of each group there are one or two pieces in TRADITIONAL STAFF NOTATION which follow on without - in my experience - presenting any problems - see Step3

In Books I & II of "PIECES ARE SCALES IN DISGUISE" the pieces are presented in groups exclusively in the scales of "A" major and "A" minor.

The pieces are grouped in a specific hand position as this develops fluency which then allows for attention to be given to playing musically.

The first few pieces of each group are written in OUTLINE notation (see Step1) so that the student can fill in those notes representing black keys - (see Step 2).

In this way they transform OUTLINE into FILLED-IN notation. Then the last one or two pieces of each group are written in TRADITIONAL NOTATION - see Step3.

STEPPING STONE NOTATION makes it so much easier for students (whether Beginners or Non-beginners) to tackle pieces in the so called "advanced" scales which might otherwise create panic.

With STEPPING STONE NOTATION the reading is so much easier and therefore the pieces can be more demanding physically which avoids boredom which so often leads to giving up.

Please to 2 b) Stepping Stone Notation leading to Traditional Notation

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