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Eye Tunes Book 1 (Grades 1 - 2)

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The Eye Tunes series

The Eye-Tunes Series for piano contains newly composed piano pieces - attractive,
accessible and pitched at pianists of all ages and abilities. Within each album the pieces are arranged with musical rather than technical concerns in mind, in the hope of encouraging profitable dipping! The range of styles is wide - jazz, pop, ambient, reflective, humorous, minimalist, impressionistic. These pieces, as the title Eye-Tunes suggests, have been written to be read, while calling for a degree of spontaneity and flexibility. The titles are thought-provoking and the material intended to spark the imagination. These albums will serve particularly well as an alternative or adjunct to conventional repertoire.



  • A Turnip for the Books
  • A-Minor Distraction
  • Another Grey Day at Ventongimps
  • Aurora Borealis
  • Cheesed Oeuf
  • Confetti
  • Cormorant High
  • Daft Apeth
  • Fox Unseen
  • Frozen Planet
  • Gale at Godrevy
  • Lost in Cyberspace
  • Night Trip across Hong Kong Harbour
  • Paradiddle Riddle
  • Rainbow Rising
  • Tangaroo
  • The Doolally Dolly
  • The Poet Sleeps
  • The Sea, The Sea
  • The Watering Can-Can
  • Wig-Wam Waltz

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Cat No. SP921
Price £13.50
ComposerMark Tanner
CategoryPiano Solo
PublisherSpartan Press
SeriesEye Tunes
Difficulty level1 - 2
ISMN 979-0-57999-921-8
EAN-13 9790579999218
Weight 174 grams
Published 16th February 2009
Availability 9 in stock


By now, we must all be familiar with Mark Tanner's brilliant and entertaining Eye-Tunes series for pianists at all stages of development. An experienced pianist, lecturer, examiner and adjudicator, Mark Tanner appears to have hit the bull's-eye in knowing just how to spark young pianists' enthusiasm and motivation. The ideas are all so witty and entertaining that the titles alone will amuse any bored pupil...students will thoroughly enjoy playing through and performing these original pieces, which always entertain audiences at concerts and festivals.

EPTA Piano Professional

Mark Tanner is a pianist, teacher, composer, examiner and adjudicator with a wealth of experience, and this has enabled him to capture the very nub of children's imaginations and sparky curiosity while practising the piano. No one has ever said that playing the piano is an easy skill, but with these entertaining pieces, students will enjoy the hard work needed to perform them...All the pieces are varied, colourful, lively and of great character and imagination...Mark Tanner is to be congratulated for offering such a broad range of new material, which is educational and so imaginatively innovative.

Nadia Lasserson, EPTA Journal

Eye-Tunes is an on-going series of freshly minted original works for solo piano by that extraordinary neo-renaissance figure, Mark Tanner. It deserves the highest praise. The project in total presents 100 accessible, useful and witty pieces of moderate to short length that range in style from pop to jazz, abstract to impressionistic, neo-classical to Chopinesque. The titles chosen are often witty, including 'Whole Tone Snail', 'Porta-loo Blues' and 'Lunch Pack of Notre Dame', whilst the playing from Mark Tanner himself on the accompanying CDs is of the highest quality. There are some highly perceptive and humorous performance hints in the foreword, and these include hints over phrasing, 'swing' rhythms, voicing of chords and improvisation. I applaud Tanner's plea for the would-be interpreter of his music to 'roll up your sleeves and have fun...and if you are an adult pianist returning to playing...remember that a grade three piece played with rhythmic vitality, shape and sensitivity will be so much more impressive at your next dinner party than a grade five piece fumbled-over!' Most importantly of all, Tanner's music has direct appeal, is memorable, sits well on the keyboard and under the fingers, and is colourfully conceived. Bravo in every respect.

Alexander Thompson, for EPTA Piano Professional

All these books show Mark Tanner in fine form with enough innovative musical ideas to give serious students a chance to let their hair down at the keyboard. Ideal for stressed teenagers during their public examination sessions, these pieces cannot fail to give everyone a chance to relax and sight-read with a smile.

Nadia Lasserson, EPTA Journal

...they will certainly stimulate the pupil's imagination and coax some very atmospheric sounds out of the piano.

Fiona Lau for Music Teacher Magazine

An outstanding contribution to the repertoire for players of all
standards and ages by an exceptionally gifted composer and pianist

John McLeod, composer

An inspirational and highly motivating collection of new pieces... certain to stimulate

Atarah Ben-Tovim MBE

An exciting and enriching new series...something for everyone

Roy Stratford, Head of Piano, St Paul's School, London

Tanner has created a rich array of short character pieces providing a treasure-trove of teaching material

Frederick Stocken, composer