|Difficulty level||3 - 4|
|Published||7th March 2009|
|Availability||64 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
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