For Whom?

Sometimes the world-wide-web is a wonderful world indeed. I have a friend who feels like my long-lost soul mate; Elissa Milne is a gifted composer and has probably missed her calling as a stand-up comedian. Not sure, because I haven’t met her yet in person but on the web she cracks me up. 

I’ve always had a soft spot/hard spot (stuck between a poached egg and a piece of petrified wood) for the piece Für Elise. (Very proud of that umlaut, by the way.) I made a cartoon about it a while back. It’s a piece that everyone knows, and no one understands. We all love it and hate it and teach it and say we won’t and then say we will. I’ve recorded it several times over. 

Enter Elissa who generously posted about a new piano teaching system on Facebook this morning. Upon further examination, it seems that this new version of Für Elise is going to be much easier to teach. The piece was actually written on the rarely used 6-line staff, instead of a more typical 5-line staff. This is fascinating. It means that the first 3 notes are actually all the same note. Yes, that’s right. We’ve been playing it wrong all these years.

Not only is it colorful, it's on a 6-line staff!

Not only is it colorful, it’s on a 6-line staff!

Beethoven: Selected Works for Piano – for Intermediate Through Early Advanced GradesNeil A. Kjos Music Company, Inc.