Status: Usually despatched within 24 - 48 hours
Subtitle: 28 Lower Intermediate Piano Pieces
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes (New York)
Riffs & Grooves is a great new compliation of original pieces for solo piano in a popular style: the perfect introduction to the composer who brought you the Microjazz series.
This career-spanning collection includes selections from Christopher Norton's bestsellers Celtic Melt, Chunky Phunky, Country Comfort, Microstyles Collection, Smooth Groove, and Microjazz Collection 1, 2 and 3. In addition to performance and backing tracks playable on both your CD player and computer, the included enhanced CD also includes tempo adjustment software for CD-ROM computer use.
"Riffs and Grooves is a collection of 28 pieces for students around Grade 1 and 2. Many of them you will recognise from earlier publications like Blues No. 1, Get In Step and Three Plus Two Blues but what is different here is the combination of so many of Christopher Norton's pieces in one book together with their CD which not only has performance and backing tracks to play along with but also boasts an additional feature. Using a computer you can access the Amazing Slow Downer software which, as named, will slow down the tempo of these tracks whilst you are learning the pieces without changing the pitch so you can still play along.
Christopher Norton was one of the first composers to start writing teaching pieces in jazz and other popular styles. Whilst there has been an avalanche of publications following suite his pieces still sound bright, fresh and current. What young student or adult, wouldn't enjoy playing Becalmed, Open Space or Shamrock flyer. Very enjoyable music and the CD adds and extra dimension making students feel they are part of the band."
EPTA Piano Journal
If you haven’t already got a selection of Norton piano pieces, this would be an excellent start to your piano teaching library and a joy for young beginners to play.
Music Teacher magazine
The album is fine, nicely produced, easy-play and esy-listening and comes with the usual CD
A handy compendium of Norton's easier music. The 28 pieces are all between Grade 1 and 3 standard, with the majority written in common time and having no more than 2 sharps or flats.