For those of you who might already have the book "Favorite Carols in Easy Keys" especially suited to Mountain Ocarinas compiled adapted by Karl Ahrens, I just want to remind you of what this gem contains. You may recall that on the left-hand page can be found a carol written in "concert" pitch for let's say an MO C, while on the right-hand sides is music transposed so that an MO G could be played at the same time as the MO C. Well it turns out that much of the music on the RH page allows you to practice the dual chambers of the Coda while playing Christmas carols! The same is true of the first songs in the Coda book, but the Carol book has many more carols to enjoy for the Christmas season.
Hymn Player, thank you for mentioning that
--and for reminding me of this!
Yes, Favorite Carols in Easy Keys
is a fantastic learning aid for new Coda players. I remember being excited about this a long time ago, but then I just plain forgot. (Before I go on about this, I understand and empathize with the fact that some of you aren't interested in Christmas carols, so please bear with our excitement.)
1st, the 20 carols in the book are beautiful and wonderful to play. And, eventually, playing them can be a great way to encourage and serve others.
2nd, it's easier to learn a new set of fingerings when you learn using songs that you already know by heart. Music teachers often like carols because music students will play "way over their heads" with carols. This is possible because the students can easily correct themselves since they know what the correct notes should
3rd, you can play all of the carols in the book in 2 different keys (in a lower key and in a key a 5th higher) which is not only fun but is great practice for learning your sharps and flats within familiar songs.
4th, finally, as Hymn player mentioned, it gives you lots of practice with chamber switching
Now I'm not sure what to do. Susan tells me that we have 107 Favorite Carols in Easy Keys
books in stock, but I'm not thinking so much about selling you these books because it's December 21st already.
If we could get this book in PDF format, how many of you would be interested in a free copy? Maybe we'd send you (who have purchased a Coda) a private link to the book or something. If you see this post, please let me know
because I'd have to move quickly if this is to happen this year.