Brown jug boogie ; Bus stop blues ; Cheeky Charlie ; City express ; Coconut calypso ; Come on and boogie ; Cowboy blues ; Creepy crawly ; Driving force ; Friday night rag ; Got a new car! ; Hey, Lawdy! ; Homework blues ; Hop, skip, and jump ; Living it up ; Lollipop rock ; Marching in again ; Mexican fiesta ; Saturday stroll ; Sherbert fizz ; Somewhere that's sunny ; A story book romance ; Street parade ; Tango for starters ; Tea for one cha-cha ; Temper tantrum tango ; The sloop 'John B' ; Tick tock boogie ; Window shopping
Pauline Hall graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and then taught in schools and privately. Whilst living and teaching in Harrogate she felt the need for a piano tutor which made learning fun, and which progressed at the pace of her slowest learner. She started by writing little tunes in pupils' notebooks, and these formed the basis of Tunes for Ten Fingers; the Piano Time series developed from this.
The two volumes of Piano Time Jazz by Pauline Hall come attractively packaged, with good quality print and fun comic style illustrations throughout. Book 1 starts off with some simple pieces which are fun to play - 'Tick Tock Boogie' and 'Cheeky Charlie' work well, as does the selection of blues, rock and tangos which follows. I particularly liked 'Living it Up' and 'Friday Night Rag'. In Book 2 the selection is equally appealing. Favourites include 'Polka Dots', 'Three-Quarter Time' (a jazz waltz) and 'Funfair', although you would be hard pressed to find something not to your taste. A most successful selection of accessible, fun to play music. Music Teacher June 2000 Providing a useful resource that teaches specific musical skills and techniques is a difficult process, but is one that has been successfully addressed by Pauline Hall with her two volumes of graded jazz piano pieces ... Designed to complement rather than replace other tutorial material, these volumes are a valuable resource for piano teachers - they are a fun and challenging alternative to some of the more humdrum aspects of learning the piano. Alison Ruddock, Musicteachers.co.uk July 2000