Famous & Fun Rock Piano Supplemental Books Released by Alfred Music

Famous & Fun Rock Piano Supplemental Books Released by Alfred Music

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Friday, May 10, 2013
Alfred Music announces the release of Famous & Fun Rock Books 1, 2, and 3. This new expansion on the popular Famous & Fun series, arranged by author/arranger Carol Matz, contains carefully-selected rock hits and may be used as a supplement to any piano method. Each piece has been arranged especially for early elementary to late elementary pianists, yet remains faithful to the sound of the original tune.

The series begins in Famous & Fun Rock Book 1, with 11 arrangements that can be played within the first few months of piano instruction. In Book 1, no eighth notes or dotted quarter rhythms are used and most playing is done with the right or left hand, independently. Notable pieces included in this book are “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Great Balls of Fire,” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”

Famous & Fun Rock Book 2 introduces 11 new favorite songs, such as “Eye of the Tiger,” “Hey There Delilah,” “Mr. Tambourine Man,” and “Wipe Out.” The pieces become slightly more challenging, with the increase of double-handed playing and the introduction of slurs and phrasing.

Famous & Fun Rock Book 3 begins to introduce students with quarter-note rhythms and increased use of chords with the 9 arrangements included in this book. Many tunes found in Book 1 and 2 have been rewritten with a more dynamic and advanced arrangement to demonstrate the student’s progress throughout the series.

Carol Matz is an active composer, arranger, author, and editor of educational piano materials. She also maintains a thriving piano studio where she enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities. In addition to her compositions and arrangements for piano, Matz has written for a variety of ensembles including orchestra, jazz big band, and string quartet. Her work also includes studio arrangements and recording sessions for a number of artists in Miami-area recording studios. Matz serves as a keyboard editor for Alfred Music.

Famous & Fun Rock Books 1, 2, and 3 (00-41002, 00-41003, 00-41004) are now available for $6.99 each at music retail stores and at at alfred.com.