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“Variations on Mary Had a Little Lamb” by Jerald M. Simon ($8.95)


"Variations on Mary Had a Little Lamb" by Jerald M. Simon ($8.95)

“Variations on Mary Had a Little Lamb” by Jerald M. Simon ($8.95)

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“Variations on Mary Had a Little Lamb” is the first book in the Innovative Improvisation™ series.  In the book are nine arrangements by Jerald M. Simon of the song Mary Had a Little Lamb.  Each one teaches different music styles and how to apply them to other songs.  The arrangements are: (1). the original “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, (2). “Mary Took Her Lamb to a Swingin’ Jazz Club”,  (3). “Mary’s Lamb Had the Blues”, (4). “Mary Took Her Lamb to a 50’s Rock Concert”, (5). “Mary and Her Lamb Live With Indians”, (6). “Mary’s Lamb Starred in a Western”, (7). “Mary and Her Lamb Dance the Waltz”, (8). “Mary’s Lamb Meets Mozart”, and (9). “Mary Took Her Lamb to a Funeral”.

I wrote this book to help piano students (especially younger students) learn how to improvise or change the style and rhythm of a well known song.  Each variation teaches students patterns to be played with the left hand which change the style of the music.  Once these left hand patterns are learned, students can apply what they have learned to other songs.  It is a fun way to help children get excited about playing the piano.  Children know the familiar tune and enjoy changing it around and playing arrangements.

Click on the widget music player below to listen to Jerald M. Simon play each song from the book “Variations on Mary Had a Little Lamb”.

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Here are a few sample measures from the book “Variations on Mary Had a Little Lamb”.

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Sample measure from Mary's Lamb had the Blues

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Sample measure from Mary Took Her Lamb to a 50's Rock Concert

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Sample measure from Mary and Her Lamb Live With Indians

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Sample measure from Mary's Lamb Starred in a Western

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Sample measure from Mary and Her Lamb Dance the Waltz

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Sample measure from Mary's Lamb Meets Mozart

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Sample measure from Mary Took Her Lamb to a Funeral

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Sample measure from Mary Took Her Lamb to a Swingin' Jazz Club

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11 responses

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  3. Vera Kotenkov

    Hi, I got to your website thanks to Natalie, music matters Blog. I just did a group lesson on composition and the different form of music. This book would be a great tool for teaching, very interesting. I’ll be checking out more of what you have. Thank you

    March 12, 2010 at 7:25 am

    • Thanks. I try to teach theory, improvisation, and composition, techniques through each of my books. Let me know if I can help in any way. Thanks, again.

      March 24, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    • Thanks. Let me know if I can help.

      March 24, 2010 at 4:38 pm

  4. Michelle

    I was one of the winners of the contest on the “Music Matters” website. I am not a teacher, but an adult beginner student. A while ago on the beginner’s forum on Piano World, there was a thread about creating variations on Mary…. I enjoyed listening to what the other posters did, but I didn’t know how to do it myself. I’m going to have a lot of fun with your book. Some of it is actually a little bit over my head yet, but that will be part of the fun. Thank you!

    March 27, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    • You’re welcome, Michelle. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. I am happy to help in any way I can. If something doesn’t make sense, let me know and I’d be happy to explain. In a few weeks I will begin posting videos of me teaching and explaining the theory of the songs I have written and arranged. Thanks, Michelle. Have fun with the arrangements!

      March 27, 2010 at 10:57 pm

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  8. Brenda Steele

    I just came across your material. It is absolutely great! I will definitely be back with you. About to have surgery and have had to take a break from teaching. Your site has inspired me. It is just what I had been looking for.

    THANKS!
    Brenda

    April 30, 2010 at 1:18 am

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