Dennis Alexander

Playing with clear voicing, having a flowing accompaniment, and creating a spontaneous, lazy atmosphere are some of the elements of “Boston Blues.” The left hand has most of the faster moving notes, which should be played legato. The right hand also has eighth notes, but begins with slower triads that need to be well voiced. Some of the bluesy scales and chords can have difficult accidentals of which students should be aware. One should focus on creating a laid-back mood while also paying attention to the technical aspects.


Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow


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