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Elvina Pearce, "Playin' the Blues"

Elvina Pearce, "Playin' the Blues"

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Elvina Pearce

In a 6/4 time signature, “Playin’ the Blues” has an unusual pulse. Pearce writes to play the piece “heavy handed,” giving it a thick, plodding sound. The left hand is quite simple, alternating between open fifths centered on F and C. The right hand has a bit more variety of notes and rhythm, keeping students busy.

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Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow