The Dragons Lair

The Dragon’s Lair $2.99

All the music in my store comes with an unlimited printing license within your personal studio.

One time I had a boy who really liked playing piano, but I couldn’t find anything he wanted to play. He was at that middle age, where he thought anything with “words,” as he said, was babyish, but he wasn’t really interested in pop music yet. He struggled technically and we had gone through all of the teaching pieces that I usually use. So I wrote this for him and he really thought it was fun to play. This is another “easy, sounds hard” piece that we often need at this level. I’ve labeled it Early Intermediate because of some scale fingering, finger changes, and fast-moving position changes. Recently I went though the music more carefully, revised the articulations, and added a cool cover drawn by a game artist.

The Dragon’s Lair is a 3-page piece written in D minor. The energetic first section contrasts with a mysterious sounding middle section. I  added some extra fingering in some of the tricky spots. Students can explore dynamic coloring and articulations as they play this piece just for fun. This is a student favorite for all ages!

I think this is a good festival piece because the articulations and dynamics give the judge a lot to listen for. It also makes an impressive recital piece.

If you are in need of this kind of music, head on over to my store to see a sample page! If you like it, please leave a review.

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6 thoughts to “The Dragon’s Lair

  • Beverly Guth

    Love the B section, Susan! I’m not surprised that others think this is a great “boy” piece. I suspect the girls will like it, too. I’ve got a new transfer student who’s close to being a beginner, but needs a patterned piece so he can sound impressive while he’s mastering basics. This is a really good one!

  • Lavinia Livingston

    Susan, I have a 10 year old brilliant but moody and hard to please boy who discontinued lessons in a huff several months ago. He just returned last week, (his own decision) so I really want to choose music carefully for him. I have just hit the jackpot with The Dragon’s Lair — perfect for him. Thank you, Thank you…. for your creativity.

    • Susan Paradis

      That’s amazing, Lavinia. Thanks for sharing. My goal is to write fun etudes that get them playing, developing some technical/reading skills, and enjoying music. From there we can introduce classics, when they are ready.

    • Beverly Guth

      Lavinia, could this boy have a diagnosable problem, such as Asberger’s? The brilliance and irascibility sound like clues. Good for you for loving him enough to try again.

  • Cherie Norquay

    Wow! This is a wonderful piece! I love it!

    • Susan Paradis

      Thank you so much!

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