JIM'S ARRANGING PHILOSOPHY
Notes for teachers and those considering my arrangements
SIMPLIFIED RHYTHMS FOR THE EYE, EASILY 'FIXABLE' BY EAR
Notation of 16th notes and syncopation intimidates learners early in their piano journey. Simplified rhythms are easier to read. Once the notes are learned, encourage using the ear as a guide to “fix” the rhythms do they better match the recording artist’s performance. This is especially powerful for teen and adult beginners whose musical diet exceeds their fingers’ current ability to play.