14 Modal Melodies with Drones, by Sam Richards


In 14 Modal Melodies with Drones, Sam Richards wrote two pieces in each of the seven so-called church modes bearing in mind the needs and possible abilities of people in the early stages of learning the piano. The melodies are simple but catchy each strung over its own drones or ostinato figures. Ideal for beginners of any age.

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14 Modal Melodies with Drones is Sam Richards’ first collection of modal melodies intended for elementary piano players. The collection focuses on white key modes, with two pieces for each mode. The melodies are fresh and played over (or under!) a drone, encouraging the development of cantabile playing and providing a stepping stone to playing hands together. Each one features a characterful title to spark imaginative playing:

1. Bagpipe Air – G Mixolydian
2. Rowing a Boat – D Dorian
3. Far Away – E Phrygian
4. Little Fishes in the Stream – F Lydian
5. Machinery – C Ionian
6. Walking Wearily – A Aeolian
7. Lost – B Locrian
8. Night Ride – D Dorian
9. Riding a Bike – C Ionian
10. Echoes – G Mixolydian
11. The Mysterious Wood – B Locrian
12. Magic – E Phrygian
13. The Old Path – A Aeolian
14. Scooter – F Lydian

These solos are charming and accessible, and they are suitable to be played individually or as a self-selected suite of pieces.

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Additional information


All Ages


Early Elementary (Grade 1), Elementary (Grade 2)

Resource Type

Sheet Music – Collection of Pieces


Non Seasonal

Teaching Focus

Solo Piece(s)