“The play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king.” Hamlet Act II, scene ii
When Hamlet spoke these lines they were full of dire meanings and tense foreboding—but here “play’s the thing” is intended to mean just that—we’re here to play. These pieces were designed for fun, pleasure, and recreation. Many are what I call “pattern” pieces. The patterns are quite simple and repeat in a consistent manner; most players should find these quite easy to learn. The pieces in this category are Prelude, Rolling Rock, Sea Sixths, Bouncing Around, Criss Cross, Czerny’s Journey, and Paul’s Reverie. The remaining pieces may require a bit more effort but with the help of the study notes (and teacher) they should be manageable for players at an early- to mid- intermediate level. Most of the pieces are bouncy and jazzy—a few are a little bit sentimental. They may be particularly useful for players (of all ages) who need a pick-me-up. Many can also serve as useful little study pieces of etudes for the development of technical skills.