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Songbook Review: Solitaire
Neil Patton
Cover image of the songbook Solitaire by Neil Patton
Solitaire
Neil Patton
2020 / Neil Patton
106 pages / 15 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
Neil Patton's Solitaire solo piano songbook is a collection of all fifteen of the pieces from his 2018 solo piano recording by the same name. One of the things that makes this book very special is Neil's "hands-on" approach. A longtime piano teacher, he included ten pages of playing hints and tips as well as insights to the music, making the pieces even more meaningful and a bit easier to master. Neil also rated each piece for its level of difficulty according to the Syllabus Repertoire lists used by the Oregon Music Teachers' Association. Those ratings go from 1-10 and all of the pieces in the book have been rated at levels 6 through 10. (Level 10 is by no means the most difficult music ever, so don't let that scare you! The higher rankings are obviously more difficult, but not impossible by any means!)

The sheet music was transcribed from the recording by Rebecca Oswald (she's great!), and it is obvious that Neil went through the scores adding fingering, comments and more tips about the music. The books are spiral-bound and printed on a bright white paper stock that should stand up to many years of playing enjoyment. Metronome settings and pedaling tips are also given for each piece and phrasing is clearly marked. This is a great collection for advancing piano students as well as early-advanced/advanced pianists of all ages. Songbooks are available from Neil's website. Highly recommended!

The titles of the pieces, the key(s) they are in, and the number of pages are:

The Turning Page - Key of B minor (2 sharps)/ C# minor (4 sharps) - 6 pages
Redemption - Key of G minor (2 flats) - 6 1/2 pages
Walking On Air - Key of G major (1 sharps) - 6 pages
The Shepherd - Key of C (0 sharps or flats)/ D (2 sharps) - 4 pages
Lacrymosa - Key of E minor (1 sharp) - 3 1/2 pages
The Muse - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 6 1/2 pages
Where I Can't Follow - Key of C minor (3 flats) - 2 1/2 pages
The Calling - Key of C (0 sharps or flats)/ Eb (2 flats)/ D (2 sharps) - 3 pages
Twilight - Key of G minor (2 flats)/ C minor (3 flats) - 5 pages
Strength - Key of D (2 sharps) - 4 pages
Solitaire - Key of G minor - 9 1/2 pages
Adrift - Key of A minor (0 sharps or flats) - 5 pages
Bound - Key of D minor (1 flat) - 6 1/2 pages
Back Porch - Key of D (2 sharps) - 5 1/2 pages
Gethsemane - Key of F# minor (3 sharps) - 8 1/2 pages
December 23, 2022
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