Though this piece is technically quite challenging, it is simple to understand and for that reason quite popular. The repeated open strings help to tune the fingered notes, and performances often sound more impressive than they deserve to. The other advantage is that the piece works fine with no accompaniment, giving the player a little more freedom with regard to tempo. Initially I ask the pupils to sing the fingered notes, omitting the repeated As. I then ask them to identify the fingered notes on the second page as a descending scale. As a carrot I offer a free book 1.5 to any pupil who can perform the piece well, funds permitting.
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