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ABRSM releases Joining the Dots for Piano Grades 6, 7 and 8

5 years ago


ABRSM, the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music, has released a further three books to complete its series of sight-reading support publications for Piano Grades 1 to 8.

Joining the Dots offers pianists lots of material to help build confidence and skill in sight-reading. The Joining the Dots books are available to buy from music shops worldwide and from

Joining the Dots for Piano, Grade 6

Joining the Dots for Piano, Grade 7

Joining the Dots for Piano, Grade 8

Why use Joining the Dots?

Joining the Dots for Piano helps students learn how to approach the sight-reading tests at each of Grades 1 to 8. Each book includes:

  • Key Features – help the student familiarise themselves with the keys at each grade
  • Workouts – warm up and technical exercises help establish basic hand shapes and finger patterns within each key
  • Transpose – encourage a confident sense of key and develop skills in reading by shape
  • Make Music – build confidence in creative and imaginative work, and develop musical ideas and aural skills through simple improvisation exercises
  • Read and Play – work through examples and practise how to approach sight-reading in the exam: read the title, work out the rhythm, find the notes and play the music!

The award-winning series, by Alan Bullard, features short, creative exercises which help students to develop their ability to read music more quickly and easily, both in exams and when learning new pieces. Joining the Dots is also available for Violin and Guitar at Grades 1 to 5.

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