ACE Caravan has the stereotypical “Arabian desert” sound that evokes treks across the Middle East, but James L. King III goes one step further and gives early intermediate students practice in reading ledger lines (hence the title ACE, the names of the ledger line above and below the grand staff). Not only will students get to work on playing with their hands far apart from each other, they will also reinforce minor harmonic scales, staccato left hand ostinatos and flowing right hand melodies.
Key: A minor
Mood: determined, steady
Pedagogy: ledger lines, staccato, harmonic minor scales, crescendo/diminuendo