This sequel to In The Fast Lane is another James L. King III barnburner, this time in a minor key! It’s a fantastic preparatory piece for anyone who wants to try to tackle Cyclone! in Styles & Smiles, Vol. 1.
Unlike In The Fast Lane, which could be played as slow as 208 for the quarter note, Speed Limit: 208 requires the half note to be 208. Students will get practice subdividing when playing with the metronome. The hands stay in the 5-finger D minor position the whole time, making this a great piece to practice transposition. (In The Fast Lane included both C major and G major keys. Speed Limit: 208 can be used to see how well the student can transpose on their own.) The pedal is used one time near the end to help fill out the sound.
It’s a big recital winner for elementary students who simply have to play prestississississississimo!
Key: D minor (without key signature)
Mood: determined, competitive
Pedagogy: fast speed, intervals, pedal.