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Rosa May is a piece I wrote a few years ago after a trip to Bodie, a well-preserved ghost town in the Eastern Sierras. The inspiration was a single tombstone, outside the main cemetery, with the simple inscription Rosa May. I tried to capture a lonely, mostly melancholy, wistful mood with a simple melody and chord progression. It uses an arpeggio accompaniment with the melody notes woven into the harmony. The goal is to really bring out the melody and paint the picture.

The first release goes over just the main theme, hoping the student will apply some of the principles and work on the other three sections, which I sometimes refer to as episodes or chapters. Segment on the remaining sections will follow in a week or two.

Here are the remaining parts to the lesson on Rosa May. Hopefully you have started working on them already, in a manner similar to the Breakdown of the Main Theme. These segments include a few specific spots to address in each of the other three sections.