This collection of short studies is based on Carl Czerny’s 125 Exercises in Passage Playing, Op. 261, Nos. 1-25. Some of the studies in this set are mere reharmonisations of Czerny’s original exercise while others are original compositions which address the same (or similar) technical points as Czerny’s original. To get the most out of this set, I recommend studying the original Czerny versions before you study these.
The title of the collection has no special meaning or significance. It comes from the 1939 British film "Goodbye, Mr. Chips", based on the novella of the same name by James Hilton. The film was a childhood favourite of mine and I thought it would make a good title.