TEACHING Piano Adventures®

Two Questions

Lesson Book page 13

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  1. Suppose you were a tightrope walker. In order to walk across the wire, would you jump, or stay close to the wire?
  2. Fingers 2-3-4 over the 3-black-keys. Let's try repeated finger 2 (or 3 or 4, either hand) without falling off the key.
  3. Let's check the piece. Which hand and finger has the most repeated notes? Can you play these and stay balanced?
  4. Get ready to play the piece. Balance by staying close to the key and feeling your fingertips. Don't hop too high!
Stay close to the key when playing repeated notes!

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Theory

p. 6 The Quarter Note

pedagogy pointers

The emphasis here is on reading and playing repeated notes. On the page, the finger number for the repeated note is omitted, encouraging the student to recognize the repetition and the horizontal movement of the notes.

The technique trick is to stay close to the key when playing the repeated note. Comparison to the movements of a tightrope walker is a vivid teaching strategy.

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Teaching Video 13

Playing repeated notes can sometimes be dangerous! If you pop up too high, you might lose your balance and fall off those black keys. Stay close to the keys as you move from note to note.

Kai and Vivian start their tightrope walk by testing how to balance on their LH fourth fingers, the finger that has the most repeated notes. They even check their sitting distance by doing the "karate pose".

Sometimes a tightrope walker works with a partner. The partner also has to keep a good balance. These experts are ready for the Big Top!

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