Lesson Book page 13
- Many repeated notes
- Coordinated use of fingers 2-3-4
- Feeling the keys
- Balancing close to the keys when playing repeated notes
- Playing steady quarter notes when playing repeated notes
let's get started
- Suppose you were a tightrope walker. In order to walk across the wire, would you jump, or stay close to the wire?
- 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.
- Let's check the piece. Which hand and finger has the most repeated notes? Can you play these and stay balanced?
- 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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Play It SafeLet's be cautious and put the tightrope wire close to the ground. (Play low.)
How Daring Are You?(Play the piece higher and higher on the keyboard. Provide a simple duet.)
No Eyes on the MusicCan you play the piece without looking at the music? Choose where you'd like to put your tightrope wire.
Duet on the TightropeSometimes tightrope walkers work with a partner. (Show another student how to play an easy duet: F# [LH] C# [RH] alternating in steady quarter notes.) Keep that wire steady. Fingers close to the keys! (See video)
TranspositionWhat if you hopped down to the white keys (F-G-A)?
A good analogy can make technical advice clear—and fun!
p. 6 The Quarter Note
- Eye-Training helps the student see quarter notes: up, down, or repeat.
- Ear-Training helps the student hear quarter notes: up, down, or repeat.
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.
accompaniments on disk
- CD Tracks 6-7
- MIDI File 3