TEACHING Piano Adventures®

C-D-E-F-G March

Lesson Book page 24

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  1. Look at these notes marching up the steps. Point to them while I step up the keyboard.
  2. The notes step up, like the steps of a ladder. We call that a scale. The word "scale" comes from the word for "ladder".
  3. Place your RH thumb on C. Then step up the C five-finger scale. Place your LH fifth finger on C. Then step up the C five-finger scale.
  4. Look at the piece. Point to some repeated notes. Which notes are stepping? Point to the notes while I play the entire piece.
  5. Now I'll point while you play. Which hand begins?
A scale is a ladder. We can step up and down the ladder with our fingers.

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pp. 12-13 Stepping in C Position, Alphabet Soup

pedagogy pointers

Here's the first chance to use all five fingers, in each hand, playing on the white keys. The unstaffed notation is a clear picture of a rise and descent with repeated notes at the top and bottom.

The C five-finger scale is a new concept, and it's prepared well in advance of reading five-finger patterns on the staff. This is the natural order of learning—the experience comes before the definition.

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Teaching Video 23

A scale, like a ladder, is meant for climbing, and the notes step up from C to G. Vivian's steps are steady and the dynamic changes are carefully noted. When the march starts rockin' 'n rollin', she enjoys the fun and the challenge of holding her own. The marching "Martians" make a wonderful contrast and accustom the young player to less predictable sounds. Why not visit outer space?

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