Partners at Sea
Lesson Book page 27
- A melody that includes C-B-A-G-F in the left hand.
- The left hand is over a different five-finger scale than the right.
- Reading and playing the down and up direction of the notes.
let's get started
- Point to the notes while I play. Watch out! It's pretty wavy on this boat.
- Where are the notes stepping down? Stepping up? Where do they repeat? Where do the notes step up and down?
- Put your LH thumb on a lower C and play five notes down. Your left hand is now over a different five-finger scale.
- Let's try the piece. Which hand begins? This time I'll point to the notes while you play.
A five-finger scale can begin on any white key.
explore and create
Drifting ApartTry playing the right hand one octave higher. Keep your left hand in the low octave.
Slow RowboatLet's take a slow row so that we can see all the scenery. I'll come along with the duet.
Motor BoatLet's put a motor on this boat and take a zippy ride together across the lake.
Motor TroubleListen as we play. My motor might develop trouble and slow down. See if you can follow me. Or I might rev the engine and speed up. Can you hang in there and follow my boat? (See video)
You're the CaptainYou can manage the motor boat. Let's see if I can follow you. (See video)
p. 15 Middle C Position
- Complete the keyboard and then step up and down the pyramid.
Technique & Artistry
p. 15 Going to the South Pole
- Now, with LH, let's take a snow journey on white keys down to the South Pole.
- Sink deep in the snow for the notes, then tromp steadily for the notes.
- For the snowball note, watch your thumb, then shift quickly to the next key.
- Play an octave higher with the student to model a round hand shape. On each note, check for round snowball hands before starting the next pattern.
- Play with a duet.
p. 10 A Song About Cats
- Student circles all the repeated notes.
- Find three measures that are just like measures 1-3.
- Play. Can you keep your eyes on the notes and never look at your hands?
This is the first piece in which the left hand steps down from C to F. Thus the left hand is over a different five-finger scale than the right. Once more care is taken to ensure that the student doesn't get "locked into hand positions".
Playing the hands one octave apart helps the student maintain a more natural and relaxed position at the keyboard.
accompaniments on disk
- CD Tracks 26-27
- MIDI File 13