TEACHING Piano Adventures®

Partners at Sea

Lesson Book page 27

let's get started

  1. Point to the notes while I play. Watch out! It's pretty wavy on this boat.
  2. Where are the notes stepping down? Stepping up? Where do they repeat? Where do the notes step up and down?
  3. Put your LH thumb on a lower C and play five notes down. Your left hand is now over a different five-finger scale.
  4. 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.

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pedagogy pointers

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.

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see it in action

Teaching Video 26

We're off on an exciting boat ride. The notes change direction more frequently, making waves on the page and in the hand, so it's good to check out the movements before playing. We don't want the boat crashing in the waves!

But then the motor on the boat starts to stall, and the ride slows down until we rev up the engine again. Both Vivian and Tatiana have fun with flexing the tempo, either as a passenger in the boat, or as the driver. This kind of ear-training requires very sensitive listening. Bon voyage!

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