TEACHING Piano Adventures®

Honking Cars

Lesson Book page 34

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  1. We've got a traffic jam. Listen to the honking cars. (Demonstrate the fifth.)
  2. Would you like to honk and beep this horn? (Have student try some fifths.)
  3. This is what it looks like when two notes play together. The notes are stacked up. (Show the sample on the page.)
  4. Point to the notes while I play the piece.
  5. I think you're ready to join the traffic jam. (Have the student try the piece.)
Two notes together in one hand!

explore and create

Playing harmonic and melodic fifths can build the arch in the hand.

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Technique & Artistry

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pedagogy pointers

This is the first time the student plays two notes together in one hand. Playing a harmonic fifth is a natural way to build the arch in the hand.

The piece also reinforces the use of Treble G and its association with the G Clef. "Honking" encourages the student to play with a firm, loud tone.

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see it in action

Teaching Video 33

It's always a thrill to play notes together in one hand, and a fifth is a good "honking" and "beeping" sound. Patrick is eager to beep the horn (harmonic fifths) and move through the traffic (melodic fifths). The idea of driving steadily even though semis are sounding their own horns is a satisfying challenge.

But this highway's crowded. In addition to semis, there are other cars, even bicycles. What fun it is to explore all these sounds in different ranges of the keyboard while the perky little robin makes his way through the congestion. This is a crazy and exciting "traffic jam session"!

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