Lesson Book page 34
- Playing two notes together in the same hand
- Building the arch by playing a fifth
- Playing a harmonic fifth with a good arch
- Playing a melodic fifth with a good arch
let's get started
- We've got a traffic jam. Listen to the honking cars. (Demonstrate the fifth.)
- Would you like to honk and beep this horn? (Have student try some fifths.)
- This is what it looks like when two notes play together. The notes are stacked up. (Show the sample on the page.)
- Point to the notes while I play the piece.
- 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
TranspositionYou're in a new car—Model F. (Play the piece on F and C.)
More TranspositionIs that you in a convertible? (Play the piece on G and D.)
All Kinds of HornsThis highway is crowded. Let's make big semi truck honking sounds. (Model for the student and together play some low intervals and clusters.)
- Now let's make car honks in the middle range. (Together, play some intervals and clusters here.)
- How about a bicycle bell high on the keys? (Experiment together.)
The Robin and the Traffic JamGuess who's getting through the traffic jam—a little robin is walking right through. (Play some "little bird" music in the middle and have the student play sounds for the semi, the cars, or the bicycle. (See video and download duet)
Playing harmonic and melodic fifths can build the arch in the hand.
Technique & Artistry
p. 17 The Great Cookie Chase, The Left-Handed Cookie Cutter
- Playing a fifth reinforces a round hand shape and helps build the arch and outside of the hand.
- Contrast the forte and piano measures. Drop firmly into the broken and blocked C-G fifth in measures 1-2.
- Tell the student to play softly and close to the keys for measures 3-4. Steady quarter notes!
- Ask the student, "Can you land on the next higher C without missing a beat? I'm going to be a rolling pin and chase your cookie up the keyboard. Don't let me catch you!"
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.
accompaniments on disk
- CD Tracks 36-37
- MIDI File 18