Lesson Book page 35
- Playing a fifth using both hands
- Any finger can play on any key
- Playing harmonic and melodic fifths using both hands
- Understanding that any finger can play on any key
let's get started
- Play your LH thumb on C. Now change to finger 2, then 3.
- Play your RH thumb on C. Change to finger 2, then 3.
- Check the piece. Which fingers should play C and G? You're ready!
- Since your hands are best friends, this time they'll share playing C-G. Put your hands in your lap. Find the starting keys. Good! Let's try it again. (Repeat until automatic.)
- How should we play the first line, loud or soft? What about the second line?
Any finger can play on any key!
explore and create
New FriendsPlay the piece using both second fingers. Feel your fingertips.
A Pair of Shorter FriendsPlay the piece using both thumbs.
Choose Your FriendsPlay the piece with any fingers you'd like!
Friends in New NeighborhoodsVisit the D-A neighborhood to make more new friends. Choose your fingers! Try the E-B neighborhood with any fingers. You've got a big social life!
p. 21 Middle C and Treble G
- Are you ready for Eye-Training? Follow three basic sightreading tips and sightread with just two notes—but notice the forte and piano signs! Time for Ear-Training! Listen and tap a steady beat as I play example a or b. Circle what you hear!
p. 12 Chimes
- Brace finger 3 with the thumb for a firm fingertip.
- Ask which technique secret will help the student drop with a forte sound into the keys.
- Will you use more or less arm weight at measure 5?
- Let's play with the duet. For the whole notes, can you pulse beats 2, 3, and 4 with a small up-and-down motion of your wrists? (Demonstrate.)
Here both hands share in playing harmonic and melodic fifths. Once again, the student should be reminded that any fingers, in either hand, could play these notes. But no matter which fingers play, the hand must be round, the fingers firm, and the shoulders relaxed.
accompaniments on disk
- CD Tracks 38-39
- MIDI File 18