TEACHING Piano Adventures®

Gorilla in the Tree

Lesson Book page 36

let's get started

  1. Let's warm up. (Place student's hand over Bass F and Middle C. Demonstrate how to rock back and forth.)
  2. I'll play some short rhythmic patterns, like C-C-F. (Demonstrate.) You copy me.
  3. Now you make up some patterns, and I'll copy you.
  4. (Show how Bass F sits on the second line.) Would you circle all the Bass Fs in this piece?
  5. Let's see if the gorilla can swing from branch to branch. (Play the piece.)
The Bass Clef can also be called the F clef!

explore and create

Bass F sits on the second line.

partner pages


pp. 22-23 The Bass Clef or F Clef

Technique & Artistry

p. 17 The Left-Handed Cookie Cutter

pedagogy pointers

Attention now shifts to the left hand and the Bass Clef. Learning Bass F on the staff extends the reading range. Having the student copy short patterns before learning a piece prepares the student for the technique that will be needed to play it. Reading then becomes easier and more fluent because the fingers are ready.

Simple two-note pieces are ideal for exploring the keyboard range, discovering dynamics and tone, and playing hands together.

accompaniments on disk

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see it in action

Teaching Video 35

The patterns using the new note, Bass F, are a good warm-up, and circling the note in the score reinforces the placement of the note on the staff. This gorilla is ready to rock. Here come the bananas!

Who's that rapping? More gorillas? Hannah's playing gets heavier and slower—and more secure—as gorilla friends come to visit. The accompaniment sets the tempo and mood, and Hannah responds. The giant gorilla requires two hands!

Ask Yourself

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