Lesson Book page 37
- Open "space" sounds
- Reinforcing Middle C, Treble G, and Bass F
- Pushing off the third finger on Bass F with energy that comes from the shoulder
let's get started
- Let's discover which notes are in the "invention box" (see the picture). The LH gets to play the new Bass F.
- Test all your fingers on Bass F. Which feels the most comfortable? Which finger does this piece use?
- How does this invention "work"? Which measures are the same? Which are different?
- Where does the RH play two notes together—like Honking Cars?
Look ahead. Check for patterns!
explore and create
New InventionsPlay the LH one octave lower, or the RH one octave higher.
My Invention Is ExpandingHow far apart can you put your hands and still play the piece?
Command Your InventionIf you had an invention, what would you like it to do? Clean your room? Make chocolate?
The Popsicle InventionAn 11-year-old boy invented the popsicle. Find out how he did it at kidzworld.com/site/p1010.htm.
Play a Real InventionBenjamin Franklin invented a glass armonica. You can play it at fi.edu/franklin/musician/musician.html.
Choose fingers that can do the job best.
p. 13 Listen to the Drums
- Tap the rhythm on a drum with the correct hands. Tapping the dynamics will give a natural pulse to this 4/4 piece.
- Play on balanced finger 3s. Use arm weight to drop into Middle C and Bass F.
- Play again, using finger 2s on Middle C and Bass F.
- Play with the duet at three tempos
- A slow processional march
- A moderate drum call for the villagers to gather together
- A fast, energetic dance by the firelight
This piece combines and reinforces Middle C, Treble G, and Bass F. Bass F, however, is the only note played by the left hand. The left hand can push off on the third finger, making it easy for the student to play from the shoulder. The right hand plays both melodic and harmonic fifths, much like in Honking Cars.
Comparing measures to see what's the same and what's different is the best way to help a student read a new piece. Looking ahead and checking for patterns also teaches the student how music is put together. Choose fingers that can do the job best.
accompaniments on disk
- CD Tracks 42-43
- MIDI File 21