TEACHING Piano Adventures®

Frogs on Logs

Lesson Book page 41

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  1. What do frogs like to do? (Jump) Put your second finger on C. Make it hop to D. Hop to E. Hop back to C.
  2. Let's circle all the repeated notes in this piece. These frogs are really hopping, aren't they?
  3. Watch me play and sing this piece. Fourteen little frogs (hop to D). Sat upon a log (hop to E). (See video)
  4. Now your fingers can try out the hops.
  5. At the very end, your left hand can jump onto Middle C. (Use the LH braced finger 3 to play the final C.)
The hand can switch positions within a piece.

explore and create

A fingering pattern might also be a rhythm pattern.

partner pages

Theory

p. 27 The Time Signature

Technique & Artistry

p. 19 Finger Hops

Performance

p. 16 The Inchworm

pedagogy pointers

This is the first piece in which the hand changes position within the piece. Since the middle fingers are used throughout the piece, the hand can remain in balance as it hops from key to key. This also encourages a drop from the shoulder at the beginning of each position change.

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see it in action

Teaching Video 40

Jumping frogs might land in different places. The first test of finger 2 moving to other keys sets up the action. By circling the repeated notes, Vivian sees that these frogs are really hopping!

After she learns the pattern in the first four measures, Vivian is ready to go. A big left-hand bullfrog jumps into the pond on the last C.

Then the frogs have a free-for-all, hopping on seconds wherever they'd like to go, using either or both hands. The big, fat bullfrog signals the end of the scamper. Frisky frogs!

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