Let's Play Ball!
Lesson Book page 42
- B below Middle C
- Recognizing B below Middle C
- Good distinctions between half and quarter notes
let's get started
- What key is just below Middle C on the piano? (B) Let's play back and forth from Middle C and B with LH fingers 1-2. I'll play a duet. (Download duet)
- On the staff, B is the space note right below Middle C. (Show the example on the page.)
- Circle all the Bs in the piece.
- On which note does your RH begin? On what finger?
- Here's a twisty pattern that you'll need to wind up in order to throw your ball. (Isolate Mm. 5 and 6 and "wind these up" a few times.)
- Batter up. Let's play ball! (Download duet)
A finger warm-up can make reading a new piece easy.
explore and create
Pitch OutWhen you finish the piece, throw a hard fastball with your RH and catch it with your LH. Get that runner out!
Teammates(Show another student how to play a simple duet. [RH] C C [LH] G G: steady quarter notes.)
Scouting for New Players(Show another student how to play a drum accompaniment:
Then you'll have a trio: the duet plus the drum part.)
pp. 28-29 Learning B
- Name and sightread Middle C and B notes.
- Drawing quarter, half, or dotted half space note Bs is a good way to review 4/4 time and reinforce this new note on the bass staff.
p. 17 Cowboy Joe
- New Bass Clef note B is approached stepwise from Middle C to begin the song.
- Cowboy Joe has a technique secret. Can you guess which one he uses for his thumbs?
- Where do Mm. 1-2 repeat? For fun, have the student play this pattern with eyes closed.
- What is the only difference between Mm. 3-4 and Mm. 7-8?
- Ask student to play the last C with a braced LH finger 2. Pretend it's a lasso!
We now begin with recognition of notes on the bass staff. In this piece B below Middle C is featured as a step down from Middle C and also as part of a leap from treble G to B. There is further reinforcement to distinguish quarter from half notes. It's a good idea to prepare the "wind-up" melodic and finger pattern in measures 5-7 before presenting the entire piece.
accompaniments on disk
- CD Tracks 52-53
- MIDI File 26