TEACHING Piano Adventures®

Let's Play Ball!

Lesson Book page 42

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  1. 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)
  2. On the staff, B is the space note right below Middle C. (Show the example on the page.)
  3. Circle all the Bs in the piece.
  4. On which note does your RH begin? On what finger?
  5. 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.)
  6. Batter up. Let's play ball! (Download duet)
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pp. 28-29 Learning B


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pedagogy pointers

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.

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Teaching Video 41

The "wind-up" in measures 5 and 6 is practiced by rote as a finger warm-up. It's like running from third base to first and back. David can even do this with his eyes closed! As he then discovers, using this pattern in the piece is easy, especially as the prelude to the leap in measure 7. No wonder he doesn't need to look down to find the B.

When Patrick and Philip join the team, they're poised to play the piece as teammates. And they're also ready to throw the runner out and save the game. Let's play ball!

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