Lesson Book page 44
- A is a line note
- A is the top line on the bass staff
- Recognizing A on the bass staff
- Using familiar notes in the treble staff with varied fingering
let's get started
- Can you say the alphabet backwards from C?
- (Point to the example at the top of the page.) Line-Space-Line. C-B-A.
- Check out measures 1 and 2. Try it out. First down, then up.
- Which RH finger plays G? What's the only note the RH plays in line two? Let's visit the rodeo!
A motive from a piece can become part of an improvisation.
explore and create
A New Kind of RodeoWork at the piece in 2-measure sections. Play a two-measure introduction. Student answers playing Mm. 1-2. Play another two-measure introduction. Student answers playing Mm. 4-5. Continue this way through the piece. (See video and download duet)
Slow HorseWhat would an old, slow rodeo horse sound like? (Play Mm. 1-2 slowly as an introduction for the duet.)
Faster HorsesSome horses run faster. Let's try a white horse who's a bit quicker. How about an even faster black horse? The race is on! Who's the winner? (See video)
Student OstinatoHave the student play the first two measures as an ostinato, lower on the piano, and with two hands: Ro-de-o, Ro-de-o! (You improvise over the ostinato.) (See video and download duet)
Working in small sections shows the student how to practice.
p. 33 Learning A
- Reinforce Bass Clef A. Complete the story for Cat Paws on the Piano by naming, then playing the notes.
Technique & Artistry
p. 20 Walking the Thumb
- Perching the thumb on the side tip controls wrist height and helps prevent a sagging wrist.
- This sequential stepping pattern should be memorized so students may watch their thumb perch as they play.
- The hand shifts allow students to "break out" of a stationary hand position. It also promotes thinking in patterns and quick memorization.
The reading range in the left hand expands to A. It's easy to find by stepping down from Middle C. The many repeated notes in the piece provide a "bounce" for the rodeo. When the left hand is more active (measures 5-7), the right hand remains on G so the focus can be on the bass staff and the new note.
accompaniments on disk
- CD Tracks 56-57
- MIDI File 28