TEACHING Piano Adventures®

Rodeo

Lesson Book page 44

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  1. Can you say the alphabet backwards from C?
  2. (Point to the example at the top of the page.) Line-Space-Line. C-B-A.
  3. Check out measures 1 and 2. Try it out. First down, then up.
  4. 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.

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Working in small sections shows the student how to practice.

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Theory

p. 33 Learning A

Technique & Artistry

p. 20 Walking the Thumb

pedagogy pointers

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.

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see it in action

Teaching Video 43

Ingrid finds A on the top line of the bass staff by saying the alphabet backwards from Middle C. That starts the rodeo. After her right hand puts finger 3 on G, the piece is ready. How easy to play the second line if the right hand only plays G.

It's fun to play two measures at a time following a two-measure introduction.

Some horses and broncos are slower, some are faster. The "blue" horse turns out to be the winner.

And then a magic way to use the new note! C-B-A becomes a two-hand "rodeo" ostinato low on the keyboard. When the teacher plays rockin' rodeo music over the ostinato, the race is on!

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