Russian Sailor Dance
Lesson Book page 45
- Playing familiar notes at a quick tempo
- Checking which notes step up, step down, or repeat
- Checking which sections repeat
- Strong contrast between forte and piano
let's get started
- Let's circle all the repeated notes in this piece. There are lots of them!
- Try out measures 1-3. Compare these with measures 4-6. Another repeat—of a whole section!
- B and A in the left hand are the only slow notes in the piece. What kind of rhythm is it?
- Compare measures 10-12 with measures 7-9. More repeats!
- What's different about these last two repeats? (Mm. 10-12 are an echo.)
Directional reading is the key to success!
explore and create
Varied FingeringsA different Russian wants to lead off. Begin with RH finger 4.
All with One HandIf finger 5 begins the right hand, you could play the piece with one hand! Try this out.
Fast FootstepsAll those repeated notes are feet stomping. To go faster, stay close to the keys. Play quickly with my duet.
Your Own Sailor DanceGet set over A-B-C-D-E with RH fingers 1-2-3-4-5. Create your own sailor dance with the duet. (Elaborate on the duet to support the new dance.)
To play fast repeated notes, stay close to the keys.
p. 19 The Opposite Song
- The music alphabet steps up, A to G, then back down.
- Bass F is the surprise note. Find it!
- Change the title to The Opposite Song Is Long. Play the last two measures as a special ending in lower octaves.
Good readers always watch the directions in which notes move, and they catch which parts are the same or different. In this dance, the player must be very careful of the repeats and steps. Even though the left hand plays only a few notes, it must always be ready. The echoing phrases make this a good piece in which to emphasize the importance of dynamics.
Pieces such as this are also an opportunity to model notching up the tempo bit by bit with the teacher duet. In addition, teaching with imagery from the piece keeps the lesson alive, promotes repetition, and generates a higher level of performance.
accompaniments on disk
- CD Tracks 58-59
- MIDI File 29