TEACHING Piano Adventures®


Lesson Book page 49

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  1. Look at the RH in the first measure. Can you find the note and finger?
  2. How many times does the pattern in measure one appear in the piece?
  3. What's the difference between the RH in measures 1-2 and measures 5-6? Let's play these measures to hear the forte and piano.
  4. Now add a LH C when you play that pattern. Let's play those measures once again.
  5. In measures 3 and 4 the LH gets busy. Do the notes step or skip?
  6. Compare Mm. 3-4 with Mm. 7-8. Do you see any changes?
Be sure the student feels and plays Allegro

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pedagogy pointers

This piece is packed with line-to-line thirds. Note that this time the right hand begins with the thumb on E. The hands played together in Best Friends, but this is the first time the right hand moves on its own, and the left hand is like an accompaniment.

The student learns that allegro means fast and lively, but also that it's important to first learn a piece slowly.

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Teaching Video 47

One secret to good reading is to be aware of what's the same and what's different. Ingrid is quick to make these comparisons, even to pointing out where it says "fast and lively" on the page. Learning the piece in sections reinforces this reading process. Because dynamic changes are included at the outset, musical playing is "built-in".

Holding the left-hand whole notes improves as the reading becomes secure. A cautious tempo is gradually upgraded. "Let's see what the Allegro speed feels like." Ingrid is ready to go, and the smooth, graceful duet is convincingly "fast and lively".

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