TEACHING Piano Adventures®

Yankee Doodle

Lesson Book page 51

let's get started

  1. I'll bet you know this song. Let's sing Yankee Doodle before we play it.
  2. Now let's count and tap the rhythm in measures 1-4. Tap with the correct hand for each note.
  3. The first four measures of this piece are an introduction to the song. Are the notes stepping or skipping?
  4. Which notes do you play in these measures? Which fingers play? Get ready to play and count.
Playing a well-known tune is satisfying.

explore and create

Make your own "doodles"!

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Theory

p. 39 More About Skips

Technique & Artistry

pp. 24-25 Wheels Going 'Round

Performance

p. 25 The Happy Stream

pedagogy pointers

An introduction is an exciting way to announce what's coming next. Using the space notes that cut across the staff from bass to treble creates a "dominant" flourish that prepares the way for a familiar tune. With the pedal down, the introduction sounds especially "big time". This might be a chance for the student to hold down the pedal if the student can reach the floor comfortably, or if you have a pedal extension.

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see it in action

Teaching Video 49

Since the introduction is special, it's good to work out the rhythm before trying the notes. Once Vivian has learned the piece, she's ready for a challenge. By using different fingers on starting notes, she needs to read directionally. This also keeps her from equating Middle C as the "thumb" note.

The introduction notes then become a place where Vivian can "doodle" her own ideas. And this signals a rousing return to the song. Yankee Doodle rides off waving his feather in a flurry of Cs. Hats off, everyone!

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