TEACHING Piano Adventures®

C Song

Lesson Book page 52

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  1. How many legs does that octopus have? If you count down 8 keys from this C, where do you land?
  2. Eight keys up or down from any key is called an octave. The keys will have the same name—C to C or G to G.
  3. Play an octave higher from the C I play. Now the E. The F. Now play an octave lower from the D I play. Now the G. The A.
  4. You can play an octave with one hand. Put your LH thumb on C, then leap down an octave. Jump back and forth.
  5. How many times does this piece jump down an octave? Where is that Bass C on the staff? Is it easier for you to think of Bass C as three spaces down or two spaces up?
To find an octave, leap—don't stretch!

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Bass C prepares the left hand for a new five-finger scale.

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p. 40 Learning Bass C

pedagogy pointers

Octopus to octaves—eight arms, eight keys—is a natural connection to a new concept. Finding octaves higher and lower then becomes an easy trick. At this stage, it's important not to stretch the hand too far, so the left hand leaps from top to bottom.

This is also a chance to introduce Bass C as the note an octave lower than Middle C. Although the piece is short, you can use it as a launching pad for other octave-related games and ideas.

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Teaching Video 50

Philip discovers that playing octaves with two hands can certainly be fun when they form the rhythm section of a blues pattern. A short and solid rhythmic pattern on C-C-F-C-G-F-C-C segues into some Octave Blues when played with a strutting accompaniment.

C Song can easily become F Song, and Philip tests octaves all over the lower half of the keyboard. One good leap deserves another!

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