TEACHING Piano Adventures®

C Scale Warm-up

Lesson Book page 53

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  1. You know Bass C and Bass F. Look at the example in the book. D and E fill in the space between. Which is the only note with a stem going up? (Bass C)
  2. Let's shade in space 2 (Bass C) in the first measure of the second line of music. Can you name all the notes in that line?
  3. Warming up means getting ready. Let's find some LH warm-up patterns and play each three times in a row (Mm. 1-2, 5-6, 7-8). (Improvise an accompaniment.)
  4. The LH only steps and skips. What does the RH pattern do that's different? (Leap.)
Warm-up "tricks" get the hands ready.

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Both hands find the C five-finger scale.

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p. 41 Bass C-D-E-F-G (C Position)

pedagogy pointers

The new octave-apart hand placement is called the C five-finger scale. Moving the left hand to begin on a Bass C extends the reading range in the bass clef. The space between Bass C and Bass F and G is now filled in. The piece gives the left hand a chance to play the notes in the five-finger scale up and down, stepping and skipping. This is the first time the hands begin a piece an octave apart.

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see it in action

Teaching Video 51

First there's a warm-up to the warm-up! Philip practices the left-hand trick (skipping up and down from the new Bass C), then the right-hand trick (playing the broken fifth). That reinforces the skipping finger-feel and prepares him for those measures in which there is a change from notes that step up or down.

A low C is added as the "field goal". Philip quickly connects these activities to his own world. The high kick is the big event. The referee signals touchdown!

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