Lesson Book pages 56-57
- The Tie
- Playing ties in a simple setting
- The Tie: what it means and what it looks like
- Counting and playing a steady 3/4 beat
let's get started
- If you wanted to make a piece of rope longer, what could you do? (Tie another piece of rope to it.) We can do the same thing in music—connect notes together with a curved line called a tie.
- Listen and look while I play Lemonade Stand. See if you can spot the ties. At the tie, did I play or hold the dotted half note twice?
- Let's tap the piece on the keyboard cover, counting 1-2-3. At the tie we'll count 1-2-3, tie-2-3. Use both hands.
- Let's tap the piece again, using the hands as in the piece. Count, or sing the words. (1-2-3 tie-2-3).
Words often convey a rhythm or meter better than counting.
explore and create
Let's Tie It Up!(Draw examples of notes tied together.) How many total beats will the key be held? Now you draw some tied notes for me. Did I get the answer right?
A New Location!Move your Lemonade Stand to the G Street.
New Flavors!Can you think of something else to sell that fits the "lem-on-ade" rhythm? (For example, "straw-ber-ries," "blue-ber-ries," "choc-o-late," etc.)
p. 44 The Tie
- Students connect different note values with a tie, then add up the beats. Ready to sightread!
This piece introduces the tie. The tie goes over the measure bar, connecting notes at the ends of phrases. Since the piece is in 3/4 meter, the ties connect dotted half notes. The tie at the half cadence is preceded by two measures of quarter notes, setting up the impetus for feeling three beats to the bar.
Switching from one hand to the other happens quite quickly. Because these switches involve many skips, the eye must scan the directional note movement rapidly. The final performance of the piece should move with a lilting swing.
accompaniments on disk
- CD Tracks 78-79
- MIDI File 39