Nadia, age 7, was wearing a hot pink jacket. I showed her how to do a black key glissando. She tried it herself.
“Ouch!” she said. “That hurt!”
I grabbed the plain black roll of duct tape that was sitting on my piano.
Next time I’ll get some fancy stuff.
Watch what happened.
Notice her spur-of-the-moment ideas:
- Using the glissando as a perfect pick-up to the downbeat.
- Taking advantage of all the different sides of the duct tape.
- Sometime using the hard side to play single notes.
- Switching back to the side each time she wanted to do a glissando.
- In the middle of the piece she uses the tape as a percussion instrument and just taps on the fallboard.
Moments like these are magical. All I said was, “Nadia, use the tape to play on the black keys.” I improvised underneath her.
And don’t forget the duct tape.
My students love to use it to make bags for their music.