The Drawbridge

Things to Review
Notes Moving Up or Down
Skips

Whatʼs New
Skips in the C Major Five-Finger Position

Here we focus on skips; in the previous piece (Pizza Parlour), we focused on steps. The two pages are side by side in the book, and provide an excellent opportunity for “compare and contrast”. You will find many pages throughout the book where concepts have been paired on side-by-side pages in order to facilitate this teaching technique.

In the Middle C Position pieces, many of the LH melodies move in contrary motion to the RH. But now, in the C Major Five-Finger Position, the LH melodies will move parallel to the RH. This means that each hand plays the same notes, but they are played with different fingers (except for finger 3).

In the second question, students circle the fingers they will use. Notice how the numbers are arranged, contrasting LH and RH, to help students see that in the LH, “up” is going towards the thumb, while in the RH, “up” is towards 5. This is an important building block for fluent reading on the staff, good fingering habits, and coordination.

On tandem pages with paired concepts, such as 18 and 19, some students do better working one page at a time, while others are more successful with both at once. In other words, for some students, assign page 18 one week, then introduce page 19 the following week; but with other students, assign both pages the same week. It depends on the individual learning style of each student.

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