Recommended minutes to practice: 15 minutes a day
What to practice: Runaround Sue (specifically the A sections)
How to practice it most effectively: Today we decided that for Runaround Sue we would just play the 1st A section then directly into the 2nd A section. LH’s staccatos are important for timing and feel in bar 8 and again in the second last bar. Please watch out for which octave LH is meant to be playing in: in the first A section we are up near middle C, but in the second A section it’s an octave lower. This will help distinguish the two. The most important part of any song or performance is the ending – practice getting to your final chord multiple times in a row so it becomes a familiar shape you can land on confidently.
Recommended minutes to practice: 10 minutes a day
What to practice: 2 warmups, Batter Up, My Clever Pup, The Zoo
How to practice it most effectively: In the thumbs on C and C position warmups, please connect between the notes. Keeping your fingers bent will help with this. Remember that C position has RH finger 1 on C, and LH finger 5 on C. For Batter Up, My Clever Pup, and The Zoo, the hands are in thumbs sharing C position. Continue to say the letter names out loud while you play. Please watch the stem directions and “RH”, “LH” labels to know which hand’s turn it is to play. The double bar line with the two dots at the end of some pieces is a repeat sign, meaning we go back to the start of the piece and play it one more time.