Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes a day
What to practice: Minor triads warmup, Hey Mr. Half Note Dot, Alouette, Beyblade Burst Turbo
How to practice it most effectively: For the minor triads warmup, play a triad starting from every white key, but this week let’s make them all minor! When changing a chord from major to minor it’s only the middle note that moves down. For Hey Mr. Half Note Dot and Alouette, please say/sing the counting out loud while you play (1-2-3 for Mr. Half Note Dot, 1-2-3-4 for Alouette). The hand positions (either thumbs on middle C position or C position) are written under the song titles. For Beyblade Burst Turbo, we put the first 2 sections hands together with triads! RH please remember the little differences between the ending of the first and second section (first section goes up from A to B while the second section goes down from A to G). LH, for the first section you play E minor, then D major (when the RH melody gets to the high E note). For the second section, LH plays E minor, then C major (when the melody gets to the high E note) for 2 notes, then D major for 2 notes. Here is a fun video with lyrics to try singing along to!
Recommended minutes to practice: 15 minutes a day
What to practice: Rockin’ Robin
How to practice it most effectively: This week, you can put bars 9-16 hands together as well! Use the moments in bars 10, 12 and 16 where the hands play the same rhythms to ground you. Please remember we have a Bb in the key signature, so all Bs except for the one with the natural sign in front of it should be flat. In bar 16, LH is playing a seventh, with low F and the Eb above. In the first 8 bars, please remember to play all of RH’s correct fingerings – the Eb should always be with finger 4 so you have enough fingers to play the whole phrase.
Recommended minutes to practice: 10 minutes a day
What to practice: A Happy Song (for both hands), Legato Playing (See-Saws), and Just a Second
How to practice it most effectively: Today we learned how to read music on the grand staff: RH is still in treble clef and LH is still in bass clef, but now the staves are stacked together. Always double check which hand is meant to be playing at each time during your songs, since they go back and forth. RH treble clef important guide note is still G, second line, and LH’s bass clef one is F, fourth line. All of these songs are in C position, meaning LH finger 5 (pinky) is on low C, and RH’s finger 1 (thumb) is on middle C. The finger numbers on the music are also helpful for finding which note you should be playing. In Just a Second, please watch out for all the repeated notes, and try to make all quarter notes even.