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Pedaling Dark Blue

Advice for pedal use on Dark Blue? Just keep it down, or use your ear to know when to clear it? Or open to player's interpretation? Every time the LH plays is a good time to pedal on Dark Blue. Have you purchased the "Using the Pedal" from the Teacher Workshop Series? It's fantastic. I've used it for years to teach pedaling to my students. I'm…

Incorporating duets into lessons

I would appreciate advice about incorporating duets into lessons. Do you sit at the bench together? I have two pianos, a keyboard, and a guitar in my studio, so i have the option of using another instrument. I do duets at every lesson the same piano. If it's a group, then use a keyboard or other percussion. Duets have multiple layers of cognitive and motor learning to offer. [answer author="Laurie…

Student learned more advanced Fur Elise already

I have a very talented student who has a keyboard and he learns songs from the tutorials on the keyboard, i.e. Fur Elise. The version he has learned is more difficult than the Fur Elise in Foundation 2. I'm afraid he won't want to learn the Foundation 2 version as he is already playing a more advanced version. What would you do? Foundation 1 and 2 strategies are more important than…

Religious objections to Amazing Grace

Any suggestions on how to approach Amazing Grace being religiously offensive to a family? They are Jewish. AG is such a key component of the program, especially in Accompaniment 1. The mother of my new student is fine with him playing it, but politely insisted they would not be singing those words. My only thought is to have him write his own lyrics. Any other suggestions? I am using Happy Birthday…

Struggles with Alma Mater Blues

I need suggestions about an 11-year-old girl in a shared lesson with another 11-year-old. They both benefit from the shared setting (both were private until 2 months ago). She practices more since being in the shared situation, and the other student (a boy) is learning to slow down his playing more. The girl is having a much harder time with Alma Mater Blues than the boy is because she is not wanting or willing to slow…

Bishop Street chords: identifying and playing with small hands

I'm trying to figure out the I, IV, V chords in Bishop Street Blues. I know how to play it, but what are these chords? What makes it a I, IV, and V? Are the inverted/suspended/diminished chords? I wouldn't explain it to my students at this stage, but I'm trying to understand for myself. Also, tips for teaching a 6-year-old with small hands to play Bishop Street Blues? They're blues chords,…

Ode to Joy original rhythm vs long notes

In Ode to Joy, does anyone ever teach the original rhythm rather than holding the long notes? Several of my children have already learned to play it the original way and we all listen to the original song quite frequently. I'm trying to figure out why the SM version has them hold the long notes. Does it make it easier to play because you don't have that one dotted rhythm at the end of the phrase?…

Squidgies Boogie chord order

I need some advice on where I can find the altered order of the chords in the 12-bar blues for Squidgies Boogie (Foundation 4). In the teacher training video, Neil said the altered chord order is found in the teacher notes, but I cannot find them there. I checked several times and also checked the SHM. Perhaps I am not seeing the forest for the trees, but I truly cannot find them. Is there an update…

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