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Music Book to Understand Dotted Notes

Quite relieved after todays lesson with my 7 year old. It is my first time ever to take someone that young through RR. She was previously doing well till we started dotted notes last week and she found them really confusing though the RR material presents it well. But today I took another approach and had her play Sleeping, and then I showed her the dotted half notes in the score for the LH and she…

What Jazz Means

I need to start jazz clues soon with a number of students. Help me understand what we mean by "jazz" and how it differs from the accompaniment things (playing all types of chords, variations) we've already been doing. I believe Neil talks about perceptions of Jazz music in the TTMs for Jazz Clues. People have different 'stories' about what jazz music means to them. Jazz Clues uses original songs by Neil…

Accompaniment 2 Transposing

I have an Acc. 2 question, the transposing section. I’ve recently rewatched the TT video and looked at the pdf document for Acc 2. The video just talks about the advantages of learning to transpose and about the process, but not really about the project for the student. Since students have transposed accompaniments going back to fairly early in the Acc 1 book, is this just a similar project with a few more chords beyond I,…

Note Names in Transcribing Streams

Transcription projects in Reading Notes: are you just having them write notes on a staff as you verbalize different intervals? Do you start having them identify note names as they figure out intervals? Other ways to do transcription projects with notes? Yes Jen they write notes as you dictate the interval and direction. Identifying note names is not necessary during transcribing - it's about correctly identifying intervals in a self-generative manner.…

Chord Fingering

What about fingering for chords? Sometimes my new students want to play the basic chords with 1, 2, and 5 instead of 1, 3, and 5. I have been trying to get them to do 1, 3, and 5… But maybe it doesn’t matter. Marsha, one chord that comes in fairly early in some arrangements is an add9 chord, which is played with 1235. So it makes sense for students to…

Alternate Greensleeves Fingering

An 8-year-old student came up with an alternate fingering for Greensleeves that I thought was both insightful and helpful for kids with small hands, and I told her I was going to share it here, and that Neil Moore might even see it. In the transition to position 2, which is F3 on G followed by F2 on E and F1 on C, she instead suggested F3 on G followed by F1 on E and crossing…

Triplets

Just wondering when do triplets get introduced in the curriculum? For some reason I did not see them in RR. Are they mentioned later in context of a specific song? I believe the first time they appear is in Blues & Improv "hickory" rhythm. But not as a reading exercise, just physical familiarity. Project 7D Triplets are not discussed in the existing reading materials. I just…

Improv vs. Comp in Tune Toolkit

When you teach projects from Tune Toolkit, are you assigning them as improv projects or composition projects? Do you have the students come back and play something or report on what they did? How do you keep accountability that they are trying the projects? In each volume of Tune Toolkit, only projects #11 and #22 are explicit composition projects, all other projects being explicitly for improvisation. At the same time,…

Jazz Clues Melody

When you teach Jazz Clues, and students have read the melody... do you give them time to "know" the RH melody so they can play without the page before adding LH? Basically, how do you determine student readiness for the LH clue? I have them get comfortable reading the RH before adding LH, but don't require memorization. So...they are reading both the RH and the chords from the page. …

Lowercase Roman Numeral Chords

In Accompaniment 2 (Scale Tone Chords and Transposition), Why doesn't Neil use or mention the fairly standard nomenclature of scale degrees where the Roman numeral is capitalized when MAJOR or lower case when minor (I ii iii IV V vi vii)? He says that the notes he's making are an "informal system" but ESPECIALLY with regard to exceptions (ex. Major IV in a minor key, or minor iv in a major key), I've found that standard…

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