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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…

Dark Blue Final Chord

I finally figured out another easy way to remember the final RH chord of the tailpiece of Dark Blue - it is just a rearranged version of the second last RH chord. (the D moved down an octave and then of course the whole chord is moved to 2 octaves up. Until today I never saw how “almost the same” those two chords really are!! This will help a couple of my students too. Original…

Mapping Strategy

Could someone explain the "mapping" strategy? I've noticed it a few times in the TTM, but I'd like to make sure I understand it completely. Here is an official definition: Observing any section or piece of music as a series of shapes, and assembling those shapes across the ‘geography’ of the keyboard in a way that allows for a scenario/landscape/greater picture to be observed. In case…

Standard Blues Progression

Why do we teach the 12-bar blues with CFCC as the first 4 instead of the standard CCCC that is everywhere else? Personally I like the F added in as it makes it more interesting. But does SM have a reason? I’m guessing congruency, so that there’s a pattern for beginning players. Remember that the blues is a folk tradition, not some formal music theory…

Songs using Honey Dew Chords

Can anyone think of any well known songs that use the Honey Dew chord progression? I would like to demonstrate some to my students when teaching Honey Dew. Justin Beiber's "Baby Baby" song. Lame but it gets a response every time. Blue Moon "Brave" by Sara Bareilles 20 songs - same 4 chords on guitar C Am…

Dark Blue Tailpiece Chords

Can anyone please tell me: what are the chords in the tailpiece of Dark Blue? Pretty sure those chords are Db6/9, Gb13, Cm6/9. So, what Maureen said - 9, 11, 13th chords must include the 7th. With the 6 and 9 added but no 7th, it's called a 6/9 chord. If anyone's interested, a simple(ish) way to play a 6/9 chord in RH is to put finger 1 on the 3rd,…

SHM After Discontinuing Lessons

I have a question about the SHM. I talked to my boss at the studio the other day and she was concerned about students possibly discontinuing lessons with me and then proceeding to use the videos and purchasing additional levels to learn the songs. She wanted to know if that is protected against and could this happen? I assured her there are some things that a student can only get in a lesson and the videos…

Shoo-Fly LH and Generativity

I'm learning Shoo-Fly. Any thoughts on reminder clues for the LH runs in the second part? It starts on D and goes up, then starts on C and goes up, and both have a black note but in a different spot. I find myself coming back to the videos over and over. This one of those places where crowd-sourcing ideas for how to remember something makes great sense, but if I…

Learning from Video Demonstration

I have a level one student (7 yo) who learned the whole AMB (2 and 3) by watching the level 1 demo. Argh! Naughty, naughty! I point out to students when they do this, they are missing out on vital learning clues (I don't tell them what). Then I ask them for their promise not to do it again. I point out that things quickly fall…

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