Laurie Richards, Nebraska
Tip for ya. I remember several teachers commenting a while back on how challenging it was to teach Sonata in C (Level 4) online. I have found that ‘preparatory learning’ has made this piece SO much easier to learn.
Beginning a song or two before Sonata, I begin teaching the LH chords of Sonata as a standalone project (‘mystery project’). Usually just starting with C – C – Together – C and only blocked chords, not broken. Once that is solid I add Up – C – Down – C.
Having those chords in their hands before starting Sonata eased the process SO MUCH. I’ll add that if there’s still time before getting to Sonata, you can assign the project of playing all the chords Alberti bass style. But ONLY if the blocked chords are 100% rock solid.
Preparatory learning is a great strategy in general.
Christine W., Kansas
I have my kiddos learn the inverted G and F chords by F2, when we’re doing Christmas songs with chords in the LH and melody in the RH, so the only one they don’t “know” when we get to Sonata in C is the “weird one” in the first group of 4, and yes, that’s what I call it!
Ian B., California
Agreed! Similar to prepping the RH scales in 2nd Section.
⏰ I’m finding I also just have adjust my own and the student’s expectations a little about how long this song can take to process.
But I think the real tricky part online is putting the hands together 🙌because it’s so difficult to CTE. It’s a really good “test” for how well the students are learning to CTE themselves though. I can usually tell right away who is actually practicing that strategy.
Katie D., Australia
I teach Jackson blues in D before teaching the Level 8 blues piece “D-part.” Also helps.
Un Mani, Australia
Just to piggy back on that,with those very block chords I made up a little dance routine. All kids and adults do it and it usually sticks ..’C C squish(or TOG.) C UP C, DOWN C’.
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Original discussion started June 1, 2021