Yellow Arrows Lesson #6


Lesson #6



How are your kiddos’ mastery of Melodic Patterns (mi re do, etc) and Chord Fingerings? Let me know if you notice any struggles, so we can work it out in class. Sometimes parents let the misery and woe go on for months before they talk to me - please don't be that parent! I can help, but only if I know.

Melodic Patterns

We get to PLAY all of the melodic patterns this week! The value of this daily practice technique is to SEE, SING and PLAY each pattern all at once. Though their well-trained ears might tempt them to play each pattern by ear, insist they look at the book with their laser beam eyes! Surprise - their fingers are going to do what their brain tells them, even if they can't see it.

Here are the verbal cues we sing in class with our hand signs. Invite them to sing these cues, finger numbers, or be creative and make up different words on the pitches of each melodic pattern. MRD-Baby Steps Down SFMRD-Baby Steps Go-Ing Down SMD-Skip-Ping Down SSD- Same Same Leap-up SLTD-Baby Steps Going Up

Can’t Bug Me

Drumroll please…..Introducing BEAT BUG! “The BEAT is the BUG and the others play a long!” The Beat Bug sets the tempo on the metronome! He might go fast or slow but the beat is a ‘bug’ (quarter note) and the other rhythms (beetles, caterpillars, grasshoppers, butterflies, slugs) follow and fit within that given tempo.

Lullaby and Goodnight & Go to Sleep

After we solidify the chord transitions in our lullabies, we will make them sound more serene and calming by stylizing them with broken chords. Feel free to invite your child to color the chords in their piano book to make this an easier transition.

Primary Chord Song/Primary Cadence

Time to put on a show for the family! Your child can play ALL chords with BOTH HANDS! Invite them to perform the chords Ray Charles style while singing the chords out loud! Play them hands separate, then try hands together with the correct fingerings!


Why the importance of chords in piano playing? Kristi Ison, a Let’s Play Music teacher in Mesa, Arizona, shares the Top 10 Reasons for Learning Primary Chords!

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