1st half term
In the whole class lessons this half term we'll be playing
London's Burning, Funky Freda and Raga.
Everything you need is on this page. Use the menu on the left.
If you can already do these easily Book 2 is here.
If you need a bit more help with the basics click here.
Use these videos to help:
Make it big!
If your low Ds are still a bit squeaky, keep practising them, but when you're playing the tune don't worry - it's best to keep going. They will improve!
Now let's play it as a round :
Everyone starts from the beginning, but at different times. When the first player starts the 2nd line, the second player starts the 1st line, staying one line behind all the way through. This works because all the lines sound good with each other. Because there are five lines, you can have up to five players all starting at different times. Here's a video with four players:
Watch it and try to work out what's going on.
Choose one player and follow him.
Play along with one of the four parts.
If you find it hard to keep up, you could start by just playing one of these lines over and over again. It will sound fine!
Here's a challenge! Can you play a part on your own?
Try with this video. I play first, you go second.
New note: E
It's time to learn how to play the note E.
If you can already play a low D, this is quite easy!
Just finger a Low D and take your 6th finger off.
Watch the video and do all the exercises:
Here's a video lesson for 'Funky Freda':
... and the full version to play along with:
Go full screen!
...and the simplified notation with piano accompaniment:
make it full screen!
And an 'easy-to-read' version, with a piano accompaniment.
It's time to learn F sharp (F#) - the missing note!
Finger a low D, then take off finger number 4
in the 1st space
It's in between low D and E; higher than D, lower than E.
Please watch the video and do all the exercises.
Go full screen