1st half term
This Week - 4th May
If you're in one of the groups who have just started Book 2
all the tunes (music, demos and backing tracks) are here
Everyone else should be practising London's Burning, Funky Freda and Raga.
We've also just started practicing F#.
Everything you need is on this page. (Use the menu on the left).
It's time to learn F sharp (F#) - the missing note!
Finger a low D, then take off finger number 4
It's in between low D and E; higher than D, lower than E.
in the 1st space
Please watch the video and do all the exercises.
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We'll start some tunes with F#s next week, but if you want to get ahead....
Here's a video lesson for the next tune 'Raga'.
make it full screen!
And an 'easy-to-read' version, with a piano accompaniment.
Raga- piano accompaniment
I've been trying to go quite slowly - hope most of you are keeping up!
If you want to go a bit faster, remember there are new notes and more tunes here:
Here's the video lesson for 'Funky Freda':
If you're not sure how to play an E click here.
... and the full version to play along with:
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...and the simplified notation with piano accompaniment:
Funky Feda - accompaniment
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:
Hopefully, most of you can play London's Burning now! (here)
Can you play it off by heart, without looking at the music?
This week we're going to 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.
Please start practising London's Burning here
Use these videos to help:
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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!
If you still need to practise the basics, the videos are still here:
1. Hand position
2. First 3 notes: G A B
4. Changing notes
Now practice some tunes. Play some easy ones, then choose something a bit more difficult.
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