Musicarta Beat and Rhythm Workbook

The Snake Dance

Adding the G minor chord

The next version in the build-up adds a bit of harmonic variety by introducing a G minor sound in Line 3. Only the left hand does anything different.

This is the interim block-fifths version.

Overview

Here's an overview of the module task.

So the new material comes in Line 3 only.

The build-up

Revert to LH block chords

It’s useful to revert to simple block fifths in the left hand initially. Here is Line 3 with the new left hand material.

Let your LH move

The left hand thumb moves up from the A to the B flat then back.

Learners often try to avoid putting their hands up between the black keys, but it’s not ‘wrong’ to do so. In fact, quite the opposite.

Let your hand move up towards the back of the keys so your thumb can slip easily onto the B flat.

Trying not to let your fingers go
up between the black keys – uncomfortable and difficult.

Letting your fingers slide up between the black keys – comfortable and easy.

Locate the new material

Be sure you know where (and only where!) you play the new note.

The thumb goes to the higher note for the middle half of Line 3 only. It’s “Down, up, up, down”.

Line 3 with LH broken chords

Then break the left hand fifths up and practice the line continuously. You see how you have to be ready to push your left hand up towards the back of the keys.

Play the whole version through

Fit the new Line 3 into the previous continuous left hand version for the final module performance.

When you feel your performance is secure, go on to the next module.


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