Snake Dance – Decorating the Melody

Musicarta Beat and Rhythm, Snake Dance series

Grace notes

Every pop-styles keyboard player has a selection of well-rehearsed ‘ornaments’ (or  ‘grace note figures’) – little decorations which enhance a melody and raise it above the ordinary. The Snake Dance melody, with its oriental flavour, is an ideal place to start building your collection.

Here is a performance which, for demonstration purposes, has ornaments on nearly every note – far more than you would ever actually play.

Even with the music (in your workbook), at normal playing speed it’s not easy to get latch on to what’s going on.

Here's a video of MidiPiano playing the same version but slowed down and with the Piano Roll pane open.

You can slow MidiPiano down even more using the Speed control. Obviously, it will be much easier to pick out the detail with MidiPiano playing the download MIDI file right on your desktop.

Then, pick one or two 'ornaments' at a time and start working on them. Don't try to get them all into your performance at once!

Thirds

The Snake Dance melody harmonises well with thirds under the melody. Watch the sample video the MS (for the right hand only) is in your workbook.

(see workbokk MS) 

You will need to spend a little time studying the fingering – it’s unlikely you will find the fingers you need there when you need them just by chance.

The Thirds video performance has an introduction, grace notes and a novelty ending – all elements which you can incorporate into your own variations.


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