Follow the build-up steps in tandem with the marked-up MS examples below.
Our sample chorus is in G - no black keys in the major pentatonic scale. Just watch this section, observing as much as you can.
- How are the notes grouped?
- Does the melodic line proceed by step or by skip?
- Are the halves symmetrical?
Try to hum/sing (or just grunt) the 'tune'.
Prepare the build-up playing up and down the five tones of the G major pentatonic scale, both hands in unison.
- Find any fingering that works for now.
- Say/sing the pentatonic scale-tone names.
Make the right hand a zigzag.
- Going up, skip up (K) for a quaver note before stepping back (S) to the next on-the-beat note.
- Coming down, skip down (K) for a quaver note before stepping back up (S) to the on-the-beat note.
So, you get ahead of yourself, both directions.
Delay the left hand a quaver/eighth note so it comes with your RH 'skip ahead' note.
- Ascending: Split the right hand on-the-beat notes into two 16th notes (semiquavers). You play two bottom (B) notes (of the RH pair) followed by one top (T) note - BBT.
- Descending: Same rhythmic pattern, but move sooner, playing just one top (T) note and two bottom (B) notes - TBB.
If you make all the notes in the right hand semiquavers/16th notes (except the last one in the bar), you will have the basic pattern.
The left hand plays with the same right hand notes - last of the three BBT/TTB groups - but they've got a little shorter.
Your music will now fit into ordinary four-four (C/common time) bars.
Count the hands off separately in 16th notes (semiquavers).
- The right hand plays 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 1 (5 x 3 + 1 = 16)
- The left hand plays 2 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 2 (4 x 3 + 2 x 2 = 16)
But you accent the right hand with the left hand note, so the '3' is stressed.