Duerme Pronto In C and in F, Book 2

Mother Holding Baby

Introduction

Mother Holding Baby

This is a beautiful lullaby from Mexico.  The words are in Spanish.

Make sure you watch the videos at the bottom, which are about Mexico’s culture.

The melody has a repeating pattern in it and there is more than one way to play it, because it is written in 4 different keys.  The key changes how high or low the notes are, because we start and end on a different note in each key.

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The Lesson

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Piano

Piano Challenge Version

Guitar

Ukulele

Don’t Forget!

You can look up the ukulele chords and guitar chords and get help with reading tablature right here on my website!

Enrichment

Mary Had A Little Lamb

Introduction

This is a nursery rhyme that tells the story about a little girl named Mary and her little lamb.  They have all kinds of fun and even break some rules!

Have fun singing, clapping, dancing and playing this song.

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This song is played by the right hand.  We can tell because the notes are up high, in front of the G Clef and their stems are pointing up.

Be sure to watch the video above for instructions.

Digging Deeper

Fais Do Do (Book 2)

Introduction

This is a lullaby in French. Notice how the notes flow freely from one to the other smoothly. Like most lullabies, there is barely any empty space or rests in the song. The melody is flowing and it is continuous.

The time signature of 6/8 makes that feeling even more strong.

Try not to fall asleep while you are learning this song!

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The Lesson

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Sheet Music

There are a few challenges in playing this piece, but they are challenges that you have faced before, so don’t worry.

Make sure you watch the video above for a discussion of the sheet music and explanations. 

Don’t forget to practice it over and over again until you are able to play it smoothly!

Extra points if you can get me to fall asleep during your performance!

Let’s see some sleepy performances!

Take it slow and remember to break it up into phrases.

Digging Deeper

All The Pretty Little Horses (Book 3)

Introduction

This is a beautiful lullaby.  The melody floats from low to high and smoothly flows up and down.

What kid doesn’t want a pony?

We can dream, can’t we? 

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The Lesson

Sheet Music

There are a few challenges in playing this piece, but they are challenges that you have faced before, so don’t worry.

Make sure you watch the video above for a discussion of the sheet music and explanations. Remember to notice when you have to switch and play with a different hand.

Don’t forget to practice it over and over again until you are able to play it smoothly!

Let’s see some exciting performances!

Take it slow and remember to break it up into phrases.

Digging Deeper

Andante Grazioso (Book 1)

Introduction

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was one of the greatest composers of all time. He is certainly one of my favorites. He started playing the piano when he was 3 just by watching his father teach his sister to play. Within a year or two he was famous and performing for kings and queens.

Mozart had a way of writing music was beautiful, serious, funny and entertaining all at the same time. The piece we are learning today sounds like a grand walk. When you listen to it, you can almost picture a king or queen walking into the room at the start, and then during the second part you can almost hear the other people in the room start to whisper and chit-chat in their excitement.

While you are listening, close your eyes a bit and imagine what might be going on while this music is playing.

Mozart is a composer you really should know about. I added a video about his life below.

 

About Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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The Lesson

At The Piano

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Slower

Sheet Music

There are a few challenges in playing this piece, but they are challenges that you have faced before, so don’t worry.

Make sure you watch the video above for a discussion of the sheet music and explanations.

Don’t forget to practice it over and over again until you are able to play it smoothly!

Let’s see some exciting performances!

Take it slow and remember to break it up into phrases.

Digging Deeper