Green Turtle Shells Lesson 7

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Lesson #7

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Great playing this week!! I loved seeing C position, Firetruck dings, and red chords! We even learned the minor chord! Isn't it scary??? And guess what? Our students can now recognize all of the RedYellow and Blue chords in notation, and it won't be long before they play them, too.

If your kiddo is struggling with anything in the following list, and you need some additional help, please send me a message and I'll see if I can be useful.

- Finding Middle C and C position
- Playing a red chord with 1, 3 and 5 (no other fingers should be used)
- Identifying and playing 2nds, 3rds and 4ths (bonus if they can do 5th!)
- Playing Sol Fa Mi Re Do with fingers 5 4 3 2 1.

I can't take a lot of individual time during class, but with you as my eyes outside of class, I am happy to help them throughout the week!

Don't forget to pull out the LPM app and let your children play along to the accompaniment tracks! That really builds great skills! (Numbers given below). Thank you so much for your diligence at home! Your children are progressing nicely! Thanks for the sacrifices you make at home and getting them to class! It is worth it!

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Three Blind Mice #26

We can play a Mi Re Do! How fun to be able to play along with the accompaniment tracks! This repetition is great for strengthening fingers, and training ears to hear a melodic ostinato! Make sure they are singing along and playing with the accompaniment tracks to make this even more valuable. If you or anyone plays the guitar, or ukulele, have a jam session and sing along!

Turtle Shells #20

It’s important to understand that a 2nd does not have to always be a C and a D. Any two adjacent white notes are a 2nd. The same thinking goes for 3rds (skip one white key) and 4ths (skip two white keys). Knowing how intervals look on the staff, how they are spaced on the keyboard, and how they sound when played is invaluable ear training and staff reading knowledge!

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Here's a great, quick video from our Making Musicians Blog on using "laser beam eyes" while following the notes on the page as you play! The goal is to keep our eyes on the book rather than our fingers which helps draw the correlation between what is written and what is being played.