Lesson 13: Scale prep: "Thumb-Under" -- I Get Hot Playing Piano
In this lesson, we prepare your child for scales with a song derived from "I Get Hot Crossed Buns" called "I Get Hot Playing Piano." This song will also be sung by both of you, and for this week, the first line will be played with the right hand, and the second line with the left hand, using the specified fingering which introduces the "thumb-under" technique for changing hand positions. The new hand positions will be the same as in last week's exercise of "I Get Hot Crossed Buns," but we will now not lift our hands, but use the thumb under the third finger to connect the notes. We will play this piece legato, meaning that all the notes in a phrase are connected, that each note is lifted only as the next is played. This technique is already present in your child's renditions of "Walking Up and Down the Stairs," but it becomes more deliberate with the thumb-under change of hand positions.
Before this lesson begins, all the stickers will be removed. I recommend oil soap and lots of paper towels to remove the residue that will likely be left from the sticker, and it may take some elbow grease before the keys are restored to their pre-sticker purity. Be absolutely sure to keep the oil from reaching the peg board! If it gets in there, t will destroy the peg board by removing the friction required to keep the pegs still and the piano strings in tune. As the home teacher, you are now required to know all the names of all the notes by where they are on the piano. The student is not required at this time to identify the notes, and it is indeed preferable if he/she can identify the notes by the pitch of the note, rather than what the note looks like. Please avoid the temptation to have your child reach middle C by visually finding the note to immediately to the left of a black-note pair. It is far preferable in the long run if your child uses the "hunt and peck" approach to find C. Very young children are naturally programmed to explore different means of achieving a goal like finding middle C, and you need to let your young student develop naturally. Let them use their ear to find middle C, as this will only help their ear develop in this crucial beginning stage. The "bad" habit of hunting for a first note of a piece is one that is easily broken when it comes time for the child to do a recital, which is still a long ways off yet.
For this lesson, we will also review "Amen/Yeah Man", "C Me Practice Piano", and "Walking Up and Down the Stairs."
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Sheet music for lesson 13: I Get Hot Playing Piano, RH
I Get Hot Playing Piano, LH
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