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Beautiful Mother & Child Duets Learn how to create your own stunning piano music Composing simply requires knowing a few formulas, listening to the inspiration that comes into your heart and then having the courage to invite your song into the world. Invite your child to sit beside you as you together create transcendently beautiful music with these easy improvised duets. Be patient with yourself and your child as you learn. Have the courage to explore and experiment until you’ve created your desired sound. Once your song is complete, have the courage to share your song and thereby enrich the people around you.
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  • Beautiful

    Mother & Child Duets

    Learn how to create your own stunning piano music

    Composing simply requires knowing a few formulas, listening to the inspiration

    that comes into your heart and then having the courage to invite your song into

    the world.

    Invite your child to sit beside you as you together create transcendently beautiful

    music with these easy improvised duets. Be patient with yourself and your child as

    you learn. Have the courage to explore and experiment until you’ve created your

    desired sound.

    Once your song is complete, have the courage to share your song and thereby

    enrich the people around you.

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    Music of the Moment

    To play this duet, I recommend that the parent first learn Part 1 and then play while the child

    improvises. Later, reverse roles and teach Part 1 to the child.

    Part 1: Parent’s Part

    Step 1: Position the Hands

    Locate the placement of the left hand and right hand as demonstrated in the diagram.

    Step 2: Learn the Pattern

    Pianist have numbered each finger. Press each key in the order shown to create a beautiful pattern.

    Practice this pattern until you are comfortable and can play in a slow, steady rhythm.

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    Music of the Moment

    Part 2: Child’s Part

    Step 1: Position the Hand

    Place the right hand on the keyboard as shown. Each finger should rest on a key.

    Step 2: Improvise

    The child creates the melody by playing any of these keys in any order.

    Step 3: Play the Duet with Your Child

    Combine parts 1 and 2 to play with your child. The parent begins by playing part 1 in a slow, steady

    rhythm. When ready, the child joins in, improvising the melody. Watch the video on

    Eartrainingandimprov.com to see an example.

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    Review of Finger Numbers

    Piano players have given each finger a number. Use this chart to learn

    which finger to use when you see a number.

    We will use these finger numbers for the activities in this book, so refer back to this page as needed.

    Left Right

    5 5

    4 4 3 3 2 2

    1 1

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    Daybreak

    Part 1

    Step 1: Place your left hand on the highlighted keys. You will use your pinky, middle finger and thumb.

    Step 2: Practice playing the highlighted keys in this order:

    Practice this pattern over and over until you can play it smoothly.

    Part 2

    Step 1: Place your right hand on the keys highlighted in red. Notice that these are the same keys used by

    Part 1 (highlighted in blue), except that they are played higher on the keyboard.

    Step 2: Use these keys to improvise. You can play any key in any order. Play in a slow rhythm to

    complement the playing of Part 1.

    Make it Better

    Your song will be more interesting if you are frequently changing the chords. When you’re comfortable with this

    pattern, turn to the “Make it Better” section at the back of the book to learn which chords to use next.

    1 3 5

    1 5 3 1 5 3

    5 3 1 3 1 5

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    Starlit Waltz

    Part 1

    Step 1: Place your hands on the highlighted keys. Your left hand is highlighted in blue and your right

    hand in red.

    Step 2: Practice the pattern. In this pattern, your right hand will press down all three “red” keys at the

    same time. Try playing this pattern:

    Count “one, two, three, one, two, three...” as you play. Emphasize beat one, which you play with your

    left hand. Practice this pattern until you can play it comfortably.

    Part 2

    Step 1: Find your keys. Note where your partner is playing and place your right hand on the highlighted

    keys.

    Step 2: Create your melody. You can use any of the highlighted keys in any order. Give your waltz a slow

    start by only playing one note on each beat one. As the song progresses, play faster and add in more

    notes.

    5

    3

    1 5

    5 1

    3

    5

    1

    3

    5

    5 1

    3

    5

    1

    3

    5

    5

    3

    1 5

    Part 1 Part 2

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    50’s Love Song

    Use this formula to create your own 50’s love song.

    Part 1

    Step 1: Find the first chord. In this song, you will only use your left hand and you will press down all

    three keys at the same time.

    Step 2: Now practice the remaining chords. First get familiar with them, and then practice switching

    between them in order.

    Step 3: Play triplets. When you’re comfortable switching between the chords, try playing triplets with

    each chord before switching to the next. You can say “trip-o-let, trip-o-let” as you play each chord to

    help you get the hang of the rhythm.

    5 3 1

    5 3 1

    5 3 1

    5 3 1

    Chord 1

    Chord 2

    Chord 3

    Chord 4

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    50’s Love Song

    Part 2

    Step 1: Find your keys. You will use your right hand and the keys are highlighted for you in red. Note

    where your partner is playing as you place your hand.

    Step 2: Experiment with melody. You can play any of these keys in any order. You will play your melody

    while your partner is playing Part 1, so experiment with which sound combinations you like. Start slow

    at first. Later, as you get more comfortable with the rhythm, you may want to play more quickly.

    5

    Part 1 Part 2

    3 1

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    Taking Flight

    Part 1

    Step 1: Find the placement of your right hand and left hand. Use the finger numbers as a guide.

    Step 2: Count out loud to learn the rhythm.

    Count: 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and Say the purple numbers and word out loud. Repeat.

    Step 3: Practice playing the pattern in rhythm. Press down the corresponding key when you say each

    word. Notice that you’ll hold the “blue” key down longer than the others- you hold it for “one and”.

    1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and

    Repeat this pattern over and over until you can play it comfortably. Then invite your duet partner to join

    in.

    5 5 3

    5 3 5 3 5 3 5

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    Taking Flight

    Part 2

    Step 1:

    Find your keys. Place your right hand on the Part 2 keys highlighted in red. You will play on higher keys

    than your partner.

    Step 2

    Improvise. Use the highlighted keys to create your melody. You can play any key in any order. Listen

    carefully to what sounds good with the notes your partner is playing.

    Part 1 Part 2

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    Tuesday in the Park

    This duet is sure to be a hit! It’s got little bit of a jazzy feel that underlies a bright and happy tone.

    Part 1

    Step 1: Find the placement of your hands.

    Step 2: Practice playing the keys in the order shown below. Play with a jazzy rhythm.

    Part 2

    Step 1: Identify your improv keys. You will be playing higher than your partner. In this duet, you have

    lots of keys to choose from.

    Step 2: Experiment. You can use these keys to improvise while your partner plays. Try to create a jazzy

    melody. Listen carefully to learn what combinations sound good with what your partner is playing. You’ll

    notice that some keys will clash against the keys in Part 1. Some people like this sound. If you hear a

    clash, resolve it by quickly switching to a key that doesn’t clash. The interplay of tension and resolution

    makes for an intriguing song.

    5 5 1 4

    5 5 1 4 5

    Part 1

    Part 2

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    Make it Better

    Use this section to learn how to make your songs sound fuller, more interesting and more complete. If

    you were to stay on just one chord, your song would get boring really fast.

    Using a series of chords makes your song sounds like it’s progressing. In this section, you’ll find some

    excellent chord sequences that you can use to enhance your songs.

    How to use this section:

    1. First, make sure you are totally comfortable with the simple version of the song, as introduced

    in the first part of the book.

    2. Play the pattern in each of the chord positions described in the directions of this section.

    3. Practice switching between chord positions until you can do so quickly without interrupting the

    rhythm of the song.

    4. Put it together. Sit down with your duet partner and have fun creating a beautiful song together.

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    Make it Better: Daybreak

    Train your hand to switch between the following chords in the order shown. You’ll have a beautiful

    song. Part 1 will play these chords, usually playing each chord twice with the pattern you learned before

    switching to the next chord.

    Chord 1

    Chord 2

    Chord 3

    Chord 4

    Starlit Waltz

    3 5 1

    3 5 1

    3 5 1

    3

    5

    1

    Part 2: Improvise based on these

    chords. Pay attention to which

    chord your partner is playing.

    You can use any key from that

    chord to create your melody.

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    Make it Better: Starlit Waltz

    Train your hand to switch between the following chords in the order shown. You’ll have a beautiful

    song. Repeat the pattern you learned 2-4 times with each chord and then switch to the next chord.

    Part 1

    Chord 1

    Chord 2

    Chord 3

    Part 2

    Improvise based on the chords your partner plays. Play the same keys, but higher on the keyboard. For

    example, as your partner plays Chord 1, you can play any of the keys that are included in Chord 1. When

    your partner switches to Chord 2, start improvising with any of the keys from Chord 2.

    You can also experiment with passing tones. Passing tones are notes that you play on your way from

    one highlighted key to the next highlighted key. Take a look at the unmarked keys that sit between the

    highlighted keys. Experiment with these to find sounds like you like.

    5

    3

    1 5

    5

    3

    1 5

    5 1 5

    3

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    Make it Better: Taking Flight

    Train your hand to switch between the following positions in the order shown. You’ll have a beautiful

    song. Part 1 will play the pattern in each position, usually playing the rhythm twice in each position

    before switching to the next position.

    Position 1:

    Position 2:

    Position 3:

    Position 4:

    5 5 3

    5 5 3

    5 5

    3

    5 5 3

    Practice switching between the four positions. Make sure you’re comfortable playing the rhythmic

    pattern in each position, and that you’re comfortable switching between the positions.

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    Make it Better: Taking Flight

    Part 2

    Have fun creating a melody based on your partner’s hand position. You can use any key from the

    position your partner is playing in at that moment. Be sure to switch your hand position when your

    partner switches positions.

    Later, you can add in passing tones to make your melody more complex. A passing tone is a key between

    highlighted keys. You play it “in passing” on your way to the next highlighted key.

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    Make it Better: Tuesday in the Park

    The person playing Part 1 can learn these three different hand positions. When you cycle through these

    positions, you get a really neat Tuesday in the Park. In each position, play the rhythm you learned.

    Position 1:

    Position 2:

    Position 3:

    Play the rhythm in each position twice before switching to the next position.

    Part 2 You will continue using the same 7 keys you learned earlier. Have fun experimenting to create

    intriguing new melodies for this jazzy improvised duet.

    5 5 1 4

    5 5 1 4

    5 5 1 3