Focus: Completion of Supplementary Book One
This week's lesson is shorter than most, focused solely on getting through the first supplementary book and practicing all the skills learned in the first nine weeks. Each song reviews chords, fingering, right/left hand independence and various sorts of accompaniment to ensure that you've mastered the skills enough to move on to the course's next level.
Duane starts with a few songs to brush up on your previous skills before moving into some arrangement techniques. He explains how to alternate notes, or color tones, when varying the bass accompaniment and the mathematical properties of keys that make them all similar. You'll first go through songs such as "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain," "Polly Wolly Doodle" and "When the Saints Go Marchin' In" as written, gaining comfort with both the right and left hand and understanding the chords and rhythms associated with each song. You'll then begin to arrange each song, adding new bass accompaniments and the few fills learned in previous lessons to add your own sense of creativity, your own mark to the pieces. Duane will show you accompaniments appropriate for the context of each song and even introduce a new technique or two, including the melody fill technique of octave echoing.
Review by Mollie Wells