Junior Piano Interpretation: Detached or Connected?
This piece was composed to practice the alteration between staccato and legato. Before playing this piece a student should be able to produce staccato and legato to a level 1 standard.
The learning objective sets the reasons for learning this piece. It does not cover all reasons, only the most important ones.
Play 4 beats in a bar
Play piano and forte
Play hands together
Play staccato notes (Link: An article about Staccato)
Play legato notes (Link: An article about Legato)
To count the beat when playing
To play C5, E5, G5
To play C3, E3, G3
To play on the beat without pauses
To play a 2 note chord
To play a 3 note chord
Complete Practice Method
Read the letter names out loud.
Play the legato passage to be aware of the movement.
Sit at the piano or keyboard with the correct posture and hand position. (Link: Explanation video)
Play the piece counting the rests and the notes.
Remove any pauses by using a metronome at sixty beats per minute or one tick per crotchet.
Play along with the right hand to ensure you can play it in time.
Play along with the left hand to understand how it feels hands together.
Play along with the left hand to ensure you can play it in time.
Play along with the right hand to understand how it feels hands together.