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Fluency: Still Ends in C

Updated: May 25, 2021

'Still Ends on C' was named by a young boy I teach who was struggling a little with the new notes and piped up

"... but it still ends on C"

and the made the world of difference to the fact that he could play it. This pieces uses the notes C, D and E with crotchets and minims. Both four bar pieces are four beats in a bar.



Learning Objectives

Interpretation Skills

  • Play in 4 beats per bar.

  • Count the beat when playing.

Fluency Skills

  • To play C5, D5, E5

  • To play C3, D3, E3

  • To play on the beat without pauses.

Demonstration Video

Complete Practice Method

  1. Read the letter names out loud.

  2. Read the music and say out loud the finger numbers you would expect to use.

  3. Using the flash cards from the PDF provided lay out the letter names in order on the table or floor. Print the pages as many times as required to have the correct number of notes.

  4. Using the rhythm cards from the PDF provided lay out the rhythm for each bar and clap or play using a percussion instrument. A tambourine would be a good option for this.

  5. Sit at the piano or keyboard. (Link: Explanation video)

  6. Play the piece saying the finger numbers out loud.

  7. Play the piece saying the letter names out loud.

  8. Play complete focusing on each note as it sounds.


Chris Caton-Greasley LLCM(TD) MA (Mus)(Open)

Ethnographic Musicologist, Teacher, Researcher

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