“Boogie Woogie”

For this little jazzy exercise, hit only thumbs and pinkies on every beat (each syllable = one beat).

Use chart below for example in “C” Position.  Thumbs and pinkies start on yellow.  Always keep three white keys between your thumbs and pinkies.

Use only the middle fingers whenever you say “UP DOWN”.  Take the middle finger “UP” to the black Eb key (red on the chart below) and then slide it off to E (blugreen on the chart) on “DOWN”.

Play with one hand at a time, then see if you can play with both hands.

HOLD = 4 beats.

“Boogie Woogie” in Key of “C”

in “C” Position

Boo-gie UP DOWN

Boo-gie UP DOWN

Boo-gie with me.

Again in “C” Position

Boo-gie UP DOWN

Boo-gie UP DOWN

Boo-gie with me.

Move hands so left pinkie is on “F” and right thumb is on “F”

Boo-gie UP DOWN

Boo-gie UP DOWN

Boo-gie with me.

Move hands up one key so left pinkie is on “G” and right thumb is on “G”

Boo-gie UP DOWN

Boo-gie UP DOWN, HOLD!

Move hands back so left pinkie is on “F” and right thumb is on “F”

Boo-gie UP DOWN

Boo-gie UP DOWN, HOLD!

Move both hands back to “C” Position

Boo-gie UP DOWN

Boo-gie UP DOWN

Boo-gie with me. (End with Bb,B,C)

 


Ode to the Dodo Bird

Ode to the Dodo Bird

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Oh, once upon a time

On an island far away

Lived a bird funny-looking and distinct.

But sadly for all time

His kind has passed away

The bad news is the bird is now extinct.

Sailors landed, unaware

That the birds they clubbed were rare

In this, the men were all quite foresightless.

Their dogs found easy prey

Dodos couldn’t get away

These funny-looking birds were somewhat flightless.

Never more can he be

Never more will we see

This wobbling bird who once on earth abode.

Never more will we hear

His squawk or song of cheer

So remember him forever in this ode.

 

© 2007 CAVenable

BARD14

distinct = different

extinct = no longer existing

prey = a hunted animal

foresightless =  not looking ahead; not careful to consider the future

abode = lived


Please!

Please!

“May I please?” “Would you please?”

That’s the way to ask a favor.

“May I please?” “Would you please?”

That’s the way of a good neighbor.

It’s the wishing word, you see

“Please” is like a golden key

It opens doors. It gets attention.

Then it’s time to pose your question.

It opens doors of hearts to hear

Then add a smile for more good cheer

Please!

© CAVenable 1997

Jackrabbit Mack

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How many words can you find that rhyme with “Jack”?

Jackrabbit Mack

By the Bard Owl

I want to tell you a story about a rabbit named Mack

He was a jackrabbit, and he lived in a shack.

This hare’s hair was gray but his round tail was black

And his favorite food was – who would guess? – flapjacks!

He ate them for breakfast, for dinner, for snacks.

He attacked stack after stack of fluffy flapjacks.

Now one day Mack was hungry and flapjacks he lacked.

So he hopped down the lane to see old Farmer Zack.

He asked, “May I, please, buy and then pack in my sack

Some flour, some sugar and some eggs that aren’t cracked?

I’m really, really hungry and flapjacks I lack.

As soon as I pack them, I’m on the fast track

Back home to flip flapjacks – a great big stack!”

Said Farmer Zack to the rabbit, “Put your money back.

If you’re really that hungry, I’ll go you one better, Mack.

We can both enjoy breakfast in my kitchen round back.

I’ve got some flour, some sugar and some eggs that aren’t cracked,

But we really must crack them to make flapjacks.

I can mix the batter, but I haven’t got the knack

To flip flapjacks on the griddle. I always burn them black.”

Mack was ecstatic and thanked old Farmer Zack.

So they both went together to the kitchen round back.

Zack mixed the batter and Mack flipped the flapjacks.

They both sat at the table, said grace, then attacked

Stack after stack of golden, fluffy flapjacks

All of them flipped by Jackrabbit Mack.

© 2002 CAVenable

WORD TIPS

ecstatic = super, super happy

knack = talent