Deep in the Heart of Texas

This song is played at many public events in Texas, especially at RODEO time!

Here is an easy way to play this Texas song, if you know the melody:

Left Hand = C position;

Fifth on LH = C + G;

Second on LH = F + G

Right Hand starts in C position;

then on “gggg…” goes to D position so that the 4th finger is on “g”.  For ending from D position stretch thumb to “c”.

 

MELODY

(LH) Fifth (RH) C C E —-

(LH) Fifth (RH) C C E (“Clap-clap-clap-clap!”)

(RH) GGGG  A E D ——

(LH) Second (RH) B B D —-

(LH) Second (RH) B B D (“Clap-clap-clap-clap!”)

(RH) GGGG  A E C (w/ Fifth on LH)

 

See chart on INTERVALS under “Piano Theory” sidebar for illustration of “Second” and “Fifth”.

 

Memory Aids

LINES TO REMEMBER THE LINES

Standard Memory Aids for the Lines of the Treble (top) Staff are:

Every Good Boy Does Fine

Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge

but if you like bunnies, use Granny Vee’s:

Every Great Bunny Does Flips.

For the Bass (bottom) Staff use the bunny one:

Good Bunnies Do Flop Around

or the standard:

Good Boys Do Fine Always

Remember the “basement is in the ground” so the bass staff phrase begins with “g“.

THE SPACES SPELL FACE ON THE TOP (Your face is on the top part of your body and it’s on the top staff, too!)

The first three bottom/bass staff spaces spell ACE.

Or you can use:  All Cows Eat Grass to remember the spaces on the bass.

Lesson 3 Music Notes

We read and write words using the alphabet.  We read and write music using “notes”.

The different types of notes show musicians how long to make a sound.

Can you sing your ABC letter song just through “g” then stop?  When you sing it, notice that you sing each letter for the same amount of time until you sing “g”.   The sound “g” is longer, twice as long, as the letters “a-f” in your alphabet song.

In music, this would be written using quarter notes and a half note for “g”.

THE QUARTER NOTE

The quarter note looks like a big black foot on a  skinny leg.  Think of the quarter note as a “foot” note that marches to the beat!

Each quarter note takes one beat, just as each letter “a-f” takes one beat when you sing your ABCs.

QUARTER NOTE = ONE BEAT

HALF NOTE = TWO BEATS

THE HALF NOTE

The “g” in the ABC song is sung twice as long as any other letter and would be shown as a half note.  Use your imagination and it looks a little like a raindrop.  It gets two beats as when you say “rain-drop”.  A raindrop falls and goes “ker-plunk!”

REMEMBER:

QUARTER NOTE = ONE BEAT

HALF NOTE = TWO BEATS

PS:  There are other types of notes that we will learn about later.

ACTIVITY:

HALF NOTE ACTIVITY:  Clap your hands while you say these words.  But ONLY clap when you say “drip” or “ker”.  NEVER clap on “drop” or “plunk”.

Drip-drop, drip-drop, drip-drop, ker-plunk!

Drip-drop, drip-drop, drip-drop, ker-plunk!

QUARTER NOTE:

Do you know how to march?  Marching to the beat, each step is taken on a beat.

Hup-2-3-4!  Hup-2-3-4!

Lesson 4 Staffs & Clefs

“Granny Vee’s Music House”

Where do music notes live?  Why in a music house, of course!  It’s officially called the GRAND STAFF.

The squiggly symbols in the “music house” below are called “clefs”.   The word “clef” means “key”.  Remember, all houses need a key to enter!  So there is always one at the beginning of music, too.

The  squiggly symbol on the top of the “music house” is the treble clef and it sits on the lines (staff) of the treble staff.  The notes on the treble staff sound higher than the bass notes.

Memory Tip: Both “treble” and “top” start with “t” in their spelling.  The treble’s on the top!

The backwards “c” symbol with the two dots is the bass clef and sits on the lines of the bass staff. The notes on the bass staff sound lower than the treble notes.  Just as the basement of a house is lower, you can remember that the bass notes are lower and on the bottom.  Also, “bass” in music is pronounced like “base” in “basement”.

Memory Tip: Both “bass” and “bottom” start with “b” in their spelling.  The bass is on the bottom!

Together, the treble staff and the bass staff make a “big music house” called the GRAND STAFF.   (“Grand” means “big”.)

ACTIVITY: You can recite the following in a sing-song manner to help you remember this lesson.  When you say “the treble’s on the top” use a high voice.  When you say “and the bass is on the bottom”, use a low voice.

The treble’s on the top and the bass is on the bottom

The treble’s on the top and the bass is on the bottom

Of the Grand Staff, of the Grand Staff

And in the middle, there’s a “C”!

“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)