My daughter is trying to play Pachelbel's Canon in D and is unsure about how to play a part. Could someone here give her a hand? I'm no help to her!
There is a rest under some of the notes on the staff. She is wondering how you play a rest and a note above it at the same time. Here is a picture of what we mean...
Thanks so much!
The problem you mention (having a rest at the same time as a note above) is really something the eye is aware of, but not the ear. Your daughter should not be put off by it.
I hope this is clear. It would be so much easier to show you on the piano and avoid all these words.
I'm sure she will enjoy playing it. (If she's got the full version, there are a few more puzzles in store later!)
We would have asked this question to her instructor, but the best teacher in the world moved away last summer and we've not found anyone else since. Thanks again for your help!
Just to add to what has been said, remember that Pachelbel's Canon in D major was a piece of music written for three violins and a cello or even double bass. Because you only have two hands, some of the layers have had to be bundled together.
The right hand is playing two of the layers which have been written into one staff. The rests simply refer to the accompaniment line which is running up towards the dominant melody on the top.
I have the organ music for this piece and the three staves help space out the music as the foot pedals can do the continuous bass line which starts off the music. As pianos don't have foot pedals, this accounts for the condensed arrangement of the music.
I think this will be a good challenge for Taylor. She has been enjoying a lot of "pop" tunes for the past few years which has truly developed her love of playing. She goes into her own little piano world when she plays. Its amazing what she can tune out around her when she is at the keys! She is humoring me with adding in some classical pieces now, as I think it will be good for her to learn, both for her skill level and overall cultural development.
Have you any suggestions for some fun to play classical pieces? She is 14 and I guess would be put in the intermediate category. She's been playing songs mostly from modern recording artists. (Beatles, Jonas Brothers, and Brad Paisley are some of her favorites )
I'm going to enjoy this one!
One last point. I was delighted to see you describe the Beatles as modern. My pupils mock me for liking the idols of my youth, 40+ years ago!
Yeah, my 14 year old should have been born a few decades before she was! She loves the Beatles and has got a big book of their songs for piano. I love it when she plays "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"... I just can't help but sing and dance along! (In the kitchen, of course, where I won't embarrass her! )Descombes wrote:One last point. I was delighted to see you describe the Beatles as modern. My pupils mock me for liking the idols of my youth, 40+ years ago!
We probably could find another instructor, I'm sure there are plenty around, but with money being tight it's difficult to afford lessons at the moment. I've got an 11 year old that is a natural on the guitar and I would love to see him back in lessons, and a 9 year old drummer who really could use the lessons! So even though I could probably swing lessons for one, I know I can't for all, so they'll have to wait a while longer for now. I'm just happy she still plays daily and loves it! Her last teacher was great, she understood that the kids are not going to practice if they don't like what they are playing, so she let them have free reign on material as long as it was in a certain range. ie: no easy outs! She was also great in that she came to my mother's house (2 houses down) and gave lessons to, at one point, 6 teenagers. She was there all afternoon once a week! She was young enough to relate to them, but old enough to have some authority. She will be hard to replace when we do start looking for a new instructor.
I will most certainly check out Werewolves of London / All Summer Long, its already playing in my head now, thanks! I'll be singing that one all day now until I go buy it... Maybe I should learn the new lyrics... either that or I'll be off to the kitchen again!
Taylor has been playing Pachelbel's Canon in D for a couple of days now and sounds great! She's got the first few pages down. I love it when she gets into a new piece and just immerses herself into it. Ya know, if she keeps on with this growing up business I'm going to have to go learn how to play, myself! I've gotten far too spoiled with her playing all the time! Maybe I'll go check out those books you suggested, Dave!