Sand Castles

Martha Mier

Excerpt of Sand Castles

Difficulty Level

Theme

Video

Elements

8th Notes

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Rhythm

Notes whose lengths are equal to one-eighth the value of a whole note or half the value of a quarter note.

Blocked Chord Accompaniment

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Accompaniment Patterns

A type of accompaniment pattern that primarily uses root-position major and minor triads with simple or slow-moving rhythms.

Crossing Over Thumb

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Hand and Finger Techniques

The physical motion of crossing fingers 2, 3, 4, or 5 over the thumb; used when playing scalar passages or outside of five finger scales.

Crossing Thumb Under

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Hand and Finger Techniques

The physical motion of crossing the thumb under fingers 2, 3, 4, or 5; used when playing scalar passages or outside of five finger scales.

Details

Title

Sand Castles

Composer

Publisher

Year

1993

Instrumentation

Solo Piano

Key Signature

Time Signature

# of Measures

28

Student Ages

Student Type

Teaching Tips

Block the Broken Chords,

Focus on the Left Hand Accompaniment Patterns,

Hands Separate Practice,

Isolate Finger Five,

Isolate Single Notes Within Chords,

Map Out Hand Position Shifts,

Play Only the Bottom Note of the Accompaniment Pattern,

Study the Contour of the Melody,

Work on Creating a Good Tone