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Higher Than a House

Posted by lbbartolomeo on April 28, 2018

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  1. ¬†Read some riddles to get in that riddle mood! ūüôā ¬†(See below) ¬†End with “Higher Than A House”, but don’t let them guess the answer yet.
  2. Learn Higher Than a House rhythm w/patschen w/clap on last word ‚Äúbe‚ÄĚ.
  3. S step beat as they speak the riddle.
  4. Add the pat rhythm as move around the room. Call on one person to guess an answer.  S repeat that answer 4 times then continue stepping beat/patting rhythm.  T notates answers in a long list as they move.  Try not to stop between answers.Screen Shot 2018-04-28 at 10.54.15 AM
  5. After 8-10 guesses, class puts guesses in rhythm bricksScreen Shot 2018-04-28 at 10.45.05 AM
  6. Class creates a 4 beat riddle answer. ¬†I like to repeat it to match the length of the riddle. Say it w/added BP and perform ABA form. ¬†Here’s an example.

    Harry Potter, golden eagle, airplane, cloud

  7. Create 4 beat answer combos in groups of 4.  Again, you may want them to repeat their pattern.
  8. Share and T corrects any rhythm problems
  9. Perform in rondo. ¬†A=class speaks riddle, B, C, D, etc. group answers. ¬†ABACADA…

EXTENSIONS

  1.  Improvise melodies on xylophones.
  2. Create a class melody.
  3. Add “answer” ostinati such as “airplane cloud”, “Harry Potter planet”.
  4. Take class melody to the riddle rhythm that becomes the A section to a rondo form where the B, C, D etc are individual improvisations on the rhythm.
  5. I usually play the bordun on a bass to keep us all together.  If you wanted to perform it, a student could certainly take over the bass part.

At some point in the lesson, I reveal the answer to the riddle!  A STAR!

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 Riddles

Higher than a house, higher than a tree.  Oh, whatever can it be?

– a star

What does a cat have that no other animal has?

– Kittens.

What has two heads, four eyes, six legs, and a tail?

– A cowboy riding his horse.

What always sleeps with its shoes on?

– A Horse.

What is as big as an elephant, but weighs nothing at all?

– The shadow of an elephant.

What fur do we get from a Tiger?

– As fur away as possible! –

Why do dragons sleep all day?

– They like to hunt Knights.

What can honk without a horn?

– A goose.

What has a horn but does not honk?

– A rhinoceros.

 

What two keys can’t open any doors?

– A Donkey, and a Monkey.

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Posted in Improvisation, Quarter note, quarter rest, Speech Pieces, Two eighths/Qt., Xylophones | Leave a Comment »

NFL Rap

Posted by lbbartolomeo on August 18, 2013

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Since I live in Indianapolis, the ending fits!¬† “Colts, Go Blue!”¬† But you can re-arrange it to fit YOUR needs!

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Some of the team rhythms can be changed to more naturally fit the way they are pronounced.  This is just how I laid them out.

HOW I USE THIS RAP!

1.  Rhythmic canon

2.  Rhythms quarter, two eighths, quarter rest

3.  Transferred to drums, adding ostinati

4.  Transferred to pitched percussion for improvisation

 

 

 

Posted in Canons/Rounds, Improvisation, Speech Pieces, Two eighths/Qt. | Tagged: , , , | 2 Comments »

I Have A Dream

Posted by lbbartolomeo on January 3, 2013

Simple Martin Luther King poem with ostinati!  How do you teach about MLK?  Please leave a comment to share.

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Posted in 6/8 meter, Improvisation, MLK | Leave a Comment »

 
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