Sailor's Delight

By Pat Lewis

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Imaginative exploration of block chords, waltz bass, tone clusters, parallel triads, varying registers, phrygian mode, and meter change through a set of simple variations. 

This set of variations on the tune, "Sailing" (from Music for Piano Bk 1, pg. 31) offers beginning piano students an example of the endless creative possibilities for varying a theme. Students can follow the simple instructions to play each variation and then create new ones of their own. The theme is introduced with a basic block style 1 and V7 harmonization that depicts a "sailboat tied to the dock." Next, the "Sailing" melody is accompanied with a waltz bass, "for more motion as the boat begins to sail." The succeeding variations move through a Sailor's Dance, Ship's Bells, Calm Sea, Stormy Sea, and Homeward Bound. Musical devices students will encounter, include tone clusters, parallel triads, varying registers, the phrygian mode, and a meter change from 3/4 to 4/4.

Technically and musically, these pieces provide good practice in balancing melody and accompaniment. Students who have difficulty doing this may find it helpful to get a sense of the hands playing two different dynamic levels simultaneously, by playing the melody, a few times, while only partially depressing the keys for the accompaniment.

Excerpted from TEACHING TIPS, by Cynthia Pace, Ed.D. © All Rights Reserved.


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