This series starts with the simplest possible rhythmic patterns on the Landmark notes Middle C, Bass F and Treble G. Each set becomes more difficult in tiny increments. Note that each five-finger position has all up or all down stems. This is especially helpful for students with dyslexia and attentional issues. These same engraving accommodations appear in my Attention Grabber books.
Here are just a few ways to use these cards:
Note: I have intentionally omitted time signatures and rests. There's plenty of time for those in the future. I also have omitted fingerings. You may wish to add starting finger numbers.Add them if you wish. For my purposes, it was best to have none.
Here are the Sets:
Use this mixed set to:
This set only includes only quarter and half notes. The focus is on reading fluidity and accuracy. This set can also be used as a theory assignment: writing in note names, counting or finding matching and/or similar measures.
This is the first set including 8th notes, these four measure flashcards have groups of two and four 8ths. If you introduce 8th notes fairly early, as we do in Piano Town, they can be simple and fun to look for. This set has plenty of opportunity to spotting steps and skips, repeated notes and similar/different patterns.
This set is the most difficult so far. A few 4ths, some trickier minor positions (D minor, E minor.) This set requires more attention to detail and is more challenging.
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