Book 1 (Introducing)

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Unit 1 – Three-Note Melodic Range

Playing by Ear Repertoire Improvising
Hot Cross Buns, p. 1 The Tiger, p. 2
It’s Me, p. 1 Now the Day Is Over, p. 2

Unit 2 – Pentatonic Melodies

Playing by Ear Repertoire Improvising
Chatter with the Angels, p. 15 Land of the Silver Birch, p. 36 To a Withered Rose, p. 17
Old Macdonald, p. 15 Goodbye, Ol’ Paint, p. 39 The Lion, p. 17
Protection, p. 41
Go, Tell It on the Mountain, p. 45

Unit 3 – Diatonic Melodies, Five-Note Range in Major and Minor

Playing by Ear Repertoire Improvising
Jingle Bells, p. 53 La maison de mon père, p. 71 I Had but Fifty Cents, p. 55
The Birch Tree, p. 53 Erie Canal, p. 73 Where Go the Boats?, p. 55

Unit 4 – Diatonic Melodies, Eight-Note Range in Major and Minor

Playing by Ear Repertoire Improvising
Christmas Is Coming, p. 83 Shenandoah, p. 116* The Snow, p. 85
HaTikva, p. 83 The Night Was Growing Cold, p. 85

*Note: “Shenandoah” can be performed with a variety of instruments. In this recording, it is performed with Soprano Recorder (on Recorder 1), Oboe (on Recorder 2), and Clarinet (on Recorder 3).


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Diatonic Melodies, Five-Note Range