So this evening I declared myself ready to move on from Session 1 and having already watched the Session 2 video and the Session 2 Workshop video I opened the Lesson Book to take a look at what was slated to be next.
Seeing that it was "When the Saints Go Marching In" I sat down to punch it into Guitar Pro 6 (not just for the convenience of having sheet music to put on the music stand but because doing this is also a good sight reading exercise), but first I pondered a moment on how I was going to break it down for practice. After a few minutes I realized I'd need to play through once or twice to determine which section was hardest, that being the one that would be practiced first, at which point I idly flipped a couple of pages and found at the bottom of page 15 the melody written for the left hand.
Now I have right from the start taken every opportunity presented, when it makes any sense to do so, to alternate practicing the same material with each hand. So if the left hand is doing chord practice then when it has met its quota it is time for the right hand to do the same ... up an octave of course. So for me this was a no brainer. Write a sheet for this tune giving both the melody for the right hand and the melody for the left hand, then whatever is practiced by one hand the other gets a crack at it too, and whichever hand is weaker gets a bit more practice time. Though the intention is that this be a HS (Hands Separate) exercise I can see where it could become a nice little HT (Hands Together) exercise.
I've attached a PDF for anyone who might be interested in doing the same thing.
Note: the melody as written for the left hand on p15 is slightly different than that written for the right hand on p9. So the attached sheet has the left hand melody altered to be in agreement with the right hand melody as it appears on p9.
When the Saints Go Marching In with bass melody.pdf 53.15KB 100 downloads
If you download this and find an error, or would like the GP6 file, or at some later time the PDF has been removed so that I could upload something else just PM me and I'll make the changes or send along the file as appropriate.
Edit: see the revision post below - 'Ning