(OLD VERSION) Grinding Corn – Hoffman Academy


Hello, and welcome back. I’m Joseph Hoffman. Today we’re going to be learning “Grinding
Corn”. This is a traditional Hopi Indian song that
they would sing while grinding corn. So I’d like you to keep the steady beat while
pretending to grind some corn. They would use rocks to grind dried corn to
make corn meal for making bread, biscuits and things like
that. I’ll be keeping a steady beat on the drum
while you keep the steady beat with your hands. Here we go. Grinding corn, grinding corn. Here we are grinding corn. Grains of red and yellow. Blue and white corn we are grinding. Alright, let’s see if we can draw the notes
to “Grinding Corn” on the grand staff. I’ll sing the first part of the song, and
see if you can figure out the solfa for it. For example, if I sing can you figure out the solfa for that? If you said SO MI SO, then you’re correct. We could draw it like this. SO MI SO. That’s the first three notes of grinding corn. The next three notes go. Are those notes going up or down? If you said stepping down, you’re correct. The next three notes are MI RE DO. Take a look at this pattern. Can you point to where the skipping notes
are? If you’re pointing here, you’re correct. Where do you see stepping notes? If you’re pointing to these three notes, you’re
correct. I’ll sing it once with solfa, then it’s your
turn. SO MI SO. MI RE DO. Your turn. Point and sing. Good. The next part of the song does the same
thing. Here we are grinding corn. Now let’s take a look at the actual sheet
music to the song. Here’s the music to “Grinding Corn”. We’ll be playing it in the F major pentascale, The same pentascale as for “Cuckoo”. First, let’s take a look at the rhythm of
the right hand. Can you sing the rhythm words and point with
me? We’ll start with TI-TI TA. Here we go. TI-TI TA. TI-TI TA. TI-TI TA. TI-TI TA. Great work. Now let’s try it one more time singing the
solfa. Ready, here we go. SO MI SO, MI RE DO. SO MI SO, MI RE DO. Wonderful job. Now let’s look down at line two. Here we get to sing about all the fun different
colors of corn. Have you ever seen different colors of corn
than yellow? Let’s first try to sing the rhythm words. Sing with me and point. Here we go. TI-TI TI-TI TA TA. TI-TI TI-TI TA TA TA TA. Very good. Now, on this line we have a note that actually
goes below DO, which is usually the lowest note of our pentascale. Our left hand is going to have to help out. Our left hand will have to help us with this
note. Let me show you where it comes. Right here we have MI DO DO and then we go
to a skip below DO. A skip below DO is LA. So we say it like this. MI DO DO LA DO DO. MI DO DO LA DO DO DO DO. Will you try to sing that with me and point? Ready go. MI DO DO LA DO DO. MI DO DO LA DO DO DO DO. Great job. Now let’s practice moving our fingers so we’ll
be able to play this song on the piano. On line one the patterns look like this. SO MI SO, MI RE DO. Now your turn. Then we do that same pattern again. SO MI SO, MI RE DO. Your turn. Good, now in line two we’re going to need
the help of the left hand. When we get to low LA, we’re going to use
our left hand finger one like this. MI DO DO LA DO DO. Now your turn. Good, my turn again. MI DO DO LA DO DO. Your turn. Good, now let’s try the whole song at the
piano. Okay, for “Grinding Corn” we’re going to need
the F major pentascale. Let’s place the right hand in the F major
pentascale and play and name every note starting on F. Ready go. F, G, A, B flat, C. Good, now let’s sing the solfa starting on
DO. Ready go. DO RE MI FA SO. Now for this song, we’ll also need to use
low LA which is a skip below DO. So here’s DO on F, and then LA will be D.
LA. Now, I’ll play part of the song, and you take
a turn after me. SO MI SO, MI RE DO. Your turn. Good, now let’s try that with words. My turn. Grinding corn, grinding corn. Your turn. Good, now it’s my turn again. Here we are, grinding corn. The same notes as before. Your turn. Good. Now we get to the part that uses the
low LA. Listen carefully. We have MI DO DO LA. Can you try that pattern? My turn again. MI DO DO LA. Your turn. Now let’s add the words. Grains of red and yellow. On yellow it goes back to two DO’s. Your turn. Now my turn again. Blue and white corn we are grinding. Your turn. Good. Now press pause and practice by yourself
the whole song. From our website, you can download the sheet
music to follow along with as you play. When you’re ready, push play and you can try
to play the whole song with me. Here we go. One, two, ready, go. Grinding corn, grinding corn. Here we are grinding corn. Grains of red and yellow. Blue and white corn we are grinding. Great job learning how to play “Grinding Corn”. Remember you can download the sheet music
from our website. Next time we’ll learn how to play the left
hand of “Grinding Corn”. Thanks for watching, and I’ll see you next
time.

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