"Row Your Boat" lesson in creating solos

The Hammer

Junior Member
Well, how do those tapping beetles communicate during mating season? We can learn from even a simple beast.


great stuff Bill

been using this method for years in my teaching

mostly with Jingle Bells, or Mary had a little lamb....or Happy Birthday for a 3/4 feel ... they all develop in 8 bar phrases which is what I like to think in

but yeah.... pretty much exactly what you are talking about

works wonders for creativity and expression when taught properly


Silver Member
Great! Good stuff. I have been doing this with You are my sunshine and Yankee Doodle. Recently share this concept with my 5 year old grandchild! He understood the concept right away and now makes up solos and signs out loud. Bill, nice playing! Denis