Welcome to the magical world of piano at Easter time!
This little tune is based on the beautiful Bloomsbury book, ‘We’re Going on an Egg Hunt’, illustrated by Laura Hughes.
You may like to purchase your very own Egg Hunt book so you can play and sing along, once you get the hang of these two patterns.
To play this simple version on the guitar, you will need this downloadable PDF:
To add either basic or complex chords, you will need these two PDFs:
Simply play along with the video in Step 3 below, with a basic four beat strum.
- Visual pattern recognition on paper
- Aural pattern recognition
- Visual pattern recognition on the guitar
- Fluency in playing is helped by strong pattern use
- Establishing a steady beat by using patterns
- Recognising and performing rhythm patterns
- Creating a sense of being able to play and tell stories on the instrument
Learning the Tune
We will be using only THREE notes for this tune.
There will be TWO main patterns you need to learn to play & sing this tune.
Watch this video and look at your page
This video will show you how to set up your fingers, and it will explain how to play the first pattern you will need.
Key Learnings Tips:
- this pattern uses just THREE notes
- it is a DOWNWARDS pattern
- this is the pattern we use on the pages with FLAPS in the book.
You might like to practice Pattern One until you can play it fluently.
Watch this video & look at your page
This next video show you the second pattern you will need to play along to the book.
This pattern can be found on pages 5-7 of your booklet.
Key Learning Tips:
- your hands remain in the same position on groups of 3 black notes
- this is an UPWARDS pattern
- it uses BOTH HANDS
- this is the pattern we use for the PLAIN pages in the book
Action: Watch this video & play along
In this third video of our Egg Hunt series, you will use both of the patterns you have learned to go on an Easter adventure by playing along as I read the book.
I will be singing (reading) the words to the story, while you play the notes.
There is a simple beat along with the melody in the background, to help guide your playing.
I will introduce each page, and let you know which pattern will be needed.
Key Learning Tips:
- You will need BOTH of the patterns you have learned to play along with me
- It is fine to have your music in front of you, if you find reading makes it easier to remember the patterns
- It’s also fine to memorise the two patterns, and play them along with the video
- There are a few slightly new sections in the video, right near the end. It’s fine to follow the instructions I give, or just stop and listen for those pages.
Before you watch: I’m very sorry, everyone- I completely mangled one of the pages where we have to go back through all the animals, due to the very limited vision I have on the screen (and it’s all backwards for me), so I had to redo the page. It’s a great reminder that music can help us know that it’s okay to make mistakes, and that even the grown ups do! So, I’ve left it in for the time being. Please come back to enjoy the story again and again 🙂
This book and the activities we do with it in our lessons are absolute favourites with my music students.
Here are some ideas to extend the learning, and the fun:
Take your students on a magical adventure as you read and play this beautiful book.
- Hide 9 plastic Easter Eggs filled with items that start with the name of one of the guitar notes, like Bunnies, Chicks, Carrots (you can often get little mini-ones at Easter, or make your own), Dinosaurs/ Dogs, Eggs etc.*
- After playing & singing each ‘flap’ page, the student can take a basket to collect as many eggs as was under the flaps, until all 9 eggs are collected.
- Once the book is completed, the student opens the eggs and places the items on the notes of the piano.
* I usually link the items to the start note/ root note/ often used note of the next piece we will be exploring. I will often use my Do the Bunny Hop! music (either version), or The Carrot Song Activity Pack. These pages can be ‘marked up’ by highlighting the stems of the notes they find on the guitar. The ‘Do the Bunny Hop! Activity Pack has some step by step instructions.
- You can use this for the Carrot Song Activity Pack, also.