We’re Going on an Egg Hunt II

White Key Piano

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.

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There are a few versions of this tune you can choose from, ranging from basic notation through to a lead sheet with challenging chords.

Any one of them can be played along with the video below.

Start at the easy level, and see how far through you can get!

PLEASE NOTE: You will need a working knowledge of chords and how to read Lead Sheets for the chorded versions of this piece.

Simply download one or more of these PDFs:

1 We’re Going on an Egg Hunt A Simple Piano

1 We’re Going on an Egg Hunt Basic Two Hands

2 We’re Going on an Egg Hunt Piano Easy Chords

3 We’re Going on an Egg Hunt Piano Challenge Chords

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • Visual pattern recognition on paper
  • Aural pattern recognition
  • Visual pattern recognition on the piano
  • 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

This white note version of the piece is designed to be the next step in graduating from the simple Black Key for Beginners.

The steps listed below suggest a certain familiarity with the TWO MAIN PATTERNS this piece uses, which are summarized in writing below.

It is recommended to watch the instruction steps for the Black Key Beginners, to familiarise yourself with the concept of the two patterns involved, if you need further help.

FINGER & NOTE SET UP

We will be using the notes C, D and E.

The basic finger set up is:

  • Right Hand– finger 2 on C (pointer finger). Only this hand is needed for the Simple Piano version.
  • Left Hand– finger 4 on C (pointer finger). For the Basic Two Handed Piano version.

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There will be TWO main patterns you need to learn to play & sing this tune.

PATTERN ONE

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ACTION:

LOOK AT YOUR MUSIC

The first pattern is on page 1 of your music.

KEY LEARNINGS TIPS:

  • this pattern uses only the notes E, D and C
  • it is a DOWNWARDS pattern- you can see the notes start higher on the staff (E) and move downwards to the C.
  • it uses ONE hand only in the Simple version
  • it uses BOTH HANDS in all other versions
  • this is the pattern we use on the pages with FLAPS in the book.

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PRACTICE STEP

Read the music on line one, and play it multiple times before moving onto line 2, then line 3. Notice how they are the same, and any slight differences you find.

Notice that the last line has some notes that are not part of the usual pattern. See if you can recognise which notes they are the same as in the pattern before, or if you can sight read them.

Try playing this pattern until you have memorized it, and can play it smoothly.

 

PATTERN TWO

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ACTION:

LOOK AT YOUR MUSIC

The second pattern is on page 2 of your music.

KEY LEARNINGS TIPS:

  • this pattern uses only the notes C, D and E
  • it is a UPWARDS pattern- you can see the notes start lower on the staff (C) and move upwards to the E.
  • it uses ONE hand only in the Simple version
  • it uses BOTH HANDS in all other versions
  • this is the pattern we use on PLAIN pages in the book.

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PRACTICE STEP

Read the music on line one, and play it multiple times before moving onto line 2, then line 3. Notice how they are the same, and any slight differences you find.

Notice that the last line has some notes that are not part of the usual pattern. See if you can recognise which notes they are the same as in the pattern before, or if you can sight read them.

Try playing this pattern until you have memorized it, and can play it smoothly.

PLAY AND READ ALONG

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ACTION: WATCH THIS VIDEO & PLAY ALONG

In this video, 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 version of the music 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 book
  • 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 🙂 

light bulb iconEXTRA IDEAS

This book and the activities we do with it in our lessons are absolute favourites with my piano students.

Here are some ideas to extend the learning, and the fun:

EGG HUNT

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 piano 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). These pages can be ‘marked up’ by highlighting the stems of the notes they have items on the piano. The ‘Do the Bunny Hop! Activity Pack has some step by step instructions.

  • You can use this for the Carrot Song Activity Pack, also.
  • The characters or items can be great to play Dinosaurs & Dragons, or any other magical creature names using the letter being focussed on. I’ve used ‘Clabberts and Chicks’ for our Harry Potter themed activities.

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