In order to teach Long Long Ago in Suzuki volume 1, I believe that students need a number of prerequisites:
- Knowledge of all fingers on A and E string. Should have experimented with playing known songs on lower strings.
- Ability to learn songs by rote.
- Ability to use good tone with longer and smoother bow strokes
- Ability to hear “up”, “down” and “same” when playing pitches and scales.
Steps to teaching:
- Start by teaching the “RIBBET” (first finger E on the D string). Teacher will play the third section of the song and student will play “RIBBET” parts.
- Teach the “E Down the scale” RIBBET “D Down the scale” section.
- Show the student this section will repeat. The first is a big frog, the second a small frog.
- Show the C# B A ending on the second and fourth lines. Have student play that ending. That is the “Far A Way” ending.
- Teach the A part. A AB C CD E the add F# E C.
- Show the “E Down the scale, D Down the scale” ending without the frog for the first part.
- Show the “E Down the scale Far A Way” ending.
- Put the sections together:
- A section – No Frog
- A section – Far A Way
- Big Frog – Little Frog
- A section – Far Away