FC: Musical Help By Jacob Gilbert
1: Musical Help By Jacob Gilbert 2011
2: To my Cousin Robbie, hope you like it!
3: Robbie could play many instruments. He could play the drums. Rat tatat tatatat Crash!
4: He could play the trombone. Wahhhhaaahhh!
5: He could sing well! Do re mi fa so la ti do!
6: He couldn’t play piano though. Doo doo da di err! He tried and tried, but never could play piano.
7: He didn’t want help. “No! I can do it myself.” He said.
8: His friends would come over to play with him. They would ask him to play clarinet. Doo do dooo.
9: The guitar! Strum di dum dum.
10: The piano! Doo doo da did.
11: His friends asked, “Mrs. Smith, the music teacher, can help you.” “No! I can learn myself.” He responded.
12: His family listened to him play instruments, but he always couldn’t play piano.
13: His family would ask him to play instruments. Robbie could never play the piano though.
14: “If I can’t learn piano by next Monday, I give up.”
15: Tuesday: Robbie tried to learn the notes of the piano.
16: Wednesday: Robbie learned where his fingers go on the piano.
17: Thursday: Robbie practiced learning what each key of the piano was called. He learned that the keys on the piano were called A,B,C,D,E,F,G. He didn’t understand it though.
18: Friday: Robbie tried to play a song. For some reason he just couldn’t do it. It was “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”. He had heard it before, but could never play it.
19: He remembered his cousin played piano. He found some of his cousin’s music, and tried to play it. He did even worse on this music!
20: Saturday came. He really was unsure of what to do. His family suggested he get help from Mrs. Smith. He still said no. He kept trying to play any song. Sunday came and went no luck.
21: On Monday, during music class, Robbie tried to play piano. He just couldn’t do it! His teacher said, “I see you really want to learn piano. You should see Mrs. Smith.” “No!”
22: “Well think about it,” the music teacher said. And that’s what Robbie did. He thought and thought and thought and thought and thought.
23: He knew he couldn’t play, but really wanted to play piano. He tried starting with the basics before. It didn’t work. Finally, he said to himself,” Maybe help isn’t so bad.”
24: He went to see Mrs. Smith. Mrs. Smith said, “Lets start with the basics. Do you know the notes of the piano? What about the rhythms?”
25: He learned them with his new piano teacher. The afternoon continued like this. He played his first song at the end of the day. “Rain Rain Go Away” He was very happy.
26: Every day he practiced the piano. Every Monday he had a piano lesson. He got better and better. He could play harder music, and was a very good piano player.
27: He could play piano! He played for his family. He played for his friends. He played at school. Everyone liked to listen. He realized that if it wasn’t for Mrs. Smith he wouldn’t have learned to play piano.
28: He decided, “Some help is better than none. Too much help is bad though.” He still practices and plays piano. He helps anyone just enough that wants to learn. He really wants to learn the flute though!
29: About the Author: Jacob Gilbert enjoys playing soccer, reading a good book, and playing with friends. He can play the piano and percussion. He plays travel soccer, and has played soccer in general for about 6 years. He lives with his parents and sister. Ideas for books usually come to him, but he likes to run it through his head a long time before putting them on paper or in the computer.