JustPlay: Dance Monkey

Sample Resources   JustPlay: Dance Monkey

About this sample resource

This sample resource is part of the JustPlay Playalong Library of over 60 songs that are regularly updated and provide engaging videos with parts for guitar, ukulele, keyboard, bass and vocals. Ideal for whole-class instrumental work at at any level from ‘easy’ to ‘very hard’

In this playalong you will learn how to:

  • Play Dance Monkey by Tones And I
  • Follow the JustPlay Playalong video (using the chords Am, F, G and Em)
  • Rehearse and perform as a whole class ensemble playing either ukulele, guitar, keyboard or bass guitar
  • Play rhythms/strum patterns whilst following the video
  • Rotate around different instruments to perform the song

You will need to:

  • Set your Key Cards (if using)
  • Make sure you are familiar with the chords used in this playalong

 


Get Ready: Dance Monkey

  • Use the Get Ready prompt to find the right notes or chord on the instrument you are playing.
  • This activity will also help you to become familiar with reading tablature (TAB)

Dance Monkey – EZ Chords

 

Dance Monkey – Full Chords


JustPlay: Dance Monkey – Tones And I

Dance Monkey - Full Track

  • The video contains ukulele, bass, guitar and keyboard cues with lyrics that change with the song and suggested rhythms in a box using 1+2+3+4 notation throughout the song.
  • Follow your lines and play along with the song using the backing track to help keep in time and maintain the ensemble.

Dance Monkey - Instrumental

  • The video contains ukulele, bass, guitar and keyboard cues with lyrics that change with the song and suggested rhythms in a box using 1+2+3+4 notation throughout the song.
  • Follow your lines and play along with the song using the backing track to help keep in time and maintain the ensemble
  • You may decide to perform the vocal parts alongside the instrumental parts.

Dance Monkey - Click Track

  • The video contains ukulele, bass, guitar and keyboard cues with lyrics that change with the song and suggested rhythms in a box using 1+2+3+4 notation throughout the song.
  • Follow your lines and play along with the song using the click track to help keep in time and maintain the ensemble
  • The click track allows you to play the song without the backing track while still following the visual musical cues.

Key Learning - Overview

Making Sounds – Know the Terminology Associated with the Instrument:

  • Guitars/ukuleles: fret, up/down neck, left/right hand, chord, barre, strum, down/up, string names, open string, mute, tab
  • Keyboards: white notes, black notes, note names, chord, finger numbers (1-5), root

Following Instructions: Musical Skills:

  • Respond to signals for start and stop
  • Feel the pulse
  • Mark the beat by counting

Playing the instrument:

  • Tap or clap the rhythm/strum pattern before transferring to instruments
  • Say the rhythms while counting 1 and 2 and etc
  • Count the beat aloud/in thinking voice when playing rhythms
  • Maintain a steady beat when playing rhythms

Performing with Others:

  • Find/stay on (or re-find) the beat when playing along with others
  • Maintain rhythms when playing with others
  • Follow instructions for beat, tempo and dynamic levels
  • Listen carefully to sounds made
  • Check technique and adjust as needed

Being a Musician:

  • Take turns as appropriate
  • Be respectful of others when turn-taking i.e. keeping still or silent Listen carefully to the ideas of others
  • Be supportive, positive and constructive when working with others Listen carefully to the sounds made
  • Consider the overall effect of sounds when arranged and combined Reflect on own work and that of others
  • Identify targets for improvement

Following Written Notation:

  • Link rhythms played with written symbols
  • Follow fingering charts, keyboard cards and rhythm boxes as appropriate
  • Read notation from left to right
  • Read ahead to prepare for changes in rhythm patterns or chords
  • Recognise and follow the symbol for repeat