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Piano Lessons: Level One Musical: Lesson 1

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is Peery Habits number one, musical lesson
number one.
The first piece we are going to learn, is
the Chora, and
this week we will be learning, Secora
sections A and A one.
So if you have your, celebration series
perspectives book,
the preparatory piano repertoire, secora
is found on page 22.
So, section A are the first two measures.
section A1 is, measures 11 and 12 found on
the last line.
When we're first learning a musical piece,
for the very first week we always use FERN
for our practice chart.
So, what I want you to do is on your
practice chart actually write the letters
FERN in one of the boxes, and you're going
to practice FERN everyday.
So, something like this.
Fern twice, and I will show you why.
So the first time, you will go through and
focus on each letter of the word fern.
So, let's talk about what each letter
means, the f in ferns stands for fingers,
or fingering.
So, the first time you play through this
musical piece,
you need to really focus on your fingers.
Set your hand in the right position, that
all the tips are curved and firm,
that your thumbs are under, and that
you're using the right finger numbers.
So, let's go through secora and
look at section A and look at fur.
So finger two in right hand is going to
start on the A-
and it's gonna go two, two, three.
Two, two, three.
You see my thumb is under the whole time.
No sticking out, no sticking down.
Left hand is going to do finger four.
and two
So play that, it's gonna play it together.
Now here's a little trick.
Then your two goes to finger one.
You see I'm still holding my four?
So it goes two, four-
and then my thumb, goes right after,
without lifting my four.
Now when we we're doing section A1,
it's the same note, same fingers.
And I just find the next A and the next C.
Same fingers.
So here's the A1 where you jump.
practice section A and A1, focused on
playing all the right fingers.
Playing with your fingers curved and when
you've done that, you'll cross out that F.
So here I'm playing Secora.
Now I'm going to focus
on E which is expression.
The expression in Sacora is, it's a very
song-like, slow moving piece, it's very
So we're going to start using our wrists
when we play.
We use the wrists when we play because it
slightly changes our sound.
Changes the weight that we play into the
keys, and so it changes our tone.
For a beautiful lyrical sound, you want
your wrists to always kind of be relaxed
and always moving, So Secora is going to
teach us how to do that.
So we'll see at the beginning, I'll just
play my right hand, section A.
Now as you play that B,
I want you to move your wrist slowly to
the side and come up and back in a circle.
So let's look at that again.
This is the hardest part of Secora this
Wrist, round.
Wrist round, and
you take a little break there, but you
make that wrist round.
Now let's talk about the wrist.
A lot of you have probably never even
thought about your wrist before.
So when I say wrist, you might be doing
this, you might be doing this,
I see a lot of chicken arms when [LAUGH]
we start talking about wrist.
No, your wrist is right here.
You see?
It's just this.
It's not this.
It's not your shoulder.
It's not your armpit.
So it's just this.
So watch carefully.
It's not my whole arm, you see that?
Okay, so now I'm just, I'm going to do it
Just a little bit.
So, you first have to get this feeling so
if you want to move everything just first
make little circles.
Just practice that for your expression.
Even after a few days if you're just
practicing that, that's fine cause you
want to get this feeling first before you
add back the notes.
And remember we're just practicing our
As you get used to that feeling, then you
Add the notes in.
So with the left hand, we're going to
follow that same thing.
And it's just gonna go slightly up.
So it's gonna go from flat to slowly up.
And we're not making it super fast right?
No speedy.
So do you see?
Then Section A one, where we move up?
this also brings up another part when we
move up, our, if we're really
relaxing in great expert piano position,
our fingers are pointed down.
So we're not going.
To do.
That's a no no.
We don't ever do this, okay.
So when just our wrist moves, did you see
So you can just practice that.
Get your hands in this position for A1 and
just lift with the wrist and move up.
Just practice that.
By day two or three you can add the notes.
Okay, so that, now I'm going to mark e,
coz I practiced that so great.
Okay, now moving on to r.
The rhythm.
The rhythm in sector is easy cause it's
just quarters, and half notes.
Has that long note in the left hand which
is called the whole note that we're going
to keep holding, but
we don't need to worry too much about
Let's count it this time.
Ready, go.
One, one, one, two.
One, one, one, two.
Here's section A1.
One, one, one, two.
One, one, one, two.
So, the hardest part about the rhythm is
moving in A1,
getting up to that higher a in time.
Play with me, play one hand at a time.
When you can do both hands, that's great,
just count it with me,but focus on the
I did super great rhythms, and I'm marking
that off.
Okay, and N is for note, so let's just go
through each hand, and
I'm going to name the notes and just watch
carefully the notes that I am playing.
Right hand section A.
Ready go.
A, a, b.
A, a, b.
Here's a one right hand.
Ready go.
A, a, b.
Move up.
A, A, B.
Okay, how easy was that, right?
That was easy.
You did great.
Now, let's do the left hand.
Middle C and A.
One, two, one, two.
One, two, one, two.
Let me talk the notes though.
So, I'm not going to say C A.
I'll just say C and you'll know that
you're holding this A down the whole time.
A, or sorry C two, D two, C two.
D 2.
Let's go on to A 1.
Ready, go.
C 2, D move up.
C 2, D.
Now the assignment this week is to play it
hands together, but you might want to take
just the first three days and play it
hands alone, or maybe the whole week.
Whatever you can do well is what you
should do.
Whatever seems easy and doable you should
stick with.
So if that's just Section A hands alone,
just do that.
Then do Section A hands together next.
And then add Section A1 hands alone and
then Section A1 hands together.
It's more important that you're getting
everything right.
So I did my work, and now I have this
final blank fern, so for
blank fern, I practiced the whole thing.
So I'm gonna play through the whole thing,
and then my practice partner,
which is me, is going to mark off what I
did really great.
So, I'll purposely do some things a little
bit off,
so you can see how to use that last line
of fern.
So here's Sakura, section A.
Section A one.
So, I thought,
my fingers were pretty good but my thumb
was sticking out so
I'm not going to mark that.
I could do better on that.
My expression; I did my wrists pretty
So I'm going to mark off that I did
expression great.
My rhythm, I took a big pause, didn't I in
section A1?
So I'm not gonna mark that, that needs
some more work, and
I didn't make any note errors, so I did
pretty fantastic there.
So I'm gonna mark that off.
So tomorrow when I go to practice, I'll
have the same markings, and by the end of
the week I'll see if I can start marking
off all of my fern for my last try.
To see if I can get the fingers expression
rhythm notes.
So good luck on Secora this week.
If you want to send me in a video to see
how you're doing, especially because that
wrist new, I would just love to see it, so
I hope to see you soon.