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Piano Lessons: Level One Muscular: Lesson 4

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is Peery Habits Level One, Muscular Lesson
Down curve,
relax, straight up, down curve, relax,
straight up,
down curve, relax, straight up, down
curve, relax,
straight up, down curve, relax, straight
up, down curve,
relax, straight up, down curve, relax,
straight up,
down curve, relax, straight up, down
curve, relax.
Down curve,
relax, straight up,own curve, relax,
straight up,
down curve, relax, straight up, down
curve, relax,
straight up, down curve, relax, straight
up, down curve,
relax, straight up, down curve, relax,
straight up,
down curve, relax, straight up, down
curve, relax.
The exercise
we're learning in muscular lesson four is
called muscle builders, and
the reason we call it muscle builders is
because it builds your piano muscles, so
where do you think your piano muscles are.
A lot of people think they're in your
that the muscles in our fingers get
stronger as we play the piano and
that's what helps us to be really great
But actually that's not the case, no
matter how much you practice, you'll
notice your fingers don't get any bigger,
in fact that might even get a little bit
smaller, so where are the muscles coming
from that help us become great pianists?
And the answer is, they are in our
forearm, so
his is the muscle we're going to work on,
as we build this muscle and
as it gets bigger, our fingers will get
stronger, you can see as I move
my fingers, that this big muscle in my arm
is actually what's moving.
And when you're practicing six or
seven hours a day like I know you will be,
this muscle will actually get quite big,
you'll kinda have Popeye arms, that's when
you know you're a fantastic pianist.
So the exercise that we're doing in muscle
is going to make this muscle really big
and really strong, and so
that our fingers will be able to do what
we want to do with them.
The other really important thing with
muscular lesson four is you,
that is that you start getting really
great about doing your practice plan and
getting your practice chart ready.
So, make sure you watch the video on how
to make your practice chart, for
this lesson, muscular four, you'll want to
do your right hand one time every day and
your left hand one time every day.
Habits level one, muscular four is the
very most important
lesson you're going to learn so this is
very exciting,
I would really love to see your video when
you're finished learning this.
It's so important that you get everything
exactly right so
I look forward to seeing your video so
send it on in,
they're instructions of how to send the
video when if you need them on the site.
Muscular four is the time we now get to
start playing on the keys, and
learning about our hand position.
Our hand position is going to help us make
every sound that we want to make when
playing the piano and if we learn the hand
position incorrectly at the beginning,
it only becomes harder to correct it, and
if we don't correct it,
we realize later on that we can't make
music sound the way we want it to.
So by taking extra special care in this
first lesson, and for
the rest of habits, you're gonna get this
fantastic hand position,
you'll be able to make any sound you want
and be a really fantastic pianist.
So let's talk about what we're going to
learn in muscular lesson four.
There's the finger exercise that you just
heard me do,
has three steps and I said them over and
over again,
do you remember any of the things I said,
any of the steps?
The first one I always start out with this
down curved.
When we talk about down curved,
what we're talking about is that our
fingertip here at the joint is firm.
So this makes a round shape, this is not
Can you see that okay?
Okay, so we want to make it a round shape,
if you put your hand on your knee, can you
see my knee if I?
So if you put your hand on your knee like
that's actually perfect piano position.
So if you can put your hands on your knee
and then move them up like that, perfect.
Okay, the trick though is when you press
the key it all kind of goes awry when
you're first learning.
So let's talk, let's look at each finger
and we'll see the down curved,
I'm gonna show you my left hand so you can
also see my thumb.
I'm gonna keep my thumb under, I like the
thumb going under,
you have two options with your thumb, one
can be under, one can be on the key.
As long as it stays on
the key that's great, but I'm going to be
putting it under, okay.
So down curve, that's my fifth,
fifth and thumb can kinda play however
they're comfortable,
as long as they are not dropping too low
or makes our wrist go down.
So down curve five, here is down curve
four, and then I just lift my finger so
you can see, do you see how my four, the
knuckles are bent in?
[SOUND] There's my three, this is not
that's curved, then here's my two, and now
going out to one.
Can play however it wants, just as long as
this, like I said,
this knuckle doesn't go low and make my
wrist low.
Okay, so the next step after down curve is
Now when I play it you'll see, the relax
step has already been done, so
relax means just all your fingers come
back down and rest on a key.
Now, when you're first starting out with
this muscle builders exercise it's so
much harder than it looks, you'll probably
end up like this, so
that's why we need the relax step.
So we're gonna do down curved, and all my
fingers are kinda flying in the air, so
for relaxed, you just come down and make
sure all your fingers are touching a key,
and that's the relaxed step.
The third step is straight up, straight up
means to lifts our fingers
as high as they can, now even looking
right here, you can see my
fingers all lift a different height, they
don't all lift the same.
The fourth finger can't lift very high,
you just lift however high is comfortable,
why we call it straight up is
because we don't want you lifting from
this middle knuckle, like this,
this is not straight up, you need to lift
from this big back knuckle,
this is straight up, kinda like you're
kicking, you see?
So here's my down curve, now I relax, all
fingers return and touch a key.
Straight up, down curved, relax.
Straight up, now I can just, I just need
to lift the ones that are left,
I don't have to go back and lift finger
number five.
Straight up, down curved, now you see how
I landed curved, you're,
you're going to want to watch this
carefully, when you first start out you
might find that you're landing actually
quite flat, and then you'll say down
curve, and then you'll roll it up, this is
not a good habit.
[LAUGH] What you wanna do is make sure
that you go land it
slow enough that you can really think
okay, point, point,
point, point, push, even if you play it
softly at first, that's okay.
So that's your down curve and remember you
wanna land and not move it around,
then straight up, so I'm just lifting my
two, all the rest are staying down.
Straight up, down curve, see how, how I
landed on my point,
I didn't land flat and then roll up.
Now here is a very common one is, when
your thumb comes out,
a lot of times your second finger will
wanna collapse back, no, you have to teach
your tips to be firm to get the most out
of them when you're playing the piano.
So the habit we have to form, is that this
tip is going to land firm and
stay firm, so as my thumb comes up, my
second finger does not move.
Down curve, relax, straight up, down
relax, straight up, down curve, relax,
straight up, down curve,
relax, straight up, down curve, relax.
In this lesson the reco, recommended
tempo, the speed that you're going to want
to use is metronome 60, if you don't want
to use the metronome this week,
that's absolutely fine, it's better that
you do the steps perfectly and correctly,
rather than worry about keeping with the
ticks, so
start without the metronome, if you're
doing great at it,
you can add the metronome 61 tick per step
like I did at the beginning.
So good luck, and I look forward to seeing
your video.