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Piano Lessons: Level One Muscular: Lesson 7

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[MUSIC]
Habits level 1, muscular lesson 7.
This week we're going to be doing the
muscle builders and
piano, power finger exercises.
But the notes are going to change a
little.
Metronome 69.
Muscle builders.
Right hand.
Down curve, relax.
Skip straight up.
Down curve, relax.
Straight up.
Down curve, relax.
Straight up.
Down curve, relax.
Make sure that as you're practicing this
exercise.
That you say the steps out loud, just like
I do.
Down curve, relax, straight up, down
curve, relax, straight up.
Here's where our notes change.
You're going to skip a note between
fingers one and two.
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.
Now no skipping.
We're gonna go straight to e.
Relax.
Skip straight up.
That's where I skip it between fingers one
and two right hand.
Relax.
Straight up down curve, relax.
You continue on until your thumb reaches
high c.
Left hand.
Down curve, relax, skip, straight up.
[SOUND] Same notes in the left hand.
So the skip is between fingers five and
four.
Straight up, down curve, relax.
Straight up, down curve, relax.
Straight up, down curve, relax.
Straight up.
Now, no skipping.
Go straight to d.
Down curve relax.
Now skip.
Relax.
Straight up down curve relax.
Here comes a hard finger.
Make sure this stays curved when your
thumb comes out.
Your wrist straight.
See how my wrist is very level?
No low wrist.
[SOUND] No skipping.
Four's hard to lift, so I lift it to the
side.
That's okay.
Five to four, you can lift it to the side.
[SOUND] Relax, straight up, down curve.
Relax, straight up, down curve.
Make sure all your fingers relax.
Check every single finger, especially
finger five, it likes to stay in the air.
Straight up, down curve.
Continue on until your fifth finger is on
middle c.
Now, power fingers, with skipping between
one and two, right hand.
[MUSIC]
Watch your two, keep it on the key.
[SOUND] Here's your skip.
[SOUND] Keep it nice and steady, if you
can't do it with metronome yet,
turn it off and make sure your hand
position is correct.
[MUSIC]
Keep
going up until your thumb is on high c.
Left hand.
For this example I'm gonna keep my thumb
on the key.
To show you if you wanna keep your thumb
on the key instead of under,
this is what it would look like.
[MUSIC]
Almost got it under there.
[LAUGH]
[MUSIC]
So just keep it on the key the whole time,
skipping between five and four.
[MUSIC]
Continuing up until finger five is on
middle c.
If you have any questions about any part
of these exercises, please email me.
I'll be happy to answer them.
You can also check the parent forums.
Sometimes parents have great answers to
common questions.
You can also meet other parents and other
students that way.
I also would love to see your video.
I should be able to have seen your most
muscle builders video by now, but
I love to see a power fingers video.
It's a really important habit of how we
actually play with our fingers so
close to the keys.
And I'd love to be able to see how that's
coming, so please send in the video.
[MUSIC]