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Piano Lessons: Level One Muscular: Lesson 9

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[MUSIC]
Habits of a One, Muscular Lesson 9.
This is metronome 76.
We're going to skip fingers, a note
between fingers three and
four right hand and three and two left
hand.
Start with muscle builders.
Down curve, relax, straight up.
Down curve, relax, straight up.
Down curve, relax, skip, 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.
So this week our finger three really gets
a workout.
Relax, straight up.
Hold it, steady while you skip.
My fourth finger can't lift very high.
Did you see that?
That's okay.
Just lift as high as comfortable.
Don't ever hurt your hand.
Relax.
Straight up, down curve, relax, straight
up, down curve, relax.
Straight up, down curve, relax.
Make sure that you're lifting from this
back knuckle.
Remember no lifting from middle knuckle
like this, mm-hm.
Four can lift to the side, no lifting from
middle knuckle that's bad.
This good.
Good job.
Straight up.
Down curve, relax, straight up.
Down curve, relax, straight up.
Down curve, relax.
Keep going until thumb is on high C.
Left hand, skipping between fingers three
and two.
Down curve, relax, straight up.
Down curve, relax, straight it.
Down curve, relax, skip, straight up.
Down curve, relax, straight up.
Down curve, relax, straight up.
Down curve, relax.
The reason I like thumb under more than
thumb on key is because it helps us
prepare for scales where our thumb has to
go under very quickly.
Scales where you keep playing up and down
the keyboard at least eight notes.
That's why I like it under.
But if you have a tendency to hang your
wrist low like this it's
better to keep the thumb on the key cuz
popping up your wrist is easier
when your thumb is on the key.
And sometimes when you play with the thumb
under you have a tendency
to hang your thumb down here.
That's a big no-no.
[MUSIC]
When your thumb crosses under it has to
still be over the key.
Do you see how mine is over the key?
[SOUND] So none down here, no low, like
this.
[SOUND] Bad habit.
This is good.
This looks good.
[SOUND] I think my thumb is playing right
there, on the corner.
[SOUND] Down curve, relax, straight up.
Down curve.
Then you can keep going til you get to C.
Power fingers, skipping between three and
four, right hand.
[MUSIC]
One thing you can do that's kinda fun to
see if your wrist is straight, is you put
a pencil on there and
see if you can keep your, all parts of the
pencil touching.
So if you're down here, ouch, I'm getting
poked like crazy.
Makes you move your wrist back up.
[MUSIC]
But we like a little bounce in our wrist,
so you don't wanna play with a pencil on
your wrist all the time.
That'd be a mess.
And then keep going, I was one key away.
Power fingers left hand, skipping between
three and two.
[MUSIC]
Have a good knuckle bridge.
No collapsing like this.
See how low my bridge is?
You wanna pump that up.
One of my parents called this a garage.
You have to drive the car into the garage.
[LAUGH] I thought that was clever.
[MUSIC]
All the way up to middle C.
So this week, on your practice chart,
you're going to want to write muscle
builders metronome 76.
Right hand.
Skipping between three and four, you can
just write three and four right hand.
And then muscle builders, metronome 76
left hand, three and two.
Power fingers right hand and power fingers
left hand.
At this point, you'll probably be able to
play with a metronome, but
again even if you can't play with a
metronome at this point, that is fine.
It's more important that your fingers are
doing the exercise correctly and
the last thing is always speed.
Speed is our least important thing.
It's the thing that will always come if
you have your muscles trained correctly.
You'll have no problem playing as fast as
you want as long as your
hands have this position.
So, have the metronome on.
It can be at 76.
Don't go any faster.
Or it can be anywhere slower than 76 or
none at all.
If you're having trouble hearing the
metronome, cuz sometimes it's really hard
to hear the tick and play with it, see if
somebody in your family can play with you.
It's really a lot easier to play with
somebody, or
just sit the computer there and play with
me.
It's easier for you to hear a pitch, a lot
of the times hear a tone and
play with that instead of just a click.
But again with practice,
you'll be a professional at playing with
the metronome.
[MUSIC]