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[MUSIC]
This
is Peery Habits, Level One, Practical
Lesson One.
This is our very first practical lesson.
And the practical category's gonna teach
us how to read music and
to know better the language of music.
So we're going to use, the Celebrate Piano
Lesson in Musicianship Book 1A.
And this week you're assigned to do pages
3 through 7.
Open up your Lesson In Musicianship Book
to page 3 and you'll see the page discover
the steady beat.
You can do this while just sitting at your
computer,
not even need to be at the piano.
I'm going to play a little tune and
on your book, I want you to try and write
as I play.
Just a slash for the beat you hear in the
music.
See if you can recognize this tune.
[MUSIC]
Slash, slash, slash, slash, slash,
keep drawing slashes even if you run out
of room.
Slash.
[MUSIC]
Slash.
[MUSIC]
Slash.
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Beat is really important in music.
It's like our heartbeat going on.
So, if you can feel that beat it's like
listening to the metronome,
you're going to have an easy time playing
these pieces in l and m one a.
Turn to page four, and go ahead and do
pages four and five,
following the directions.
After you've finished four and five turn
to page six, it's raindrops.
Now here's the thing with practical.
I'm going to record and you'll be able to
watch a video of me playing all of
the pieces in your L and M book 1A.
But please, do not listen to them before
you learn them.
The reason we're going through this book
is so that you learn how to read music.
Not that you're learning it with your ear,
we're going to learn that a different way,
but in this book we're going to learn to
read music.
And if you hear the piece first, you're
not going to read it.
You're going to kinda do it by what you've
heard me do.
So, the practice partner can listen to
these videos of me
playing the pieces, that's fine.
So then that way they can help you and
check.
But there are a couple of rules with these
Lesson in Musicianship pieces that
we have to follow.
There's no playing them other than the
students.
So if you're the student you can play
them,
practice partner you're not allowed to
play it for them.
You can help them and point out things
that they do wrong, or count with them, or
even you can play while they're
playing,but please do not play the pieces
for them.
You can play them at the end of the week,
after you've practiced them all week
long or after you think you've gotten them
perfect,
then you can play with me to double check.
Another rule, you are not allowed to write
finger numbers or name notes on the music.
The music has finger numbers,
starting finger numbers on it, and just
use those.
Don't use any, don't write in any other
markings.
Again we're trying to learn how to read
the music and by writing in names of
the notes or finger numbers, it's just
going to make that process slower.
Another thing you're going to want to make
sure to do is always count.
So we're going to learn how to read the
notes but also how to count the beat.
So, this book,
I know, recommends when we start to count
them we use ta ta, ta-ah-ah, tah-ah-ah-ah.
For me the ah-ah-ah-ah-ah's get to be a
little much, so I will
show my own recommended way of counting,
but you use whatever works for you, but
it's great to either count out loud or if
you're really having trouble to play,
with the metronome, or to play with
another person.
But anything that we can keep that steady
beat that we just worked on.
So at this point, no more watching the
video from the student, you go and
practice page six Raindrops, and go and
practice page seven Call the Drum.
Practice partner, if you want to keep
watching and I can help you along so
that you can help out your student then
that's fine.
So, students out of the room and now we'll
go through page six raindrops.
So at the top of every piece, there's a
picture of a keyboard and
that tells you where to put your hands.
So this one has fingers two and three,
over two black keys in the right hand, and
fingers two and three over two black keys
in the left hand.
And Raindrops, it has these notes with,
that are filled in all black,
those are called quarter notes, in fancy
musical terms.
It's not so important that, that your
student knows this at this point, but,
they just get one beat each, so we're just
going to practice playing very steadily.
So, here's how raindrops goes.
[MUSIC]
So the notes aren't very difficult but,
the important thing is that the beat is
kept steadily.
I'm going to play the accompaniment, so at
the end of the week,
when the student plays it really well you
can play along with me, and
then Raindrops actually sounds very nice.
So you just keep playing until I'm
finished.
You'll hear in your ear when it's time to
stop.
One, two, ready go.
[MUSIC]
This is L&N page seven, Call of the Drum.
Also part of practical lesson number one.
Right hand fingers two, three, and four on
the three black keys.
Left hand fingers two, three, and four on
the three black keys.
One, two, ready go.
Left right right right left right, right,
right.
You can repeat this up to four times.
That was two times.
I'm going to stop right there and I'm
going to play the duet part, and
you can play with me, this duet part,
at the end is a week when you have your
part really great.
We're going to go a little faster for the
duet.
One, two, ready, go.
[MUSIC]
Left, right, right, right.
Left, right, right, right.
Left, right, right, right.
Left, right, right, right.
So in your practical pieces, the first
thing you're going to want
to do is practice the pieces five times
every day for an entire week.
At the end of the week, you can watch the
videos of me playing both the piece and
the duet, and you can play along with me.
Practice partner, you can watch the videos
of me playing at any time.
Just the, student isn't allowed to watch
samples.
We want them learning the piece by reading
it, not by their ear.
You, you can also play with me if it helps
you, or just learn it by ear and
see what i'm doing, so that you can then
play with your student.
The student should only be playing with
the videos, on these practical lessons,
at the end of a five day practice week.
After they've practiced the piece for the
entire five days.
So, let's talk about your practice plan
for lesson number one.
Page three, we've already finished it if
you did the video with me and
did the slashes.
So, you can feel great about that.
Page four is a worksheet, so
once you've completed the written work on
it, you're finished.
Page five is also a written worksheet, so
once it's completed, you're done.
Page six and page seven you're gonna write
on your practice chart,
five little boxes every day and you're
gonna practice that five times,
the piece, five times every day.
And each, after each play through,
I want you to mark one of the little
practice boxes.
If you play the piece well but had some
errors, mark it with an x.
If you played the piece great, nothing
went wrong, you had perfect notes and
rhythm, you can mark the box with a star.
And then see how many stars you can get by
the end of the week.
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