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Piano Lessons: Level One Practical: Lesson 5

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is Peery habit level one, practical lesson
This week your assignment in the Lesson
and Musicianship book,
we're going back to L&M, 1A, we finished
solos last week.
And we're going to do pages 16, 17, 18 and
On your practice chart, please mark that
16 make
a box that you'll be doing one time per
day on page 16.
On page 17 Swinging Monkeys,
you need to do that five times a day,
marking with X's or stars.
Page 18 is a written work, so you can have
just a completed box on your practice
Page 19 is also a written worksheet, with
a completed box.
And then, make a part a line on your
practice chart this week and
label it interval songs.
And I'll go through that a little bit here
so you know how to practice that and
you'll do that one time per day, as well.
So, turn to page 16, and we're going to
learn a little bit,
add to our rhythm repertoire.
So we've learned that black note, filled
That gets a steady beat.
[SOUND] In music terms that's called a
quarter note and
we're gonna learn that a quarter note gets
one count.
Since we are clapping quarter notes, and
this is where the ta's come in.
The book tells you to count ta, ta, or
short, short.
I like to use numbers, because it reminds
me how many counts the notes get.
So whenever I see a quarter note, I clap
one, one, one.
And you can do whatever makes most sense
for you, but
I'm going to be saying the numbers.
So on page 16, we learn about the,
the quarter note makes a pretty short
sound, because it's only one beat long.
And we're also learning about the half
which is that note that isn't filled in.
It's just empty in the middle with, with
the line attached to it.
That's called the half note, and the half
note gets two counts.
So in the, we're counting half notes
because we always want to feel that beat,
like a heart beat.
You're going to want to keep a motion,
even when you're not clapping.
So we're always gonna clap when we say
one, cause that's when the note is played.
But for half notes we'll clap like this,
we'll say one, two, and
we'll do a movement so that we still are
always feeling the beat,
we're never just staying still, cause
that's when we lose out beat.
So let's look at page 16 clapping patterns
and let's do this together.
And then you'll do this once per day
without me, but
let's practice it first together before
you go out on your own.
So look at that, and I'm going to do it.
And while I do it, just watch and point to
the notes as I'm doing it,
following along with the music.
So here we go.
Ready, go.
One, one, one, two.
One, one, one, two, one, two,
one, two, one, one, one, two.
So as you practice that every day, do it
just like that.
And then there's a piece that you're going
to be playing underneath there.
And again, now's the time where you're
start counting everything out loud.
If you don't like counting out loud, ask
your practice partner to do it for you,
see if you can talk to them into it.
If they don't like counting out loud, turn
on your metronome.
Something has to be going all the time
giving you that steady beat.
So, looking at page 17, Swinging Monkeys.
Give yourself a five times every day.
That's just the piece I do, before the,
before you leave,
student, before I play through these, I
just wanna have you turn to page 19.
And look at the Middle C Safari.
Now, here's something great.
And if you're really good about doing this
every day, you might even develop
something we call perfect pitch, which is
where you can hear a note and
know the name of the note without even
seeing what it was.
So we're gonna start this, this helps us
sing and
this helps us also develop a really great
And so we're gonna learn the middle C
song, it's written down in really small
print there at the end, but you don't need
to play it, you just need to sing it.
So, here's our middle C right in the
middle, and
the middle C song goes like this.
Now, here's the way you practice this, is
every day before you touch a key.
Cuz you don't wanna get used to where that
sound is.
You're gonna try and find it with your
So you'll come to the piano and say,
Start checking and see if you're there.
So if you're a little bit low-
If you do this every day,
pretty soon you'll notice that you're
right on it.
So every day before you go to the piano,
put this at the top of your practice
chart, Interval Songs, it's middle C and
sing through the middle C song.
Then mark your chart box to show that
you've done it for the day and you'll
develop that great ear.
Okay, student, out of the room.
Come back in five days.
Okay, practice partner.
Let's look at page 17, swinging monkeys
right hand on two black keys,
left hand on three black keys.
And then count this out load.
One, two, ready go.
One, one, one, two.
One, one, one, two.
One, one, one, one, one, one, one, two.
Here's the duet part.
One, two, ready go.
And now that's it for the piece.
The rest is written work.
So, have a great lesson and start singing!