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Piano Lessons: How to Practice Players: Muscular

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to practice player's muscular assignments.
The first thing you're going to want to do
is print off the PDF
of the Peery certification requirements
for your player's level.
This will give you a list of all of the
muscular items you're going to learn
in your player's level.
Then I recommend that you practice one new
item per week.
So if you're learning a list of scales,
then start right at the top of the
certification list.
Just learn one scale per week, right hand
and left hand, and
always break it down into a step that
isn't overwhelming to you.
So when you've chosen your scale, go ahead
and watch the video.
Make sure you're learning the correct
notes, and the fingering.
You might also want to review the scale
technique video, or
if you're learning arpeggio, the arpeggio
technique video,
to make sure that your form is correct.
Cuz you want to be practicing your scales,
all your muscular items with the correct
form, as well as the right fingering, and
the right notes.
There are also a number of introductory
videos in each player level.
These will have any of the new items,
anything that you haven't been taught
So make sure you watch all relevant videos
before you start your practice.
So you will be practicing one new item per
You can start this item without the
metronome at first.
For each, at on each video you'll notice
that I give you a minimum tempo.
This minimum tempo is what's listed on
your requirement sheet, but
I'll also give you a challenge tempo.
And the challenge tempo is, where you'd
want to be if you want to get up
eventually into the advanced Peery
curriculum into the advanced category.
So if you want that challenge, make it
your goal to reach the challenge speed.
I'll demonstrate both the minimum speeds
the challenge speeds for all of the
muscular elements.
For Peery certification in your muscular
you'll want to send me in a video of an
entire category at once.
That means you'll try for
your Peery certification when you've
learned all of your scales.
So you'll send in a video of very single
So it's good to practice these muscular
items and learn them by category.
So first on your scales, send in for Peery
certification so
you can fine tune your scales, correct
anything that I mention, and then
go on to your, your triads and your chords
after that, and then on to your arpeggios.
So that way you won't be having such a
long list by the end to certify on.
Just certify on one, one category at a
time within your muscular.
You'll also be practicing a study or an
etude within each category.
And you can check on your requirement
sheets whether that's one or two etudes.
You can choose any etude you want within
the entire book.
If I have not posted a video of an etude
that you want to learn,
please send me an email and I will get
those posted.
I've tried to post the most popular
studies in etudes, the ones that
my students have consistently chosen and
that seems to be liked the most.
But I have not recorded all of them yet.
But I will do so upon request.
So I will get them all out, and
the first ones that I'll do will be the
ones that are requested.
So look through your book and see which
ones you want,
if it's not posted as a video, send me an
email and I'll get that posted right away.
Whenever you're learning a new study or a
new muscular item like a scale or
a triad, don't start right away at the
minimum speed,
especially not at the challenge speed.
Practice for the first couple of days
without the metronome so you can make sure
you're getting the notes, the fingering,
and the hand position correct.
And as you've done that enough times to
get that correct, then go ahead and add,
add the metronome at a speed you can do
You can start with the minimum speed, but
if you can't do it perfectly,
just keep moving your metronome down until
you can do it perfectly and
then move your speed back up, one tick at
a time as you play it perfectly,
until you reach that minimum speed.
Only go onto your next scale after you've
reached the minimum speed,
the minimum speed of the scale that you're
or of the muscular element you're