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Piano Lessons: Level Two Musical: Lesson 11

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[MUSIC]
This
is Peery habits level two, musical lesson
number 11.
So far you've learned in level two,
Halloween Pranks and Ora Lee.
You're on to your third and final level
two musical piece, which is chimes.
For this first week, we're only going to
practice the right hand.
Now, normally, we learn the notes in both
hands, but this week,
we have a brand new musical technique that
we're going to learn,
that is quite challenging, and I just want
you focused on the musc,
musical technique and not worried about
learning a lot of notes.
So Chimes is found on page 23.
And on your practice chart, you're going
to learn line one is actually just
the first measure, because it just repeats
itself throughout the whole line.
So it's just that first measure, but
the thing we're going to focus on is our
musical technique.
So, as you practice it with Fern, really
your focus is on that E for expression.
I'll still go through the fingers, the
rhythm and the notes.
But you'll see those are really simple in
chimes.
The challenge is in the expression.
So, this is how I want you to practice
your right hand for this week.
If we look at chimes, the right hand
starts way up here on the G.
This is high G.
So here's middle C.
[SOUND] Then we go up to this G.
[SOUND] And we go up to even.
[SOUND] one more G.
Okay.
So, we're way up high, and let me play for
you the fingers.
Now, you need to make a decision right
now.
If you're great thumb tucker, of if you
can keep your thumb on the key,
start with finger four.
Your thumb is gonna be playing over and
over and over, but also eh, all,
so are other fingers.
So, if your thumb sticks out, finger four
is not the finger to start with.
You could also start with finger five, and
then your thumb never actually plays in
the right hand, and you can keep it tucked
the whole time.
So, let me just show you an example of,
starting with finger five.
So, I'm just going down my fingers.
Five, four, three, two.
Let me show you if I start with finger
four.
Finger four is what's written in the
music.
Four, three, two, one.
So, do you see what I'm saying?
If I'm great at keeping my thumb on the
key, this is no problem.
But if my thumb is tight, I'm gonna be
thinking about this the whole time.
[MUSIC]
Or I tuck it under and
then I bring it out.
[MUSIC]
Tuck it under, bring it out.
[MUSIC]
Tuck it under, bring it out.
[MUSIC]
So if you're great at your thumb,
start with finger four.
If you want to just tuck your thumb under
and leave it there,
start with finger five.
The notes, lets just go skip to that.
[MUSIC]
Easy.
G.
[MUSIC] F.
[MUSIC]
E.
[MUSIC]
D.
[MUSIC]
And guess what?
That's the notes for your right hand for
the entire piece.
It repeats itself over and over and over
again.
So, you actually know the entire right
hand right now.
That's the good news.
The rhythm is also easy, all quarter
notes.
Listen.
One, one, one, one.
[MUSIC]
One, one, one, one, do the whole piece.
[MUSIC]
Easy, right?
Okay, so this piece is so easy except for
the expression.
Let me show you the expression, in chimes.
Have you ever seen a chime?
And in this piece, I'm thinking big chimes
like,
organ pipe type chimes that weighed tons
and tons, right?
You ever seen one of these?
They're big and how you play them is, you
hit them with some sort of mallet.
Boom.
And if you stick here, goes dunk.
Right?
So you have to go like this, and
come away from it and then the chime
rings.
Okay?
So we're not talking wind chimes.
We're talking big, big chimes for this
piece.
Think of a two ton chime.
Boom.
Okay.
Now, remember if I go donk,
the sound stops.
So, our mallet is going to be our arm, and
if we don't move our wrist and our is like
going donk, donk, donk.
This is not how a chime's supposed to
sound.
So we're going to learn to push in with
our wrist.
[MUSIC]
It's not a pop.
We're not coming up.
But looks like a pop, but we stay.
And it's to get a really big ringing tone
in our right hand.
[MUSIC]
So,
what's tricky is because you have to get
use to pushing it really fast like this.
[SOUND]
Looks easy, but
trust me, this is very tricky.
So, this is how I want you to practice it.
Ready?
[SOUND] You get out your metronome,
you have to do this with metronome or
otherwise you will play it to fast.
I'm going to show you with finger five.
And I want you to go one tick up and then
down.
Up, down, up, down.
[MUSIC]
Up, down.
[MUSIC]
This might even be too fast
at the beginning.
[MUSIC]
Then you can slow it down, but
your goal for the end of the week is to be
able to do this at 88.
I'll do a little slower.
[MUSIC]
Up, down, up, down, up down.
[MUSIC]
Do you see how high?
My fingers lift almost straight up.
[MUSIC]
My elbow's going forward.
My wrist is high like this.
I almost think like I'm gonna fall over.
Don't do it with your elbow or your
shoulder though.
But you see this motion here?
I'm pushing forward, so it's not elbow up.
It's elbow forward.
Up, down, up, down.
[MUSIC]
This gets a beautiful ringing tone.
[MUSIC]
And
this will sound like a chime instead of
just our short.
[MUSIC]
Brittle sound.
Okay, so our goal is to get it to 88
moving up and down on each note.
Now, you do this at least.
Ten times this pattern every day.
So, you can count as you go.
[MUSIC]
That's once.
Do this ten times.
We're teaching our muscle a new technique.
[MUSIC]
We need a lot of repetition.
That's twice.
But of course your metronome is going to
be on two.
Okay?
So that's all I want you to do this week
on chimes.
Practice those wrists going up.
This would be a great time to send me in a
video.
I would love to see how you're doing with
this.
If you're able to conquer the great chimes
wrist, it's very challenging.
So, please send me in a video and I look
forward to seeing you.
[MUSIC]