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Piano Lessons: Level Two Musical: Certification

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[MUSIC]
So,
let's talk about Peery Certification in
Habits Level two.
There are three pieces we learned in
Habits Level two,
Aura Lee, Halloween Pranks, and Chimes.
Here is what I'll be looking for on each
of the three pieces,
in order for you to earn your Peery
Certification.
It is a big deal to earn your Peery
Certification, so
I'm really proud of you for trying.
In Aura Lee, the tempo, it needs to be at
metronome 96 or right around there.
Just as long as it's not too slow or too
fast.
Practice it at 96 to give you a nice
steady tempo.
Memory, you do need to have Aura Lee by
memory.
I'll be looking at your thumbs, to see if
they are under, or on the key.
Remember, no hanging down.
No thumbs in the air, even if it's this
much in the air.
No, okay?
Your fingers will need to be curved and
firm.
No collapsing fingers.
You'll need to keep a steady rhythm, and
hold all the notes as long as they're
supposed to be held.
Play very smoothly, from finger to finger.
And it will have a nice, deep tone.
[MUSIC]
Going to the bottoms of the keys.
The other thing, the really important
musical aspect of Aura Lee,
is that you'll be lifting that wrist in
your left hand, at exactly the right time,
exactly with those magic notes.
Okay, let's talk about Halloween Pranks.
Halloween Pranks, I'll be looking at your
tempo.
The speed we're trying to get to for
Halloween Pranks is metronome 120.
So it should be at metronome 120, or right
around there.
Needs to be memorized.
I'll be looking for your thumbs.
Mostly those will be kept on the key.
For that piece, I think that's the easiest
way to play it.
But they can also be under that hand, just
not sticking out.
Fingers curved, correct rhythm, so no
pausing as you're
jumping around to the different places,
places of the keyboard.
Your notes need to be correct.
I need to hear the difference between
smooth,
[MUSIC]
And short notes.
I need to hear all those different
dynamics.
There was the forte, mezzo forte, mezzo
piano, fortissimo.
I need to hear a difference between all of
those dynamics,
in order to become Peery certified.
And then last, it's your pop wrists.
All of those pop wrists.
[MUSIC]
See, and your wrists pop up,
not just your hand.
Not your elbow or your arm, but those
popped wrists.
Okay.
Last, Chimes.
The tempo, metronome 88.
I really love metronome 88.
On the music, it goes all the way up to
104, so that's still acceptable,
because it's written on the music.
But no faster than 104, for sure.
It does need to be memorized.
I'll be looking at your thumbs.
See if they're under or on the key.
The fingers do need to be curved.
So, even as we push the wrist forward,
that, that tip has to stay firm.
It can't be collapsing in.
The rhythm, needs to stay very steady
Chimes.
Very steady, and precise.
We have quarter notes throughout the whole
piece, so
that it almost needs to sound like a
metronome.
The notes have to be correct and played
accurately.
And the big deal, is I need to see those
push wrists.
[MUSIC]
Through the whole thing.
That push wrists.
That's the big deal in Chimes.
The dynamics, it's mostly loud, and then
at the very end,
I need to hear you play softer, and also
get a little bit slower.
And then the tone.
If you're doing the push wrists, you'll
have a fantastic tone, it will be perfect.
So, just keep focused on the push wrists.
So, those are the details for Peery
Certification.
I look forward to seeing all of your
videos.
Work hard.
[MUSIC]