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Piano Lessons: Level Two Muscular: Lesson 4

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[MUSIC]
Peery Habits Level two Muscular Lesson
number four.
We're going to change our skips again this
week.
Muscle builders and power fingers.
Skipping between fingers four and five
right hand.
So we've reached the end of our hand, and
two and one left hand [COUGH].
A metronome is going to be set to
metronome 96.
You'll play muscle builders hands
together, from C to C, one time every day.
And power fingers, hands together, from C
to C, every day.
Let's demonstrate muscle builders first.
But you're such a pro at this you probably
don't even need a demonstration at this
point but, here's what is looks like.
Ready? Go. Downward, relax, straight up.
Downward, relax, straight up.
[NOISE] By now, your finger tips should be
quite firm so
you can really start working on that spin
of a tap.
Straight up.
And be sure you're not bouncing too much.
Sometimes at this point you get a little
too much wrist bounce.
Just lift with those cracked knuckles,
work on the fingers, relax, straight up,
down curve, relax, straight up.
This repetition is building a muscle
memory, it's building a habit
in your muscles, in your forearms, and in
your fingertips.
That's why we do it so much.
So when we're working on our hard pieces,
and we need to use this exercise,
our fingers will be able to do it very
quickly, using any pattern of notes.
Down curve, relax, straight up.
And that's how we'll get really even
strong fingers.
Down curve, relax.
[MUSIC]
So
you keep going in your practice until you
get to this, to the next C.
Now let's do power fingers.
Ready, go
[MUSIC].
I'm keeping my thumb on the key for this
exercise.
Wrists really flat.
You can tuck your thumb under, whatever's
easier for you.
The best way is that you're able to do
both.
So you can try a different one than what
you've been practicing if
you're really good.
Here it's back on the key.
[MUSIC]
And that's it.
So practice each of those exercises one
time every day, at least five days.
And then you'll be ready to go on to
muscular lesson number five,
where we're learning a new muscular
exercise.
So, I'll see you in lesson five.
[MUSIC]