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Piano Lessons: Level Two Muscular: Lesson 5

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[MUSIC]
This
is Peery habits level 2 muscular lesson
number 5.
So there are two parts to this,.
To this lesson, we're adding a new
exercise.
You're really becoming a piano expert.
Very proud of you for all your hard work,
you're doing fantastic.
So you will keep doing the master builders
and
power fingers exercise, then you're going
to move up your speed to metronome 100.
So that this point you've covered all the
skips hands together.
So, you can chose your favorite skip and
just stick with that or
you can change your skip, do whichever one
you want, go back through the first one,
and go through the pattern again.
What, whatever you like to do is great.
Make sure you are skipping, though.
[MUSIC]
Not just playing straight through and
shifting up.
We do want a skip in there somewhere.
But you can choose your skip.
Now, the new thing we're learning in
Muscular Lesson 5, and we'll be doing this
for the rest of Habits Level Two Muscular
and continue on through Level Three.
So we're going to start learning the major
chords and major five finger patterns and
arpeggios of some of our major keys, so
what does that even mean?
Major?
I don't know?
Actually, I do know.
I'll tell you.
A major chord the fancy
word of it is a mode.
A major is a mode.
And the two modes we use.
Are major and minor.
So the easiest way to think of it is
major.
[SOUND] sounds happy.
And here's an example of a minor [SOUND]
sounds sad.
Hear the difference.
[SOUND] Here's major.
[SOUND] And that's minor.
So each key.
On the piano, has a key associated with it
that
comes with
[MUSIC]
Each one has a major chord.
So I could make a major chord on C, or I
could make a major chord on F, or G,
or D-flat, or E-flat, or some of these
keys you don't even know.
So we're just going to start with C.
We're going to give you three chords that
look just alike.
And they're major chords.
We're gonna practice that all over the
keyboard so
you get used to finding these chords
anywhere over the keyboard.
That's gonna make it easier for you to
learn pieces, and
also easier for you to make up songs that
you like to compose, or
to play by ear if you know what these
chords sound like.
So, the first one we're going to learn is
C major.
And so what you do to make a c major chord
is you find c.
You can find any c right now.
I'm just going to find this one above
middle because that's comfortable and
I'll put my thumb on c.
I'm gonna skip the second finger and go up
to my third finger and play an e.
I'm gonna skip my fourth finger and go up
to my fifth finger and play the g.
[MUSIC]
And that's called C-major chord.
When I play them all together, that's
called a solid chord, or
a triad cos there's three notes if you
want to be more specific.
Okay, so, wow, that looks easy.
No problem, right?
[MUSIC]
And
the name of my chord is always on the
bottom, for what we're learning right now.
So we can tell it's C, 'cuz my C's on the
bottom.
Then I go a skip, and a skip, C Major.
Now, this can be harder than it looks if
you go home and
try it right now at your piano.
You might find that you're doing this a
lot, or putting extra notes.
[LAUGH].
That's okay, you're just starting out.
But here's a fun trick to get you kind of
used to it,
if you're having trouble just playing
three notes clearly.
Is you get a pencil, and you stick the
pencil under your second finger,
on top of our third, and under your
fourth, you see?
So say hey.
Two and four.
Out of the way.
[MUSIC]
And then you're able to play it.
And just get used to playing those three.
That can take a lot of getting used to so
if you're having trouble don't do this
next part where I'm gonna be moving up and
down the keyboard.
Just
[MUSIC]
get used to the feeling of playing
those three notes and then when you can.
Get used to that, okay?
Then move on to do the actual hand over
hand exercise which
I'm going to show you now.
So once you're good at playing those three
notes together, we're going to do in,
in a pattern that we call hand over hand,
because we're gonna be moving our hands
over our hands.
Let me first just show you what it looks
like.
[SOUND] It's also metronome 100, just like
what you're doing, muscle builders and
power fingers this week.
So I'll do it first and then explain.
Ready, go.
[MUSIC]
Drop, relax, prepare.
[MUSIC]
Drop, relax, prepare.
[MUSIC]
Drop, relax, prepare.
[MUSIC]
Drop, relax, prepare.
[MUSIC]
Drop, relax, prepare.
[MUSIC]
Drop, relax, prepare.
[MUSIC]
Drop, relax, prepare.
Pair.
Drop, relax, prepared.
[SOUND] Drop, relax, finished.
So just like in muscle builders, there was
three steps.
In hand over hand, there are also three
steps.
Could you hear any of the words I was
saying?
Remember any of them?
Okay, well, I'll tell you them again.
Okay, here.
The first is the drop.
And when we're doing our drop, you're just
going to drop in with
the weight of your arm as heavy and sleepy
as you can.
Make a nice round tone.
Now if you're having trouble still just
playing the notes, just focus
on playing the notes all together so
they're not coming in at different times.
So first get the notes together.
When you've done that, then.
Work on really dropping into the keys
without playing extra notes or
without lifting your other fingers really
high.
So our relax step is if your wrist went
down a little bit,
your wrist is gonna come back up to normal
position.
So here's my drop, here's my relax.
Or if my drop [INAUDIBLE] finger is in the
air.
My relax.
Cause I'm gonna put my
fingers back on the key.
Then the prepare step.
That's next.
The prepare step means
the next hand that's going to play is
going to get in position.
So it's not shocked and has to play
quickly.
Drop. Relax. Prepare.
Drop.
[SOUND] Relax.
Prepare.
So I'm looking for that C,
I'm making the chord on my C.
And I do left hand, relax, prepare right
hand, now left hand again.
Relax, prepare right hand again, so which
hand gets to go up two times.
Then left hand's going to come up and play
just the top notes.
So if I'm playing C major chord, I'm going
to play a C.
And that gets three ticks also, so drop,
relax.
Prepare.
Drop, relax, prepare.
Drop, relax prepare.
You see that my hand even starts moving as
soon as the other hand plays.
I do a really early prepare.
So you want to make sure by the prepared
tick, you're on the key.
So as soon as that next hand plays, see
how on the drop I start to.
[MUSIC] To move. Then you'll be really
prepared on the prepare step.
So, our goal is 100.
But remember to do it in these steps.
First, get so that you can play the chord,
all three notes together,
whether it's with the pencil, or just with
the hand.
One you get, play the chord.
Practise it without the metronome.
Just going really slowly like I just did
getting each step right before you go on.
Third once you can do that start adding
the metronome,
you can even start lower than 100 and be
moving it up until you get to 100.
When you're able to do this entire
exercise up and
down the keyboard at 100 then your ready
to go on to muscular lesson number six.
This is a new thing.
It might take you more than one week of
five days.
You might need to do ten days on this or
two weeks or eight days.
Do as many days as you need before we go
on.
All right, so I'll see you at muscular
lesson six.
If you need to send me in a video, go
ahead and send it in so
I can see that you're doing the exercise
correctly.
And I can give you some feedback on that.
[MUSIC]