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Piano Lessons: Level Two Practical: Lesson 12

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is Peery habits level two, practical
lesson number 12.
So your practice chart this week is going
to include the interval songs.
You're working on three now, middle C
busy B.
Busy bee.
And cuckoo bird.
Cuckoo bird.
Sing those once every day.
You're also include on your practice
chart, flashcards and staff book.
Please write in your daily time so you can
keep track of your progress
for both your flashcards and your staff
When you reach your minimum time you can
add more cards or add more drills.
We're going to be playing pieces out of
LNM 1A book this week.
You're going to play pages 68, 69, and 70.
68 you'll have to play through five times
every day marking with an x or
with a star, 68 also has written work.
So please fill out this middle line here
and this lower line here, these dashes.
This is a great exercise to help
you really think about how the notes are
moving and how far.
So for each note, you're going to mark if
the note moved up.
See how they, the note moved up and they
marked it with an up arrow, and how far.
So the note moved up a second, so you'd
write up a second.
So for this one, for example, from this
note to this note, did it move up or down?
That's right, it moved down the staff, so
you'd write a down arrow, and
how far did it move?
That's right.
A second.
Okay, so you'd write down arrow with a
This is a great exercise in really making
you focus on the direction of notes and
how far they're moving.
When you learn to read like this it's
going to be much
easier than naming your notes.
So, you'll be a really
fast reader if you start recognizing those
distance, and direction.
So page 69, you're going to play that five
times per day,
marking your chart with the x's or stars.
And then page 70, you just need to do that
one time per day.
It's a rhythm one that you're going to
clap, for the first half.
The first two exercises you'll clap and
I like using numbers, you can use the tas.
We're also introducing a new note.
See that note right there?
It's called the dotted half note, and it
will get three counts.
So this one, you're going to count one,
two, three.
And the whole note, this is where the ah's
get difficult because it's a whole note,
if you're counting ta, you're saying quite
a bit.
Or if you're using numbers, you can count
for four counts.
One, two, three, four for the whole note.
Alright, so these first two you'll clap.
And the second two, you'll tap on your
lap, with right hand and left hand.
You'll do that one time per day.
What's exciting about this week, is, you
get to start a new book.
It's called, Four Star Sight Reading and
Ear Training: The Introductory Level.
Now, each week, you're going to do one
In your book you'll see that it's labeled
unit one and
each unit has five different daily
You will do one exercise everyday.
Just go through it one time.
You don't need to practice to perfect
The exercises in four star, you're going
to just be working on your site reading.
So it's like reading a book.
You'll just pick it up, read through,
you're done.
Each exercise daily, has a sight reading
example and
a rhythm example, so go through the sight
reading one time.
Do your very best.
And then go through the clapping one time.
That's all you need to do.
Now, if you want me to check on your
4-star, how that's coming,
there are tests at the back of the book.
So, the book has 10 units and then after
the last unit, it's called tests.
And if you want to try one of those tests
and video it and send it in,
I would be happy to give you some feedback
on it.
So make sure when you send in the video
that you really are looking at that
test for the first time.
That you haven't practiced it, or that you
haven't looked at it before, that you
open the book and look at it for the first
time and then send me in that video.
If you practice it, I won't be able to
give you as useful feedback,
because Four Star's about what you can sit
down and sight read without practicing.
So it's kind of a fun book as you don't
have to practice to get perfect,
you just get to read it.
So this week you'll be doing Four Star and
do one unit every day.
And then there's a whole rhythm section.
You can fit that in a little bit every day
do that, along with one of your
sight-reading units one of the days.
One of your sight-reading exercises.
All right, so I'll see you after you've
practiced five days.
Practice partner, if you want some help on
these, or
if you finished practicing, here are the
demonstrations for your pieces.
So we're going to start with page 68,
finger warm-ups.
Right hand one on C, left hand one on C.
Here we go.
Ready, go.
Pretty good.
All right, Toy, Toy Soldier March,
page 69.
Right hand one on C.
Left hand first note is four on C.
Here we go.
One, two.
Skip, step.
[NOISE] One, two.
[NOISE] One, two.
Okay now, this has a jazzy duet.
So just try and keep really, really
Don't let my jazzy rhythm throw you off.
This is toy soldier march duet.
One, two, ready, go.
That was a jazzy rhythm, okay.
So, this is page 70.
Let's go through the clapping.
See if you do that okay.
Starting with number one.
Ready Go.
[SOUND] One, one, one, one, two three.
One, one, one, one, two, three.
Number 2.
Ready, go.
One, one,one,one.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, one, two.
One, two,three, four.
And now the tapping rhythms, we're gonna
start with our left hand.
One, two, ready go.
Left, left, left, left, two, three.
Right, two, both, both, two, three and you
don't have to say the hand names.
You can just keep counting the numbers.
I'll do just the numbers on two in case
that's how you've done it.
Number two.
Ready, go.
One, one, one, one.
One, two, three.
One, one, two.
One, one, one, two, three, four.
That one's tricky.
It needs some, a lot of practice.
All right.
That's it for this week.
So if you practiced your five days,
you're ready to move on to practical
lesson number 13, my lucky number.