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[MUSIC]
This
is Peery Habits level three, musical
lesson number six.
So you've been working on your tempo
getting it really nice and
up to speed on Bouncing on My Bed.
If you're ready and you've gotten all
those first steps between
metronome 104 and metronome 126, or even
up to 138,
please send me in your video as soon as
you have that ready.
If you're still working on it and you've
gotten it up to speed, but you haven't
gotten all the firm steps perfectly yet,
then please practice it this way.
We've done this before with other fast
pieces so
this should sound familiar to you if
you've gone through habits level two.
Play it one time at your final speed.
So, let's say I'm really working to get it
perfectly at 126.
So I would play it one time at 126.
Two times, no metronome.
And then two times with the music, even if
you're not reading the notes.
You're looking at the expression.
You're looking at the dynamics and
focusing on the pop wrists and
the drop floats.
And you would do that five speeds below
your final.
So if I am working at metronome 126, then
I'd move down five speeds.
One, two, three, four, five.
That's 104.
So, two times at that 104.
Now remember, often times, that one, the
medium tempo will feel harder to play.
And you might hear a little more mistakes,
or you'll think oh,
I just sound so much better faster.
But remember, you really don't sound
better faster, it's just going by faster,
so we don't hear those mistakes as easily.
So really work on your medium tempos.
That's where you improve.
So keep practicing that way, until you're
able to send in the video, and
then I've Peery certified you on Bouncing
on My Bed.
Okay, so, at the same time we get to go
on.
So, if you're ready to go on, this lesson
introduces a new piece called,
To Fly Like an Eagle.
And, this week we are going to learn the
first line.
So, the first four measures of To Fly Like
an Eagle, and here's what it sounds like.
[MUSIC]
Very grand.
This is a really fun piece.
So let's go through the Fern steps.
And you'll be practicing with your Fern
this entire week on line one.
So the first letter in Fern, F, fingers.
So, this has all fifths.
So we're making fifths in both hands.
The left hand fifth will be blocked,
and then the right hand fifth's going to
be broken.
But, our fingers in both hands are the
same, and since we're playing ones and
fives, we really don't have to worry about
playing on our curves,
we just play on our sides, outer's
comfortable.
So, fingers right, or sorry left hand,
just goes five, one.
[MUSIC]
Then moves up, five one.
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Five, one.
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Five, one.
[MUSIC]
Let's go through right hand.
Starting on B.
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Five, one.
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Five, one.
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Five, one.
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Five, one.
[MUSIC]
Fingers are pretty easy.
Okay, let's next go to expression.
So, you might have noticed while I was
playing that I really push in a lot
with my wrist.
Just like in Chimes.
If we want to get a sound that's big and
round, and keeps getting bigger,
even after we've played it.
You need to follow through with your
wrist.
That creates a big sound.
That's why we learn to be pushing up our
wrist for every note on Chimes, so
that the sound would actually expand after
we played.
So you wanna think of that wrist kind of
like if you played baseball, or
if you played tennis.
You know, if you're swinging at a
baseball, and you come back like this, and
then you go, and you stop right here, your
balls aren't going to go very far.
Right, that's more like a bunt, its just
gonna go dunk.
Right?
Okay, same thing with when we're playing
the piano.
So if I sit and I play my note like this.
[MUSIC]
The hammer inside the piano hits
the string, and then the string just kind
of goes thunk.
And it could sound really sharp at the
beginning, but
then it dies away very quickly.
So we have to follow through with our
wrists,
just like you're gonna follow through on
your swing.
So, watch my wrists on all of them.
[MUSIC]
Really loose and
pushing never do I just play straight like
this.
[MUSIC]
It's gonna be a pounding ugly sound if you
play like this.
[MUSIC]
Instead you're gonna go into it.
[MUSIC]
And
the better piano you have the better your
sound's going to be.
That's the difference between an electric
piano, and an acoustic piano and
a piano that costs $2,000, and a piano
that costs $50,000,
is those higher end pianos will give you
all this control over your sound.
That's why you should all have the goal of
buying a $50,000 piano.
You'll love it.
So now, let's talk about your pedal.
So, if you play chimes back in Peery
habits level two,
we talked about this a little bit, and
you're used to your pedal,
it's just the same in to fly like an
eagle.
So, let's take a look at the pedal.
When you're pedalling, you want your heal
to be on the floor.
You don't wanna be pedaling with your heal
off the floor like a tip toe.
You put your heal on the floor, and then
your foot just pivots on to the pedal.
You use the ball of your foot not your
toes.
Cuz then you can flip off, okay?
So, as your playing to fly like an eagle,
before you start,
you're going to push the pedal down and
you're going to leave it down.
So listen.
It stays through the whole first line.
[MUSIC]
Just leave it down.
[MUSIC]
And we won't even
take it off till we start the second line
[MUSIC]
So, you're not learning this part yet,
I'm just saying you don't have to worry
about taking it off.
You leave it down for a long time.
Okay, so if you're little person and it's
hard for you to reach the pedal,
you can either purchase a pedal extender,
and there's some really great
ones which sit up high so that your feet
can rest comfortably.
And they have little pedals on them that
attach to the real pedals.
And we'll put a link to some pedal
extensions that are really great that
you might want to, to purchase.
If not, if you don't purchase a pedal
extender, just make sure that you move
your bench all the way back, so that
you're really sitting on the edge.
It will be like almost you're standing up.
You just wanna make sure, so, let's say
the keyboard's here for me.
Then, I would put my bench all the way up
here, and I'm kinda standing up.
I'm not going to be sitting back.
How a lot of you sit right now, sitting
back like this,
you're not gonna be doing that, because
you won't reach the pedal.
So, just scoot all the way up and reach
that pedal, just for angle.
If you have a really hard time with the
pedal, maybe don't play it with the pedal
every time, just so that you don't get a
bad position as you're playing.
Okay.
Let's talk about the rhythm.
So, the rhythm in this piece is really
easy.
It's just keeps right on the beat.
So left hand holds and then right hand
comes in with all quarter notes.
So let's count it.
Three beats.
Ready, go.
One, two, three.
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One, two, three.
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One, two.
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Three, one, two, three.
[MUSIC]
Now,
this last part is the hardest part of line
one.
You want to just practice starting here,
and getting to here.
This shift is hard, and rhythmically you
might wanna pause.
Okay.
So let's, let's say that's hard for you to
get those notes right.
When you're practicing your rhythm step,
just get the notes wrong.
Just so you're used to moving.
So if I can't those notes.
[MUSIC]
That's okay.
When I'm practicing rhythm, I'm just going
to get used to getting there in time.
Now when you practice your notes, I want
you to take as long as you need.
[MUSIC]
To get the notes right.
Find them, feel them, make sure they're
right.
[MUSIC]
And then play.
There's a big difference between how
you're practicing your rhythm and
your notes for this piece.
That part is tricky.
By the end of the week, you'll be able to
get it, if you practice like I just said,
so let's go through your notes.
You're starting on.
[MUSIC]
C and
G, in the left hand, and it stays that
way.
[MUSIC]
Next, C and G.
[MUSIC]
Up to the next C and G, and
here's that funny shift.
So, here's where you are, and you skip
one.
[MUSIC]
And you go to E, and to B.
[MUSIC]
So, it's moving from here up the third,
both fingers for E and B.
Let's look at your right hand notes.
They go B, E up to the next B and E.
[MUSIC]
B, E next B and E.
[MUSIC]
B, E, and now this shift.
[MUSIC]
Again, it's shifting up a third.
So you move it up once, move it up twice.
Boom.
[MUSIC]
Up to G and D.
So, we go from B, E to D, G.
Okay, so
[MUSIC]
To.
[MUSIC]
All right, so that's line one.
Get to work on Eagle.
Your going to love playing this piece.
And I look forward to hearing you on
musical lesson number seven.
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