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Piano Lessons: Level Three Musical: Lesson 8

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is Peery habits level 3, musical lesson
number 8.
Okay, so this week, you'll continue to
practice bouncing, unless you're
already Peery certified, following the
instructions given from lesson six.
You've also learned and mastered,
of course, lines one and two of To Fly
Like an Eagle.
So we're ready to go on to line three.
So this week, I want you to continue to
practice lines one and two,
five times every day, marking with x's,
and stars,
when you're able to play all items of FERN
perfectly at the same time.
So let's talk about line three.
Here is what line three sounds like.
All right.
So let's talk about the FERN steps in
line three.
Left hand's a piece of cake.
It's five and one.
And then it go, scoots down and does
another five and one, easy.
Right hand, starting on middle C.
And it's one, two, three.
Then find your A with finger one, play a
And it goes, five, four, three.
Returning back to middle C.
One, two, three, on the black key.
Find your A flat.
That middle of the three with finger one.
Make a fifth.
And it will go.
Five, four, three.
So the fingering is pretty simple with
It just repeats.
But the notes are kinda complicated.
We'll go through that later when we get to
Let's talk about the expression.
Now, the expression is exciting, because
we're really going
to learn some fantastic pedal technique in
this line three.
So, the rule with pedal is, [COUGH] when
you play the note,
the foot should be off the pedal.
And it comes down after the note.
So the foot's always actually coming up
when you play the pedal.
Now that was just a general overview.
But that's a really easy habit to form and
do it incorrectly,
cuz naturally our foot and our hand want
to go down at the same time.
Well, Eagle teaches pedaling so fantastic.
So you're gonna have no trouble learning a
great pedal technique and
really teaching your foot to play after
your note.
So let's go through it.
I'm just gonna play my right hand and my
pedal so
you can see what I'm talking about.
So as we start.
Okay, now I'm gonna pedal, but
we're not gonna put our foot down until
after this note.
So the best way to really do it correctly
for right now,
is to actually count in your head, so
you know exactly when you want to put your
foot down.
So we'll do
One, two, three.
So never put your foot down, one.
Do you hear why?
Because now I've caught other notes
And it sounds blurry.
So the foot has to come down after, not
If you get used to putting your foot and
your finger down together,
you're gonna have a blurry pedal forever.
So let's do it one more time.
One, two, three, clean.
And you leave it down here.
Now, you're still going to leave it down
We're not going to take our pedal off
until we hit that C.
So do you see?
My foot and my pedal actually go this way.
Finger down, foot up.
And then the pedal goes back down after.
So here it is again.
Finger down.
Do, do you see me here, okay.
Finger down, foot up, then pedal goes down
It's not this.
They don't go like this.
Okay, let's do it again, line three.
One, two, three, hold it down.
Keep holding.
Then, up, when you hit the C.
Two, three, pedal down.
Now, this one sounds a little.
But it's just because those notes are
being played.
But that's what the composer wrote.
So, watch that part of the video, over and
over again, and
make sure you're doing it correctly.
If you learn this correctly at the
beginning, it's going to be easier for
you, easier for you to be a great peddler
later on.
So let's just talk quickly about how our
pedal will go from line one to line two.
So when we started, we start with the
pedal down.
Like I said,
you're gonna hold it, and now it's going
to come off on this note.
Cuz remember, our foot comes up when our
fingers come down.
Now let's talk about how to pedal
going from line three to line four.
So starting in line three.
One, two, down.
One, two, down.
Now keep holding it, and the foot will
come off here, and then back down.
So the most important thing is that you're
holding it [SOUND]
until here, and
then it comes down quickly.
So I'm lifting my foot quite high so you
can see when I'm lifting,
but really when you're changing the pedal
you're only gonna be changing it,
not lifting your foot off.
So let me do it just how it's really
supposed to look so
you won't think that you're really having
to lift your foot so high.
So let me do line three again, one, two,
Then, you can hold this.
The rule at the end of a piece with pedal
is that your pedal and
your feet come off together.
So you don't wanna be lifting this and
sitting here with your pedal still down.
[LAUGH] Now it even makes me laugh.
Okay, so just take your foot and your
hands off together.
Good luck with that pedal.
Okay, let's talk about our, oh, dynamics.
Pretty straight forward, but let's just
make sure you notice them.
So it starts mezzoforte
One, two, three, now pedal.
Now piano, like a little echo.
Staying soft and now you see this rit,
which means retard or slow down
Then you can take a long time before we
start line four.
So just notice that each measure in line
three has a different dynamic marking,
and we're getting softer and softer.
So loud, soft, a little bit loud, or mezzo
piano, and then very soft, and very slow.
Now let's talk about your notes.
So left hand goes A, E.
Then it goes down to the very next black
They're actually called A flat and E flat.
So we both made, both notes lower, so we
flattened them.
Right hand.
It goes C, D, E.
then a fifth of E and A.
E, D, C.
C, D, E flat.
So we took E and flatten it,
we made it lower.
Then [SOUND] here's that black fifth.
Okay so it's thumb on the middle which is
A flat, and this E flat.
So we took this first one and we just
lowered it.
So it's E flat, D, C.
All right.
So learning that pedal is huge.
So work hard on it.
If you want to send me in a video, and
make sure I can see your foot when you're
I can hear with the, what the notes are
doing, so
make sure the video is on your foot.
I would love to see how your pedal
technique is coming.