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Piano Lessons: Level Three Musical: Lesson 10

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is Peery Habits Level 3, Musical Lesson
Number 10.
So now you've completed two of the three
Habits Level three pieces.
We finished Bouncing on My Bed, and To Fly
Like an Eagle.
If you haven't Peery certified on those
pieces, continue to practice them,
getting ready for the certification, and
send in the video when you're ready.
We're going to start a new piece this
lesson, and it's Minueto on page 14.
This week you're going to learn lines one
and two.
Line one is A section.
Line two is A one.
And both hands are very busy in this
piece, so
this week we're just going to learn the
hands alone.
Here's what they sound like.
Left hand.
Let's go through the steps of FERN.
This is how you want to practice every
day, so that you have the lines one and
two really well learned before you try and
put them hands together.
So let's go through fingers.
Go through all the finger numbers of the
right hand, keeping our tips really firm,
thumbs staying under.
Your thumb doesn't play, it only plays
twice, so really keep it under,
watch that it's on the keys.
So starting on E with finger four.
Four, three, four, five,
four, three, two.
One, two, three, four, three.
Four, three, four five.
Four, three, two, one, two.
So really, we're just setting up in a B
five-finger pattern.
And not going outside of that.
And it's all steps.
So this would be a nice one to learn by
watching the music.
It might be easier that way.
Let's go through left hand.
Starting with one on middle-C.
One, two, one, three, two, one, four.
Sorry, five, four three, four.
Going back to one, one, two, one,
three, two, one, five, four, one.
Let's go on to our expressions.
Minueto is a very elegant, graceful and
legato piece, so
we're going to play very smoothly.
Legato is the Italian word for smooth.
And if you look at both lines one and two,
you'll see a big rainbow.
You know, that's called a slur.
We've talked about the slur before.
I don't know that we've ever seen one so
There were shorter ones in Eagle.
So it means we have to play all the way
smooth, connecting every single finger.
Now, at the end of each long slur or
phrase, we're going to take a breath.
Just as if we were singing it, we would
need to take a breath.
Well, with piano playing, you also need to
learn to take a breath.
Otherwise, the music is going to sound a
little bit odd.
It's not going to sound natural.
And the way we breathe playing the piano,
since we actually don't have to breathe to
make a sound is, do you wanna guess?
It's with our wrist.
So by lifting up with our wrist, that's
like us taking a breath.
So in the first line, we're going to take
a breath.
I'm gonna play the hands together just so
you can see that both,
both hands will take a breath at the same
We're gonna take a breath at
the end of the line.
Just as, not a really short one.
So it's not really.
Like a pop up.
And we're gonna do a slight drop on that
So it's drop then float.
That's appropriate in this style.
And we phrase that just a little bit.
Okay, let's do the second line.
you'll notice that I pushed a little bit
extra on this too.
Now, none of this is written in your
music, but again,
it's appropriate in this style.
If we play every note just mezzo forte, it
doesn't sound very musical.
It sounds like I might as well have just
programmed that into my computer, right?
So, it's a little much.
So, what we do in both early music, it's
called the Baroque period, and
especially classical music, which is about
the time when Mozart or
Beethoven was writing music, we shape
That means we never just play the same two
notes in a row in the same dynamic.
So if you watch when I'm playing,
my wrists are always moving cuz that
changes the sound just slightly.
Drop and float.
Now it sounds like I, I'm a human playing
it instead of just a robot, right?
Now if it's too hard for you to do your
wrist in small circles,
just focus for now on the drop and float.
But see how my wrists are always moving?
That changes the touch of my, each key.
So, I go, push, then soft.
You play like this for your grandma?
Oh, she will start to cry.
She'll say, oh, that's just so beautiful.
And it makes you feel different, too, when
you play so beautifully.
So experiment with that, and see if you
can make those,
each note go a little bit louder, or a
little bit softer.
Not too much, but that's when you really
start feeling the music.
Let's go on to rhythm.
Easy, right?
All quarter notes, just these eighths.
we don't really have to go over the rhythm
in detail for this piece.
It's very straightforward and you can hear
it in my other play throughs.
I'll just go through now and name all the
notes in case that helps you learn it.
But by this point, you should be reading a
lot of this in your music.
This piece is very readable.
Let's just go through, left hand first
starting on middle C.
C, B, C, A, B, C,
F, G, A, G.
Very similar C, B, C,
A, B, C, F, G, C.
So you see there's some repetition there.
Let's start with the right hand on E.
E, D, E, F, E, D.
C, B, C, D, E, D.
It's easier just to read it, I promise,
than saying all those letters.
Well, we'll keep going.
Line two.
E, D, E, F, E,
D, C, B, C.
All right.
Get to work on Minueto.
I know you're going to play this
If you wanna be trying your circle wrists,
and shaping everything, and playing very
expressively, I would love to see a video
of you trying this new technique out.
So I look forward to seeing you.