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Piano Lessons: Level Three Muscular: Lesson 1

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[MUSIC]
This
is Peery Habits Level three, Muscular
Lesson Number one.
Congratulations you've made it this far,
and we're going to start Peery Habits
Level three.
So we've been doing our muscle builders
and power fingers, for levels one and
levels two.
We're going to continue on, with muscle
builders and power fingers.
However, we're going to start doing them,
using the Junior Hanon exercises.
So you will need this book, we're going to
use this book for our lesson today.
Your Muscular Lesson Number one will
include, and this is what you should put
on your practice chart, Hanon Number one.
And then you'll be practicing that one
time muscle builders,
one time power fingers every day at
metronome 104.
You'll also be putting on your practice
chart hand over hand, and
we'll be doing D major and D minor chord,
also at metronome 104.
So let's first go over the Hanon Number
One.
Now, if you actually turn in your book to
Hanon Number one, it's on page four.
It looks really complicated, but if you
can believe it,
you've been playing this already.
So the first two lines are just our finger
fitness exercise, [SOUND] Skipping
between fingers one and two right hand,
and finger five and four at left hand.
[MUSIC]
That's just that exercise written out now.
[MUSIC]
But you already know this.
[MUSIC]
So we're going to skip to lines three and
four, and we're going to start there.
Now this is our pattern going backwards.
So right hand's going to start on G.
Left hand's going to start on G.
Finger five right hand, finger one left
hand.
No hand of middle C, we're going to
practice this exercise
one time muscle builders everyday, and one
time power fingers everyday.
So I turn my metro dome to104.
[SOUND] I'm going to skip the first two
notes, so
skip a note between five and four on my
right hand, one and two in my left hand.
So, let me just show you the pattern
through power fingers.
[MUSIC]
So and then I skip.
Now no skip.
[MUSIC]
Skip.
[MUSIC]
The same pattern, all the way down.
[MUSIC]
The last one, and then we do a little
ending, F, C and then we're finished.
Let's talk about the muscle builders part
of this exercise.
In levels one and two, you were doing
three ticks for every note.
So one tick down curved, one tick relax,
on tick straight up.
By this point, your relax, steps you'll be
getting quite fast.
And if you're ready, it would be great to
take out one of the ticks, so
that down curved and relaxed are now
combined in the same tick.
So that means only two ticks per note,l et
me show you what I mean.
So instead of going, down curve relax,
straight up, down curve relax,
straight up.
Hopefully you're already landing down
curve, where you're relaxes are also
there right when you do down-curves, see
I'm already landing relaxed.
So taking out a tick would look like this.
Down, relax, up, down, relax, up.
[MUSIC]
So I just do one,
one tick down, one tick up.
If you're not to this point yet, keep
doing three ticks per note.
[MUSIC]
So together, it would look like.
[MUSIC]
Just make sure all your fingers
are relaxed, when you come down curved.
[MUSIC]
Now you don't have to say the steps out
loud anymore
[MUSIC]
Save your voice.
Okay, so you practice that one time muscle
builders,
one time power fingers every day.
Let's go on to hand over hand exercise,
we're going back to our chord,
where you play all the notes together.
And we're going to start the group two
keys.
The first group to key is D major.
D major, and all the group two keys will
look
like this, goes white, black, white.
So we're forming our D major chord, we
remember that.
In a D chord, the D will go on the bottom,
and then do you remember our half step,
whole step pattern?
So if we went whole, whole, half, whole,
you see how we wind with the bla, the
white,
black, white, so that's our pattern for
group two.
So let me just demonstrate the D Major
chord, hand over hand.
Drop, relax, prepare.
Drop, relax, prepare.
Drop, relax, prepare.
Drop, relax, prepare.
Drop, relax, prepare.
Drop, relax, prepare.
Drop, relax, prepare.
Drop, relax prepare.
Drop, relax, you're done.
Adding to that, we're also learning to
make a minor chord.
So here is how you change a major chord
into a minor chord, it's very simple.
Here's our D major chord, the outer two
notes stay the same we're gonna take
the middle note, and lower it down a half
step.
[SOUND] Now this sounds sad.
Right?
[SOUND] So that's minor.
Major.
[SOUND] Minor.
Let me demonstrate D minor chord, hand
over hand.
Ready, go.
Drop, relax, prepare.
Drop, relax, prepare.
Drop, relax, prepare.
Drop, relax, prepare.
Drop, relax, prepare.
Drop, relax, prepare.
Drop, relax, prepare.
Drop, relax, prepare.
Drop.
So go through both those exercises for
five days in this practice week, and
then you'll be ready to go on to Muscular
Lesson Number Two.
[MUSIC]