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Piano Lessons: Level Three Muscular: Lesson 11

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[MUSIC]
This
is Peery Habits Level three, Muscular
Lesson number 11.
This week you'll be practicing, Junior
Hanon number four.
You're going to learn the pattern.
Our goal speed on this is metronome 116.
But just like the others, it's okay if you
take a few days to learn it, hands alone.
And by the end of the week, your goal is
to have it hands together,
power fingers, at any speed perfectly.
If you can also play muscle builders at
the same speed,
you're that much better off, cuz you're
building that habit stronger and
stronger the more you do muscle builders,
and building your muscles.
We're also going to start playing scales.
So, you did your thumb prep last week.
And if you did it ten times every day, you
did it 50 times throughout the week.
So, your thumb, should be learning this
motion pretty well now.
So, we're going to add the entire scale
this week.
So, let me go and show you, what a C major
scale would look like, in your left hand.
So, we're going to play all the notes
between C and C, and
we have to cross over our thumb, and then
cross our thumb back under,
in order to get all the way up to a C, and
all the way back down to a C below.
So, the fingering will be 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
Now cross over your 3, 3, 2, 1.
Now, here's where our thumb prep comes
into play.
When you play your tune, your thumb goes
under right away,
now it's just gonna sit there.
It'll want to play right here, but don't
let it.
So I'll cross under and wait.
The three will play, and then the thumb
will play on the G.
Going back, till you get back to your
five.
Okay, so let me do that again.
[MUSIC]
Thumb cross.
[MUSIC]
Over the three.
[MUSIC]
Now thumb goes under,
waits to play on the G.
[SOUND]
You'll notice the position of
my thumb as well.
That I'm not hanging it down here.
If you hang down here,
it not only makes your wrist low, it makes
this bridge a lot lower.
Especially if you've got small hands, and
it's really hard to fit it under here.
So, stick that thumb up, on the corner.
That makes your bridge higher, and
it gives you a lot more room to cross your
thumb under.
Let's do it with our right hand.
So, right hand is starting on middle C.
[MUSIC]
Finger one.
We're going to do one, two, now,
this is right where our thumb prep comes
into play.
So, no wiggling your wrist.
Thumb just is gonna go under and wait.
Be patient, play your three.
Now, thumb's already there.
It's already sitting there on the key.
Do you see that?
I'm gonna lift up my fingers.
See how my thumb's just sitting there
waiting to play?
Okay.
Then, you've done it right.
So, stop, prep, here's my thumb.
Wait.
Plays.
Now, go all the way up to your five.
[MUSIC].
Back down to thumb.
When we get to thumb, we're gonna cross
our three over, but again,
keep your thumb kind of up on the corner,
cuz if you're down low,
you're gonna wanna twist that like this.
This won't sound any different right now,
because we're playing our scales slowly.
But when you wanna play a scale really
quickly,
I can't be wiggling all over like this, or
it's gonna slow me down.
So, see how when I play really fast, my
wrist isn't moving all over like this.
So, by learning so well at the beginning,
you'll be able to play that quickly too.
With practice, I promise.
So, here I am coming down.
[MUSIC]
Crossing over three.
[MUSIC]
Back to the one.
Okay, so let's do it at metronome 100,
to show you what it might look like at the
end of the week.
Now, don't start off by playing with the
metronome.
Just do, without the metronome, very
slowly like I did.
Stopping for your crossings, and check.
[MUSIC]
Even if you don't add metronome,
I'll be glad.
That's fine.
It's better that your position is correct.
Remember, we always want our muscles to be
correct.
Our muscles learn the fastest.
So, once they've learned something,
it's really hard to teach them something
different.
You want to learn correctly, then they'll
know this.
Then no matter what, they'll come through
for you.
Now, if you get your position perfect this
week, you can start trying it
with the metronome, that's our goal, you
don't need to reach it this week.
You might need to practice this for
two weeks before you can get it up to
metronome 100.
Let's show you what you're going for
though.
Okay left hand metronome 100.
Ready, go.
[MUSIC]
Note my high thumb.
Now watch, it goes right under there.
[MUSIC]
Perfect scaled position.
Let's try it with the right hand.
See, my thumb starts off high, right
under.
[MUSIC]
Fingers are power fingers,
they stay close to the keys.
[MUSIC]
Got it?
Okay, so, practice your scales.
Like I said, add the metronome at the end.
If you haven't been per, Peery certified
on your hand over hand items,
keep practicing whatever items you haven't
certified on, and
send in another video with those when you
think you're ready.
Include those on your practice charts, so
you're practicing them every day as well.
So, I'll see you when you've mastered this
scale, C major.
And then you'll be able to start Muscular
Lesson number 12.
Okay, see you then.
[MUSIC]