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Piano Lessons: Level Three Muscular: Lesson 14

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is Peery Habits Level 3, Muscular Lesson
Number 14.
We're really on the end of our journey
here in habits.
We're almost finished.
So you have two things that you're
practicing this week.
Junior Hanon and your scales, followed by
the root position and inversion chords.
Also be practicing your hand over hand so
you might have that as well.
Unless you've already Peery certified in
all of that, and
then you can leave that be and be on
vacation for hand over hand.
So for Junior Hanon you're trying to pass
off number four,
lines three and four at metronome 116.
Let me play it for you and see if you
learned it right last week.
[NOISE] Here's power fingers starting on
line three.
So we're starting on this G.
Ready, go.
The left hand is what's tricky here,
because it shifts down on that three.
So it's one, two, one, three, five.
It's making that inversion chord.
That first inversion chord that we've been
working on.
Did you notice the ending?
You should be a good enough reader now
that you can figure those patterns out.
Let me also show you an example of just
muscle builders.
Really look at it and make sure yours
looks like mine.
You'll be sending in a video soon of your
Hannon, so
you'll want to make sure that you're not
missing anything.
I'll just do a couple of patterns here for
muscle builders.
Ready, go.
Then right on your tips, stay on your
No low wrists like this.
No thumbs off the key.
Stay on your tip, no wobbling back.
So if you're doing it right, it looks
really easy, right?
It looks oh, this is so easy, piece of
cake, of course I can do this.
If you're doing it wrong.
[SOUND] It looks really hard.
[SOUND] There's lots of movement going on.
Very complicated, okay?
So look and see if your movements are very
small and solid.
Not wiggling all over the place.
All right, going onto your scales and root
so you know C, you know G, can you guess
the next key?
It's F, just like our group one keys.
Okay, F is unusual, once again, because we
have that black key, right?
our normal scale fingering in right hand,
which is-
One, two, three, one.
Okay, that's just not gonna work.
Did you see?
I had to really manipulate my arm up here.
That's craziness.
Okay, so we have to change our fingering
around a little bit for F.
So, it's going to look like this.
We're gonna stick our four here, and
then cross the thumb under, onto this C.
So, my thumb's sitting here waiting.
And as I get closer, I just kind of keep
moving my thumb.
You see how I keep moving my thumb over
more and more.
This is a big distance for my thumb to go
Crossing thumb under finger four is a long
So, do you see how I'm gradually just kind
of moving a little bit each time?
That's the trick.
If you stay still here, I can't even reach
So now I'm gonna have to do a big swing.
Then I won't be able to play my scale
Cuz I'm gonna be-
Do you see?
This is a mess.
It will sound uneven and sloppy.
So you see how I'm gradually swinging?
Do you see right there?
I'm doing it in slow motion.
it always feels like when you're going up
the scale.
Now as we start doing long scales all the
way up and down the keyboard,
you're always gonna feel like somebody's
pushing that wrist.
Always pushing where you're going.
And when you're coming back, it still like
somebody's pulling your wrist this way.
All the way down the keyboard.
Then that will mean no swinging.
Now, because we did our four,
look what finger number we're gonna end up
You don't have to end your scale with a
five all the time,
in F major, we end it with a four.
Then we come down, make sure your thumb is
Do you see how high my thumb is?
Cuz again, this is a big distance to cover
going from a one all the way to a four.
So watch again.
If I'm playing my thumb straight on.
I can't reach over there,
I need to swing out.
So what do I do?
I feel like somebody's pushing my wrist.
Push my wrist, now I'm already here.
So you didn't see a big swing.
That's why I can-
Play my scale so quickly,
I'm not doing a big swing here.
Got it?
This one's tricky, but it's a great habit
to learn right now,
cuz then you'll be a superstar in all of
the scales.
Okay, let's look at the left hand.
Left hand's easy, it's just like C and G.
Cross under.
[SOUND] Play on C.
And the root position inversion is easy.
Same pattern.
Okay, so let's look at this up to tempo.
Again, position's most important.
Only do metronome if your position is
Okay, here we go.
Ready, go.
Look at that wrist, it's way over.
And I'm pulling here.
Then, root position inversion.
be sure as you're pulling over that you
don't lift your shoulder.
The elbow can go a little high, but not
your shoulder.
See the difference?
So, just your elbow should make a straight
line right here.
You see?
So, you don't want this.
Everything's straight, shoulder down.
Nice and high.
See my thumb?
It's almost like a pivot.
Their on the side not down here.
Okay left hand ready go.
I totally forgot to do inversion let me
try again.
Okay, so that's muscular 14.
Get to work.
When you've mastered that or if practiced
at least five days.
Do a lot of repetitions on it.
Then you're ready to go on to muscular
number 15.