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[MUSIC]
I
wanted to talk a little bit about four
note chord technique.
So four note chord technique playing four
notes, chords.
So either dominant sevenths, diminished
sevenths, or
just tonic four note where you double the
octave.
The, the dominant and diminished are in
grade five in the NMC
syllabus and the four note tonic brokens
start in grade six.
So, let's just talk about that a little.
Probably, the key to doing these is not to
keep your hands spread out.
So, for example, I'll take the four note
tonic cuz that is a little clearer.
So, even though we can play them blocked
like this, when you're playing them
broken, you always wanna follow with your
thumb where the chord is going.
So for example, instead of keeping my hand
stretched out like this and
then making the next one.
[MUSIC]
So I'm always feeling like, like this.
It's gonna keep you tight and kind of
uneven.
You want to follow where your chord is
going.
So you see my thumb?
I'm kind of leading where this is.
Instead of keeping my thumb on, locked on
the C.
Can you see the difference in my hand?
So here I'm following, and here I'm
locked.
What this does, following, it, it loosens
up your wrist.
It also helps you focus.
Think of, instead of the first note, this
being a group, right?
Think of it being grouped like the first
note, and then these, are grouped.
So this makes this interval much smaller,
right?
It's a six instead of an octave.
And then you focus on, the next one.
Then, so then it's just a fifth you're
dealing with coming down.
So you look.
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But you see where my thumb is?
It follows here.
So here's me stretched out.
[MUSIC]
This can cause accuracy problems too,
because you're stretched out.
Instead of this smaller space, I'm already
here.
[MUSIC]
And
it also lets you use this pivot where you.
[MUSIC]
This pivot in your arm.
[MUSIC]
Right?
[MUSIC]
Which is the most
relaxed repetitive motion we can do in our
hand.
We could do this all day long and never
get tired.
[MUSIC]
So practicing them grouped.
[MUSIC]
And really feeling that motion, sorry.
[MUSIC]
So my fingers feel very alive.
[MUSIC]
[COUGH] But
my wrist is always going somewhere.
It's never stable off the couch.
That's a very tight position.
And you do the same thing when you're.
[MUSIC]
Doing dominant sevens.
The biggest problem I see with dominant
sevens and diminished sevens
I don't see this as much in the, in the
four note tonics because for
some reason, maybe because you're
repeating that top note.
The hands want to spread out more.
But the biggest problem I see in the four
note tonics is what I call in and out.
So when, you play a black note with the
thumb,
you'll wanna immediately come back in.
Go in, and then come back out, sorry.
Instead of staying in the black keys,
it's.
[MUSIC]
And I would play these closer together.
But see how I stay in the black.
So if my steps are gonna be here on a
black key, right?
I'm gonna stay in the black keys.
I'm, you're gonna keep that position, as
if, as if I were playing black.
So one of the ways you can practice is you
play black, see your, position?
Just for position.
But you can also think of grouping these
like our quarter note tonics.
[MUSIC]
With
very little motion, same thing if I were
do, doing a diminished seventh.
[MUSIC]
Have some mistakes.
Usually I find that when I make a mistake,
it's because my,
my fingers aren't alive enough and I just
need to practice it more.
So those are some tips for the four note
brokens and
I hope it's useful and will be useful to
you in your practice
[MUSIC]