Month 11 includes...
Scales - SCALES ALL KEYS RH (1 octave) - This month completes all keys with our scales. A strong focus continues on the technical aspect scales offer to us. Being able to smoothly connect from note to note is an important part of effective piano playing. Varied HOLD NOTES in the LEFT HAND really teach you to know the specific notes in the scale. Pay extra attention to the KEY SIGNATURES as well. This will be one of the first things you will see as you begin choosing tunes on your own. The key signature will tell you what is sharp or flat within a piece of music.
Reading - 1/2 note bass clef - We cut back from very full treble clef reading to placing in more BASS CLEF notes. By using half notes, the increased the activity in the bass clef will strengthen this clefs reading. The Right Hand will be cut back to allow primary focus on your left hand. A very musical end result you can achieve with this piece.
Counting - 1/8 NOTE (off beat) - By effectively dividing the eighth notes into two parts you can best achieve this off beat application. It will force you to clearly have control of each part of the beat. Notice how the LEFT HAND will in many cases come in where there is empty space in the RH. This adds interest as the hands control the time together. A very musical piece here will prepare you for this type of notation when you see it in your own tune sheets.
Chords - MAJOR TRIAD VOICE LEADING - VOICE LEADING is a way to play chords in a general area of the piano. A wonderful technique typically taught at much higher levels called (comping). We can demonstrate here very easily using our knowledge of MAJOR triad parts. This technique will provide the tool if you choose to play in a band or just want to vary what is played within a bar of music. You will be excited to see another use for your triad parts . This will also help your overall chord playing for your tunes.
Chordal Patterns - CHORDAL OUTER EDGE DEVELOPMENT - We now focus on an important adjustment applied to our 3 note patterns. By taking the top note (octave) of our typical 3 note pattern and dropping it down 1 note, 2 notes or 3 notes, you will combine the 3 note pattern with the 1,7. By adding the 7th note to the top of the 3 note pattern it adds another whole dimension to your playing. This piece will provide the chance to work in these adjustments to the patterns as you play this musical melody.
Tunes - CHORDS 3rds applied 1,7 LH - Strong focus will be given on this valuable step to chordal playing. We will be placing the 3rds of the various chord types into the RIGHT HAND under the melody notes. This will give us the tool for creating open chordal harmony between the two hands which will greatly enhance our tune playing and provide us with a foundation that will support much higher levels of playing.
Improvisation - 6th DEGREE (mixtures) - We now look at the 6th degree of our scales and how it can be used on the major 7th chords as a stand alone tone. Adding this tone to the 1 2 3 4 5 and 7 we now have full scale knowledge which will enable us to improvise creatively in a free form application. All built from scales, improvisation takes on a meaning you can now understand.
Blues - C BLUES Double Stops - DOUBLE STOPS will provide an interesting flair given to the notes within the blues scale. By grabbing two note groupings as you run your improvisational ideas, you will add more bite to the line. A certain kind of bluesy power that will help support your creativity .