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Month 12 includes...

Scales - SCALES C G D A E LH (1 octave) - We begin by viewing the left hand applied to scales with the HOLD NOTES played into the RIGHT HAND. This is a very interesting concept which further draws attention into the individual notes in the scale. The LEFT HAND can develop strength and even control of the notes played. We also view RIGHT HAND with 4 against 1 with the HOLD NOTES. A very musical counterpoint technique that makes scale playing fun and very interesting.

Reading - BASS/TREBLE 1/4 and 1/2 notes - This level will become most challenging as the hands work together reading BOTH clefs at the same time. The fingering displayed will assist you as to the best hand position to make it more comfortable for you. The notation will alternate between using half notes and quarters between the two hands, allowing one hand to be the most active one at a time. Two notes working will let you experience this musical experience.

Counting - 1/8 NOTES (ties) - Ties will present their own level of difficulty. By controlling each part of the beat you can easily apply yourself with this more difficult notation. Left Hand notes are coming in, in many cases all alone which help you keep the time strong and provide a wonderful reference for individual beats. This melody moves nicely and the end result will be well worth your efforts.

Chords - MINOR TRIAD VOICE LEADING - Emphasis will be given on the MINOR TRIAD parts as we bring them forth applied in VOICE LEADING. By placing chords in a general area of the piano one will feel the chord in the background. Learn how to choose a chord position that gives attention to the lead instrument and does not draw too much attention to the chord. A professional topic presented here in a simple application. This also supports greatly your overall chord playing.

Chordal Patterns - 2 BEAT CHORD APPLICATION - We now introduce how to adapt to a variety of situations you will encounter in music. When a chord is played for only 2 counts you will have choices on what to play for the left hand. There are 6 choices available that will all work very nicely. More things to have under your hands when you want to play your favorite piece.

Tunes - CHORDS b3rds applied 1,7 LH - Continued viewing of the two handed chordal playing. We will place the 1,7s of each chord into the LEFT HAND while placing the correct 3rds of the chords into the RIGHT HAND below the melody. Focus here is on the b3rd which is the choice for all these chords used. This technique is a most valued part of tune playing. You now have the skill to apply yourself on all chords.

Improvisation - 9-1 maj7 (3 keys) - The 9-1 improvisation is one of my highlights. I have developed and taught with this technique for over 20 years. It will support the knowledge of knowing your chord tones. By fully understanding these tones you can unleash the secret to effective improvisation, being able to connect from chord to chord smoothly in a connected professional way. A wonderful concept to use in tunes when you want to fill some empty space in music. Playing 9 before 1 always will add a hook within the line which adds interest. Upon approaching the new chord you must move to a close connecting point. This is the beginning of one of the most valuable improvisational tools you will ever see. Much more to come.

Blues - C BLUES (skip and resume) 1/8 notes - The skipping and resuming of a line adds tremendous creativity within your line formation. This hook kind of feeling as you skip over a tone and go back to grab it really draws the listener in, feeling like you did something interesting. By applying this with 1/8 notes it gives plenty of opportunity to explore this powerful technique. Use double stops too, they will help add even more interest to something that sounds great!