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Month 13 includes...

Scales - SCALES WHITE KEYS LH (1 octave) - We continue with LEFT HAND focus, playing the scales one octave for smooth even control of your playing. It is not necessary to push beyond the one octave range at this level as the benefits we choose to highlight at this level can all be achieved on just one octave of playing. More importantly is the VARIED HOLD NOTE application on the scale, it adds tremendous interest in the sound and enables you to look closer than ever on the notes within the scale. The RIGHT HAND continues with 4 against 1 counterpoint playing which will make scale playing hold even greater value.

Reading - TREBLE ledger lines below staff - This bass and treble piece will feature an active place to experience ledger lines. These are lines played below the staff. By using the FACE formula, you will see these notes very clearly. After mastering this lesson, you will no longer have to worry when seeing those LOW notes.

Counting - DOTTED QUARTER NOTE - The dotted quarter note and rest will help layout 1/8 note notation. It is important to see how this note fits in with the eighth notes. A very musical piece will feature this in action where you can play them and feel how they work.

Chords - DIMINISHED TRIAD 1 b2 2 5 - We provide this progression which will enable us to become acquainted with the diminished triad. Not a very common chord but you can sure bet you will see them now and then. The LEFT HAND is adjusted to play the ROOT and the b5th on diminished triads while you play the melody placing in the correct b3. A musical way to get to know the diminished triad in ALL KEYS.

Chordal Patterns - C SCALE chordal improvisation - We take scale degrees from the C scale and create chords that function within this scale. We assign a chord to each degree of the scale and a 3 note pattern which will provide a wonderful play area which merges many topics. CHORDAL PATTERNS, IMPROVISATION and SCALES all come forth here in a wonderful sounding area to play music. Create spontaneous ideas in the RIGHT HAND using C scale notes against the chords.

Tunes - DIMINISHED 7 (1 b2 2 5) 3 and b3 applied - We introduce the DIMINISHED 7th chord here and see how the LEFT HAND uses the 3 note down formation and the RIGHT HAND will be using the b3. This progression is fun to apply with the Diminished chord on as it is filtered in with Maj7, min7 and dom7 chord types. The progression offers a musical setting for your viewing of the diminished7 chord.

Improvisation - 9-1 maj7 (6 keys) - We continue our climb through 6 major7th keys now. Focus on the line continuation which helps develop your lines and clearly defines the correct notes that can work to sound good. This linking process is a key element many people tend to miss when learning to improvise. Once you get this working comfortably you will be in disbelief as to how much fun this technique is to play and how easy it will be to understand

Blues - C BLUES Chord Tones - CHORD TONES will bring us now into a more professional element of blues playing. In addition to our learned blues scale, when adding the focus of CHORD TONES, you will have many more possibilities that you can create within the line. Remember when playing a chord tone the sound you play fits strongly within the chord making it work. This in conjunction with the blues scale adds great appeal to our blues and improvisation in general.