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Month 14 includes...

Scales - ALL SCALES LEFT HAND (1 octave) - We finalize the skill of playing the scales in the Left Hand controlling them evenly over one octave range. Great benefits can be achieved from playing evenly over this small range. We don't move beyond the 1 octave until next month. Pay extra attention to the HOLD NOTES in the RIGHT HAND especially using varied ones referred to as FREE FORM HOLD NOTES. This provides added focus to the scale parts.

Reading - Treble clef with bass motion (Key of G) - We slowly bring forth more movement in the bass clef which will support the right hand nicely. Use the fingerings which lie comfortably under the hand positions as you play and always try to be looking ahead to the up and coming notes. We also view the Key of G which will provide you with an opportunity to control notes viewing the F#. Keep tempo slow and move evenly from bar to bar.

Counting - Triplet notation - Triplets will be viewed within a mixture of eighth notes and quarters. Be sure to count (1 and e) which will help divide the counting into the 3 parts of the triplet. The Left hand can be supported by playing the LETTERS ONLY of the chords. In situations where you have G/B type of chording play the LETTER on the right side of the line in your left hand, in the case of the G/B that would be the B. This is the root of the G/B chord.

Chords - Augmented Triad using Inner tonal movement - Settle into the Augmented triads with special viewing of the #5 (sharp 5). Apply inner tonal movement on beats 2 and 3 to keep the time moving. You have many choices here. The root, 3rd or 5ths can be used in either hand to control time with the movement. A musical way to get familiar with the augmented triad formation.

Chordal Patterns - Major 7th piece - Use patterns in the left hand 1,5 and 7. This will conform to the maj7 chord and keep a steady flow of time in the left hand. In situations where the melody is very active you may opt to play the root of the chord only while the right hand plays the group of notes. Soon you will be finding yourself able to play patterns in LH regardless of the activity in the right hand. A very musical skill that will hold great value in all your playing.

Tunes - Inner tonal movement on 2516 progression - This exercise will provide a wonderful place to grab hold of one of the most valuable skills one can learn on the piano. Lesson one displays how the 3rd can be dropped in as an added tone adding movement. In level 2 you can see how the 3rd or 5th can be used as a moving quality in either hand. Best used at this point on places where open beats of time are visible. Enjoy the great sounds this will offer.

Improvisation - 9-1 improvisation on all MAJ7 chords - This incredible improvisational tool will teach you the connecting feature needed to improvise smoothly and melodically through chords. This will serve as an important foundation for all improvisational techniques to come. Those who can understand and appreciate the value of chord tone linking will succeed greatly in the world of improvisation. Give this time, you will be glad you did.

Blues - 9-1 improvisation on C blues - A great opportunity to control improvisation over a variety of blues progressions. Keep the tempo slow and watch the line build. Lots of turns and directional climbs will add interest. Left Hand plays the 1,7 only to maximize your viewing in the RIGHT HAND. This will serve as a foundation for effective improvisation not only on the blues but in other material as well.