Month 15 includes...
Scales - RIGHT HAND two octaves 2 against 1 - Scales will begin the climb into the two octave range in this lesson. C-E share the same fingering. As you climb your left hand will choose notes from the scale playing quarter notes against the eighth note right hand runs. This adds great interest and will help generate better focus on scale parts and begin display of musical counterpoint as the hands connect with various notes against each other.
Reading - Bass and Treble reading Key of Eb - We will work through the key of Eb which will provide its own bit of difficulty. Use fingering that will form nicely to your hand by looking ahead to keep high notes in view so you are ready for them. Keep tempo slow with the main focus on playing evenly and connecting bars smoothly. Left Hand covers a full range of reading,
Counting - Triplet Notation with ties - This more complex place of counting will challenge most of us as the ties ride over beats carrying the time through each bar of music. Be sure to count carefully in order to stay in control, 1 and e, 2 and e... The Left Hand should play LETTERS ONLY to support the active melody reading. Fingering should be noted to assist your hand position as you play. You will find several comfortable fingerings to choose from, pick the ones you come up with that fit your hand best. This melody reading will typically be much harder than everyday tunes you will find to play, A great skill builder.
Chords - Major7ths inner tonal movement using CHORD TONES - We pay extra attention to inserting chord parts to help establish time in music. This is a very effective technique to support empty space in music. By alternating between the two hands with movement you will not only add interest but you will learn the key elements of the chord better. Application 2 will use the common 10th pattern in left hand, a long stretch with many variations. The Right Hand should harmonize your melodies. This topic is a key component to effective playing.
Chordal Patterns - Major7th piece 2 - This lesson provides more opportunity to control active melodies against Left Hand major7th chordal patterns. Enjoy the lines connecting from bar to bar. A wide variety of melody notes are chosen to lend themselves to some very interesting sounds. Keep tempo VERY SLOW and relaxed for best results.
Tunes - LEFT HAND arpeggiated chord tone inner movement 2516 progression - We activate the chord tones of these chords to provide skills for added movement. We start using them within one octave range then we expand, bringing the 3rd and 5th beyond the octave in Left Hand. A wonderful effect will be had as you learn to control the options
Improvisation - 9-1 Advanced application on Major7ths - We work in this lesson on running 2 quarter notes through each key. This will provide better control of the key points of improvisational building. At each chord marking you will be moving the line quickly staying in control while giving yourself only 2 beats to prepare for the line continuation. This really helps pull the 9-1 skill together.
Blues - 9-1 improvisation on F BLUES - In this lesson we work on continuing our line development on various blues progressions in F. Your Left Hand can sit with 1,7 shells so you can maximize your focus on the right hand as it moves through all sorts of chords found on these 8 bar segments. Keep looking ahead as it will help form ideas as chords come up on you.