Month 16 includes...
Scales - Two octaves right hand white keys - This creative scale skill will have you playing eighth notes in the right hand while you play quarters in the left hand chosen from the scale randomly. This gives you a 2 against 1 sound that creates great interest and will ultimately provide superb scale control and independence.
Reading - Bass and Treble Clef eighth notes - This lesson moves through more activity in this reading selection. The Right Hand plays eighth notes against the full range reading of the left hand. Keep tempo slow and be sure to note the fingerings that best fit your hand to maximize comfort for future playing of this piece.
Counting - Sixteenths - We move into the sixteenth note value now. Count (1e+a) to help divide the beats into 4 parts. You will find a mix of eighths and triplets which will have you staying focused on each beat every bar. Use fingering that feels right under the hand. Your Left Hand can play LETTERS ONLY to provide support of this active Right Hand reading.
Chords - Minor7 inner tonal movement - We venture through all the chord parts of the minor7 chord as we place them in alternating between the hands to provide an even flow of time through our music. Application 2 will open the selections up moving beyond the octave creating different effects in the chordal support.
Chordal Patterns - Major7th application of 3 note pattern - active melody - We move through creating a variety of Left Hand figures against an active melody. Strong control of the LH is essential to hold it all together. You should harmonize the chord point melodies with the 3rds. Emphasis now in LH is to move beyond the octave in many cases. Also you should improvise over the chord progression using major scale components in the Right Hand.
Tunes - Inner tonal movement 3rd to 9th - This new focus will have you taking the 3rd component of the chord and move it to the 9th as an inner tone. By resolving to this added quality viewed as the 9th or 2nd we will be adding a new texture to the overall sound of our chords.
Improvisation - 9-1 improvisation on minor7ths - We will work our lines through 4 powerful levels viewing the minor7th chord parts all the time. This linking quality will prove to be one of the most valuable parts to your improvisational world. Keep tempo slow and be sure of each and every note you play staying focused.
Blues - 9-1 applied to G blues progressions - We work our way now through a variety of G blues progressions. Keep your line moving in the right hand with constant viewing of chord tone parts. Left Hand may play just the 1,7 to support your solo. You may explore with b9-1 on dominant7th chords. This will, in many cases, be the better choice when trying 9-1. Enjoy the endless possibilities that will support blues as well as all of your improvisational playing.