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Month 4 includes...

NEW! Take 5 - Play the piano in 5 minutes - White Key Improvisation - (Releasing 2 note groups) - This improvisational topic is an area of piano playing where it is easier to actually create music with no sheet music needed. You become the composer. You decide what order you want to play the 7 chords (3 note chordal patterns) and your Right Hand will blend ideas together creating beautiful melodies. The White key notes and the chordal patterns are chosen because they easily go together. This simplicity is part of the magic of these lessons, you cannot go wrong with the notes you chose. We highlite the Right Hand 2 note clusters releasing to another single note. This process really enables the melody to be very musical. It also allows you to explore the many ideas that are possible in the Right Hand. The Left Hand is encouraged to explore the various options of chord construction to become more familiar with this alteration of chordal playing.

NEW! Take 5 Tunes - Play the piano in 5 minutes - Chord Shells - Bounce and Break - Establish Time - Now that we are familiar with the important chord shells and know how to adjust the outer edges to fit most all chord types, we can take these notes and play them broken, pulsing on the beats of music. This valuable technique will help move the music along establishing a steady pulse in your tune. This is very effective when playing the piano because the listener wants to hear the flow be continuous and the piano player is forced to be looking ahead to keep the Left Hand aligned with the melody. It is important to fully understand proper notation; counting to enable the Left Hand pulses to come in at the correct time against the melody.

Scales - C G D A E RIGHT HAND one octave - These five scales share the same fingering. Scales will provide you a workplace to train on the application of these series of notes evenly. Through effective scale practice your fingers will respond much better in all of your other playing.

Reading - 2 NOTE MELODIC READING and BASS CLEF - BASS CLEF remains a focus as we learn the lines and spaces for the LEFT HAND. Chordal letters remain above the treble clef to assist the learning of the bass notes. Soon the chords will be removed so memorize the lines and spaces of the bass clef. Reading two notes played at a time followed by two more will hep you learn to find the notes quickly in this very musical setting.

Counting - DOTTED HALF NOTE is added to the half, whole, and quarter note reading. A wonderful study piece will let you see first hand how much impact the melody has when placed in the right place in the music.

Chords - MAJOR TRIADS - ALL KEYS - 6 levels of application to fully understand each part of the triad formation.

Chordal Patterns - The 7 white key 3 note figures will call on select notes on each chord that will blend nicely. You will follow this fixed selection with a choice of your own. A wonderful improvisational workplace.

Tunes - MAJOR7 - ALL KEYS - Piece 4 is a beautiful melody played against the 12 major7 keys. A wonderful way to conclude this outer edge development of the major7 chord.

Improvisation - C G D A E will be our chosen chords. 7th degree to the 3rd will be our target degrees which will help you feed your spontaneous improvised selections.

Blues - Apply the full blues scale with the ROCK and CLIMB technique. By rocking 2 tones and then climbing in an up or down direction you can feel how your improvised ideas help lock up all the 12 bars in the blues progression.