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Month 5 includes...

NEW! Take 5 - Play the piano in 5 minutes - WHITE NOTE IMPROVISATION - clusters releasing - Voids resolving - In this lesson we focus on adding more note selections against the 3 note chordal patterns. As more notes get placed in your improvised melody, it becomes more exciting. It is a combination of playing simple ideas to more advanced ones, for example, 1 note per bar to 4 notes per bar, also with the use of clusters. This adds the melodic interest in your solo. Remember too that this technique can be applied with having NO SHEET MUSIC necessary. By viewing the white key notes you are able to form 3 note chordal patterns in the Left Hand on each of the white keys. Various options are encouraged to be used in the Left Hand which highlite more advanced chordal playing techniques. In the Right Hand you will be placing in 2 note clusters followed by single note, playing which will take your improvisation to another level. The VOID notes will be presented now as a note to use in situations where they will resolve to notes lower or higher. This now opens ALL the WHITE KEYS to use in your playing. You now have developed the tools which will enable you to amaze yourself and your friends with playing that will be even further supported in our long range studies.

NEW! Take 5 Tunes - Play the piano in 5 minutes - Chordal Pattern from the Shell for ALL chords - We now take our knowledge of the shells and the Bounce and Break and continue with further growth by connecting the bottom and top note of the shell with a middle note. This middle note is most often the 5th degree of the chord. By placing the 5th in between the two outer parts we are now placing in a (Inner Tone) I have referred to in previous lessons. This inner tone is going to be establishing time in your music very similar to that of the bounce and break, in a way that it is played on the beats. This valuable technique will help you control all sorts of Left Hand playing on chords now and for years to come.

Scales - C G D A E B RIGHT HAND one octave - As the scale list gets larger you will be challenged to place LEFT HAND notes chosen from the scale in a very musical application. Focus on even control at a variety of tempos as you build confidence in earlier learned keys.

Reading - 2 NOTE MELODIC READING and BASS CLEF - Bass Clef with the chord symbols removed, training you to read the bass clef notes without any assistance. 2 groups of two notes played together followed by two single notes will place emphasis on looking ahead as you play. Fantastic results can be expected from this active reading page.

Counting - A mixture of whole, half, quarter, and dotted half notes lend themselves to a valuable task using the full range of the treble clef. A sure challenge to read the notes and count as well as use the suggested fingering.

Chords - MAJOR TRIADS - ALL KEYS - TONAL OCTAVES. A unique presentation to view triad formations out of sequence. Even those who feel they know their triads will find this interesting and see the value in this concept. You will surely know your major triads better than ever after completing this exercise.

Chordal Patterns - Applied against half note melodies - Be sure to count to have all fit in each bar. Always be looking ahead to the up and coming melody notes as you set up each 3 note chordal pattern.

Tunes - 2 DOWN BLUES - Focus on 4 new chord types placing emphasis on the outer edges of the left hand which remain the same for dominant7, minor7, minor7b5, and augmented7 chords. Enjoy this bluesy sounding piece which uses a variety of these chord types.

Improvisation - IMPROVISATION 6 KEYS are chosen to explore improvisational thoughts. Focus on the 5th degree to the 3rd will bring scale tones clearly in view to use when improvising. Fundamental scales in lessons will hold new meaning when one can see just how musical they can be,

Blues - BLUES using a variety of rhythms will be put forward on the blues scale. This adds a new dimension to improvisation. By mixing up quarter, half, and dotted half notes you can expect a more interesting blues scale solo.