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Many of you report to me that you are taking your lessons more slowly than I am posting them, and that is great, and completely expected! There is no set timeline for your learning as long as you are able to maintain consistent practice. Try to get to your keyboard at least 3-4 days per week in order to keep progressing.
Start each new lesson when you feel you are playing your current pieces fairly smoothly. All of my Sixty and Me lessons will remain posted on my Author page which you can access at any time.
If you haven’t already, read MORE ABOUT CHORDS on Appendix p.iv at the back of the book. There are 4 basic chords you will be learning about in our book Upper Hands Piano, BOOK 1: MAJOR, MINOR, DIMINISHED and AUGMENTED. I discuss these chords and CHORD SYMBOLS in my video:
Exercise #3 is great for developing dexterous, agile fingers. We will be playing this exercise in all 12 keys. Use the PENTASCALES chart at the back of your book if you are not sure of the 5 notes for each Pentascale.
Play the first two measures of Exercise #3, three times. Two times forte (loudly) and one time piano (softly). Then play the chords: MAJOR, MINOR, DIMINISHED and back to MAJOR. Play each exercise with each hand, separately. Here is my demonstration video for Exercise #3 in C and G:
The chord calisthenics are here to help you to review and start to memorize your triads (three-note chords). In Chord Calisthenics #1 we play the chords “broken” (one note at a time) as well as “block” (all together).
Notice that there are chord symbols above the block chords. The chord symbols are like a shortcut, telling pianists and guitarists (and other instrumentalists) what chord to play, without having to read the bass notes. For the next 2 weeks play the Chord Calisthenics in C, G, D and A (the first 2 lines).
11.4 Aviemore Bells, p.41
Try playing Aviemore Bells with each hand separately before putting your hands together. Notice that in the first and third lines, the melody is played with the left hand in the bass staff, and the right hand plays chords. In the second and fourth lines the right hand plays the melody in the treble staff, while the left hand plays chord accompaniments. Very tricky! But a great challenge for you for the next two weeks.
While you play Aviemore Bells, notice the new bass note on p.42! You will soon be playing bass D in the following pages, but for now, keep reminding yourself that Dessert D is on the middle line of the bass staff.
Do you have a favorite chord? I am partial to minor chords myself. That’s probably because my parents listened to a lot of Middle Eastern music while I was growing up. Most Middle Eastern music is based on minor chords, and I got used to that dark sound. What music was playing in your house growing up? Do you like the music your parents listened to or did your tastes diverge from theirs?
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