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It’s super important to maintain good posture at the piano. Hiking up your shoulders or hunching your back over the keys can cause neck, back and shoulder pain, so you want to keep your shoulders relaxed, your back straight, and your elbows slightly in front of your body. Be sure to sit on just the front half of the bench and keep your feet flat on the floor. For a quick posture check, watch my video:
Last lesson we played and wrote in the letters for the Bass Note Writing Drill on p.45. On p.49 we have more random notes for you to play. We will start with just the first three lines today, and as usual, play these lines both forwards and backwards.
Today we learn a new note, Treble B4 which is the B below (to the left of) middle C. This B hangs just below the ledger line. In this reprise of Lightly Row on p.51 you will practice playing Treble G/C and G/B to help you see the difference between middle C4 (on the ledger line) and B4 (below the ledger line).
Some of us will be lucky enough to travel this summer and that’s fantastic! Before you leave, set an intention to take a break from your piano while you are away (or try practicing on tables and desks) and to resume your practice as soon as you return. And when you’re not traveling, do try to keep your piano practice consistent.
Even if you can only squeeze in five minutes on your keyboard before bed, that constant exposure is the best way to make steady progress. It’s best if you schedule your practice in your calendar or planner, but if you don’t use calendars, try to pair your practice with something else – a meal, bedtime, first thing in the morning, or a specific time each day. Let playing the piano be one of the few things you do for yourself!
Congratulations, you are now halfway through Upper Hands Piano BOOK 1! That’s amazing! What have been your greatest challenges so far? What do you enjoy playing the best? Have piano lessons been easier or more difficult than you thought they would be? Do you have a song or piece in mind that you hope to play some day? Leave us a comment below and tell us how it’s going for you. We love to hear it all, “The good, the bad, the highs and the lows. The piña and the colada.”
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