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January 24th

 

2) Scales & Arpeggios - Hands Together  (Start Lower)

    *START TALKING YOURSELF THROUGH IT!!!

    WITH METRONOME AT 90 for sixteenth

    C-Scale (no sharps)                                                 C-Arpeggio - (C, E, G)

    3-3-4-4-3-3  RH(1) LH(5)                                        no 4th finger -RH(1) LH(5)

    Am-Scale (no sharps) F# & G# up only                 Am-Arpeggio - (A, C, E)

    3-3-4-4-3-3  RH(1) LH(5)                                        no 4th finger -RH(1) LH(5)

    G-Scale (F#)                                                            G-Arpeggio - (G, B, D)

    3-3-4-4-3-3  RH(1) LH(5)                                        no 4th finger -RH(1) LH(5)

    Em-Scale (F#) C# & D# up only                             Em-Arpeggio - (E, G, B)

    3-3-4-4-3-3  RH(1) LH(5)                                        no 4th finger -RH(1) LH(5)

    D-Scale (F#, C#)                                                      D-Arpeggio - (D, F#, A)

    3-3-4-4-3-3  RH(1) LH(5)                                        no 4th finger -RH(1) LH(5)

    Bm-Scale (F#, C#) G# & A# up only                      Bm-Arpeggio - (B, D, F#)

    Groups of 2 (3rd) & 3 (4th) -RH(1) LH(4)               no 4th finger -RH(1) LH(5)

    A-Scale (F#, C#, G#)                                               A-Arpeggio - (A, C#, E)

    3-3-4-4-3-3  RH(1) LH(5)                                        no 4th finger -RH(1) LH(5)

     F#m-Scale (F#, C#, G#) D# & E# up only            F#m-Arpeggio - (F#, A, C#)

     3-3-4-4-3-3  RH(2) LH(4)  Going up                       no 4th finger -RH(4) LH(2)

     Groups of 2 (3rd) & 3 (4th) Going down

    E-Scale (F#, C#, G#, D#)                                        E-Arpeggio - (E, G#, B)

    3-3-4-4-3-3  RH(1) LH(5)                                        no 4th finger -RH(1) LH(5)

    C#m-Scale (F#, C#, G#, D#) A# & B# up only      F#m-Arpeggio - (F#, A, C#)

    Groups of 2 (3rd) & 3 (4th)                                           no 3rd finger -RH(4) LH(2)

    *white keys alternate

    B-Scale (F#, C#, G#, D#, A#) also Cb                    B-Arpeggio - (B, D#, F#)

    2 Black (3rd) & 3 black (4th) -RH(1) LH(4)            no 4th finger -RH(1) LH(5)

    *Cb-Scale (Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Cb, Fb)

     *when you get to the 2 white keys always go the lower one! 

     G#m-Scale (F#, C#, G#, D#, A#) Fx & E#           G#m-Arpeggio - (G#, B, D#)

     3-3-4-4-3-3  RH(3) LH(2)  Going up                       no 4th finger -RH(4) LH(2)

     Groups of 2 (3rd) & 3 (4th) Going down

    F#-Scale (F#, C#, G#, D#, A#, E#) also Gb            F#-Arpeggio - (F#, A#, C#)

    2 Black (3rd) & 3 black (4th) -RH(2) LH(4)            no 4th finger -RH(1) LH(5)

    *Gb-Scale (Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Cb)

     D#m-Scale (F#, C#, G#, D#, A#, E#B# & Cx    D#m-Arpeggio - (D#, F#, A#)

     Groups of 2 (2nd) & 3 (4th) -RH(4) LH(2)              no 4th or 5th -RH(1 LH(5)

     *also Ebm  (Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb)

     C# Scale (F#, C#, G#, D#, A#, E#, B#) also Db     C#-Arpeggio - (C#, E#, G#)

    2 Black (3rd) & 3 black (4th) RH(2) LH(3)              no 3rd or 5th -RH(4) LH(2)

    *Db-Scale (Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb)

     *when you get to the 2 white keys always go the higher one! 

     A#m-Scale (F#, C#, G#, D#, A#, E#, B#Fx & Gx   A#m-Arpeggio - (A#, C#, E#)

     Groups of 2 (2nd) & 3 (4th) -RH(4) LH(2)              no 4th or 5th -RH(2) LH(3)

     *Always go the upper white key up and down

     *also Bbm  (Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb)

     F-Scale (Bb)                                                            F-Arpeggio - (F, A, C)

     Groups of 2 (3rd) & 3 (4th) -RH(1) LH(5)              no 4th finger RH(1) LH(5)

     Dm-Scale (Bb)  B & C# up only                         Dm-Arpeggio - (D, F, A)

     3-3-4-4-3-3  RH(1) LH(5)                                       no 4th finger -RH(1) LH(5)

      Bb-Scale (Bb, Eb)                                                   Bb-Arpeggio - (Bb, D, F)

     4-4-3-3-4-4 then 3-3-4-4-3-3 -RH(4) LH(3)           no 4th or 5th RH(3) LH(3)

     *Also when one hand is on 3 the other is on 4 & vice versa

     Gm-Scale (Bb, Eb)  E & F# up only                   Gm-Arpeggio - (G, Bb, D)

     3-3-4-4-3-3  RH(1) LH(5)                                       no 4th finger -RH(1) LH(5)

      Eb-Scale (Bb, Eb, Ab)                                            Eb-Arpeggio - (Eb, G, Bb)

     Groups of 2 (3rd) & 3 (4th) -RH(3) LH(3)              no 3rd or 5th -RH(4) LH(2)

     Cm-Scale (Bb, Eb, Ab)  A & B up only           Cm-Arpeggio - (C, Eb, G)

     3-3-4-4-3-3  RH(1) LH(5)                                       no 4th finger -RH(1) LH(5)

     Ab-Scale (Bb, Eb, Ab, Db)                                     Ab-Arpeggio - (Ab, C, Eb)

     4-4-3-3-4-4 then 3-3-4-4-3-3 -RH(3) LH(3)           no 3rd or 5th -RH(4) LH(2)

     Fm-Scale (Bb, Eb, Ab, Db) D & E up only      Fm-Arpeggio - (F, Ab, C)

     Groups of 2 (3rd) & 3 (4th)  RH(1) LH(5)               no 4th finger -RH(1) LH(5)

 

C-Major Scale - 1 octaves (8 notes) - (code: 3)

      *Hands Separately First REALLY well THEN hands together!

    RH - 1(C)-2(D)-3(E)-1(F)-2(G)-3(A)-4(B)-5(C) going up

    RH - 5(C)-4(B)-3(A)-2(G)-1(F)-3(E)-2(D)-1(C) going down

 

    LH - 5(C)-4(B)-3(A)-2(G)-1(F)-3(E)-2(D)-1(C) going up

    LH - 1(C)-2(D)-3(E)-1(F)-2(G)-3(A)-4(B)-5(C) going down

 

C-Major Arpeggio- 1 octaves

Rule #1 - NO 4th Finger

Rule #2 - REMEMBER your 3 notes C-E-G

    RH - 1(C)-2(E)-3(G)-5(C)  going up

    LH - 5(C)-3(E)-2(G)-1(C)  going up

 

    RH - 5(C)-3(G)-2(E)-1(C)  going down

    LH - 1(C)-2(G)-3(E)-5(C)  going down

 

C- Major Scale - 2 octaves (15 notes) - (code: 3-4-3)

    *Hands Separately First REALLY well!!! & Then together

    RH - 1-2-3-1-2-3-4-1-2-3-1-2-3-4-5 going up

    RH - 5-4-3-2-1-3-2-1-4-3-2-1-3-2-1 going down

 

    LH - 5-4-3-2-1-3-2-1-4-3-2-1-3-2-1 going up

    LH - 1-2-3-1-2-3-4-1-2-3-1-2-3-4-5 going down

 

 

C-Major Arpeggio- 2 octaves

Rule #1 - NO 4th Finger

Rule #2 - REMEMBER your 3 notes C-E-G

    RH - 1(C)-2(E)-3(G)-1(C)-2(E)-3(G)-5(C)

    LH - 5(C)-3(E)-3(G)-1(C)-3(E)-2(G)-1(C) 

 

 

C#-Major Arpeggio- 2 octaves

Rule #1 - NO 3rd or 5th

Rule #2 - REMEMBER your 3 notes C#-E#-G#

    RH - 4(C#)-1(E#)-2(G#)-4(C#)-1(E#)-2(G#)-4(C#)

    LH - 2(C#)-1(E#)-4(G#)-2(C#)-1(E#)-4(G#)-2(C#) 

 

 

 

1) How to sit at the piano:

     a) line belly button up with middle C

     b) Elbows should be able to tuck in front of the belly if sitting far away

     c) Keep wrists straight

     d) Fingers curved at all times so the thumbs can reach the keyboard

 

2) Practice saying the musical alphabet A-B-C-D-E-F-G forward & backwards!

 

3) Practice finger numbers wiggle exercise and REMEMBER 4th finger is weak!

 

4) Please purchase the following books & LOUD metronome:

 

     Wittner MT-40 Metronome

 

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course Lesson Book, Level 1A by Amanda Vick Lethco     Alfred's Piano Lesson Book 1A

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course Recital Book, Level 1A by Amanda Vick Lethco     Alfred's Piano Recital Book 1A

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course Theory, Level 1A by Amanda Vick Lethco     Alfred's Piano Theory Book 1A

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course Notespeller, Level 1A by      Alfred's Piano Notespeller Book 1A

 

     Alfred's Piano Ear Training Book 1A

 

          Alfred's Flash Cards 1A/1B

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Library Lesson Book Complete by Amanda Vick Lethco     Alfred's Lesson Book Complete 1A/1B

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Library Recital Book Complete by Amanda Vick Lethco     Alfred's Recital Book Complete 1A/1B

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Library Theory Complete by Amanda Vick Lethco     Alfred's Theory Book Complete 1A/1B

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Library Notespeller Complete by Gayle Kowalchyk     Alfred's Notespeller Book Complete 1A/1B

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course - Ear Training Book Complete Level 1 (1A/1B)     Alfred's Ear Training Book Levels 1A/1B

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course - Lesson Book (Level 2)     Alfred's Lesson Book - Level 2

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course - Recital Book (Level 2)     Alfred's Recital Book - Level 2

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course Duet Book, Book 2     Alfred's Duet Book - Level 2

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course - Theory Book (Level 2)     Alfred's Theory Book - Level 2

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course: Notespeller Book 2     Alfred's Notespeller Book - Level 2

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course Ear Training, Book 2     Alfred's Ear Training Book - Level 2

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course Flash Cards     Alfred's Flash Cards Levels 2-3

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course - Lesson Book (Complete Levels 2 & 3)     Alfred's Lesson Book Complete Levels 2 & 3

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course - Recital Book Complete Levels 2 & 3     Alfred's Recital Book Complete Levels 2 & 3

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course - Theory Book (Complete Levels 2 & 3)     Alfred's Theory Book Complete Levels 2 & 3

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course - Notespeller Book Complete Levels 2 & 3     Alfred's Notespeller Book Complete Levels 2 & 3

 

 Alfred's Basic Piano Course - Ear Training Book Complete Levels 2 & 3     Alfred's Ear Training Book Complete Levels 2 & 3

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course - Theory Book (Level 3)     Alfred Theory Book - Level 3

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course Notespeller, Book 3     Alfred Notespeller Book - Level 3

 

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course Duet Book, Book 3     Alfred's Duet Book - Level 3

 

     Lesson Book - Level 4

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course - Recital Book (Level 4)    Recital Book - Level 4

 

     Theory Book - Level 4

 

     Musical Concepts - Level 4

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course Duet Book, Level 4     Duet Book - Level 4

 

 

     Lesson Book - Level 5

 

     Recital Book - Level 5

 

     Repertoire Book - Level 5

 

     Theory Book - Level 5 

 

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course - Lesson Book (Level 6)     Alfred Lesson Book - Level 6

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course Recital Book, Book 6     Alfred Recital Book - Level 6

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course: Theory Book 6     Alfred Theory Book - Level 6

 

 

Suzuki Piano School, Volume 6     Suzuki Piano - Volume 6

 

Alfred's Basic Adult All-in-One Course, Book 1 by Amanda Vick Lethco     Alfred's -Book 1 - Adult All-In-One

 

     Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course: Duet Book 1     Alfred's - Book 1 Duet Book

 

Alfred's Basic Adult All-in-One Course, Book 2 by Amanda Vick Lethco     Alfred's - Book 2 - Adult All-In-One

 

     Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course: Duet Book 2     Alfred's - Book 2 Duet Book

 

Alfred's Basic Adult All-in-One Course, Book 3 by Amanda Vick Lethco     Alfred's - Book 3 - Adult All-In-One

 

           Alfred's - Adult Notespeller

 

           Essentials of Music Theory

 

The Virtuoso Pianist in 60 Exercises - Complete (Comb-Bound) by Charles-Louis Hanon     Hanon - Complete

 

      Alfred's Adult Flash Cards

 

         Bastien Music Flash Cards

 

 

 

 

Some great theory websites:

     http://www.good-ear.com/servlet/EarTrainer

      http://www.musictheory.net/exercises

 

 

 

 

2) Reference this website Click here to pick songs that are most familiar to you and we will fill this chart in below at your next lesson. (once you can quick identify will start Melodic & Rhythmic dictation)

 

Ascending Descending
m2 Jaws m2 Joy to the World
M2 Frere Jacques M2 Mary Had Little Lamb
m3 Oh Where  Oh Has my Little Dog Gone m3 Frosty the Snow
M3 Kumbaya M3 Beethoven's Fifth
P4 Here Comes the Bride P4 Shave and Haircut
Tritone The Simpson Tritone Blue Seven
P5 Star Wars P5 Flinstones
m6 Theme from "Love Story" m6 Theme from "Love Story"
M6 NBC M6 Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
m7 Ford Jingle m7 Watermelon Man OR Little Red's Fantasy
M7 Bali Hai M7 "Hee Haw" Grand Canyon Sweet
P8 Somewhere Over the Rainbow P8 There's No Business Like Show Business

 

3) Memorize Scale Degree Names:

  • Major = Tonic, Super-Tonic, Mediant, Sub-Dominant, Dominant, Sub-Mediant, Leading Tone

  • Natural Minor = Tonic, Super-Tonic, Mediant, Sub-Dominant, Dominant, Sub-Mediant, Sub-Tonic

  • Harmonic Minor = Tonic, Super-Tonic, Mediant, Sub-Dominant, Dominant, Sub-Mediant, Leading Tone

  • Melodic Minor = Tonic, Super-Tonic, Mediant, Sub-Dominant, Dominant, Raised Sub-Mediant, Leading Tone

4) Memorize the following Solfege syllables both forwards and backwards:

  • Major =  Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So-La-Ti-Do (forwards) & Do-Ti-La-So-Fa-Mi-Re-Do (backwards)

  • Natural Minor =  Do-Re-Me-Fa-So-Le-Te-Do (forwards) & Do-Te-Le-So-Fa-Me-Re-Do (backwards)

  • Harmonic Minor =  Do-Re-Me-Fa-So-Le-Ti-Do (forwards) & Do-Ti-Le-So-Fa-Me-Re-Do (backwards)

  • Melodic Minor =  Do-Re-Me-Fa-So-La-Ti-Do (forwards) & Do-Te-Le-So-Fa-Me-Re-Do (backwards)

 

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