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September 24th

 

Scales & Arpeggios - Hands Together  (Start Lower)

     stop the skipping

    WITH METRONOME AT 70 for triplets

    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(3) 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)

     When one hand is on 3 the other is on 4 & vice versa -

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

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

      *Hands Separately First REALLY well!!!

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

    *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

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

 

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

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

 

C-Arpeggio 1 Octave- Playing a Triad one note at time

      *hands separately & hands together

     a) Rule #1 - No 4th finger

     b) Remember your 3 notes

     c) No flying & keep fingers spread out

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

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

 

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

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

 

C-Arpeggio 2 Octave - Playing a Triad one note at time

      *hands separately & hands together

     a) Rule #1 - No 4th finger

     b) Remember your 3 notes

     c) No flying & keep fingers spread out

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

C#-Arpeggio 2 Octave- Playing a Triad one note at time

      *hands separately & hands together

     a) Rule #1 - No 3rd & 5th finger

     b) Thumb goes on a white key!

     c) No flying & keep fingers spread out

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

Cherub WSM-001ABK Metronome       Cherub WSM-001ABK Metronome

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course - Lesson Book (Level 1A)     Alfred's Piano Lesson Book 1A

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course - Recital Book (Level 1A)     Alfred's Piano Recital Book 1A

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course - Theory Book (Level 1A)     Alfred's Piano Theory Book 1A

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course - Notespeller Book (Level 1A)     Alfred's Piano Notespeller Book 1A

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course - Ear Training Book Level 1A     Alfred's Piano Ear Training Book 1A

 

     Alfred's Basic Piano Course - Flash Cards (Levels 1A & 1B)     Alfred's Flash Cards 1A/1B

 

    Treble Clef or the "G Clef" - RIGHT HAND

        Bass Clef or the "F Clef" - LEFT HAND

 

       p   piano (play soft)

 

       ƒ   forte (play loud)

  Quarter NoteQuarter Note (1 beat ad we play)

       Quarter Note Rests   Quarter Rest (1 beat and we don't play)

  Half Note (2 beats and we play)        

Half Rest (2 beats and we don't play)

  Whole Note (4 beats and we play)     

Whole Rest (4 beats and we don't play)

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course - Lesson Book (Level 1B)      Alfred Lesson Book - Level 1B

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course - Recital Book (Level 1B)      Alfred Recital Book - Level 1B

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course - Duet Book Level 1B      Alfred Duet Book - Level 1B

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course - Theory Book (Level 1B)      Alfred Theory Book - Level 1B

 

Alfred's Basic Piano Course - Notespeller Book Level 1B      Alfred Notespeller Book - Level 1B

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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 Flash Cards     Alfred's Flash Cards 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

 

     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

 

Grand Duets for Piano     Grand Duets - Players Choice

 

Suzuki Piano School, Volume 6     Suzuki Piano - Volume 6

 

      Alfred's Adult All-in-One Course - Level 1 (Book)     Alfred's -Book 1 - Adult All-In-One Course

 

     Alfred's Adult All-in-One Course - Level 2 (Book)     Alfred's - Book 2 - Adult All-In-One Course

 

     Alfred's Adult All-in-One Course - Level 3 (Book)     Alfred's - Book 3 - Adult All-In-One Course

 

      Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course - Notespeller Book (Level 1)     Alfred's - Adult Notespeller

 

      Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory - Complete (Book)     Essentials of Music Theory

 

           Hanon - Complete

The Virtuoso Pianist in 60 Exercises - Complete (Comb-Bound)

            Alfred's Adult Flash Cards

 

      Bastien Music Flash Cards      Bastien Music Flash Cards

 

    Music in Theory and Practice

 

    Music in Theory and Practice Workbook

 

 

 

 

 

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)

 

Pentatonic Scales  -

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