Hi, and welcome to the first “scale only” video – we’ve learned C major scale and G major scale already, but as part of a larger video. Today I want to hone in on F major scale, because the finger pattern is a little different in the right hand, and takes a little extra practice (for some).
Chord theory is something I often teach to adult beginners in the early days – even if you don’t have much experience, having a good understanding of chords and chord theory can make learning all kinds of pop songs easier (like when you look up chords to some tune on the radio). But it can also make learning classical music easier as well – most post-baroque pieces use chords or chord progressions in one form or another.
This is such a pretty little piece, meant to conjure up images of a Moroccan sunrise…though the actual scene this song is from, from Peer Gynt, is quite comical. Grieg is a fun composer, and though most of his piano works are beyond our reach (for now), it’s still nice to get acquainted with the guy.
As you can see from the thumbnail, I clearly enjoy the damper pedal. The damper pedal is one of three foot pedals seen on a piano – the one on the right. For those of you with electronic keyboards, it’s usually the only pedal that comes with it, as the other two pedals are used infrequently. It’s lots of fun and adds “blurriness” to pieces, evoking more moods and adding more expressive possibilities.
Hi there! Today’s piece is one I have taught a WHOLE BUNCH of times, because it’s a great tune, not ridiculously difficult for beginners, but still stretches one’s technical abilities. It’s a preparatory-level piece titled Minuetto, composed by James Hook in his book Guida di Musica, a series of piano lessons, of which this one is lesson 2. Enjoy!
Celebration Series: Preparatory B Piano Repertoire 2015 Edition. Composed by The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. This edition: 2015 edition. Celebration Series. Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th century and 21st century. Method book & online audio. 32 pages. Published by The Frederick Harris Music Company (FH.C5R0B).
Beethoven was a cool cat, so if you want to get an overview of his life and times, this is the place to start. Grab a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy the ride – there’s drama, bad jokes, overall silliness, and of course – the cold hard facts.
This week’s piece is relatively difficult – first, there is the broken chord pattern, which you can play in one of two ways – but the main difficulty lies in matching it up with a completely separate right hand part. It’s a good challenge, though, which ends up having a really nice sound. Also the tune is “You Are My Sunshine”, so the familiarity will be helpful.