Join Gayle Kowalchyk for an in-depth discussion in this video Moving up and down the keyboard in 6ths, part of Piano Lessons: Teach Yourself to Play.
- It's important to be able to play…up and down the keyboard freely.…These exercises will help you do that.…They use sixths, and you'll be reading…from the bottom note, keeping you hand…in the shape of that interval as you play.…The right hand is first.…(piano chords)…And then the left hand.…
(piano chords)…Lone Star Waltz moves up and down…the keyboard in sixths.…I want to point out something new to you,…and that's at the top of the second page.…In the left hand you'll see a dot…above the notes F and G.…This dot indicates the staccato touch,…and you'll find it above notes…or below notes in the music.…
It's different from the dot you see…by a dotted half note or a dotted quarter note.…The staccato touch means that you should…plays these notes very short.…Like this.…Now look at the last measure on this page.…Underneath the staff, you'll see the words D.C. al Fine.…This is Italian, and it means to go back to the beginning…and play to the fine sign.…The fine sign is at the bottom…of the first page of this piece.…
Now when we play this piece,…
- Practicing proper hand technique
- Practicing proper seating position
- Practicing the right-hand C and left-hand C positions
- Melodic intervals
- Harmonic intervals
- B for the left and right hand
- A for the left hand
- Using the damper pedal
- Moving up and down the keyboard in 6ths
- Measuring half steps and whole steps
- Progressions and triplets
Skill Level Beginner
1. The Basics
2. Melodic Intervals
3. Introducing Harmony
4. New Rhythms and Intervals
5. Music Theory
6. Progressions and Triplets
Closing and credits1m 44s
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