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Level: Intermediate

Level 10

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About This Level

In level 10, we’ll continue by learning several major scales. We’ve already covered major and minor chords, and we’ll add upon that knowledge by learning about the two remaining types of triad: diminished and augmented. We’ll also learn some important new rhythms and note values, including sixteenth notes and dotted eighth notes. In addition, we’ll begin using the sustain pedal for the first time.

By now, your skills have developed to the point that you can play some really great piano music, and this level features quite a few tutorials on some famous piano pieces. Among them are “America the Beautiful,” “Go Tell It On the Mountain,” “Greensleeves,” Bach’s famous “Prelude in C Major,” and more.

Level 10 is a big one, and it might take you a fair amount of time to master it. That’s OK- the pieces are getting longer and harder! Keep with it, and with some regular practice you’ll be able to master these pieces and add some really wonderful piano music to your repertoire.

TECHNIQUE

Using the Pedal

In this tutorial, we’ll introduce the sustain pedal (the rightmost pedal on the piano.) Mastery of this pedal is absolutely crucial to becoming a good pianist. We’ll learn when to use the pedal, as well as some common pedaling mistakes to avoid.

B Major Scale

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play the B major scale with both hands in parallel motion.

F Major Scale

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play the F major scale with both hands in parallel motion.

A Major Scale (parallel motion)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play the E major scale with both hands in parallel motion. 

E Major Scale (parallel motion)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play the E major scale with both hands in parallel motion.

THEORY

Diminished Chords

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to build diminished chords, one of the four types of triad in music. They are comprised of two minor thirds, or three half-steps plus three more half-steps. They can be built quickly by taking a minor chord and lowering the top note (the “fifth” of the chord) by one half-step.

Augmented Chords

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to build augmented chords, which are one of the four types of triad in music. They’re comprised of two major thirds, or four half-steps plus four more half.steps. You can build an augmented chord quickly by taking a major chord and raising the top note (the “fifth” of the chord”) by one half-step.

Sixteenth and Dotted Eighth Notes

In this tutorial, we’ll learn about 16th notes (which get a quarter of a beat), and dotted eighth notes (which get three-quarters of a beat). Together, these two notes add up to one full beat, so they’re often found together.

REPERTOIRE

Snowman (Sia)

In this video we’ll learn to play the song “Snowman” by Sia.

Piece No. 38 (Berens)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play Hermann Berens’ “Piece No. 38.” Notice the sixteenth notes!

Piece No. 40 (Berens)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play a short little piece by Hermann Berens, “Piece No. 40.” Notice the dotted eighth and sixteenth note pairs in the third measure.

Piece No. 46 (Berens)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play “Piece No. 46” of Hermann Berens. Notice the dotted eighth and sixteenth note pairs in this piece!

C Major Prelude (Bach)

J.S. Bach was the first composer to write a collection of pieces in every major and minor key. He wrote 12 preludes and fugues in the major keys, twelve in the minor keys, and then did it all again, for a total of 48 preludes and fugues. These pieces comprise the two volumes of his “Well-Tempered Clavier.” In this tutorial, we’ll learn the very first piece of the collection, the Prelude in C Major.

Triumphal March (Oesten)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn the G mIn this tutorial, we’ll learn to play the “Triumphal March” of Theodore Oesten. Lots of sixteenth/dotted eighth rhythms in this one!ajor scale with both hand together in contrary motion.

What Child is This (Greensleeves)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play the traditional English song “Greensleeves.” This piece is also often heard around Christmastime under the name “What Child is This?”

Go Tell It on the Mountain

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play the traditional spiritual “Go Tell It On the Mountain” using chord symbols.

Piano Piece No. 9 (Diabelli)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play Anton Diabelli’s “Piano Piece No. 9.”

Melody (Schumann)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play Schumann’s “Melody,” from his Album for the Young.

Little Piece (Schumann)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play “Little Piece”, or “Stückchen”, from Schumann’s Album for the Young. 

Questions before taking this course?

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