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41-Extensions9-11(Cmajorscale)
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41-Extensions9-11(Cmajorscale)

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Level 4

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About This Level

So far, our pieces have been in “five-finger” positions, but in this level, we’ll start leaping a bit more between different notes. We’ll learn to extend the hand, and to tuck the thumb under the other fingers in order to move more easily between hand positions. Remember- the further you can move the thumb under, the better, so keep working on that flexibility. We’ll learn a couple exercises to help you develop that skill, and we’ll put it to use in learning the C Major scale.

We’ll learn more note values (eighth notes and dotted quarter notes), and we’ll cover upbeats and repeat signs as well. After that, we’ll learn to play a few very famous songs like “Happy Birthday,” “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and “Simple Gifts”, as well as some classical pieces that will help you continue to develop your skills in note reading, technique and coordination between the hands.

TECHNIQUE

Hand Position Extensions, Thumb Under

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to extend the hand beyond the five-finger positions we’ve had so far. We’ll also learn how to tuck the thumb underneath the hand, a skill you’ll need all the time when playing most piano music.

Thumb Under Exercises

In this tutorial, we’ll learn a few simple exercises that will help you train the thumb-under motion. It’s extremely important that this motion is smooth and efficient when playing the piano.

C Major Scale

In this lesson, we’ll learn to play the C Major Scale. This scale features only white keys, and we’ll learn to play it in contrary motion with both hands together. Many, many pieces feature the C Major scale, and all pianists need to know the proper fingering for it.

 

THEORY

Eighths, Dotted Quarters, Upbeats, Repeats

In this video, we’ll learn about some new rhythmic values, as well as upbeats (anacrusis) and repeat signs. With this knowledge, you’ll be able to play even more pieces.

REPERTOIRE

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play the song, “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” Did you know that Mozart wrote a set of variations on this tune? Check it out here!

Happy Birthday

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play “Happy Birthday” on the piano with both hands together. This is one piece that every pianist gets asked to play at one time or another, so it’s a great idea to add it to your repertoire! 

Simple Gifts

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play the wonderful Quaker song, “Simple Gifts”. Did you know that the great American composer Aaron Copland arranged this song for orchestra? Check it out here!

Beginner Piece no. 3 (Gurlitt)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn a simple piece by the German composer Cornelius Gurlitt. 

 

Beginner Piece No. 4 (Gurlitt)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play the “Beginner Piece” Opus 117 no. 4 by Cornelius Gurlitt. This one features both contrary and parallel motion, so watch the notes carefully!

 

Exercise No. 19 (Kohler)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play “Exercise No. 19” by Louis Köhler. Notice the extensions in the left hand!

Children's Song (Kohler)

In this video, we’ll learn to play the “Children’s Song” no. 17 by Louis Köhler. Notice the extensions in the left hand!

 

Beginner Piece No. 5 (Gurlitt)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play the “Beginner Piece” Opus 117 No. 5 by Cornelius Gurlitt. Pay close attention to the rests!

 

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