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Level 5

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About This Level

In Level 5, we’ll learn some exercises to help you maintain a flexible wrist, which becomes even more important when playing big, powerful pieces. A good wrist technique will give you power when you need it, but prevent you from getting tired in even the most demanding passages. We’ll learn about key signatures, which are absolutely essential to reading music, and learn some more signs that you’ll see in many pieces of sheet music, including legato and staccato markings, crescendo and diminuendo markings, and 8va signs. After that, we’ll put that knowledge to use in playing some new pieces that are just a little bit more challenging than the ones we’ve learned so far.

TECHNIQUE

G Major Scale

In this tutorial, we’ll learn the G major scale with both hand together in contrary motion.

THEORY

Key Signatures

Ever heard someone say, “This piece is in E major,” or “This piece is in G minor”? They’re referring to key signatures. We’ll learn all about key signatures in this tutorial.

Legato, Staccato, 8va, Dynamics

In this tutorial, we’ll learn about several important signs you’ll often find in sheet music. Legato and Staccato tell us how to articulate the notes, 8va tells us which octave to play in, and the dynamics indicate loudness.

REPERTOIRE

Frère Jacques

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play the French children’s song “Frère Jacques.” Pay close attention to the articulation (legato and staccato)!

Little Rondo (Daniel Gottlob Turk)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play “Little Rondo” by Daniel Gottlob Türk. Don’t forget the dynamics, p and !

Canon, Op. 14 no. 12 (Kunz)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play the “Canon”, Opus 14 no. 12 by Konrad Kunz.

 

Beginner Pieces Nos. 8 and 9 (Berens)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn two short pieces of Hermann Berens, Opus 70 nos. 8 and 9. Pay attention to the articulation!

Beginner Piece No. 10 (Berens)

In this tutorial, we’ll look at the “Beginner Piece” Opus 70 no. 10 by Hermann Berens. Listen to the way I play the two hands differently!

Beginner Piece 11 (Berens)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play the “Beginner Piece” Opus 70 no. 11 by Hermann Berens.

 

Beginner Piece 12 (Berens)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play the “Beginner Piece” Opus 70 no. 12 by Hermann Berens. Be sure to keep a steady rhythm when switching between the eighth and quarter notes!

 

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