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Level: Intermediate

Level 9

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About This Level

In Level 9, we begin by learning two more scales in parallel motion. After that, we’ll introduce arpeggios (broken chords) and learn to play them correctly. We’ll also learn a new rhythm: triplets. These are simply divisions of a beat into three parts.

There are several tutorials on very famous pieces in this level, including Simon and Garfunkel’s hit song “Scarborough Fair”, the Christmas melody “Jolly Old St. Nicholas”, and Offenbach’s famous “Can-Can.” For those looking for some more obscure but excellent pieces, you’ll find a few gems here as well.

TECHNIQUE

G Major Scale, parallel motion

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

D Major Scale, parallel motion

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

Major White-Key Arpeggios

“Arpeggio” is the Italian word used to describe broken chords – chords in which the notes are played after one another, instead of together. They’re found everywhere in piano music, and in this tutorial we’ll learn how to play them.

THEORY

Triplets, Fermatas and more

In this tutorial, we’ll learn about triplets, fermatas, and some other important indications found in piano music.

REPERTOIRE

Mary, Did You Know?

In this piano tutorial we’ll learn to play the Christmas song “Mary Did You Know.” This is one of my favorite Christmas songs on the piano. Even though this version features chords and text, it works very well as a piano solo.

Scarbourough Fair

In this tutorial, we’ll learn the traditional English song “Scarbourough Fair.” This song is hundreds of years old, but became a big pop hit in 1966 after being recorded by Simon and Garfunkel. It also appeared in the 1968 Dustin Hoffman film “The Bachelor.”

Can-Can (Offenbach)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn the famous “Can-Can” by Jacques Offenbach, which appears in his opera Orpheus in the Underworld.

Jolly Old St. Nicholas

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play the Christmas song “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas” from a lead sheet, with the melody in the right hand and chords in the left.

King's March (Clarke)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play the “King’s March” by Jeremiah Clarke. As the name suggests, it’s a very regal, pompous piece.

Swedish Dance (Berens)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn the “Swedish Dance” by Hermann Berens. Notice the contrasting articulations in this piece: staccato in the right hand, legato in the left!

Piano Piece No. 5 (Diabelli)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play Anton Diabelli’s “Piano Piece No. 5”.

Piano Piece No. 6 (Diabelli)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play Anton Diabelli’s “Piano Piece No. 6”.

Piano Piece No. 7 (Diabelli)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play Anton Diabelli’s “Piano Piece No. 7”.

Piano Piece No. 8 (Diabelli)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play Anton Diabelli’s “Piano Piece No. 8”. This is a great piece for working on differentiating the melody and accompaniment.

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