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Homework from September 14th, 2019

Emily - No homework. Matthew - Play the C major pentascale with your right hand. Bring back your two books.Clair - Practice improvising on the blues with chords in the left hand, using your ear, (just like you did with Twinkle Twinkle). Listen to some different recordings of C Jam Blues/Duke's Place ('C Jam Blues' is without words; 'Duke's Place' [...]

2019-09-14T17:43:15-04:00September 14th, 2019|

Homework from September 5th, 2019

Daniel - Play the C-D-E song with crossing hands. Experiment with it. Try playing it backwards. See what other creative ideas you might have. Also play "Merrily We Roll Along" and "Old MacDonald", paying special attention to RHYTHM. Oscar - Pick a song (any song) and try to figure out the chords by ear. Come back next week with your [...]

2019-09-05T22:47:12-04:00September 5th, 2019|

Homework for June 23rd, 2019 – last day of regular lessons before summer

KATHELINE - The piece we were working on this lesson was Solfeggietto by C.P.E. Bach. Here is a link to the pdf: http://hz.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/f/f5/IMSLP02573-Bach,_CPE_-_Solfeggietto.pdf Other than that, there are some valuable resources at your disposal...try the Functional Ear Trainer App to help develop your ear. Pick songs (folk songs, kid's songs, any simple melody) and figure out chords that go underneath [...]

2019-06-26T18:06:48-04:00June 26th, 2019|

Homework from June 13th, 2019

Oscar - In addition to all of your pentascales and triad exercises, try arranging the chords from 'Hey Jude' in a way that makes sense according to the voice leading principles we discussed. You can also practice the blues improvisation concepts we have worked on over Mary Ann by Ray Charles. Avril - Today we discussed chromatic lower neighbours and [...]

2019-06-14T12:02:44-04:00June 14th, 2019|

Homework from June 6th, 2019

Oscar --- Work on your pentascales, legato and staccato, in the keys of C, G, D, A, and E. Use both hands. Focus on keeping your hands relaxed, sinking into the keys (like your arms are very heavy) for legato, and leaping off (like a little frog) for staccato. In addition, pick another pop song (any pop song) and arrange [...]

2019-06-07T10:54:11-04:00June 7th, 2019|

Homework from June 2nd, 2019

OSCAR – Pentascales – hands separately, legato and staccato, C major, G major, D major, and A minor. Triad sequence in C major, solid and broken. ALSO pick a pop song, figure out the chords, and arrange them with acceptable voice leading as discussed – moving as little as possible, keeping common tones in common, contrary motion where possible between [...]

2021-08-09T06:18:18-04:00June 3rd, 2019|

Homework from May 30th, 2019

Avril - Learn the following melodies by ear and add chords based on what we've learned the last few weeks. ONLY use the primary chords: I, IV, and V: When the Saints Go Marching In; She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain; My Bonnie. In addition to that, practice the new song in your Czerny book. Kristin - Practice the exercises [...]

2019-05-31T12:23:30-04:00May 31st, 2019|

Homework from May 26th, 2019

Katheline - Practice all your black key scales as discussed. Push on in the book. Practice the double-thirds piece we practiced but try to push the tempo a little faster. Focus on making the slurs truly legato. Connect as much as possible. Daniel - Practice the first five songs from the book, including the new song, "Walking". If you don't [...]

2019-05-27T17:40:57-04:00May 27th, 2019|

Homework from May 12th, 2019

Katheline - Work on all major and minor (harmonic and melodic) scales. Focusing on noticing the relationship between the minors and their relative majors. ie, G natural minor and Bb major share all the same notes, and you only have to alter 1 or 2 to get harmonic or melodic minor. Also, push forward in both books. Daniel - Work [...]

2019-05-16T02:53:27-04:00May 16th, 2019|
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