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Saturday December 2 Lessons – Erin P

Happy December! Enjoy your time at the piano and your time with loved ones <3 Your hard work is paying off! Maria Arctic Voices - All. The last line is the only new part this week, and reuses a lot of chords from earlier in the piece. Add pedal this week and bring the dynamics to life as well. You [...]

2023-12-02T19:21:29-05:00December 2nd, 2023|

Thursday November 30 Lessons – Erin P

Hi Everyone! If you are reading this, THANK YOU, and please click this link to confirm this was seen. I hope everyone has a fun first week of December and your advent calendars are good to you (if you do that sort of thing). You're all sounding GREAT! Liam Silent Night - nice work. Let's work on putting the "B [...]

2023-11-30T22:54:38-05:00November 30th, 2023|

Saturday Nov 25 Lessons – Erin

Hello everyone! Glad you were all here today :) Hakim, Shakira and Noreet - the below chart shows the C Major scale fingering. The below image is the RH fingering, remember going down is the exact same fingering on the same notes. Watch this. The below image is the LH fingering. Going up - finger 3 crosses over. Going down [...]

2023-11-25T18:36:34-05:00November 25th, 2023|

Thursday November 23 Lessons – Erin P

What a great week! Holiday pieces are sounded great! Stay warm everyone <3 Grace Sonatina Bureacratique - first scalic passage is in A major. The rest of them are modes of E major, you can tell by the D# accidental. Beethoven op. 49 no. 2 - practice the triplet LH line that begins on the 2nd beat of the triplet [...]

2023-11-23T23:26:48-05:00November 23rd, 2023|

Satuday November 18 Lessons – Erin P

Hi everyone! Thanks for the hardwork this week! Maria and Noreet, get well soon! <3 Hakim *New* Chant of the Monks - this is your first written piece with hands playing together in parallel motion. Giving the half notes (the hollow ones) 2 counts is very important. Count while you are playing. You know how to read the RH notes, not [...]

2023-11-18T17:45:15-05:00November 18th, 2023|

Thursday November 16 Lessons – Erin P

Hey everyone! Great work on the Dozen a Day exercises! This is the first week of playing Holiday themed pieces, if there is a specific carol you are interested in playing, let me know and we will work it out! The goal is to explore more than 1 holiday piece this winter. Grace Sonatina Bureaucratique - nice progress! I wrote in [...]

2023-11-16T20:48:57-05:00November 16th, 2023|

Saturday November 11 Lessons – Erin P

Hi everyone! Hope you had awesome weeks! Hakim Bingo and Yankee Doodle - both these pieces are in Middle C position where the thumbs share middle C. Soldier of Dance - I wrote out the “chorus” of this piece for you on staff paper. I wrote the letter names on the staff so you can use directional reading. C major [...]

2023-11-11T17:41:27-05:00November 11th, 2023|

Thursday November 9 Lessons – Erin P

PROJECT FOR EVERYONE: Dozen a Day exercises Exercises can be found here and memorized. The point is not note reading, but technique. These should be played with confidence and without mistake, choose a tempo that you have a great success with. Look at your section to see which group you are assigned, and work to prepare all 12 this week. [...]

2023-11-09T22:00:52-05:00November 9th, 2023|

Saturday November 4 Lessons – Erin P

Glad to hear you all had safe and fun Halloween nights! Hakim My City and Largo - these pieces are your note reading practice for the week. Your RH thumb should be on middle C when playing these pieces, and your RH finger 5 (pinky) on G. Resist the urge to cross your index finger over your thumb! C Major Scale [...]

2023-11-04T17:44:38-04:00November 4th, 2023|

Thursday November 2nd Lessons – Erin P

Hi everyone! Glad to hear you all had a safe and fun Halloween :) Grace Sonatine Bureaucratique - m17-18 use finger 2 on the B whole note and finger 1 on the D# whole note for legato. Same thing when it appears in the recapitulation. Do more hands separate practice. Liam Sonatina by Clementi - nice work! This week we will [...]

2023-11-02T21:25:33-04:00November 2nd, 2023|
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