Everyone’s sounding great!! I love getting to hear about all your week’s, brings a big smile to face working with all of you <3


*New* Lost Woods – get used to playing the melody with just the RH, I wrote in the fingering I like to use, but you had some pretty smart fingering choices that involved crossing over or under that I liked – once you finalize which fingering you want to use, write it in.
Then get used to playing the LH by itself. The first half is F and a C major inversion. The second half is D minor-G7-C-A minor in a different rhythm. Go as slow as you need to to change positions without a big coffee break.

Keep your C major triads, C and G major scale, and A and E minor scales fluent.


Viva la Vida – use a click track or metronome at 70 and feel two clicks per measure. Your tendency is to rush at the chorus. Remember to vary the dynamics so it doesn’t sound monotone.

*New* Somersault King – this piece uses various articulations and triplets to create a happy go lucky mood. The trickiest measure is the one that alternates between triplets and plain 8th notes – as long as you keep a steady pulse in the LH, you will have no trouble alternating between the two. think “Bee-tho-ven Ap-ple Bee-tho-ven Ap-ple”. The form of the piece is: play from beginning to end, go back to beginning and continue until the sign that looks like a bullseye, which teleports you to the other bullseye symbol (called the coda) which is a special outro.


Today we experimented with white key triad patterns up and down the keyboard with both hands which you had great success with.
We also tried alternating between notes a step apart which also went well.
Due to this, I think any note inaccuracies while reading are less about you physically struggling to execute the notes, and more about lacking a physical connection of what the note looks like on the page and where it is on the keyboard. Let’s start to say the note names aloud as we play them to help strengthen those connections in your brain.


*New* Runaway Rabbit – after just one listen you were able to sing this piece perfectly!! Sing along the lyrics on pitch as you play. You noticed that the first line of the piece has a 2 bar phrase that is played and then repeated 1 white note higher. You also noticed that the second half of the piece has the LH copy that same opening melody, just with a slightly different ending (I wrote “different” on that measure). Be sure to do the big contrasting dynamics at the end for drama!

*New Scale* G Major. Same fingering as your C scale, just it starts on G and plays F# instead of plain old F.

C Major triads – today you stated that it’s a big help when you say the note names you need to find. Great idea! Sing CEG, EGC, GCE, CEG. You can play them solid (all at once) or broken (crab style).