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 – thumb tucks underneath hand.

Hakim

C Major scale hands together. Go very slowly and look at whichever hand is doing the harder fingering at the moment. Refer to above chart if needed. Watch this.

Going Undercover – this piece is in C minor. That is normal C position but with Eb instead of E. The RH uses a repetitive pattern, and I have circled the special notes that break the pattern. The first half of the piece, the LH has finger 1 on C and moves downwards in slow legato notes. Then, you put finger 5 on C (so it’s in the same position as the RH) and it moves upwards in staccato quarter notes. Spend the first weekish learning the hands seperate, and then in week 2 you can put it hands together slowly and steadily.

Good King Wenceslas – this piece is in C minor also. Where I have drawn lines above the notes it’s so show you the shape of the melody. For example, D C D so I drew a line that looks like a V because the melody goes from D – down to C – and back up to D again.

Keep working on Team Fortress music, I’m always very excited to hear what you’ve got going on!

Maria

Arctic Voices – Nice work! You can start adding in dynamics to the opening lines that you know well, or experimenting with pedal. The middle line is almost entirely 5ths, except for one. At the end of line 2 with the tricky fingering, it is like that so you can play it legato, so make sure those 3 chords are connected smoothly. Trust yourself and rely on all that we’ve written on the page to help you!

Witches and Wizards – 6/8 is felt in 2 big beats 123456, here the accents do all the work! This piece is in D minor. Keep going through the whole piece.

Tattoo – work on the groove in 2 bar chunks very slowly. Accent the offbeat note and you can exaggerate it with your body as well by leaning in. I drew on the sticky note that the offbeat note goes in between beats 2 and 3 (so in between the 2nd and 3rd quarter note your LH plays). In order for this to work you must choose a tempo that you can play the LH quarter notes without stopping or hesitating. You did it in lesson and I KNOW you will get this :)

Shakira

We Three Kings – great work! Let’s put it hands together this week. The LH 2-note chord is C, and the lonely notes are F.

C major scale – RH and LH seperately. Refer to fingering diagram at top of this post. Slow and steady, play it upwards and downwards.

Keep Doing What You’re Doing¬†Bryson Tiller – This will not happen overnight, but slowly but surely it will! Familiarize yourself with one of the chord voicings at a time. Once you know two fairly well, practice going back and forth between them. You can also do the voicings one hand at time to build muscle memory.

Note Naming worksheet – please complete and return next week.

Noreet

Young Hunter – we presevered through this whole thing in lesson today! Great work. This piece sounds so mature because it combines staccato sounds and legato sounds as well as using contrasting dynamics. Pay close attention to the details on the page. To practice it, play each line hands seperate twice correctly in a row. Then play each line hands together twice correctly in a row. Near the end of the week you can start playing from beginning to end, but not until you know you can play each line very well. PLAY ALONG TRACKS FOUND HERE (#16 and 17).

C major scale – RH and LH seperately. Refer to fingering diagram at top of this post. Slow and steady, play it upwards and downwards.

Jingle Bells – first 2 lines. This piece is in shared middle C position (both thumbs on middle C). You totally have all the skills needed for this piece, and an ear to guide you! Trust yourself :)

Christmas worksheet double sided – please complete and RETURN to lesson next week :)