Sahil

Recommended minutes to practice: 20 minutes a day

What to practice: Best Friends, Gorilla in the Tree, and My Invention from the Piano Adventures Book, Beyblade Burst Turbo

How to practice it most effectively: For the Piano Adventures Songs, we now have a new note for LH! The important note F is on the 4th line of bass clef, under middle C. At the beginning of each song there is always a position instruction, telling you which fingers to play your starting notes with. Since we could be playing with both hands on the grand staff, always make sure you read left to right, looking at both clefs. For Beyblade Burst Turbo, please practice singing along with the youtube lyric video, but also with your RH playing the melody! We will sing an octave lower than the notes your hand plays (so same letters, just the lower version for your voice). For playing this song on piano, see if you can add LH chords (E minor and D major) to the 3rd line of the melody. E minor always comes in first, then the chord changes to D major when the melody gets to the E.

 

Nathalia

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes a day

What to practice: C major triads (hands separately), Rockin’ Robin

How to practice it most effectively: The C major triads will have the same shapes and fingerings as F and G major, except now with notes C-E-G. Whenever there is an interval of a 4th with your pinky, you use fingers 1-2-5 (for RH this is first inversion, and for LH it’s second inversion). For Rockin’ Robin, we can now play the C section hands together! LH’s part is mostly just long ties on either a 3rd or a 5th. In the B section, please remember RH’s C-D-F chord comes in with LH on beat 3 in bars 9 and 11. As always, double check which octave each hand is playing in.

 

Sina

Recommended minutes to practice: 10 minutes a day

What to practice: Rock Song, Rockets

How to practice it most effectively: This week we started playing intervals of a 2nd and 3rd at the same time (you can tell the difference by the note spacing – 2nds look squishy while 3rds are stacked). Both of your songs are still using C position, so please make sure your fingers are each playing their specific note. In Rock Song, there are quarter rests which are one beat of silence. In Rockets, there are moments where RH and LH play together at the same time, then LH continues holding as RH plays its other melody notes. You can play as slowly as you need to as you learn these. Also, thank you for uploading those photos!

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