Lessons 121–140

Piano Unit 7

Lesson 121 Vivace: Right Hand

What You’ll Learn

  • How to play ‘Vivace’ by Cornelius Gurlitt
  • New term: vivace
  • Review articulation: accent

Lesson 122 Vivace: Hands Together

What You’ll Learn

  • How to play ‘Vivace’ hands together
  • How to use slow practice to master a fast piece

Lesson 123 Dynamics

What You’ll Learn

  • Terminology and symbols for all dynamic levels used in music

Lesson 124 All the Pretty Horses: Melody

What You’ll Learn

  • How to play the melody of the folk song ‘All the Pretty Horses’

Lesson 125 All the Pretty Horses: Accompaniment

What You’ll Learn

  • Review how to read chord symbols
  • How to improvise an accompaniment using chord symbols

Lesson 126 Interval Challenge

What You’ll Learn

  • Review the meaning of intervals
  • How to recognize intervals on the piano and on the staff

Lesson 127 Dance: Right Hand

What You’ll Learn

  • How to play the treble clef part for ‘Dance’ by Cornelius Gurlitt
  • Correct hand and arm technique for legato ascending notes
  • Rotation technique for playing alternating keys a step apart

Lesson 128 Dance: Left Hand

What You’ll Learn

  • How to play the bass clef part for ‘Dance’
  • Using down-wrist and up-wrist to emphasize and de-emphasize certain beats

Lesson 129 Tempo Indications

What You’ll Learn

  • Meaning and use of the most common Italian words used in music to indicate tempo

Lesson 130 Dance: Hands Together

What You’ll Learn

  • How to play ‘Dance’ with both hands
  • Tips on practicing

Lesson 131 1-2 Finger Skip

What You’ll Learn

  • Learn a new finger power exercise adapted from Hanon's ‘The Virtuoso Pianist’
  • Review proper finger shape and use of arm weight

Lesson 132 Sight Reading Challenge

What You’ll Learn

  • Practice your sight reading skills with the latest sight reading challenge!

Lesson 133 Are You Sleeping: Right Hand

What You’ll Learn

  • How to play the melody of the traditional French song ‘Are You Sleeping?’ (Frère Jaques)

Lesson 134 Are You Sleeping: Hands Together

What You’ll Learn

  • How to play ‘Are You Sleeping?’ with both hands
  • Imitation in music between two voices

Lesson 135 Major & Minor Triads

What You’ll Learn

  • Practice identifying and playing all 12 major and minor triads

Lesson 136 Black Snake: Right Hand

What You’ll Learn

  • How to play the melody of ‘Black Snake’, an American folk song
  • Review how to perform syncopated rhythms

Lesson 137 2-3 Finger Skip

What You’ll Learn

  • Learn a new variation on Hanon's finger exercise
  • Additional tips and tools for developing finger strength

Lesson 138 Black Snake: Left Hand

What You’ll Learn

  • How to play the left hand part for ‘Black Snake’

Lesson 139 Rhythm Challenge

What You’ll Learn

  • Practice performing and dictating many of the rhythmic patterns learned so far in this rhythm challenge!

Lesson 140 Black Snake: Hands Together

What You’ll Learn

  • How to play ‘Black Snake’ hands together
  • Strategies for practicing effectively