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Learn Essential Music Terms through playing piano-Music lesson for Artist-multi medium

teacher avatar Aviva Tu, Pianist, Violinist, Music teacher

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Lessons in This Class

32 Lessons (1h 1m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. What you will learn in the class

    • 3. Finger weight

    • 4. Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti

    • 5. Intervals

    • 6. Q&A Why practice intervals

    • 7. Harmonic interval-Right Hand

    • 8. Harmonic interval-Left Hand

    • 9. Color wheel-sounds of key signatures

    • 10. Five finger positions

    • 11. B Major Scale

    • 12. Create your own song 1

    • 13. Create your own song 2

    • 14. Texture - Staccato and legato

    • 15. Speed- Allegro and Andante

    • 16. Fingerings

    • 17. Nextlevel

    • 18. See you

    • 19. Practice: Do Re Mi

    • 20. Practice: Interval 2nd

    • 21. Practice: Interval 3rd

    • 22. Practice: Interval 4th

    • 23. Practice: Interval 5th

    • 24. Practice: Interval 6th

    • 25. Practice: Interval 7th

    • 26. Practice: Interval 8th(Octave)- Right Hand

    • 27. Practice: Interval 8th(Octave)-Left Hand

    • 28. Practice: five finger positions

    • 29. Practice: Alberti Bass

    • 30. Practice: Chords

    • 31. Practice: Compositions

    • 32. Practice: Textures

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About This Class

Hello everyone, thank you for taking the class!

I’m Aviva. I’m a musician, violinist, pianist, accompanist, teacher and online educator. 

In this class, I will quickly guide you through the basics. 

  1. We will learn the notes on the piano. We will be using Do-Re-Mi which is a more melodic way to learn music. 
  2. We will learn intervals 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th and octaves. With that simple motif you can apply to your own song. 
  3. We will learn the chord sounds with the color wheel. So you will have the concepts of sounds in key signatures.
  4. 5 fingers positions on white keys
  5. Texture: Staccato and legato
  6. Speed: Allegro and Andante

The only thing you need is a keyboard or any piano. I will make a video on how to choose a piano.

If you want to know more about me, please come to www.happytustudio.com,  I would love to see you.


2nd level (Basics) I will teach you how to do

  1.  5 fingers positions on black keys (C#/Db, D#/Eb, F#/Gb, G#/Ab, A#/Bb)
  2. Whole set of scales (White keys)
  3. Chord Progression
  4. Chromatic scales
  5. Knowledge of pedal
  6. How to read music

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Aviva Tu

Pianist, Violinist, Music teacher


I'm MengChun Tu (Aviva), I am a native of Taiwan. At age of 5 I started to learn piano and a year later my teacher thought I had the capacity to learn violin. Since then both instruments have never left me. My music experience is very extensive. When I was 10 years old my formal music journey began at Shanghai Conservatory (China) where I studied 4 years of violin and 2 years of piano. I returned to Taiwan to pursue her piano major at National Dong Hwa University. My success in a violin competition made my professor recommend a double major. In my last year I was the concertmaster for the National Dong Hwa University Symphony Orchestra. I also played piano in Choir, bass in Big Band, and piano and percussion in Wind Band.

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1. Introduction: Hi, I'm Eva, I'm musician. Violence, pianos, accompanies and teacher. If you want to learn music, please join me. I'm here to be your music friend. I will quickly guide you through basics, through basic pressure, and learn some more maps. We will do some simple tense. In the end. You won't be bored and you can make your own music along the way. I will have videos in the end that you can follow step-by-step for your practicing. Okay, That's gets done. If we want to know more about me, please come to triple w dot happy to studio. That come. I would love to see you there. See you. 2. What you will learn in the class: In this class you will learn how to play some patterns like second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh chords. And after that, you know, the positions, we will start with the fighting of positions. You can compose your awesome. So this is the five finger positions. 3. Finger weight: So I want to talk about the fingering weight. Okay? So we have enough weight on our individual fingers. So no need to like this. You will see a lot of people that pressing down like using the graced. It's not necessary. You can just put your thumb like this. Okay? And that sum, the movement is different. The rest of the finger, thumb is going like this way, but the rest is going this way. And down, up and down. Okay? So these are all the difference on how, how we play the piano, okay, we are not using. Okay. We will show you the how piano works. This is our thumb and we do this. We was doing this. I want to let you know the fingers lift off. You don't need to go down. Because piano is more vertical instrument. We don't want extra pressure on the piano that you feel like it is so heavy. So imagine we are playing the music or write this way. I goal horizontal wise. If you go vertical lights, it sounds like this. But if you go horizontal and go up like this, okay. 4. Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti: Let's do the right-hand only that curve a little and play the C, D, E, F, G, a, B. But in music we seeing DO RE, MI, FA, SO LA, TI. Okay, that stood. And back to DOE. Very good. It just like taking notes when you are learning. Usually I will seen DO RE MI from the sound of music for my students. But I think it's also good to show you. Can I show you ready? Deer, a female deer, golden. So I call myself a kneadable eraser. 0, 0, 0. How about let's do the same thing on the left-hand side with the dormi. Let's start from the middle C, okay? Usually the central is our middle C. So stuff on farm curve, your thumb a little bit, just using your natural weight on your hand. Just like this happened. Okay. Let's do it. Come back up. And I want to tell you a little game that you can play, play with any mapping. Okay? The note are, the the pitch of the note on the piano is always the same. Uh, usually if you, our digital piano, That's, you don't need to worry about the pitch. So you can just close your eyes. And to play any node, like node. I think it's fine. Yeah, that's fine. You can open our eyes. See all. Okay. And that's still another node. So how do I know that? Because the standard peach that I can know the directly from the piano. Okay? So it's need to be trend, but the more you listen, you will know it's actually is the same. Okay? 5. Intervals: For this section, I will like to play some patterns with you. You will learn some basic theory along the way. How about let's start with a second. This is second. Okay? So they are next to each other. We call them steps. Steps. Because it just like for walking is one step. You got that. I know you get it. Okay. So we call them melodic step second. What does he mean harmonic second? Which would play it at the same time. Harmonic means you are playing two or more nodes at the same time. This is also harmonic, okay? But it is not. Okay. So let's do one more time. The second. So you can see when I go up, I use 1, 2, we're not going down. I use 21. Just like a little bit check. Did you see the check for here? Just like down, up, down, up, down. And when you come back down. Okay. One more time. Ready? Go. 2222. Okay. And that's lenders second? This is third. Yeah. How do you know that? We are skipping one note? You see that the middle note we are not playing. So one more time. 12, ready go. Okay, so this is third on the piano. So when we are playing harmonic third, isms like this. Okay? This is the fourth That's learn the fourth which is 1, 2, 3, 4. You see that? 1234. Ready? Go. Very good. How about NesC, London fifth. Fifth is easy. Once you put your hands at every single place, everyone has their own seat, you see now, and the next to each other. So the thumb MBP is exactly the fifth. Come down. Okay. So I don't know if you recognize that when a leaf up, up the cell is more light to go. A little bit stronger when you are like jumping up, down, up, down, up. When you play. You can also remind yourself, when you've seen that very light, then you will also create the same way. 6. Q&A Why practice intervals: So thinking of why I use all the practice, like because throughout all the teaching that I have been now that I feel like if you leave off for the second note that your wrist or your hands will released right away. Because we don't want extra tension on your head in order to not only make your hands very, very uncomfortable, but also can you hear that song called? But if you are tense in the very beginning, especially in the very beginning, it might tense you up, you might play like that. That will make, if, make your muscle right here is so tense that not only the sound doesn't sound good, but also your mouse muscle will probably will have the worst could be goal like injury. We don't want that. So we list the second, second note that make your hands very organic way to look at it, okay, the more that we play that we will go further exercise that will make your finger even better and very dependence. Okay. So and through our own experience of the DJ, I reckon, I recognize that a lot of students like to flatten their finger like this. But I want to tell you probably because when you are typing on the computer, one of my students that she always do that for, for a little bit as you do that. I suddenly when I do on the computer work, I just realize, Oh, what 7. Harmonic interval-Right Hand: So we mentioned about the melodic and harmonic. The previous lessons, I will like to have the, I would like to share you about the harmonic interval at this videos, which is you can do the same things. Those are our sector, Harvard, homorhythmic second. And actually you can play any note on the piano and then you can go from the bottom to the, to the higher note. That's just like marathon. I think it's very fun. Okay? And this is third harmonic. Okay? And this is harmonic fourth. And this is harmonic fifth, harmonic six. And this is harmonic seven. And always symmetric bit we're right, because it's almost go to the octave. Outtake is perfect. Okay? So even more detail. We have the minor second, major second, and also the minor third. Major third, perfect fourth, perfect fifth. Okay? And then major six, minor six, major, seven minor. And then perfect octave. This is basic. Or there is supposed to have more combination. That's more defense that we will learn along the way that you won't be too much information. Okay. Just follow me. Yeah. And tell you something. It's that when I was ten years old, I was in a music conservatory that we have the class you need to hear, okay? How does that sounds like? We need to write it down. Is that major third? Minor third? Major third. A major third. I think that's perfect fifth. I think that's the perfect fifth. Perfect fifth, is this a hat? That's our next lessons. Okay. So, but Octave is the easiest one. You can just hear the layer. It was simple by OEM, but by itself. But if you play with a locative, it has more, more death and more complex to it. 8. Harmonic interval-Left Hand: We did harmonic interval with the right-hand doubt. We also can do on our left harmonic second, third, force, six, scan, eighth. Okay. 9. Color wheel-sounds of key signatures: This color wheel, because I believe every single key or scale is just like the color palette in art. You could be different. If you disagree, I totally understand because like artists, sometimes some people think of the color is different way to go with that. Then this is the standard in my mind. That is, look, it sounds like this. Okay. So the sharp note make me feel like it's more warm color. The more you go to the cold color. I go to the flat. Okay, it has some overlap because when you mix them together, use some nice, need some warm color in order to make that color right? So let me show you how does it sounds like with the cord. Okay, I will play the chord progressions that you can hear. The collar, C major sounds like this. You don't need to play it. We will learn that along the way, one to C major, G major. And we measure, this is a major. This is E major. This is B major. F-sharp and G-flat are the same, because when it is G and a G flat and F, F-sharp is the same. This is C and D flat. So I kind of is the same as the previous one, D flat and C-sharp? Yes. A flat, E flat, and B flat. And F major. The last one, C major. 10. Five finger positions: This time I want to fill up all the notes that in the picture. So that's definitely see position. Understand the concept now. And I will have the practice VHDL in the end that you can follow with step-by-step. Okay? So C position. And then you can add the pattern that we just learned play in the previous lessons. Let's move to G major, which is all wacky. Ready? Jump to F. Only one black key, right there, okay. Fourth finger on the right hand, left second finger, and lower left-hand. Okay. Okay. Then that's due the D-major. Only one, OneNote is on the brand, which is middle note, okay? A major is the same. We only have our third finger on the black key, the same shape. And that's dou E, which is we have to black. For this time. You see that we have to bracket so forth. And three of the MFN, second F3, and the right-hand. So right hand is second three on the black key. Okay. 11. B Major Scale: This is a B major. So in order to do, to place your thumb in place, so you need to move your hands towards two to the piano this side, okay? So we only have three. We have the maximum three. Black you right here, you see that? Okay. You can get C-sharp, D-sharp, F-sharp, and second finger on the knee. And then pinky and a lot more details where to find the note. But see this is our C position. And we'll, we'll go and move one node down, move one node down, and pinky, move one note down. This is a position where you see that every single notes that it's related to our previous previous court, because they are all the same logic. The shape, the path key, one, play that for now, but they are only one knows different. They says really logical. Okay. Okay. 12. Create your own song 1: Now you know the positions, choose one position using fingers only. And let's make some sounds. In terms of rhythm, you can think of a paragraph of sentence like, I like to go practice. Then you can play a random key with the rhythm, you just thinking off, and then change some notes like like that. Okay? And for the left hand, you remember the Z position? If I choose the C procedure now, I can just play this and this. But it's free. 13. Create your own song 2: How do I mean, you can come close. You're also, you can find them motif. Just something only on this five-note in different key die, you will think of the different color dye you can use, not only just only limited to see you there. 14. Texture - Staccato and legato: So think of when you compose, there is some texture that you want to do. For example, we have some things very crispy, like like the potato chips is Chris be, and sometimes we have the pasta very smooth, very, very delicate. That it has the staccato legato in music too, which is staccato, very legato is very smooth. So the terms in music are all Italian. Step Godel means detached. It sells like bumping. Their I'm rarely rehab. Elderly. Godel means tie up. It sounds worse. Mood. Is okay. But if you self might be, you might do this like this, right? Okay. That's our texture. 15. Speed- Allegro and Andante: This is the Allegro and dandy. Growth means cheerful. It has a fast tempo. And andante is a steady speed of walking, just like walk, walk, walk, walk. Thinking of the clock every single second. Just like tap, tap, tap, tap on that day. But if I want some travel, this is faster or I can make different shape. I'll 11. That sounds more cheerful. Music is really magic. You can just change it. What do you want? 16. Fingerings: In music, sometimes we will use the fingerings. This is one, this is two. This is 34512345. And sometimes it's confusing about when we are playing at the same direction that you will become fused, 0, 0, this is 1. So you will put it this way. But, you know, if we think of dollar ME file so that you have, you don't have that problems. So sometimes it's good to think of the Dorian me far so instead of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. But sometimes I still will say 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Just for your reference. 17. Nextlevel: For next level, you will learn in black key also, I think a position. Okay? And you will also learn a little bit faster. And also this the romantics. 18. See you: Hope to see you next level. Happy practicing. 19. Practice: Do Re Mi: This is the practice video for that DO Re Mi, personality. 20. Practice: Interval 2nd: This is the practice video for the second 12. Ready go. So let n ready go. I mean, we play mean. So d t. 21. Practice: Interval 3rd: This is the practicing video for the third 12. Ready? So d t. We do d to t. So the net N ready del t, So, so me, me, me, me zone. So d t. 22. Practice: Interval 4th: This is an activating video for that fourth 12, ready go. So t so t b. So to me, me. 23. Practice: Interval 5th: This is the video for the fifth one to go. So one to n d. 24. Practice: Interval 6th: This is the practice video for the six. One, two, ready go. Grey. Tea, me, do re mi, ti, ti, be, so One, two, ready go. So TI, DO RE, MI for t. So t. To go too far. 25. Practice: Interval 7th: And this is seven. And the right-hand one to D to E T T C E T T tau. Okay? When we ready, go. Pray. Do RE MI, FA. So k, t. So t. Play with me on the right-hand. Ready? Go. All right. Let's move to our living. The seventh, 12, ready go. T, T, DO, RE, MI, FA, MI. This is the seventh on the left. One to Twisty. So could you play with me to say 26. Practice: Interval 8th(Octave)- Right Hand: This is the right-hand active. This is active. Follow me. One, two, ready, go. So play with me. 27. Practice: Interval 8th(Octave)-Left Hand: This is the active I will live in Wadi. Okay. Please me. Ready? 28. Practice: five finger positions: Okay, This is all the, all the key positions that this is our five-fingered positions. So that's done from the beginning. And follow me what I play and play. Ready? Go to court. Next one, G. So S, t, t, t. All right, next. Very good. 29. Practice: Alberti Bass: And this is, I may change a little bit, but this is Alberti bass that you probably think off when the previous section, where I know it could be better, but the simple way is doing it that way first. And then you can switch to this pressure if you like. So this pattern is Alberti bass, and I'll play some node with the right-hand. I just made that. Okay. I'll feel like it 30. Practice: Chords: So let's practice with a chord with all the skill men by the colloquial about all those court. So simple chord, which is, I will play melodic first in the harmonic 1, 2, 3. Don't be so moved to chimp, G-Major, G position, one, toothache. So the way to think, very good, That's move back down to F position. I know this is my hands already tell me. Ok, But we don't need to play this for now. We will play on the next episode. Ready? 123. Your time. Do two, sorry. Okay, moved to a position 1, 2, 3 TO three. Next, a major, one to say D2. Next position, E position. I know I already put here. Hence, just already told me. Ready go, 1, 2, 3. So C, C23, Very good. And our magic wand. Think of this, this shape that will go there. You only the difference is this last note, okay, go into the black E2. Ready? Go. 1, 2, 3. Very good. Okay, This time I want directly from the beginning to the end, so I won't have too much speaking. 123 S. 31. Practice: Compositions: Here are some compensations idea you can draw with your left hand. Okay? You can do this. 23123. Do see position and you didn't do whatever your right hand. And the other pattern is like this one to say. Okay. And the other patterns, if you want to be 4, 4 time signature, we will talk about that data. We know that L baddie base. And this is how bad the manuscript. 32. Practice: Textures: So this is the texture practice. So remember with talking about the stack at all and legato, this is staccato. So your muscle is like bom, bom, bom, bom, bom, bom, bom, bom, bom. Ok. Just like this. D, d, d. Okay. Think of like this way. You can like pressing down individual just like the bottom on your finger. The DDA. Okay. Don't use your any risks like this, okay. That's not necessary. Okay. So wartime legato sounds like this. Okay. All right.