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The Fundamentals of Piano Playing Part 3

Elvire Boelee, Pianist

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7 Lessons (57m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Lesson 1, Sharps and Flats

    • 3. Lesson 2, Dotted Notes

    • 4. Lesson 3, Rests part 1

    • 5. Lesson 3, Rests part 2

    • 6. Lesson 4, Articulation and Dynamics

    • 7. Lesson 5, Shostakovich's 2nd Waltz


About This Class

I'm picking up right where I left off with the Fundamentals of Piano Playing Part 2. In the FoPP Pt 2, we've learned to read notes, and remember to keep practicing them every day! In this course our goal is to play the arrangement I made of Shostakovich's 2nd Waltz. 

The arrangements I made for this course can be found in the Project section as attachments. I think the course will be more easy to follow if you're behind your piano and you print out the arrangement beforehand and watch the course with the sheet music on the piano and your laptop next to it trying to participate immediately and pausing the course whenever necessary. (but completely up to you of course).

So like I said, in this course we're going to learn everything necessary to play our arrangement in the final lesson of this course. This includes :

- Sharps and flats (the black keys of the piano)  

- Rests

- Moving your hand and stretching out your fingers

- Training your note reading 

- Articulation and Dynamics

As promised also here a link to some great etudes that you can practiced to get a better feeling for the keyboard, to train your note reading and to improve your technique. Also, you'll get to understand what fingering is natural in piano playing as the fingering that is written is excellent.

Note: * Please let me know if any of the links aren't working properly!

1: Czerny Etude de Mechanisme, Op. 849:,_Carl-Etudes_de_Mechanisme_Op_849_Peters_7765_scan.pdf 

2: Czerny The five finges, 24 practice pieces, Op. 777:

3: Czerny 100 practice pieces, Op. 139,_Carl-100_Uebungsstuecke_Op_139_Peters_6983-84_scan.pdf

4. LemoineEtudes Enfantines, Op 37:,_Op._37_(piano).pdf 

PS. Did you know that on the website you can find any score from any composer without copyright (they have to have died more than 75 years ago) for free? 10's of thousands of free scores, Beethoven, Mozart sonata's Chopin's Nocturnes, you can find literally any copyright free score there!

Also this is a series that I like:

Because it encourages students to move their hands, and also gives clear signs when you have to move your hand, and other tips, making it a great method to work through independently. Just make sure you're actually ordering the 'gold star performance' version, not the normal lesson book.

-- Prior knowledge is required for this course, if you've watched the Fundamentals of Piano Part 1 and 2 you'll be able to follow along. Otherwise, if you're already able to read notes, and have a knowledge of basic rhythm (time signatures, quarter, half and whole notes) you'll also be able to follow this course. If not, why not start at the beginning with my course: the Fundamentals of Piano Playing Part 1?