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How to use the sustain pedal: the third piece to play (part 5)

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How to use the sustain pedal

In this lesson I will show you how to use the sustain pedal.
In this way you will be able to play the whole piece in a very effective way but most of all now you can play any piece you want using the sustain pedal.

Learning material of this lesson

7 videos 30 mins
1. The sustain pedal 3m 35s
2. How to use it in the right way 6m 58s
3. When to ‘change’ the sustain pedal 5m 36s
4. A preparatory exercise to use the pedal effectively 4m 28s
5. How to play the first part with the sustain pedal (only the left hand) 3m 37s
6. How to play the first part with the sustain pedal (hands together) 3m 04s
7. How to play the whole piece with the sustain pedal (hands together) 2m 57s
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How to use the sustain pedal: the third piece to play (part 4)

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How to use dynamics and tempo indications

This lesson is very important: in fact we will introduce many new dynamics and tempo indications.

Learning material of this lesson

7 videos 37 mins
1. Introduction to the new lesson 2m 00s
2. How to play the third part of the piece 3m 10s
3. We introduce the dynamics 7m 56s
4. How to differentiate the areas of a piece 4m 20s
5. Tempo indications: ‘rall’ and ‘a tempo’ 9m 57s
6. How to play using both dynamics and tempo indications 2m 26s
7. Introduction to the sustain pedal 8m 21s
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Piano, how to use the sustain pedal: the third piece to play (part 2)

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Let’s play hands separate

In this lesson we will learn how to play this piece hands separate.
But most of all we will introduce some new essential techniques that allow us to play couple of notes and repeated notes.
Have a good lesson!

Learning material of this lesson

7 videos 56 mins
1. How to play a couple of notes (the first part of the piece) 8m 21s
2. How to play a couple of notes (the second part of the piece) 6m 29s
3. How to play repeated notes: the right technique 4m 51s
4. The right hand: the first part of the piece 9m 35s
5. The left hand: the first part of the piece 7m 13s
6. The left hand: the second part of the piece 13m 04s
7. The left hand: the third part of the piece 7m 10s
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How to use the sustain pedal: the third piece to play (part 1)

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A new piece to play

Today we start an essential cycle of video lessons in which we learn to play the third piano piece.

But most of all in this lessons we will also learn many new topics such as:

  • How to perform a piece in ¾ time signature
  • How to play couples of notes
  • How to play repeated notes
  • Using new dynamics and tempo indications
  • How to use the sustain pedal

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Learning material of this lesson

7 videos 60 mins
1. Introduction to the new cycle of video lessons 10m 06s
2. The sheet music 5m 39s
3. How to read in ¾ time 10m 34s
4. We read the right hand staff 8m 12s
5. We read the left hand staff 4m 45s
6. How to find the notes on the keyboard 6m 55s
7. The fingering of the third piece 10m 16s
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The secret of really understanding modulations: the circle of fifths (part 3)

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The circle of fifths

What do we mean with the term ‘circle of fifths’?
Why the tonalities are sorted in a circle?
Why do we need the enharmonic relation to create the circle of fifths?

These are some of the questions we will answer today. Then we will understand all the practical benefits of the using of circle of fifths.
At the end of the lesson we also introduce the essential concept of ‘closely related keys’ and we find a very quick method to find all the closely related keys.

In this way, after these video lessons you are ready to use modulation in a very effective way!
To get the most of this lesson I suggest you to watch before the following videos (if you haven’t already done):

The Equal Tempered System and the Enharmonic relation (part 1)

The Equal Tempered System and the Enharmonic relation (part 2)

Learning material of this lesson

6 videos 39 mins
1. Introduction to the lesson 3m 20s
2. The fifth relation and the circle of fifths 4m 53s
3. How can we obtain the circle of fifths 7m 23s
4. Closely related keys and distantly related keys 10m 53s
5. How to understand modulations through the circle of fifths 4m 50s
6. The major scale degrees and closely related keys: a very strong relation 7m 05s
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The secret of really understanding modulations: the circle of fifths (part 2)

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The fifth relationship

Is there an easy way to know the key signature for every tonality?
The answer of course is yes and today I will show a step by step method to do it.

This is not the only topic we approach today: in fact we will also introduce the ‘fifth relation’ which allows us to understand more in depth modulation and how all the keys are tied to one another.

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Learning material of this lesson

5 videos 30 mins
1. Introduction to the lesson 4m 07s
2. The fifth relation between major keys 7m 09s
3. The fifth relation between minor keys 3m 36s
4. Key signature and fifth relation 5m 26s
5. A very easy method to find the key signature for any tonality 10m 02s
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The secret of really understanding modulations: the circle of fifths (part 1)

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How to understand relations between keys

What does ‘to modulate’ mean?
‘Modulation’ is the switching from one key to another.

Up to now in our video lessons we have worked only in one key at a time, but when we compose we often need to switch from one key to another. In order to be able to modulate in the right way, we need to understand in depth relationships between the different tonalities which are all tied together.

For this reason today we will start learning relations between keys that will allow us to understand modulations in depth.

Learning material of this lesson

6 videos 29 mins
1. The relations between tonalities 3m 17s
2. Different keys, common notes 6m 40s
3. A typical feature of tonalities, the key signature 4m 52s
4. Flat keys 3m 55s
5. The key signature for minor keys: permanent and temporary accidentals 4m 18s
6. Relations between major and minor keys 6m 13s
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Music Reading: the tie, dotted notes and other rhythmic figures (Part 8)

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Other rhythmic figures

In today’s lesson we will end this cycle of video lessons in which you have learned many new rhythmic figures.

Today we will improve even more our skills in music reading.

In fact you will find many new music reading exercises to practice with all the different figures.

But, maybe more important, we will introduce 2 new rhythmic figures. We will learn them from a theoretical point of view and understand how to read them.
Even in this case you will be able to immediately play them, thanks to some practical video exercises.

After all these video lessons you have reached a high level in music reading!

Learning material of this lesson

7 videos 21 mins
1. Introduction to the new lesson 2m 23s
2. First figure: eight note rest and a couple of semiquavers 3m 40s
3. Practice (first figure) 1m 57s
4. Exercise to learn to play (first figure) 2m 23s
5. Second figure: dotted crotchet and a couple of semiquavers 7m 05s
6. Practice (second figure) 1m 42s
7. Exercise to learn to play (second figure) 2m 52s
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Music Reading: the tie, dotted notes and other rhythmic figures (Part 7)

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Double dotted quavers

Today we will cover a very important rhythmic figure:

The double dotted quaver.

This is a very common figure but since it is quite complex to read, people often find some difficutlies with it.
For this reason today we will learn in depth how to read double dotted quavers.

In this lessons we will cover many other topics such as:

    • what are demisemiquavers
    • how to read demisemiquavers
    • how to read double dotted quaver plus a demisemiquaver
    • how to play double dotted quaver plus a demisemiquaver

To make the most of the material in this lesson, I suggest you to read the Introduction page of this cycle of lessons. (go to link).

The exercise to learn to play double dotted quavers

Learning material of this lesson

6 videos 27 mins
1. Introduction to the new lesson 4m 09s
2. What are demisemiquavers and how to read them 5m 36s
3. Double dotted quavers (theory) 6m 04s
4. Double dotted quavers (practice) 6m 34s
5. Music reading practice 1m 44s
6. The exercise to learn to play double dotted quavers 2m 33s
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Music Reading: the tie, dotted notes and other rhythmic figures (Part 6)

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Double dotted crotchets

What is a double dotted crotchet? It is an essential and very common rhytmic figure:

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Today we will focus on this new essential musical element: we will learn double dotted crotchets in depth and practice through many music reading exercises.

As usual you will also find a video to learn to play double dotted crotchets.

To make the most of  the material  in this lesson, I suggest you to read the Introduction page of this cycle of lessons. (go to link).

Have a good lesson!

Learning material of this lesson

4 videos 19 mins
1. Introduction to the new lesson 2m 12s
2. Double dotted crotchet (theory and practice) 12m 59s
3. Music reading practice 1m 59s
4. Exercise to learn to play double dotted crotchets 2m 24s
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