Lesson One -
"The Crash Course In Exciting Piano
You're On Your Way To Playing Piano Like You've Always Dreamed!
Week one's journey into the world of piano starts at the very beginning:
the piano keyboard. After a brief review of the texts and their methods,
you'll be introduced to the keys themselves, learning quickly to find
middle C and to identify a number of notes in the C major scale.
Duane explains right-hand fingering techniques, register and basic musical
notation before walking you step by step through the melodies of your
first two songs. But melodies are only half the battle; the lesson then
moves on to the chords and left-hand accompaniment that a full, complete
sound requires. Using the "pointer" method -- a method by which chords and
their fingerings are learned -- Duane shows you several in a set of C
major scale family chords, giving you the ability to play well-known songs
like "Merrily We Roll Along" and "Lightly Row" with both hands.
If you're saying "I don't want to learn silly little songs like that",
remember that we are learning principles we can then apply to any song --
including all the songs you will someday love to play!
After being taught the fingerings and structure of your newly learned
chords, you'll move on to the fundamentals of music theory and sight
reading. New terms such as staff, clef, measure and bar line are explained
fully, as are their sister concepts rhythm, melody, harmony, time
signature and note values. Duane shows you the essentials of music reading
and guides you through several songs geared toward exercising your
knowledge, stopping along the way to explain any new concept or idea. It's
a slow, careful method of learning the basics, one punctuated by a short
quiz to test what you've learned thus far.
The last several minutes of this first lesson move in for a close-up,
giving you a bird's eye view of Duane's hands as he again demonstrates the
chords, fingerings and exercises included in this lesson. It's a chance to
see, in detail, what your hands really should be doing and a valuable tool
for understanding and reviewing the techniques introduced in your first
week, as well as a "preview of coming attractions" -- exciting techniques
you will learn later on.
And remember -- you don't have to commit yourself to a full year -- you
can "sample" the course by signing up for just the first month. But if you
do, I warn you -- you will be hooked because you'll start to see that you
really can learn to play the piano -- it's not just a wishful dream.
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