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#1739979 - 08/24/11 08:47 PM Help with Class Assignment due Tomorrow 8/25
Yesshh Offline
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Registered: 03/02/11
Posts: 16
So guys, I have to practice this page from our Progressive Class Piano book, and I forgot exactly what I am doing.

Can someone care to elaborate and maybe provide some feedback for me?

The top part is just played in the D major five finger pattern with the right hand correct? So it will only utilize the F# correct? I think the left hand will play with the same key signature/five finger pattern, except my thumb starts with C#?

And the bottom part of the page is just both on the C major five finger pattern, both on the treble staff?

Thanks for the help.

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#1740006 - 08/24/11 09:35 PM Re: Help with Class Assignment due Tomorrow 8/25 [Re: Yesshh]
PianoStudent88 Offline
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Registered: 06/16/11
Posts: 3442
Loc: Maine
Yesshh, may I suggest not thinking so much in terms of five finger patterns?

Look at the finger number and starting note suggested. Place your finger on that note, and the rest of your fingers on adjacent keys. Put finger(s) on black keys as called for by the key signature. Now play as much as you can without moving your hand.

In the first piece, you are correct that the only black key played by your right hand is F#. For your left hand, your ring finger starts on A. Where does that place your thumb? (Hint: it's not on C#.)

Something to think about: how much of the left hand part in the first piece can you play without moving your hand? Related question: How will you play the final D in the bass clef?

On to the second piece: you are correct that your right hand does not have to move position.

As for the left hand, your left thumb does have to move once (question: when?). More critically, look at the fingering for the first chord. Lay your hand on the keyboard pressing C and G with the designated left hand fingers. Are you in a standard five-finger position? Where is your thumb supposed to play for most of this piece? This is an extended position, meaning that your fingers are not on five diatonically adjacent keys.

Edited by PianoStudent88 (08/24/11 09:39 PM)

#1740114 - 08/24/11 11:39 PM Re: Help with Class Assignment due Tomorrow 8/25 [Re: PianoStudent88]
Yesshh Offline
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Registered: 03/02/11
Posts: 16
It places your right hand thumb on D. The second finger (pointer) should be on C#.

You can play all of the first piece without moving your hand from where you started, but I planned on playing the D in the bass clef with my pinky.

Your thumb moves in the 7th measure?

Thanks for your help, I appreciate it.

I went to listen to a friend play who is a music major (piano) at a nearby private college, needless to say I have never seen someone play so well in person (she is a math/piano double major). It really made me realize how elementary this is, lol, but I do want to get it correct.

#1740242 - 08/25/11 08:07 AM Re: Help with Class Assignment due Tomorrow 8/25 [Re: Yesshh]
PianoStudent88 Offline
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Registered: 06/16/11
Posts: 3442
Loc: Maine
Yes, you've got it, Yesshh. Hope your class goes well.


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