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LESSON TEN: INTERMEDIATE STUDIES

Listening to it all . . . is important

It's music appreciation time again.

Let's go to:

The Classical MIDI Archive

Once you are there, stroll through their library and listen to some tunes (at least 3 songs). Note: If you click and hold on the Crescendo control panel while listening to MIDI files play, you can select options like "pause" and "play." On MidPlug the controls are shown and more are hidden under the left side of the control panel (just click and hold down).

When you are done listening, it's time to say to yourself, "Very good and well done. I am proud of you for coming so far in this course." In the next lesson you will be using the LH chord patterns you have been practicing.
It's time to put LH rhythm with RH melody.


In case I've forgotten to mention it earlier, when you first begin to practice a song that has notes written for the left hand and for the right hand, there is a customary way to practice this type of song (a song without chords written above the treble clef).


Here's the scoop!




Break the song up into smaller pieces (8 to 16 measures at a time). Some songs will have section markers or numbers such as A, B, C, etc. every 8, 16, to 32 bars (bars and measures are the same thing).

In these smaller pieces,
practice the left hand part first and then the right hand part. When you feel confident about playing each part alone, combine both parts and play this small piece of the song with both hands.

Use this same method to go through the entire song.

When you are done, play the whole song through with both hands. When you run into a trouble spot, stop.

For trouble spots, rehearse the trouble spot until you feel it will no longer give you any more trouble. Then back up several measures and try playing from this earlier point in the song on through the trouble spot. Do this for each trouble spot you encounter.

When you are done practicing the song in this way, you will have learned to play the song. This is a standard rehearsal technique used by many conductors. Enjoy, you're in good company with the best of the best.

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