1. Ode to Joy
Learning to transpose
Gwen (age 7) learned Beethoven's 5th. (Ode to Joy) in the key of C last year. She then learned F major *penta scale and the G major penta scale and the corresponding I and V7 chords and successfully transposed Ode to Joy to the keys of G and F. She had just been assigned the key of F when her family was on vacation. Finding a grand piano in the lobby of her hotel, this courageous 7-yr-old stepped up for a few minutes of practice and the chance to share her music (I think her parents also took her digital piano with 88 weighted keys on vacation so she could practice....)
*penta scales are 5 note scales with simplified fingering
2. And at her next lesson, Gwen passed Ode to Joy in the key of F, transposing it beautifully. Notice her hand position. I love watching her technique improve on a weekly basis. Gwen is now learning C chord and the inversions and is about to complete the primer in her method studies.
There is no substitute for parents who are committed to getting their children to a piano lesson every week, encourage practice at home, and have the dedication to pack a full size digital piano and take it on vacation.
How I love the parents of my students. I would not enjoy the success I have if it were not for them!
Gwen celebrated one year of piano lessons the first week of January 2015.
3. Ode to Joy in G
Chelsea successfully played Ode to Joy in the key of C and after learning the G and F penta scales and I and V7 chords for each key, transposed it to the keys of F and G in 2014. Her first lesson was in late spring (April or May 2014). She is about to complete her Primer Level books and is now learning to play C major triad (3 note chords) in root position and first inversion.
The only thing bigger than Chelsea's heart is her enthusiasm.
4. Ode To Joy
Key of G, Hands Together, Singing
Super job, Aline!
The length of time it takes each student to pass this assignment from start to finish varies depending on the student's age, skill, and the amount of time she or he practices each week. Aline is using triads (3 note chords) for this assignment because her skill level and technique is more advanced.
Younger students use two note chords until their coordination and technique are more consistent.
In the past 6 months Aline has learned the major scales and the primary chords and their inversions for 5 major keys and is playing these primary chords in root position, 1st. inversion, and 2nd. inversion and applying them to some of her favorite songs.
5. C Major Penta Scale
C, G7 Open Chords
The C Major open chord and the G7 are the two chords beginners are to use to play Ode to Joy..
Practice the scale slowly.
Then practice going back and forth from the Open C to the G7 Chords
Aline is more advanced and is playing triads (3 note chords).
6. G Major Penta Scale
Open G and D7 Chords
Practice the scale slowly.
Play the Open G and the D7 chords, going back and forth between both chords..
More advanced students play 3 note triads or chords.