Lesson 16 – Studying and Taking part in Dotted Notes

I’m at present studying an amazing e book referred to as Atomic Habits by James Clear. In a chapter entitled, “The Finest Solution to Begin a New Behavior,” Clear cites a big research exhibiting that individuals had been most profitable in participating in actions equivalent to exercising after they shaped an “implementation intention,” equivalent to this:

“In the course of the subsequent week, I’ll partake in no less than 20 minutes of vigorous train on [DAY] at [TIME] in [PLACE].”

Clear states: “A whole bunch of research have proven that implementation intentions are efficient for sticking to our targets” of every kind, together with piano apply (after all, you knew the place this was going 😉).

Clear additionally talks about “Behavior Stacking” through which you pair two habits:

“After I pour my cup of espresso every morning, I’ll meditate for one minute.”

I like studying about methods that designate how we are able to flip our targets into habits, as a result of I do know that when we kind a behavior we usually tend to keep it up, and I’ve a number of actions for which I wish to enhance my abilities.

I’m solely on Chapter 5, however I’ll proceed to share Clear’s findings in future classes if I feel they could be of use to you. When you consider it, our each day habits and rituals make up a big a part of who we actually are.

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You’ve been enjoying dotted half notes, however what does the dot truly imply? At the moment I discuss in regards to the dots you see to the fitting of notes. A dot will increase the word by half of its worth. Within the video under, I exhibit tips on how to play the dotted quarter notes you see in Trumpet Tune, in our Higher Palms Piano, BOOK 1 on p.54.

Dotted quarter notes are often adopted by eighth notes or eighth rests, as a result of collectively they equal 2 beats. Dotted quarter notes are held for 1½ beats, and eighth notes or rests are held for ½ beat:

If you’re prepared to start out enjoying Trumpet Tune, watch my video that will help you hear the rhythm, and rely the beats:

At the moment we’re beginning Chord Calisthenics #3. Play every triad as a serious chord, then a minor, then again to the key once more, with every hand. You’ll just do the primary 4 keys for now, however I’m demonstrating all 12 keys (alternating palms) right here:

For the subsequent two weeks, you’ll end up the Rhythm Evaluate on p.53. For the primary week, attempt enjoying and counting traces 4 and 5. Discover that line 4 is in 4/4 time, in order that there are 4 beats per measure. Line 5 is in 3/4 time, with 3 beats per measure. After enjoying and counting traces 4 and 5, attempt placing phrases to the rhythms.

In your second week, play traces 6 and seven. Discover that line 6 is in 2/4 time, and line 7 is in 3/4 time. For these two traces I’ve requested you to put in writing the counts underneath the notes, then additionally give you phrases to associate with the rhythms.

  1. Train #3 in D-flat (assessment) and A-flat (new). Play every train 3 occasions: 2x Forte (loudly) then 1x Piano (softly) with every hand. Use the PENTASCALES chart in the back of the e book if you’re undecided of the hand positions for F# and D-flat. Evaluate Ex #3 in C, G, D, A, E, B and F# when you’ll be able to.
  2. Chord Calisthenics #3 – This week you’ll begin Chord Calisthenics #3! Play the key, then minor, then main triads in C, G, D and A.
  3. Rhythm Evaluate p.53- traces 4-7
  4. Trumpet Tune p.54 – Play and rely the beats as written, very slowly. As soon as you are feeling assured that you simply perceive the rhythm, play just a little sooner with out counting.
  5. Do the Musical Math on p.55 (verify your solutions here).
  6. Non-compulsory: For those who subscribe to my weblog you can too play Gershwin’s music, ‘S Wonderful, my August free sheet music giveaway. Obtain and print the “simpler” association and be happy to put in writing in letters subsequent to any notes you haven’t but realized. You’ll be able to omit a number of the left-hand notes, and even play simply the fitting hand. There’s a demonstration video on the put up.

Typically when I’m practising my French, the thought comes into my thoughts, “I’ll by no means get this! It’s simply too exhausting! Why am I even making an attempt?” Then I remind myself that I’ve had that thought earlier than, when confronting one thing tough in my French Classes. I inform myself that I’ll get it will definitely if I hold learning, simply as I’ve earlier than. I keep in mind that I’ve set French fluency as an necessary and beloved aspiration, so even when I doubt my potential, I’ll hold my resolve.

What methods or affirmations do you employ to maintain shifting ahead once you encounter one thing very difficult in your piano (or different) apply?