Summary Action Items – Beginners

Summary Action Item for Piano Student

Lesson Focus: Minor Key Song Tutorial – “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” in G# Minor

  1. Understand Key Selection:
    • Grasp why G# minor is chosen over Ab minor.
    • Learn the distinction between naming notes as flats or sharps.
  2. Scale and Mode Study:
    • Study the G# minor scale (Natural Minor/Aeolian mode).
    • Recognize the structure and notes of the scale.
  3. Song Structure and Melody:
    • Familiarize with the melody of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”.
    • Practice the melody for all three skill levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced).
  4. Chord Progressions and Voicings:
    • Learn and practice the 1-4-5 chord progression in G# minor.
    • Understand chord inversions and their application in the song.
    • Study the diatonic chords of the natural minor key.
  5. Sectional Practice:
    • Divide the song into sections and practice each separately.
    • Combine sections gradually as proficiency improves.
  6. Melody and Chords Integration:
    • Practice playing the melody with the right hand and chords with the left hand.
    • Work on synchronization and fluency.
  7. Backing Track Practice:
    • Utilize the provided backing track to enhance practice.
    • Experiment with chord voicings and rhythms.
  8. Advanced Techniques (for Intermediate/Advanced Students):
    • Explore more complex chord variations and inversions.
    • Practice breaking up chords and adding rhythmic variations.
  9. Resources and Progression:
    • Utilize the available score, chord charts, backing track, and MIDI file.
    • Once comfortable, progress to the intermediate version of the tutorial.

Key Reminder: Focus on understanding the logic behind key and chord choices, and practice in sections to gradually build up the complete piece.

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