I have been so pleased with my students' progress in my other two Muscle Builder Books (and have gotten great feedback from you readers, as well!), and I am so excited to be offering level 3 of the My Muscle Builder Book, available now in The Teaching Studio Store. (If you haven't had the chance to check out Level 1 and Level 2 yet, I recommend it! My students have really excelled in their understanding of chords and scales using these books!)
Book 3 builds on the foundation of successful completion of Books 1 & 2. (So by now, students should know:
• how to play all 7 white-key major and minor chords, arpeggios, and 5-finger scales, both hands
• how each white-key major chord is spelled by memory
• how to listen and identify major vs. minor chords
• how to transpose simple songs from one five-finger position to another
• the 7 major chord inversions in broken chords (walking up the keys) and block chords, right hand
• how to play staccato and legato scales
• how to play five-finger scales in opposite motion
• how to listen and identify 2nds and 3rds)
In my studio, I have had young students who have taken lessons for about a year, and are in the Faber "My First Piano Adventures" Book C who are totally ready for My Muscle Builders Book 3. They are super confident in playing major white-key chords and arpeggios and are ready to move onto some more techniques!
Here are some previews of Book 3:
We learn some thumb preparation exercises to get ready to play full scales (one octave, hands alone):
We learn five full scales (one octave, hands alone):
We do some tonic/dominant chord exercises in 7 major keys:
We review the major chords, this time using an Alberti bass pattern in the left hand:
Like the other two Muscle Builder Books, this includes lots of fun, colorful "picture scales" so even students in lower levels of music-reading will be able to play these, no problem. Each technique is broken down into short and manageable exercises, and there is a place to pass off each individual exercise with a sticker or check mark. I have found that, generally, students can work on and master a couple of exercises per week. Of course, some may go quite a bit faster and some may need more time!
This book is 28 pages long and is in downloadable e-book format. I recommend printing it in booklet format (double-sided with two pages per sheet - so when you fold it the pages are in the right order!), so check your printer settings before printing! That way it can be folded and stapled into a nice little booklet. I often use small round stickers to pass off exercises, and to place on the circles of the picture scales. The price is $10.00 and it is available to purchase here in this post, or over in The Teaching Studio Store under Teaching Resources For Sale.
I want to give away a Muscle Builder Book to TWO lucky readers! Leave me a comment on this post for an entry into the giveaway! I will give away one copy of My Muscle Builders Book 2, and one copy of My Muscle Builders Book 3! (Remember, Book 1 is available as a FREE download - check it out!) Receive one extra entry by sharing about this giveaway via Facebook, Pinterest, etc. Giveaway ends this Friday, March 8 at 10:00 pm, Central Time. Have a great day!