Monthly Archives: January 2013

Star Wars Scales

One of my students, a six year old boy, is obsessed with Star Wars.  In his lesson he asked if he could learn the Star Wars theme.

Well, as chance would have it, I have a Superhero Piano Book with the Star Wars theme in it.  Unfortunately it’s still a little too difficult at the moment.  So I took the main theme (from the first line) and showed him how to play it with his left hand fingers one to five in C major position and his right hand finger 1 playing the high octave C.

C–G–FEDC’–G-FEDC’–G-FEFD—–

Well he loved it!

A little later in the lesson he tried to play it again but accidentally got himself into F major position.  He worked out that the B needed to be a B flat and there he was, transposing!

This student is already familiar with the pentascale patterns in C, D, E, F, G and A majors, thanks to his progress through my Express Yourself Piano Scheme Key Skills.  So for homework I set him the task of playing Star Wars in all of those keys.

This week – perfect.  He’s completely grasped the concept and can play fluently in any key he likes.  It has also strengthened his left hand brilliantly.  What a great little activity. I’ve now got all my boys doing it.  I wonder if anyone can think of a suitable tune that girls might like.  I tried a couple of them on Star Wars and got some raised eyebrows!

Why not make a suggestion?

2012 Exam Successes

Congratulations to all the Express Yourself students who braved the world of examinations this year.  I’m so proud of all of you.  We know it’s the taking part that counts…. but you all passed too!!

Here’s the breakdown

  • Grade 1 Popular Music Vocals – Distinction (London College of Music)
  • Grade 1 Popular Music Vocals – Merit (London College of Music)
  • Grade 2 Popular Music Vocals – Distinction (London College of Music)
  • Grade 2 Popular Piano – Distinction (Rockschool)
  • Grade 3 Popular Piano – Pass (Rockschool)
  • Grade 4 Popular Music Vocals – Distinction (London College of Music)
  • Grade 5 Popular Music Theory – Distinction (London College of Music)
  • Grade 5 Popular Music Theory – Distinction (London College of Music)
  • Grade 6 Piano – Distinction (Trinity College London)
  • Grade 8 Popular Music Vocals Performance – Distinction (London College of Music)

Roll on 2013!

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