Dear Friends: We are SO pleased to announce…
Upper Hands Piano: Songs of the Seasons, SPRING is now available on Amazon.com! Classical pieces include Vivaldi’s Spring, Bach’s Sleepers Wake, and Mendelssohn’s Spring Song. Holiday songs include Dayenu (Passover), De Colores (Cinco de Mayo), Battle Hymn of the Republic (Memorial Day), A Tisket A Tasket (Easter) and fun songs for Mother’s and Father’s Day. Popular songs include April Showers, Glow Worm, The Flowers That Bloom in the Spring, and Scott Joplin’s Silver Swan Rag.
As with our Songs of the Seasons, Winter and Autumn books, we have suggested some musical goals In the back of the SPRING book. Here is an excerpt:
Goals for Spring:
Focus On Chords:
Focus on reviewing all of the basic chords this spring. Chords are the foundation of all music (with the exception of atonal pieces). If you were to analyze your pieces, both classical and popular, you would find chords in every measure. Review the major triads in all 12 keys. Then minor, diminished, and augmented triads. Next play all of the major triads in 1st inversion. When you know the 1st inversions well, review 2nd inversions. If you have gotten as far asUpper Hands Piano, Book 3, review 6ths, 7ths and major 7ths in every key. Having instant familiarity with your chords will help you to be able to identify them in music, which will enable you to learn your pieces deeper, better and faster. To learn more about chords, search for “chords” at blog.UpperHandsPiano.com
March 20th is the spring equinox, when night and day are equal in length. It’s a great time to think about bringing balance into your life; eating healthy along with enjoying a few treats, exercising your body along with stimulating your mind and relaxing at the piano. There are many ways to consider balance in your musical studies. Think about your posture: The ideal posture is a straight back that pivots from your derrière, with relaxed shoulders and feet flat on the floor. Piano players strive for dynamic balance, which is the ability to play one hand softer or louder than the other, as needed. Search for “The Art Of Balance” at blog.UpperHandsPiano.com to watch our Youtube video demonstrating exercises to help you increase dynamic balance.
As always, thanks so much for your support! Now we are back to finishing our piano method series, with Upper Hands Piano, BOOK 4. When BOOK 4 is completed, I hope to get back to weekly blogging about issues related to piano lessons for adults 50+. I miss writing my blog posts and hearing your observations, ideas and concerns!
I am seeing the first blossoms and blooms and enjoying birdsong here in Los Angeles. Don’t you just love the first blooms?!
May you enjoy the renewal of spring!
With love and music, Gaili
PS – All Upper Hands Piano books are available on Amazon! Or check them out on our website. Thanks!
13 Replies to “Upper Hands Piano: Songs of the Seasons, SPRING”
Looks like wonderful songs. Thanks, Aimee
Thanks for the free sheetmusic gaili, Aimee. I found my Fake book from long ago.
That’s great Aimee! You’re so welcome
I copied some of the songs and am using them for my students. They love them, Thanks again Gaili. Aimee
Great! Coyping from the free downloads is fine. Just not from the books. Thanks Aimee
Congrats on completing and releasing the Spring music book! As always, thanks for your inspiration. I have finally started Book 3. I hope I can remember all the new chords and inversions. Plenty of challenges here.
Spring for me means getting dirty in the vegetable garden. I’ve been digging up old plants and putting in tomatoes and peppers, with other seeds to go in. We’re still harvesting carrots, collards, kale, romaine, cilantro, dill, arugula and edible pod peas, etc. The air is fragrant with citrus blooms. The peach trees are loaded with 1″ diameter fruit. An occasional brilliant pomegranate bloom can be seen. I feel blessed to have these delights outside my back door.
Wish I could share some with you:-)
It feels good to be back on the blog. Best wishes on completing Book 4.
Take care and thanks for all you do for us aspiring piano players!
Thanks Nancy! Your comments are always so appreciated 🙂
I am growing Swiss Chard, Zucchini, tomatoes, lettuce, kale, cilantro, dill, oregano, thyme, rosemary and many flowers. We put in some new trees, meyer lemon and fig, because alas, our 60 yr old plum tree died. We had such amazing fruit up until 5 years ago, but it was at the end of its natural life span and we couldn’t save it 🙁
Wish I could sample your peaches! Perhaps we will try a peach tree next year.
Good luck with Book 3. I welcome your questions on the blog. Keep reviewing your inversions as you start your 6th, 7th and man 7th chords. Many thanks, Gaili
You’re a gardener, like me. That’s good. I only copy the free sheet music, Thank you, Aimee
I’m working on my chords. Getting the hang of it. Thanks gaili, Also I have been practicing 10-20 min. a day. You’re blog has helped me with that. Aimee
That’s great Aimee- we can all keep growing as musicians. Learning new musical skills is important, and chords are wonderful!
Yes! Gardening is one of my passions. It makes me so happy to eat food from the garden.
Wow, that’s nice. I don’t have edibles just a lot of trees and flowers. And yes Rosemary, I guess is edible. My garden is an oasis in the middle of the city. The Robins love it here, they take their daily baths in my bird bath. So do the little birds. Their chirping wakes me up in the morning.
Nice! Sounds like spring has come to Seattle 🙂