Adding the G minor Chord

Lesson Five, Snake Dance syncopation build-up,
Musicarta Beat and Rhythm workbook.

The next version in the build-up adds a bit of harmonic variety by introducing a G minor sound in Line 3. Only the left hand does anything different.

This is the interim block-fifths version.

This is the lesson final version.

Practice tips

Watch the teaching video to help you understand the easiest way to learn the new version.

It’s useful to revert to simple block fifths in the left hand initially. Here is Line 3 with the new left hand material.

The left hand thumb moves up from the A to the B flat then back.

Learners often try to avoid putting their hands up between the black keys, but it’s not ‘wrong’ to do so. In fact, quite the opposite.

Trying not to let your fingers go
up between the black keys – uncomfortable and difficult.

Letting your fingers slide up between the black keys – comfortable and easy.

Let your hand move up towards the back of the keys so your thumb can slip easily onto the B flat.

Make sure you understand that the thumb goes to the higher note for the middle half of the line only. It’s “Down, up, up, down”.

Then break the left hand fifths up and practice the line continuously. You see how you have to be ready to push your hand up towards the back of the keys.

Fit the new Line 3 into the previous lesson continuous left hand version. No MS is given for this stage in the build-up.


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