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Sample 1: 

"Beginner Hand Coordination"

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Exercise 1.1
Right hand: Play C, D, E, F & G in sequence starting with your thumb and continuing with each successive finger. Now, make your way back down (to the left) with each successive finger in sequence until you arrive back at C on your thumb.

Left hand: While the right hand is playing the up and down loop continuously, tap your left hand on your lap, surface of your keyboard/piano, or something similar. The left hand will tap every other right hand hit (specifically on the notes C, E, & G).

What you're learning:
Notice how your hands will try to "follow" each other - after a few minutes, you should be able to separate your hands and play the exercise properly. Hooray! You're on your way to better coordination, an essential skill to flowing and improvising on the piano. 
Play this exercise 5 times in a row perfectly and you're ready for your next sample lesson.

Sample 2: 

"Intermediate Hand Coordination"

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Exercise 2.1

Right hand: Play C, D, E, F & G in sequence starting with your thumb and continuing with each successive finger. Now, make your way back down (to the left) with each successive finger in sequence until you arrive back at C on your thumb. On the next round, double your speed as shown in the video.

Left hand: While the right hand is playing the up and down loop continuously (cycling in the double speed portion) tap your left hand on your lap, surface of your keyboard/piano, or something similar. The left hand will tap every other right hand hit (specifically on the notes C, E, & G) THEN your left hand will tap only on C and G because the right hand will double up the speed.

Note: The left hand will tap at the same speed throughout the exercise - the right hand is the only hand that is doubling the speed. 

What you're learning:
 Again, notice how your hands will try to "follow" each other, especially when your right hand doubles the speed. Pay careful attention that your left hand does not follow your right hand. After a few days, you should be able to play the exercise properly.
Play this exercise 5 times in a row perfectly and you're ready for your next sample lesson.

Sample 3:

"Finger Strength & Accuracy Exercises"

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Exercise 3.1

"Three Finger Exercise": Using your right hand middle, index & thumb fingers, play groups of three notes in the key of C major starting on E, moving down to D & C, then beginning the same movement one note down in the key signature starting on D...continue this pattern.

Please watch the video above starting at the 1:02 minute mark for the exercise full explanation. There is also sheet music available here.

Exercise 3.2

"Four and Five Finger Exercise": Essentially, this exercise is an improvised short piece I created in hopes to force your right hand four and five fingers to "get to work". Please note, the four finger in your right hand (ring finger) is the weakest finger of all five.
For your viewing pleasure, please watch the video above starting at the 19:42 minute mark for the exercise full explanation. There is also sheet music available here for this exercise.
In the video above, notice the chapter navigation in your play bar. I've highlighted in red in the image below:

Exercise 3.3

"Outside Notes Exercise": Right hand play C, D, E, F & G in sequence starting with your thumb and continuing with each successive finger. When you reach G (your right hand pinky finger), hit that finger with your thumb. The end of the movement should have the C and G outside notes hitting at the same time. 

Please watch the video above starting at the 21:55 minute mark for the exercise full explanation. There is also sheet music available here for this exercise.

Sample 4: 

"Finger Strength & Accuracy Application"

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What You're Learning

Each exercise I've developed in the course plays a specific role in developing your understanding what you're actually doing to facilitate seamless improvisation, natural playing and most importantly, FLOW!

As an overview, the "3 Finger Exercise" not only strengthens your fingers' dexterity but also helps with major scale memorization. This directly translates to knowing which notes you can use during improvisation. The "Four and Five Finger Exercise" aims to develop the weakest finger in your right hand, the four finger. Once developed, you'll enjoy executing a variety of cool movements and phrases, including but not limited to, jazz licks, fast arpeggios, soulful grace notes, diddles, nasty turn arounds, etc. (the 1:33 minute mark in the video above has some cool examples of such licks). The "Outside Notes Exercise" serves one purpose, to strengthen the movement essential to filling out melody lines.

I hope you're enjoying quick results and now seeing how my powerful exercises have helps 1000's of adults around the world to enjoy flowing and playing naturally at the piano!
Now onto learning "Let it Be" by ear...

Sample 5: 

"Solid Chord Soloing & Comping in 'Let it Be'"

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Exercise 5.1

I'd like to introduce to you a new, fun way to begin understand all the ways I soloing, tangents in the middle of songs and a way to fill out songs you play to sound like a PRO...

...and the foundation to that is two-fold: left hand rhythms + understand how to colorfully accompany singing. Today's sample video will help you understand the latter idea and how to play accompaniment styles using solid chords in "Let it Be".

Here are a few bullet points of what you'll find in the above video:

•  Understand how to simplify chords
•  Examples in "Amazing Grace" + "Let it Be"
•  Centralize chords to prep for solos
•  Use add2 chords for rich tones
•  How to solo in the middle of "Let it Be"
•  Begin FEELING your music (view exercise at 13:20 minute mark)

Sample 6:

"Getting Back On Track With Piano - "Imagine" by John Lennon"

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AN EXCERPT FROM THE MENTORING GROUP WITH NIK

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Exercise 6.1

After helping 22,000+ adults on my site improvise and play piano by ear, I started to see a trend...

Here's the grim truth:

• Traditional lessons CAN'T teach improvisation and flow
• Adults want to tinker around creatively without relying on sheet music
• Most quit piano after few weeks of trying

Why do adults quit or feel too overwhelmed to even start? It's because they try the hardest way possible. Luckily there's a simple solution to this historical problem.

...and the foundation to that is out-lined in the video above. I hope you enjoy it!

I hope you've enjoyed the 6 sample lessons...

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