Three Note Accent Exercise 1

This first exercise will introduce you to the concept of alternating the stressed note within a repeated phrase. As you can see, the exercise only uses five notes: C, D, E, F, and G. Therefore, there is no need to move your fingers throughout the exercise; your thumb should stay on C, your index finger should stay on D, and so on, with your pinky landing on G. When you begin this exercise, the initial temptation will be to accent the same note each time you repeat the phrase (in this case, the C); however, notice that the downbeat of the first measure is C, while measure 2 begins with D. Make sure to follow the music accurately; accent the notes that should be accented.

While practicing, always remember that it is important to use your fingers and not your arms to provide the power behind each keystroke. Your wrist should remain free and generally parallel with the tops of the keys. Another very important part of a good practice routine is the use of a metronome or drum machine. Not only does a metronome help you to play in perfect time, but it can also help to improve your internal sense of the beat. Also, unlearning a bad habit (such as playing out of time) is often more difficult than learning a concept correctly from the very beginning, so get off to the right start and save yourself some trouble in the future.

As with any exercise, start at a comfortable tempo; make sure you begin slowly enough that you can play the exercise perfectly, and then begin increasing the tempo at a steady pace. When you do increase the tempo, make sure you can play the exercise perfectly at the new tempo before increasing it further. Also, you can practice this accent exercise even when you do not have a keyboard around; mimic the finger movements on your knee (still doing the accents) or a tabletop, or just about anywhere!

As with any of the exercises, if there is only one line shown, make sure to practice the exercise with each hand individually and then with both hands together. When using both hands, first try playing the line in octaves, and then play the line symmetrically, or in a mirror-like fashion. In other words, if you have both hands set over C through G, play the line that is written with the right hand, but play G, F, E, G, F, E, G, F, and so on, so that each hand is playing with the same fingerings.

Practice is the key. Shake your hands out really well when they begin to feel tired or tense. To do this, hold your arm down beside you and shake your hand until you feel the tension release.

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Herbert Vincent Mar 28, 2020
Amazing exercise!!
gpb0216 Dec 28, 2015
This is an excellent exercise. I very much enjoyed the challenge of playing it in all the major and minor keys.
Esharp Aug 3, 2014
This lesson should have a video component...
CMajor Oct 17, 2012
You can try it with the left hand too, obiously the fingering change but is practically the same ...
alecdeimos Nov 11, 2010
tempo@170, still too slow....:P
JBCollinet Aug 13, 2010
I've first had knots in my fingers... I did it sight-reading, pretty much as everything I read, but I had to stop several times to read carefully just a bar. Jordan, you can really make me feel that my right pinky is on my left foot! :)
percival_7 Jun 14, 2010
nice lesson to talk about keyboards and synths
aniket_kar1 Jan 23, 2010
must practice dis lesson!!!
alecdeimos Jun 17, 2009
so good
Christopher S Apr 16, 2009
Very carfully thought out exercise
concermate May 20, 2008
blackmage Nov 18, 2007
this excersice is hard but a very good one. If this is a begginers excersise i cant imagine the advanced. I´m really excited about this.
Goodi Jun 8, 2007
Great Excerise ! But I am still looking for scale runs ..... hopefully its in here somewhere (Fustrated Musician) Can read/understand Theory/can play/can pick up by ear/ but still feel that there is something I am missing. Hopefully I will find it here
nysynthman May 6, 2007
This ain't no piece of cake.