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How to Play 5 Piano Scales Using 1 Finger Pattern

Did you know that you can easily play 5 different piano scales on the piano by using one simple finger pattern?

Well you can! And this tutorial shows you how, but for those of you that like to see directions written in clear instructions…here they are!

The first thing to remember is to use just your right hand for these scales right now.

The finger pattern is 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5…with your thumb as number one.

  • Play the C major scale. CDEFGABC and C is the place to place your thumb. So C is 1 and you will also use your thumb on G in this scale.
  • Play the G major scale. GABCDEF#G. This scale is where you start adding black keys. We add one here and it is the F#. Using the same finger pattern, your scale will begin on G and your thumb will also go on C in this scale.
  • Play the D Major scale. DEF#GABC#D.  This time we add a black key…C#. Once F# showed up in the G scale. It will be used in all scales going forward, and since we added the C# in this scale…it stays. too.
  • Now, we move to the A Major scale. It will have 3 black keys. We are adding the G# in the mix. So the scale starts on A and will go like this. ABC#DEF#G#A.  Now guess what? We are adding another black key and moving the new point to …
  • E Major Scale EF#G#ABC#D#E.  It has 4 sharps (black keys)

BONUS>>>>Start on B and you will use all of the black keys. BC#D#EF#G#A#B…

Happy piano playing!

PS>>If you are looking for piano lessons in Little Rock, please contact the studio today at 501-747-1870 or visit us on facebook

Piano Lessons for Kids in Little Rock

piano lessons for kids in little rockPiano Lessons for Kids in Little Rock

I heard this today. A new student came in who was 4 years old, and her mother told me that it was hard to find someone to take a child for piano lessons in the Little Rock area!

This was not news to me. I’ve been teaching for 11 years now, and a lot of teachers in this area won’t take young children. There are a few reasons for this, but I have the solution to that!

A child needs to be able and to know the following things before starting piano lessons in a formal setting

They need to know:

  • how to say the 1st 7 letters of the alphabet forwards and backwards
  • they need the attention span to sit for at least 30 minutes
  • they need to know basic math skills
  • the need hand coordination, or hands big enough to reach at least 5 keys simultaneously
  • they need lots of parental assistance at home to be a success

Now if you’re saying that your young child can’t do all of these things yet. Don’t fret! The solution for taking piano lessons in Little Rock is to start them at Park Hill Performing Arts Academy in the Rockstars Class!

…The Rockstars Class is designed for ages 3 to 5.

In this class, your child will learn:

  • the basics of reading music
  • the rhythm they need to be a success
  • important listening skills
  • music theory definitions
  • beginning piano skills

This class focuses on movement, and games to help your child get the best foundation for when they are able to focus long enough for a formal lesson. It is important to go ahead and get them started! They will be ahead once they do take a formal lesson!

…How do you join?

  • The classes are $47.00 per month for a 1 hour class
  • Classes are given on different days

What you need to do now is call 501-747-1870 or connect with the Academy by clicking here now

Look forward to seeing you in class!

~ Ms. Lena

Piano Lessons in Little Rock

shutterstock_17243095Park Hill Performing Arts Academy located at 3720 JFK Blvd in North Little Rock, and has several options for you or your child to take piano lessons!

Piano lessons at the Academy begin at age 5, and there are several options for tuition rates and classes.

All beginners are recommended to go through group instruction. Group Piano class is held daily at different times, and is a 1 hour class. The monthly cost is $47.00.

little rock piano lessons

If you or your child have had previous instruction, a private lesson might work better for you. Private Lesson rates are as follows:

  • 30 minutes each week for $67 per month
  • 45 minutes each week for $87 per month
  • 60 minutes each week for $107 per month

With all of the different options available for lessons, we hope that you join us to begin learning today!

You can reach the studio and schedule your piano class or private lesson at 501-747-1870, or connect with us on Facebook

Thursday Tunes-Uptown Funk!

Thursday’s Tune Review is Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars and the awesome tune Uptown Funk! My 6 year daughter and I have been jamming this song since it was released! Bruno Mars is a huge star on the music scene right now, and came through Little Rock not long ago.

This song reminds of the 70’s when funk was prominent, and bands like Sly and the Family Stone were popular. Some of you may remember hearing those bands live or in the club!

You can hear disco and funk elements with the amazing horn parts and bass line in this tune, and maybe you also a jamming it in the car with the windows rolled down…even though it is January in Arkansas!

Some of the fun of teaching music classes to toddlers and young children between the ages of 2 and 5 is that they love to dance! And one of the best ways to get your child introduced to that is letting them dance and make noise!

This would be a great fun tune to play for them and play stop and start! Or musical chairs, or just let them show you their moves. Part of learning to play an instrument like piano or guitar when your child is old enough is teaching them how to listen to music, and movement is one of the best ways to do so!

If you’re looking for a place for your 2 to 5 year old to begin music lessons in Central Arkansas, give Park Hill Performing Arts Academy a call today at 501-747-1870 or send us a message through facebook


Park Hill Performing Arts Academy Opens January 18, 2015

In 2012, I moved to Historic Park Hill in North Little Rock, and set up shop in my house to start over building a clientele of students on this side of the river. I had been teaching 7 years already, and was accustomed to teaching about 45 kids and adults per week.

When we made the decision to move to North Little Rock, not many decided to come across the river, so there I was building up a business again, and I named it Park Hill Piano Studio. The studio operated successfully, and within a few years, I had built my business back up.

I remember the day that I was sitting at my piano, and thought…”either take a leap and go to a commercial location, or stay here where you can’t take any more students”. So, I gathered up my purse, and got in the car.  I drove down W H. Ave, and stopped at the light, and lo and behold…right across the street staring back at me was a “For Lease” sign.

Park Hill Performing Arts Academy

I don’t believe too much in coincidence. I think everything is setting up and presenting itself at the right time. So I took the number down, and a few weeks later I was painting the walls of my new place!

Park Hill Performing Arts Academy

I can’t tell you how excited I am to serve the North Little Rock, Sherwood, Jacksonville, and Cabot areas with piano lessons, guitar lessons, voice lessons, and acting classes. I even have enough space to bring back the toddler music classes and rockin’ music birthday parties!

The Open House is set for Sunday, January 18th from 2 to 4 pm. Come by and take a look, and register to win 3 months of lessons of your choice!

Can’t wait to meet all of you!

~Ms. Lena