Nocturnal Piano Solo includes eleven videos, including introduction, with detailed and engaging instruction by Deborah Johnson, geared for your success! (1.5 hours total video!) The song “Nocturnal” is part of the album Wayfarer’s Journey by Deborah, up for a GRAMMY AWARD in 2015! You will pick up Deborah’s expressiveness and flowing technique as a concert pianist, and learn from her engaging step-by-step instruction, including pedal. Downloadable sheet music with detailed fingering and separate practice guide included in Lesson 10. You should download both right after purchasing the program.
You don’t need to be an accomplished pianist to master playing Nocturnal, which is at an Intermediate level. For those who used to play and want to play again, Deborah helps you easily get those fingers working again with step-by step instruction with a warm, encouraging style. For students, Nocturnal is a beautiful performance piece to add to your repertoire with detailed instruction. Nocturnal is also perfect for intermediate-level church pianists looking for a melodic special-occasion solo.
In the Introduction, meet Deborah and hear the recorded version of Nocturnal all the way through! You’ll also see her playing it. Deborah takes you up-close, demonstrating close ups of the right hand, left hand, then the pedal in every lesson and also includes videos to review each section. Deborah emphasizes playing with expressiveness, yet relaxed and with good technique.
Lessons learned throughout: You will practice the Db Major, Bb minor and D Major scales to prepare for scale passages in Nocturnal. You’ll work on pulling out the chords with even weight and strength. Deborah points out the introductory theme that repeats throughout the song. You’ll also rehearse hand preparation to create a smooth passage between sections.
Left hand positions are rehearsed in chord groups to make it easier to change positions quickly. When viewing each hand, Deborah talks you through fingering and technique. Some fingering is also included in the sheet music. There is specific emphasis on pedal technique for each section. Some pianists never learn to use the pedal correctly, playing with a blurry or choppy pedal. You will learn to do it correctly!
The piano solo sheet music is included as a download (in the last section) and also a downloadable practice chart. Each of the sections is divided up into 5 days of practice for the right hand, left hand, pedal, and hands together. If needed, you can always increase the number of days for any of the sections!
You can learn Nocturnal as fast as you want. Some will be able to go faster than others. It is at the Intermediate level. With 15 minutes a day, depending on your personal ability, you can learn Nocturnal in a month, or you can spread it out to six months!
Your success is Deborah's goal. She has been teaching for many years and knows her stuff! You'll enjoy her warm and engaging style. She loves music, the piano and her students. You will love her too!
DEBORAH JOHNSON, helps others get unstuck, ridding bad mental code to reach realistic goals. Deborah is an award-winning entertainer with deft piano and vocal skills and uses those skills, when appropriate, in her speaking presentations. She has performed on many stages around the world as well as served as a first-call pianist for Disney for over twenty years. With a Masters Degree, she has taught every level through graduate school, receiving many awards for her innovative methods and abilities. Up for multiple Grammy Awards, Deborah is a prolific writer of musicals, hundreds of songs and multiple books, launching two world-premieres of her large musicals. She is able to successfully help others reach their goals with proven principles gleaned from her expansive training and research.