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Benjamin's Project 2 Planning Guide

Page history last edited by Benjamin Puninske 9 years, 3 months ago

Definition of Goals: To teach the user how to play a B Dorian scale on piano. I want to convince my readers that learning this scale is easy and this is the best way to learn it. 

Analysis of Intended Readers: These instructions will teach you a piano scale. You need to know what a piano is. There will be no other materials necessary other than a piano and your hand. You must sit down at your keyboard/piano and follow the instructions. Troubleshooting will be at a minimum. 

A brief analysis of the Wikihow community: I found some similar entries: http://www.wikihow.com/Play-the-C-Scale-on-the-Pianohttp://www.wikihow.com/Play-Scales-on-the-Piano-Using-Two-and-Three-Black-Key-Fingeringhttp://www.wikihow.com/Play-the-G-Major-Scale-on-Piano. These examples have good points, like the quality of their graphics. But overall there tone and approach could be altered. A more structured approach 


I would like to embody the the graphic styles and approach to this article: http://www.wikihow.com/Remember-Scales-and-Arpeggios. It takes the approach of labeling both your finger as numbers, and explaining each note. This is in accordance with good piano teaching practices. 


A brief statement of the research: Most of my research would go into graphic construction. The music theory portion is already established. I should ask my piano students for feedback. They can also be used as my testing subjects. 


A full draft of all steps in the "Directions" or "Procedure": 

Explain "Dorian" is a mode?

(Label the right hand's fingers 1 - 5)

(Label note names that will be played)

Starting Position on B (Labeled Root)

Play next two notes (with labeled fingers and note names)

Explain thumb under transition

continue scale with finger numbers and note names.


Possibly repeat with left hand?


An example of one potential graphic:




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