|This is a Staff|
This is a musical staff. It has 5 lines and 4 spaces. Every key on the piano is represented by a note [a circle] drawn on the staff. A note drawn low on the staff will have a low pitch and as the note is drawn higher up the pitch will be played higher and higher.
This is a Treble Clef. The Treble Clef was once called the G Clef. It usually represents music notes played with the Right Hand. To remember the name, think "man, if I don't practice am I ever going to be in trouble!"
This is Middle C. "C" is a nickname. Its short for Captain Crunch. And you remember that Captain Crunch has a moustache, right? Well that's how you recognize "C".
This is the D note. "D" is short for Donnie the Dog. Donnie the Dog tries to play on the staff but bumps his head. Silly doggeh! So he just sits underneath panting.
*don't mind the stem. I couldn't find one without*
This is E. E is short for Ernie.....of Sesame Street fame. Ernie gets to hang on the first line of the staff.....he thinks they're monkey bars.
What I have just explained to you is how I start a beginner lesson with every single 5 - 7 year old [and even older students!]. At this point, you are ready to play Hot Cross Buns with your Right Hand.....except for the fact I haven't told you where to put your hands. I guess you better stay tuned for the next lesson!
To be prepared you are going to need either a piano, digital piano or a keyboard. If you don't have those......print out this keyboard: