Thursday, August 9, 2012

Piano Lesson #2 ~ South Paw ~

How did practising go?  Did you play your songs every day?  Did you?  Did you really?  I bet you were busy playing Angry Birds instead and you really did have the time to practise.  Well you know what?  I want you to know that its probably okay for last week but as you progress through you piano lessons the material will get more challenging and you will have to spend more time practising.  But here's how you make it more fun.....  When Mom asks you to wash the dishes...."I can't Mom, I'm practising!" and then you practise!  Also when you're watching your tv shows....practise during the commercials.  Its an easy way of getting the time in without having to sit glued to the piano bench for half an hour.

To get you playing with both hands as easily and quickly as I can we will play chords with the left hand.  Chords are a group of 3 or more notes played at the same time.  

<----- This is the Bass Clef.  It is pronounced "base".  It was once known as the F clef.  The Bass Clef tells us the Left Hand [LH] is going to play.

The first chord you need to learn to play is the "C" chord.  

You use fingers 5, 3, 1 on you Left Hand. 
It's easy to recognize on the staff because it looks like a SNOWMAN.  But for now, you don't need to worry about that.  **The C note that finger #5 plays is not the middle is the C 8 notes lower to the left.**

The next chord you need to know is called G7.  It is necessary to say both the G and 7 because the "G" chord is another chord completely.  We play the G7 chord with the Left Hand fingers 5, 2, 1.  The graphic below shows 4 notes but you don't need to play the D at this point.  On the staff we call this one the Kissing Chord because the F & G notes are so close they could be kissing.  ICK!  GROSS!

Now, your job is to practise switching between the two chords.  Press the C chord and count to 4, then as quickly as you can change to the G7 chord and count to 4 again.  Then switch back to C.  Practise doing this until you can switch quickly and without stopping.

Stay tuned for lesson #2.5 and I will show you how to put these into your music and how to play both hands at the same time!

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