Thursday, August 9, 2012

Piano Lesson #2.5 ~ Hands Together ~

I am only going to show you how to put your Right Hand and Left Hand together because you are advanced students.  If you were 7 you may not even be able to play 3 note chords.  Or maybe you haven't practised.  Or maybe you didn't learn the notes very well.  There are a number of factors that might hold this part of the lesson up.  BUT as I said you are exceptional.

In the classroom I'd have you play the songs you were assigned with your Right Hand.  I'd correct any mistakes.  Then I'd have you review the C Chord and G7 Chord and we'd practise switching them back and forth.  Then I'd have you play them in the songs.

If you can do both of those things without mistakes you are ready to play Hands Together.

The most important thing to know and always remember is NOTES THAT ARE WRITTEN ON TOP OF EACH OTHER ARE PLAYED TOGETHER.

Place both hands on the piano in their correct places and with nice curved fingers.  In Mary Had A Little Lamb the first RH note is E and the first chord is C.  You press these down at the same time.....but then you have to hold your LH chord down while your RH finishes the notes in that measure or bar.  Then you switch chords and do it again!

This type of music notation is called Lead Line.  Usually in the first 8 weeks of lessons we don't worry about reading individual Bass Clef notes.  We want you to get playing and learning quickly.


<-----  This is a bar line.  They divide the music and make it pleasant to look at. 

Notes written between bar lines is called a measure or bar.


This is a Double Bar Line.  It is found at the end of a song.
 It means STOP!  The song is over...done....kapput!

1.  If I had a Hands Together [HT] version of Hot Cross Buns you'd be assigned to practise it HT.
2.  Practise finding and switching C & G7 Chords.
3.  Play Mary Had a Little Lamb HT
4.  I'd also likely give you a new song to work on....or a picture of Donnie the Dog to colour.

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