Friday, August 10, 2012

Piano Lesson #3 ~ 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + ~

I promised that I could teach you to play the piano in 3 lessons and actually I did it in 2 lessons.  [See Piano Lesson #1 through 2.5].  The only thing left to tell you is about counting.  Once you can play Hands Together you have to become conscious of rhythm and counting.
The two numbers found at the beginning of a piece of music is called the TIME SIGNATURE.   The top number tells you that between the bar lines there will be 4 counts or beats.  The bottom number tells us what kind of note receives 1 beat/count.  In this example there will be 4 beats per measure and a 1/4 or quarter note receives one beat.

This is Big Bird.  Big Bird didn't really have any friends.  It was summer vacation and everyone had gone away so he was all alone.  He decided to go for a walk in the woods.  He was walking along when he found an egg!  

Inside the egg was 4 little birdies!  [Count to 4]  Big Bird decided that he should stay and protect the egg.  So he made a nest and sat on it and kept it safe and warm.

Big Bird sitting on the egg.  There are 2 of them so you count to 2.

Then something started to happen!  The egg started to shake and roll around and then.....there was a cracking sound.....  Big Bird got very excited....  Then.....the egg broke and a little birdie hopped out! 


Big Bird, the egg and a little birdie!  There are 3  of them so this note is worth 3. 

Pretty soon all 4 of the baby birdies jumped out of the cracked egg and were flapping around excitedly.  Big Bird was very happy!  But then something sad happened.  The little birdies learned how to fly.  And they took off and flew away from Big Bird!  Big Bird became very very sad.  And Big Bird started to cry.  He cried and cried and cried and cried.  And Big Bird cried so much he cried a great big puddle!

This is Big Bird standing in a puddle.  He is all alone.  And when you are all alone how many of you is there?  Yup.  One.

But don't worry.  I'm sure all the little birdies came back to visit Big Bird!

These are the only note values that you would need to know in your first 6 to 8 weeks of lessons.  Now your assignment would be to play your songs Hands Together while counting the rhythm Out Loud.

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