Saturday, August 11, 2012

Piano Lesson #4 ~ Alphabets ~

**Sorry for the bizarre formatting on this one.** 

I am on summer holidays so I think these lessons should come with a bonus of some sort.

No?

Meh.
Today we're reviewing the Treble Clef and learning some more new notes.  You remember C - D - E - F - G, right?!  Well guess what?  If you press the next key after the G you will have Alligator Al!  Or "A" as he likes to be called for short.

 
I know what you're thinking.  You only have 5 fingers and now I've shown you 6 notes.  Well for now you can just do the "pinky hop", but at some point in the future you will have to learn to play using something called "fingering".    As you progress you will develop the dexterity to be able to handle the fingering for higher notes.  Today, we'll hop.  Hippity hippity hop.
 
You are now ready to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Did you know that Mozart composed Twinkle Twinkle when he was only 5 years old?

Did you also know that Twinkle Twinkle is also the same tune for the Alphabet Song?

I bet you're singing the Alphabet Song to see if I'm right.  Aren't you?!

Well, since we're talking about the alphabet, I may as well tell you that the next note higher than A.....is "B" for Bert.  And if you go one more higher, you'd be at "high C".  Cool!
 

In music, we have something called The Musical Alphabet.  It's really cool because there aren't nearly as many letters to remember!  The Musical Alphabet only goes to G and then starts over!
ABCDEFGABCDEFGABCDEFGABCDEFGABCDEFGABCDEFGABCDEFG
There is never "H".  Never.

Even though the following pictures include notes that I haven't really showed you yet, the pictures are an excellent reference.  You may find that you will come back and look at it often. 


 
Please note:  I much prefer the saying Elvis' Guitar Broke Down Friday.  But that's just me.  You might find that making up your own saying is easier.

Assignment:
1.  Play Twinkle Twinkle RH only
2.  Review old songs HT
3.  Memorize the new notes & sayings.
4.  HAVE FUN

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