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Assignments/Material for Learn to Play Piano Lessons 1 through 6
1. Practice reading notes on and off the staff. Remember that the lines the of Treble clef (counting from the bottom to the top of the staff) are E, G, B, D,F. Spaces for treble clef are F, A, C, E. Lines for Bass Clef are G, B, D, F, A. Spaces for bass clef are A, C, E, G. You can either buy a pack of flashcards, make a pack of flash cards, or use this website :
2. Go over note durations. This is how long to hold the note. Practice these here:
Note that there are quite a few note durations and rests that we have not yet talked about. Feel free to look ahead if you are feeling adventurous.
3. Practice getting into C position. Remember the left most finger goes on C and the rest of your fingers will lay on the next consecutive notes.
This was covered in lesson 5:
4. Go over time signatures. This would be 4/4 ; 2/4 ; and 3/4 Remember that the top number is the numbers of beats for each measure and the bottom number tells you which note gets one beat. If the bottom number if 4, than the quarter note gets one beat.
Assignments/Material for Learn to Play Piano Lessons 7 through 10
5. Go over these playing examples (simple examples using step wise and skipping motion). Practice them until you can play them smoothly from beginning to end. You can click each picture to enlarge. From there you can print or right click and choose "save as".
Assignments/Material for Learn Music Theory Lessons 1 and 2
6. Review whole steps, half steps, and the major scale- Remember that a half step is the smallest amount of movement on a keyboard. An example of a half step would be moving from C to C# or C to B. Check out theory lesson 1 for a more in depth explanation. The major scale formula is whole step, whole step, half step, whole step, whole step, whole step, half step.
7. Practice the C Major Scale
8. Practice these Major Chords
9. Extra Examples: Practice these playing examples. These examples do not include the note names. You can feel free to add those in on your own if you are not yet comfortable reading the notes enough to play straight though. Remember that the longer you rely on writing in the note names, the more dependent you will become on having the notes written in. These examples will involve moving in and out of C position. The most important thing is to play the right note name with the correct finger.
Right Hand - Note: Ignore the bass clef symbol at the end of the second example
Assignments/Material for Learn to Play Piano Lessons 12 through 1510. Practice playing these sharped notes
11. Practice these flat notes
12. Practice counting eighth notes by clapping or playing a single eighth note on the keyboard. Remember that to count eighth notes, we need to break each beat up into two parts. To accomplish this, we use the symbol + (pronounced "and"). So, having a measure of 4/4 full of eighth notes would be said "one and two and three and four and".
13. Practice clapping/playing these eighth note examples.
14. Practice these two handed examples
15. Practice these two handed examples:
Assignments/Materials for Lessons 16 through 2016. Practice these right hand examples which contain sharps and flats.
17. Practice these left hand examples which contain sharps and flats.
18. Practice these two handed examples from lesson 20
Assignments/Materials for Lessons 21 through 25
20. Practice these examples with rests from lesson 21
21. Practice these examples from lesson 22
From Theory Lesson 3:
From Theory Lesson 4 and 5
Review the circle of fifths. Watch Theory Lessons 4 and 5 beforehand.
Practice these examples from Piano Lesson 23.
Play the G Major Scale from lesson 24.
Play these examples from Lesson 25
Play these examples from lesson 26
Play these examples from lesson 27
Practice the D Major Scale from Lesson 28
Practice these examples from Lesson 29
Practice these examples from lesson 30.
Go over these examples from Lesson 33 and 34.
The First Piano Lessonsare a series of short exercises disguised as games, that combine strengthening and co-ordination with note recognition and memory. Presented in a playful and engaging way that doesn’t cause frustration they’re perfect for introducing your child to piano at home, while bringing a lot of fun and satisfaction along the way.
When do know if your child is ready to start learning the piano?
How can I tell if they are going to like it?
My child is only 5 – is it too early to start lessons – might it be a waste of money?
These are all frequent questions asked by parents who are interested in starting their child on the piano. There is no definitive age to start that is right for everyone. Firstly, it is vital that the child shows a desire and interest in playing the piano, and is happy to sit and concentrate for a short time, say 15 minutes to start with. It is a lot easier if they can already read a little, so it is probably best to give that a head start, and not to bombard them with too much information all at once! It also helps if they have strong little hands, although this can be improved with practise, if they have very small hands, it might be better to let them grow a bit!
With this series of easy first piano lessons, parents will be able to assist their own children in the basic, first steps of playing the piano. This will lay the foundations in a fun and easy way, giving children the incentive and confidence to go on to a piano teacher for proper one-to-one lessons and be in a strong position to learn and make the most of them. Progress will be much faster, and they will be more likely to succeed and develop a real love of the instrument.
Ready to start?
Lesson 1 : The Easiest Way To Learn The Notes
Lesson 2 : Fingers!
Lesson 3 : Introducing The Note Family
Lesson 4 : Finger Strengthening
Lesson 5 : The Dice Game – a fun way to encourage practice
Check out my First Piano Lessons eBook for many more exercises and 17 pages of supporting printables for introducing kids to piano.
How to Read Music Made Easy
Free Printable: Learning about the clefs & note mnemonics
Easy Printable Sheet Music : Twinkle Twinkle
Easy Printable Sheet Music: Jingle Bells
How to Read Music Made Easy : Rests
Teaching Piano Hand Position
How to Teach Let It Go on the Piano
Top Ten Tips for Approaching Sight Reasons
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