Beginner Keyboard/Piano Lessons Part 3

Beginner Keyboard/Piano Lessons Part 3

Moving up the Keyboard

Let's continue with the exercises using the same sequence starting on different notes. Just like in Part 1 of the beginner Keyboard/Piano Lessons.

As you can see in example 3, the fingering is exactly the same as example 1 and example 2. The only differences are the pitches and letter names of the notes. You're simply moving your fist three fingers up the keyboard and playing the same sequence. Play example 3 starting with your thumb playing the E key, followed by your middle finger playing the G key, and your index finger playing the F key.

example 3

Remember: As you play the exercises, try to play the quarter notes evenly, since they all have the same equal value.

If you get lost during the course of playing these exercises, refer to example 2. This illustration shows you where the letter names of the notes on the staff are relative to the piano keys. For instance, the first note in example 4 is F which is four notes above middle C on your piano. Play example 4 starting with your thumb playing the F key, followed by your middle finger playing the A key etc.

example 4

Looks like there's something new in example 5.

example 5

Immediately following the treble clef are two fours, one on top of the other. This is a time signature. The top number four tells you there are four beats per measure, and the bottom number four represents the quarter note, telling you the quarter note gets the beat. Examples 1, 2, 3 and 4 are also in 4/4 time. This time start the sequence on the A key.

example 6

Something new has been added in example 6. The word moderato in the upper left-hand corner indicates the rate of speed at which the exercise should be played. Moderato is an Italian word that means 'moderately' - not too fast and not too slow. This is the tempo (rate of speed) at which the music is to be played.

The first note in example 7 is B.

example 7

There is a change in the placement and direction of he quarter note stems in example 5,6 and 7. In the previous exercises, all of the quarter note stems are placed on the right side of the notes and go upward. When notes are on the middle line of the staff (B) and higher, note stems are placed on the left side of the note and go downward. Directly below the 4/4 time signature is the symbol mf. This symbol stands for the Italian term mezzo forte, which in English means 'medium loud'. example 7 should be played at a moderate tempo and played medium loud.

Example 8 introduces another musical symbol called the repeat sign.

right repeat sign jpg

It is located immediately to the right of the 4/4 time signature and again at the end of measure 4. As you can see, a repeat sign is a double bar line with two small circles in the A and C spaces of the staff. There is also written text telling you to repeat three times at the end of measure 4. This tells you that after you have played the exercise once, you are to repeat the entire exercise twice. In doing so, you will have played the exercise a total of three times.

example 8

Be sure to give the quarter rest and the half rest in measure 4 their full values totaling three beat of silence - one beat for the quarter rest, two beats for the half ret. It might help to count one, two, three, four for each beat per measure. For instance in measures 1, 2 and 3, as you're playing the quarter notes C, E, D, E say on, two, three, four. When you get to measure 4, count one for the C note, two for the quarter rest, and three four for the half rest.