Watch me play this piece. Does that melody sound familiar? And does it look familiar? It should because it's the same melody that we played in lesson one. The only difference is in Lesson One, we started on middle seats. So our note names were different, but the shape in terms of stepping up and stepping down and skipping is exactly the same.
So why are we playing a piece that's exactly the same as something we've already done? Well, because now we get to play something familiar while we also get comfortable reading different notes on this Staff. Fun, right? Okay, so we'll count up for middle C and see what our first note is, you know, I already played it for you pretend you didn't know. Okay? C, D, E, F, G. So our first note is G. Let's put your first finger on it.
And since you already know this pattern, it's like a template that we've just moved from one place to another. Let's go ahead and play it together. I think it'll be very easy for you. 1234 What do you think? You see that the fingers played in the same exact order as what you already learned in less than one The only difference is the tune sounds a little higher. And so that's it.
Are you ready to play it on your own? Okay, you know what to do. Great. Now we'll play and name the notes and rest. Because these notes will have different names than the ones that we played in less than one. Notice that the rests are still in the same position on the staff as they were in Lesson One, even though the notes are in a different part of the staff.
So the rest positions relative to the lines and spaces never change. I'll play and say the note names. G, A, B, C, D, C, D, G, B, D, quarter rest, G, quarter rest. Are you ready to play with me and say the note and rest names out loud? Remember to stay loose in your wrist and your elbow and keep your fingers around. So technique is something that we work on all the time, not just when we're doing exercises, but every time we play, does that mean you're going to be perfect every time?
No, of course not. But you want to kind of keep track of where all your body positions are. All right, I'll count to four. We'll play and say the note names out loud. And even though I'm saying them, remember that you want to get comfortable saying those note names too. So go ahead and say them out loud.
Okay. Are you ready? First finger on G all accounted for 1234 G, A, B DCDA G, B, D, quarter rest, g quarter arrest. How'd you do? Did you remember to lift off on the quarter s? Now remember when we say lift off we mean just the weight of your arm so that your finger is still resting on the keys.
Resting being the operative word, not tight, resting, but not hovering above either. There's no need to come up higher. So all the rest. Are you ready to play and say the note names and the rest names on your own? Okay, I'll see you in a little bit. I know you did a good job, even though I'm not there to hear you.
I'm going to play and count the beats. This is so easy. You've done it. Lots of times by now, I don't know how many, but a lot. Okay, watch me first 1234123412 341-234-1234 Let's do that together. Find your starting note G first finger.
I'll count us off 123412341234123 For 1234 if you need to practice with me a few times, by all means back up and play as many times as you need to. And then when you're ready, play and count the beats out loud remembering to keep a steady beat. So if you find that you're not able to keep a steady beat, usually that means that you're going too fast. So slow it down, that you can speed up a little bit at a time as you're ready. In this lesson, we played and read new notes on the treble staff, these notes are higher on the staff, and higher on the keyboard. The average piano has 88 keys, that's a lot of territory to cover.
So I want to make sure that you get lots of practice moving around the keyboard, and we'll be doing more of that as we get further in this course.