Lesson 2 Learning Right Hand Note Names

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Now I'm going to play the same thing, but this time, I'm going to say the names of the notes that I'm playing. You don't have to memorize any of this. Remember, you're going to learn it as you do it. Okay? So watch me. C, D, E, F, G, E, D. C DGG.

See? What do you think you wanna try it with me? If you need to watch that a couple of more times, that's okay. But when you're ready, play with me. I'll count to four. Make sure you Your first finger is on middle C. So I want you to say the note names out loud with me.

Okay? The best way to learn and the quickest is to say the stuff that you're doing while you do it. Okay? So I'll count to 41234, c, d, g, f. d CGGC. How'd you do? Sure you do it one more time.

Okay, let's practice it together one more time and then you'll be on your own one. 234 C, D, E, F, E, D, C, A, G, A, G, lift your wrist. C, lift your wrist. Okay, I think you might be ready to do it on your own. So Click pause, practice and then click play when you're ready to move on. Now, you might be wondering, okay, I know the notes, but what are those squiggly wiggly little lines toward the end?

Okay, so as I mentioned a few times we left there, right? So those signs represent silence in music. And we call them arrests. rests are places in music where we don't play notes. And as we've already discussed, the way we make silence on a piano or keyboard is lift our hand off the note, but really, it's the wrist that's coming off. This rest that looks like a wiggly line has a special name.

It's called a quarter rest, quarter, like the 25 cents. Let's play it again. And this time we'll say the note names, which I think you're pretty good out by now. And we'll even name the rest. Are you ready? Find middle C with your first finger 1234 C, D, E, F, G, F, C, C, g g here it is, quarter rest, same quarter rest.

Good. Now it's your turn, play and say the note names and the rest names. Remember to watch my demonstrations very carefully, because what's more important than what you play is how you play. Does that sound crazy? It's not. And here's why you might learn to play a particular song and be really good at it.

And then if you don't play it for a couple of months, you might forget some or even most of it, but how you played that song, the movements that you used, recall that technique that stays with you from one song or one piece to the next because it becomes muscle memory. We use muscle memory every day in almost everything that we do. When you walk across the room, you're using muscle memory. You're not learning how to balance and use all the muscles in conjunction with one another. To get yourself from one place to another, your muscle memory helps you get where you're going. When you brush your teeth, it's muscle memory when you talk, it's muscle memory.

So you already have lots of muscle memory put into place for all kinds of activities. Now we're learning to apply it to the piano. And that's why every time that you play, you should be aiming for good technique. That means your shoulders are down, not up by your ears nice and relaxed, your elbows and your wrists are loose your fingers around, see that round, not flat. We'll be talking about that as we keep going forward with this course. So keep your eyes on the screen when I demonstrate.

You might need to watch me a few times before you feel like you're ready to try whatever it is that we're doing. That's great. The beauty of this course is that you can set your own pace you can even speed up or slow down the videos themselves. When practicing with me and on your own, be sure to repeat each exercise several times until you feel comfortable with it. At this point, we're playing exercises that are quite simple. So it's a great time to set in place good practice habits for later when things will get a lot more advanced.

There's an old proverb that says, repetition is the mother of all learning. And that is especially true when learning to play the piano.

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