Notes and Rests – Week 4

Ok, now we’re getting somewhere!

Before you can play music, you need to know some different note values. We talked about the vertical aspect of music reading when it comes to pitch and highs and lows… Now we will talk about the horizontal aspect: Note values, rhythm, and time signatures.

First we will start with Note Values.

Here is a printable chart of Notes and Rests that are covered in the video:

Notes and Rests Chart

This week’s video outlines the following notes and the rests that correspond.

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You’ll need to know these basic note values to start reading music.

In the next video we will go over time signatures, so you can start plugging in these note values and see how they fit in the measures of a particular piece.

Here’s this week’s video, I was kinda trying out something new… but we’ll see.  It took a lot longer to put together… lol.  But I’m having fun experimenting!

 

 

 

Week 3 – Treble Clef

Ahhh, the Treble Clef. So swirly, so pretty, so nice. Lol.

Now it’s time to learn the notes on the Treble clef. As I explained in the Post on Bass clef, we are dealing with the vertical aspect of music in these initial lessons. The high and the low. The up and the down. In one word, Pitch.

Treble clef is mainly where you right hand lives. This is not a rule. Your left hand can certainly have notes up there, but in the beginning, it usually stays down in the Bass clef.

The treble clef makes up the notes from middle C up.  You can use what’s called ledger lines to extend the staff higher or lower, but the meat of the staff is about from C4 to F5.

(C4 is the fourth C on a full size keyboard starting from the bottom, F5 is the fifth F..etc..)

So here is this week’s video:

And here are the corresponding PDF’s

Treble Clef Video Corresponding worksheet

Treble Clef Line Note Sight reading

Treble Clef Space note Sight reading

 

Enjoy! Again, any questions or comments are welcome!

 

 

 

 

Week 2 – Bass Clef

There is a vertical aspect of music, and a horizontal aspect.

The vertical aspect is much easier to understand then the horizontal.

If you look at a musical staff, like we did in the week one, you’ll notice the notes are not only traveling up and down the staff, but across as well. The higher up the notes go, the higher the pitch on the keyboard. The lower the notes go, the lower the pitch.

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So think, Left = Low, and Right= High. Pretty easy concept.

So this is why I’m starting with the notes on each staff without saying anything about rhythm. As you practice naming the notes and playing them on the keyboard using the sight-reading sheets, just worry about getting the right note, don’t worry about timing right now. This is just about learning the notes.

This week it’s all about the Bass Clef (pronounced Base even though it’s spelled like the fish…) I started with bass because, especially for piano players, this clef is harder to learn. Really can’t say why, but I think it may be because almost all piano methods start with the treble. I want to start you out reading notes from the bottom up. So if you are reading a piece of music on the grand staff, you’ll put your eyes to the note that is lowest, and travel up from there.

So here is the video explaining the notes on the bass clef and where they are on the keyboard.

Following will be links to a worksheet, and some sight-reading music to practice with. As you practice, say the note names out loud and try not to look at your hands. If you keep your eyes on the music, your hands will learn where to go. They will get to know how far apart the notes are and start to automatically get there. The more you get in the habit of looking up at the music, then down at your hands, then up at the music, then down.. etc… the more you will play with pauses and lose your timing. Even though these sheets only deal with one type of note, the quarter note, (we’ll go over later), try to keep your notes even. If you want to use a metronome, set it at a slow speed and try to line up your notes with the click.

If you have any kind of tablet or smartphone, there are plenty of metronome apps for free. One is plainly called “Metronome” or “Pro Metronome.” Set it to 4/4 time, and play along.

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Corresponding PDF’s for Bass Clef:

Bass Clef Worksheet

Bass Clef Note naming Worksheet

Bass Clef Sight-reading

Bass Clef Song

So that’s it for the Bass clef! Have fun practicing and let me know if you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer!

 

 

 

New Blog for Piano Help- Week 1

In light of recent requests for Piano help … from mostly adults wishing to join the band at church… (and who am I to stand in the way of glorifying our God through more music!! ), I’ve decided to make some basic piano tutorials for beginners. Beginners of any age!

There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the week for myself and others to get together and do this piano thing! So I thought putting some basic materials online would help my friends get started on their own! I am not a master by any means… I don’t claim to be and never have. But I’ve learned that you don’t need to be an expert to share what you’ve already learned that has helped you. Much like discipling, you can start the day you come to faith! And I’ve also learned that you never become an expert at anything! So instead of calling this “Me teaching YOU,” let’s call this “US learning together!”

 

So here is my basic piano resources page so far:

PIANO RESOURCES

I am going to be continually adding to this, so feel free to drop by frequently.

The videos are geared toward the absolute beginner. There’s no rushing or quick tutorials. And there are printable worksheets to go along with each video. So you can take your time and really learn instead of just going through the motions to just learn to play something by rote. Learning using music theory and really getting down to how music works and how to manipulate the keys and how they relate to each other I think is the best way to learn an instrument. There are a lot of videos on the tube just showing you how to play something by having you do a kind of simon says approach. And that’s fine too, but I just want to say out front that this series of piano videos will aim more toward learning music instead of mimicking it.

 

I will try to put up a blog post when something is new on the page!

So let’s call this WEEK 1

This weeks video is all about the parts of the musical staff

Like I said… baby steps! lol.

And here are the corresponding worksheets so you can play along!

Parts of the staff corresponding chart

Parts of the staff Quiz – for when you think you’ve got it!

 

I will try my best to put up weekly lessons so it can be easy to follow along. Sometimes material will be available before the weekly post, so feel free to jump ahead.

I also thought this would be a great resource for other homeschoolers who want to add some music lessons in for their kids easily. Feel free to comment with any questions or concerns. Heck, you could even video response on Youtube with your progress! I’m sure others would love it!

God Bless the gifts we are given to share!

Fitty