Fluency: Three Right Hand Notes

Chris Caton-Greasley LLCM(TD)

22 Aug 2021

Fingers Playing Piano Keys
Girl in Piano Class

Music concepts covered in this worksheet are melody, tone, playing non-pitched and pitched instruments and rhythm. The student is encouraged to listen and evaluate the music played. Rhythm and notation reading is recommended prior to playing the notes.

 

Skills Analysis

This piece is composed to learn how to read the notes C5, D5 and E5 in the treble clef. The notes are introduced using a minim and a crotchet in a simple quadruple time signature. The notes should be played in a detached manner, slightly separated from each other. The intention for this piece does not include playing smoothly. While playing the piece the aim is to count the beat out load and to say the letter names out loud whilst reading the music. A steady beat is important with no pauses for thinking time, the speed is not important however an aim of sixty crotchet beats to the minute is not excessive. A student will benefit from being able to play the rhythm using simple percussion instruments over an ostinato beat. The notes required for this piece are in the fifth register but the student is expected, once able, to play this piece using all the available C's, D's and E's on their instrument.

 

Practice Strategy

When practising 'Three Right Hand Notes' take time to read the right hand notes saying the letter names out loud, some students find it be beneficial to say the numbers of the fingers you will be using. Clap the rhythm and look at each note, awareness of which have two counts and which have one count will help you as you play. Some students have found it beneficial to say the letter names as they play. Start slowly, play it once counting the length of each note. The second time try it a little faster the speed up, do not be tempted to introduce pauses; it is better to play slow and give the difficult part extra attention. Flash cards and rhythm cards are available in the knowledge section, you may find these items will aid your understanding of the notation.

 

Demonstration Video

This demonstration video is an example of how the piece sounds after the recommended period of practice. This is a minimum of four consecutive days focused practice of five to ten minutes a day.

 

The podcast is a short talk radio style audio on practise, how to work through the piece, resources available and how different sections of the piece can be practised. This is available on Spotify via the direct link on the pink button, '1. Link to the Podcast.'

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Crib Notes

This video presentation contains points to remember with this piece. There are examples of rhythm lines and a selection of resources you will benefit from at home. This does not replace a lesson but refreshes what has already been discussed and adds some reminders and knowledge items that will practice for non-musical students and parents of younger students.

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