Moonlight Sonata, A Section, Measures 1-4 are broken down and walked through for ther right hand follwed by combining the right and left hand parts. Notation is overlaid to help you follow along with the lines being taught.
- The left hand will be playing a lot of octaves.…Remember what an octave is?…An octave is a set of, a pair of notes…that are eight notes apart.…So, if you have one note that's a D,…the octave below would also be a D, like so.…Okay, this is going to be a very useful interval…or distance for your hands to become comfortable with.…This piece is full of octaves everywhere.…So, let's take a look at, I'm gonna save you a little bit…of reading time so you're not spending too much time…counting ledger lines, the whole opening…on the left hand's made up of octaves.…
So what we're gonna do is we're gonna just…take a look at the top notes…and then assume the octaves in the bottom.…Okay, I'm gonna save you a little bit of time there.…So, A, fall, down.…First octave is a D octave.…And I want you to practice this…with the peddle right off the bat.…Okay, so let's push your peddle down.…Alright, play the D octave.…Take a look, we now move down to a C…and when you play it change your peddle.…Okay?…The next one is gonna be a B but we have a flat next to it…
Each song is demonstrated at different tempos, so you can slowly increase your pace as you get more comfortable at the keyboard, and overlaid with notation, so you can read each line of music as it's taught. This training builds on the rest of the Piano Lessons series and is designed for all levels of pianists who want to learn to quickly play the music they love.
Note: This course was recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.
- Reading sheet music: staff, bars, notes, rests, and important symbols
- Breaking songs down into sections and lines
- Playing the right hand and left hand separately and together
- Using the damper and sustain pedals
- Performing songs at different tempos