Join Gayle Kowalchyk for an in-depth discussion in this video Melodic intervals: 2nds, part of Piano Lessons: Teach Yourself to Play.
- The distance between notes…is measured by intervals, called seconds,…thirds, fourths, fifths, and so on.…Notes played separately make a melody.…Therefore, the intervals between these notes…are called melodic intervals.…On the piano, the distance from any white key…to the very next white key,…either up or down, is a second.…On the staff, seconds are written on a line to a space,…or a space to a line.…
Now you're ready to play seconds on the keyboard,…first with your right hand, and then with your left hand.…Take your right hand thumb and place it on middle C.…(piano notes play)…Then go up a second, up a second,…down a second, and down a second.…Now take your left hand and place fifth finger…on the C below middle C.…(piano notes play)…Play up a second, up a second,…down a second, and down a second.…
In the piece called Seconds, you'll see a new symbol.…It's called a slur.…A slur is a curved line, either over or under the notes.…And it needs to play legato.…Legato means to play smoothly and connected.…You'll play these slurs like this.…
- Practicing proper hand technique
- Practicing proper seating position
- Practicing the right-hand C and left-hand C positions
- Melodic intervals
- Harmonic intervals
- B for the left and right hand
- A for the left hand
- Using the damper pedal
- Moving up and down the keyboard in 6ths
- Measuring half steps and whole steps
- Progressions and triplets
Skill Level Beginner
1. The Basics
2. Melodic Intervals
3. Introducing Harmony
4. New Rhythms and Intervals
5. Music Theory
6. Progressions and Triplets
Closing and credits1m 44s
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