Join Gayle Kowalchyk for an in-depth discussion in this video Quarter notes and half notes, part of Piano Lessons: Teach Yourself to Play.
- [Narrator] Music is made up of short tones and long tones.…We write these tones in notes, and we measure…their lengths by counting.…The combining of notes into patterns is called rhythm.…A quarter note is a short note.…It gets one count, or beat.…A half note is a long note.…It gets two counts, or two beats.…Now you're ready to use a metronome.…
There are many kinds of metronomes.…This one is electronic.…A metronome will help you play your rhythm evenly,…and keep a steady beat.…You can set your metronome for any tempo or speed.…My metronome is set to quarter note equals 80.…(rhythmic beeping)…That means that I'll play one quarter note for every tick,…and there are 80 ticks per minute.…
Clap the following rhythm.…Clap once for each note, counting aloud.…Note how the bar lines divide…the music into measures of equal duration.…A double bar is used at the end.…Clap one quarter note for each tick of the metronome.…Let the metronome tick twice for the final half note.…(rhythmic ticking)…One, two, ready, clap, one, one, one, one,…
- 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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