You only need to know two things in order to play music; which note to play and when to play it. In Tutorial 2 of the FREE How to Play Keyboard Series, you will begin investigating when to play notes by becoming familiar with bar lines, bars/measures, time signatures and the semibreve/whole note.
Bar Lines and Bars/Measures
Bar lines are small lines drawn across the music staff that divide the music into equal parts called bars or measures.
Time signatures are the 2 numbers written at the beginning of a piece of music. The top number tells how many beats to count in each bar or measure. In the example below we would be counting four beats in every bar or measure. (eg. 1 2 3 4)
The shape of a note tells us how many beats it should be played or held down for.
Semibreves or whole notes are round open (not coloured in) notes. They are played or held down for 4 beats.
Time to Play!
Putting all of these ideas together and mindful of your posture, play each line of semibreve/whole notes (shown below) using your right hand and all of 5 of your fingers. Start on middle C with your thumb and then use each finger in turn on one key at time until you reach the G key with finger 5 (your pinky). Make sure that you hold each note down while you evenly count 4 beats in every bar or measure.
Take it slowly at first in order to be able to play through each line in a comfortable and relaxed manner. Increase the tempo or the speed at which you count the beats as you become more confident with this skill. Use different effects (soft, loud, gradually softer, gradually louder, legato and staccato) and a range of instrument sounds. Give yourself time to let your creative juices flow!
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