In Tutorial 13 of the FREE How to Play Keyboard Series, you will you will explore pick-up notes, a new note and some fancy fingering. You will also revisit the world of musical contrasts to spice up this golden oldie.
The full tutorial is here.
Interactive eBook 2 that contains the sheet music for this song is here.
Kum Ba Ya - a must do in any keyboard course
In this old classic we encounter pick-up notes and employ some fancy fingering to help us move smoothly up and down the keyboard. We also have a look at how musical contrasts can be used to create creative surprises in our arrangements.
The Sheet Music:
Not all music will begin on the first beat of a bar or measure. Sometimes composers use pick-up motes (or in classical musical - an anacrusis) to add anticipation to the beginning of a piece of music.
Composers are also not restricted in the notes that they can use in their musical creations. As keyboardists, we need to employ thumb crossings, controlled jumps and other maneuvering techniques to move confidently from one position to another on the keyboard.
The following are the style and settings choices that I used in the video demonstration. As always, let your own creativity be your guide and develop an interpretation of this song that feels right for you.
Style: Spicy Latin
Accompaniment: World Latin (109)
Tone/Instruments: Brass (130)
Keyboard Intro: 4 bars
Verse 1: as written
Verse 2: accompaniment variation
Ending: keyboard ending
The story so far:
You can now add pick-up notes to the list of features that could be included in sheet music when you are looking for your own music or songs to play.
Remember your own music could also include the following from previous songs that we have learned:
Time signatures: 4/4
Note range: B below middle C to A
Key: C major
Additional notation: ties, pick-up notes, repeat dots
Left hand chords:
Major - C F G
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OK – I’ve done my playing – now over to you.
Happy playing, from Joanne