The full tutorial is here.
Interactive eBook 2 that contains the sheet music for this song is here.
All Through the Night - A sweet old Welsh lullaby
In this song we expand our note range and knowledge of note types as we discover the dotted crotchet or dotted quarter note.
The Sheet Music:
In this tune we move further down the treble clef to play G and A below middle C. These notes are written on ledger lines which are small lines drawn above or below the staff and used for notes that are too high or too low to be written on the musical staff.
We also come across a new type of note - the dotted crotchet or quarter note. A dot written after a note increases its value by half and so a crotchet that is normally worth 1 beat when written with a dot after it is worth one and a half beats.
Chord Note Endings
In the video demonstration I chose to play chord notes to fill out the ending. As the final chord is a C major chord I used notes from this chord on various counts.
To find the notes in a major chord count up from the main note (or root note) as follows:
Starting from the C, count up 4 semitones/half tones and you reach the E.
From the E count up another 3 semitone/half tones unti you reach the G.
The notes of a C major chord are - C, E and G! (This type of chord is also called a triad as it contains the first, third and fifth notes of the C major scale.)
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.
Accompaniment: Slow Ballad
Tone/Instruments: Wide Strings
Keyboard Intro: 2 bars
Verse 1: as written
Verse 2: played and octave higher
Ending: keyboard ending with a descending C major arpeggio
The story so far:
You can now add dotted crotchet/quarter notes and the notes G and A below middle C 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: 3/3, 4/4
Note range: G below middle C to upper E
Key: C major – no sharps or flats
Additional notation: ties, sharps, flats, repeat dots
Left hand chords: C F G
I have located a lead sheet in the fake book that I am using as a reference for this course that is suitable for the skill level that we have developed so far.
(Let Me Be) Your Teddy Bear (1957) – Kal Mann, Bernie Lowe made famous by Elvis
Perhaps this is a song that you would like to add to your repertoire?
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OK – I’ve done my playing – now over to you.
Happy playing, from Joanne