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Orange Popsicle

Updated: Aug 10, 2023

Welcome to piano lesson TWO. This is a particularly challenging lesson because we aren't going to wait another beat before introducing harmony. Harmony is playing two different notes at the same time; C and E would be a great example of harmonizing notes.

We learned the key names and finger numbers in lesson one Make sure to memorize this information.

Place the right hand in the same position as lesson one with the thumb starting on C.

Place the left hand (see photo below) on the same key but use your pinkie, finger number 5, because we need to cover C, D, and E so we will assign one finger to each key.

If we played both C's together with both hands, the left would play with the pinkie, finger 5 and the right would play it with the thumb, finger 1.

Oh no, those are different fingers, How challenging!

So let's first tell the left hand what note to play, then we will tell our right hand. This way you can look at the piano in order from left to right, just like you would read a book.

When reading music with two hands we will typically see two different staffs; the staff for the right hand is highlighted yellow and the staff for the left hand is highlighted purple, notice how they look unique so we can tell them apart.

The first set of staffs only has notes on the top for the right hand so we will wait until the next line to play the harmony. In the second line both hands have a C on the first beat so we will play them together at the same time. The right hand has 2 more notes by itself while the left hand just holds out the note.

The pattern continues but watch out as the left hand changes! The first note for the left hand is C but the next is E and then D.

The song ends with two long Cs.

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