WELCOME TO FAITHC—A Conduit for Christianity & Conservatism in Coeur D'Alene.
Faithc, founded in 2020, is a family ministry contributing to the good of our community through choirs, concerts, courses, classes, church, and a coffee house.
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PI-101, Top 10 Classical Piano Pieces for Beginners
✓Play 10 famous and beautiful piano pieces for Beginners by composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Antonín Dvořák.
✓Learn all you need to start playing the piano, including learning about clefs, notes, and scales.
✓Plus, learn my favorite piano exercises that will greatly enhance your piano skills.
✓Press "Play Video" to get started.
Lessons 1-3 above taught you some basic skills. Now, we're ready to move on to your first song. Here is how it works: First I teach you the right hand, then the left hand, and finally both hands together.
The videos contain the sheet music in them, so you won't need a PDF; however, if you still would like sheet music, below each video there is a download button. Good luck!
It's time to learn about note lengths. You have probably noticed how some notes are black and other notes are white. Take a look at the diagram below and try memorize how long each note lasts.
Here is another illustration.
Now you are ready to move on to your second song.
30 years of teaching has taught me one thing—If you rush and don't spend the time it takes to learn each song properly, you will suddenly hit a brick wall where everything suddenly become difficult. Professional musicians practice a song until they can play it by heart.
I encourage you not to start on Song 3 until you can play both Song 1 & 2 effortlessly. Did you forget Song 1? Now would be a good time to review Song 1. Once you have mastered both songs, you are ready to move on to song 3.
I encourage you to take your time. Don't rush it. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. It's important that you stay with it until you can play each song fluently, without effort. Try to memorize the songs. Then try playing them with your eyes closed. Playing with your eyes closed helps you develop muscle memory. When you are completely comfortable playing your first three songs, you are ready to move on to your 4th song. Good luck!
It's time to revisit notes. You may feel like you don't need to learn the notes, because you think you can learn the songs by just watching the videos, but you know... notes are actually super helpful. For one thing, the notes tell you how long a tone lasts. Check out the diagram below. You see how a whole note lasts 4 beats, a half note lasts 2 beats, and a quarter notes lasts 1 beat, and so on. That is very helpful information when you are playing the piano. Good luck!
Congratulations! You are half-way through your first course. Before you continue, I recommend that you go back and review all the songs that you have learned so far. One thing that sets the professional pianist apart from the amateur is that, professionals review all the songs in their repertoire, while amateurs tend forget a songs as soon as they have move on to a new piece. I encourage you to not forget a single song that you have learned, but to always keep all your song fresh. It's also a lot more fun to be a pianist when you can play many songs. When you are ready, move on to your sixth song below.
In the next song, Dance by Cornelius Gurlitt, notice that the left hand uses the same clef as the right hand.
That's a little unusual, but it's nothing to worry about. It simply means that your left hand will be playing a little higher on the piano that usual. It also mean that you will using the right hand rhymes for both clefs: Every Good Boy Does Fine Always, and F.A.C.E. Good luck!
It's time to talk about sharp and flat notes. Take a look at this picture:
You see the symbol for sharp and flat. In the next song, Classic Minuet, if you take a look in the clef to the very left side, there is a flat-symbol (also called "b") on the middle line. Do you remember what letter the middle line is? Every Good Boy... B. When B gets a flat-symbol it turns into B-flat (that's the black key between A and B). When you watch the video below, watch how every B turns into a B-flat (Bb). (I also made video about sharp and flat in week 12, lesson 34. Feel free to watch it now and come back). Good luck!