Thursday, May 30, 2013

Bastien Piano Basics, Level 1, No. 2: Roaring Lions

Focus Points:

  • This song starts in C position and the left hand plays first. 
  • Remember to make the notes connect as smooth as possible, they should flow through one another. How can we tell that the notes should flow?  We look for the curved line above or below notes in the music. The musical word for playing the notes smoothy and connected is legato.
  • One way to practice this piece to use a rhythm like pepperoni pizza for every note so that the hands get comfortable with the notes of the piece.
  • Play the piece the way that it is written: first soft (p) and then strong (f).

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