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LESSON SIX: STARTER STUDIES

Staff and Keyboard

Student NotesLook at the staff above. There are now two different notes shown. In each measure, middle C is shown twice then "F" is shown twice. Push the play button on the slider bar below.

Place the "thumb" of your right hand on middle C of your keyboard. Now, place the "ring finger," of your right hand on the "F" note above middle C. Play middle C twice with your thumb and then play "F" twice with your ring finger. Alternate back and forth from middle C to "F" as shown on the staff. As you listen to the slider bar you'll notice that it is playing the same two notes that you are.

Match what you are playing, to what is being played by the slider bar
(two C's and then two F's repeated over and over). Practice this for 3 minutes. As before, let your eyes move from note to note on the staff. Repeat as needed. If you need more than 3 minutes, that's okay. Take all the time that you need. You should continue playing along with the slider bar, and reading the notes on the staff, until it feels very natural to do this.

You are learning the basic "Read and Play" skill that you will need to master in order to play written music. Make sure that you are playing the same notes
(2- F's and 2-C's) as the slider bar and at the same time. You can use your ears and listen to decide if you are playing in the same place as the slider bar. Play together as long as you need to in order to feel a "togetherness" with the slider bar.

"Become one with the slider bar."

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