music appreciation time again.
Let's go to:
Classical MIDI Archive
you are there, stroll through their library
and listen to some tunes (at least 3 songs).
If you click and hold on the Crescendo control
panel while listening to MIDI files play,
you can select options like "pause"
and "play." On MidPlug the controls
are shown and more are hidden under the
left side of the control panel (just click
and hold down).
When you are done listening, it's time to
say to yourself, "Very good and well
done. I am proud of you for coming so far
in this course." In the next lesson
you will be using the LH chord patterns
you have been practicing. It's
time to put LH rhythm with RH melody.
case I've forgotten to mention it earlier,
when you first begin to practice a song that
notes written for the left hand
and for the right hand, there is a customary
way to practice this type of song (a
chords written above the treble clef).
Here's the scoop!
Break the song up into
smaller pieces (8 to 16 measures
at a time). Some songs will have section markers
or numbers such as A, B, C, etc. every 8,
16, to 32 bars (bars and measures are the
In these smaller pieces, practice
the left hand part first and then the right
When you feel confident about playing each
part alone, combine both parts and play this
small piece of the song with both hands.
this same method to go through the entire
you are done, play the whole song
through with both hands. When you run into
a trouble spot, stop.
rehearse the trouble spot until you feel it
will no longer give you any more trouble.
Then back up several measures and try playing
from this earlier point in the song on through
the trouble spot. Do this for each trouble
spot you encounter.
you are done practicing the song in this way,
you will have learned to play the song.
This is a standard rehearsal technique used
by many conductors. Enjoy, you're in good
company with the best of the best.