In the last lesson you learned how to play the notes C, D and E. In this lesson you’re going to learn how to use these 3 notes to play a simple nursery rhyme, before progressing onto more difficult songs in the subsequent lessons.
3.1 Notes C, D and E.
Below is a diagram of the music notes C, D and E. Notice how the first two notes have stems (vertical lines) attached to them. This is because they are shorter notes; you’ll read more about this in the following lesson.
Play these three notes one by one, noting the name of each note (C, D, and E) as you play.
*Remember this group of three notes, C, D, and E, can be recognised from their position in relation to a group of two black keys.
Now you know where the notes C, D, and E are on the Definition 1 (Musical Dynamic): Play Softly; Abbreviation: (p); Notes: Piano is often abbreviated to P in music instruction, demonstrating that the passage of music should be played softly. Etymology: see Pianoforte below. Category: Musical Instrument;... More, try to play the following sequence of six notes.
Notice how some of the notes are coloured-in; these are called crotchets and are held for one beat. You can also see how the final note is transparent; these notes are called minims and are held for longer than crotchets.
Mary had a little lamb
Now try the full version of Mary had a little lamb, using the same three notes: C, D and E. You may need to practice it a number of times before going onto the next lesson.
Notice at the end of the piece the final C note doesn’t have a stem (vertical line) attached. This is because it is a very long note called a semibreve.
Now pretend that there are no white keys on the Definition 1 (Musical Dynamic): Play Softly; Abbreviation: (p); Notes: Piano is often abbreviated to P in music instruction, demonstrating that the passage of music should be played softly. Etymology: see Pianoforte below. Category: Musical Instrument;... More. Find a group of three black keys and imagine that these 3 notes are the notes you have learned C, D, and E; the lower sounding note being C and the highest sounding note of the 3 being E.
Now try to play Mary had a little lamb with these three notes.
*It’s important to note that this is just an exercise, as these three notes have their own names which we will come to in a later lesson.