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The Notes Middle C, D and E

Middle C is written just below the treble staff on a short line called a ledger line. See How to Find Middle C to locate middle C on the keyboard.

Middle C is played with the first finger (thumb) of your right hand.

The D note is played with the second finger of your right hand.

The E note is played with the third finger of your right hand.

This is a quarter note. It lasts for one beat. There are four quarter notes in one bar of music in time.

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In the following example there are four bars of music, two bars of middle C (bars 1 and 4), one bar of the D note (bar 2) and one bar of the E note (bar 3). There are four quarter notes in each bar.

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The Half Note

This is a half note. It lasts for two beats. There are two half notes in one bar of time.

The Whole Note

This is a whole note. It lasts for four beats. There is one whole note in one bar of time.

The larger bold numbers in the count indicate that a note is to be played. The smaller numbers indicate that a note is to be held until the next bold number (note).

2In the Light of the Moon

This song contains quarter, half and whole notes. Make sure you use the correct fingers and follow the count carefully.

2In the Light of the Moon

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The Notes F and G

The note F is played with the fourth finger of your right hand.

The note G is played with the fifth finger of your right hand.

3Aura Lee

The song Aura Lee contains 8 bars of music in time. Remember to count as you play, to help you keep time.

3Aura Lee

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Things to Remember

  1. Play the keys with the tips of your fingers.
  2. Keep your fingers curved.

 

 

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