As you know, notes sound loudly when keys are struck firmly, and
softly when keys are struck gently. However, most playing should
be somewhere in between, at a medium level which is neither loud
nor soft. Try to play evenly, so your notes sound at the same medium
Another hint. Keep each key pressed down until you are ready to
play the next, so each note lasts longer, and your playing sounds
Now , play the 'Scale' of notes from one C to the next C as smoothly
and evenly as possible. Play a 'Scale' to the right of the keyboard
with a right-hand finger. Next, play another 'Scale' of C on the
left of the keyboard, with a left-hand finger. Say the name of each
note to yourself as you play it.
Then, play the same notes in a different order:
WITH A BEAT
Sit at your piano, relaxed but ready to play, and start counting
slowly and evenly:
1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 -
Count each ‘1'a little more strongly to set rhythm. If you like,
you can tap your foot lightly in time with your counting.
Now, play any note with a right-hand finger, every time you count ‘1'
When you can do this without hesitating at all, play the note everytime
you count ‘1' and '3'. Finally, count very slowly and evenly and
play the note on every beat: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4, and so on. Repeat a//
of this, playing a note with a left-hand finger.
Next, try playing different notes in time with the beat which you
count. First with a right-hand finger, and then with a left-hand
your finger on the last C, so the note continues to sound while
you count four beats.
You have covered a great deal in the last five pages. Read them
again, next time you play, to make sure you understand everything.
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