ONLINE VIDEO PIANO LESSONS FOR CHILDREN FROM 3 TO 103!

LESSON NINE

This lesson introduces musical whole and half steps, then proceeds to show students how they can move songs around on the piano using the pattern of whole and half steps. Understanding whole and half steps is important. However, moving songs - transposition - is not something every piano student needs to be able to do.

The first song moved (Moving Songs)is Hot Cross Buns, a 3 note song consisting totally of musical whole steps. The next video (Gransposing 5 Key Songs)shows how to move a 5 key song, which is quite a bit more complicated.

The transposing parts of this lesson are of most interest to those students who ask, "When do we get to play on the black keys?" Some students will be extremely interested in moving their songs around and others will not be interested in the least. Again, this is not something that needs to be learned...just a cool thing to do. What IS important is continuing to learn songs on the app - learning them to the point of being able to play them from memory.

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VIDEOS for LESSON 9

WHOLE STEPS and half steps

This video explains the two different types of musical steps: WHOLE and half.
To go directly to WHOLE and half steps click here.

Moving Songs

This video shows how to move Hot Cross Buns to different places on the piano keyboard. To go directly to the Moving Songs video click here.

Transposing 5 Key Songs

This video shows how to move a song with 5 different keys to different places on the piano keyboard. To go directly to the Transposing 5 Key Songs video click here.

CIRCLE FINGERS

It is important to strengthen fingers for playing the piano and also get into the habit of keeping them in a curved position. Do the little exercise depicted in this short video every time you think about it! To view the video click here.



ACTIVITY GAME SHEETS

Whole and half step activity game sheets

These game sheets review whole and half steps as shown on the video. Just click on WHOLEhalf to print out.