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Level 3

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About This Level

Up until now, we’ve been playing with one hand at a time. In Level 3, we’ll start playing with both hands together at the same time! This is a big step in piano playing, and one that can sometimes feel difficult and frustrating at first. Developing the necessary coordination to read and play more than one note at the same time requires practice, but like anything, the more you do it the easier it gets. Keep trying these pieces until you can play them in a steady tempo without mistakes.

In this level, we’ll also learn about more elements of note-reading and rhythm, including rests, slurs and ties. We’ll also learn about accidentals- sharps, flats and natural signs that are used to raise and lower notes. With this knowledge, you’ll be able to play a wider range of pieces, and we’ll try a few of them out together.

TECHNIQUE

Both Hands Together

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play with both hands together at the same time, and look at a few pieces to get started with playing with both hands.

THEORY

Sharps, Flats, and Naturals

In this tutorial, we’ll learn about signs used to raise and lower notes. These include: The sharp sign (#), the flat sign (♭ ) and the natural sign (♮).

Quiz: Sharps, Flats, and Naturals

In this interactive quiz, you can test your knowledge on the names of notes using flats, sharps, and naturals. These signs are found everywhere in piano music, so it’s important to master them.

Rests, Slurs, and Ties

In this tutorial, we’ll learn several new signs that you’ll encounter when reading music. These include: Rests (symbols for silence), Slurs (symbols that tell us to play smoothly), and Ties (symbols that tell us to hold a note out for a longer value.)

REPERTOIRE

Beginner Piece No. 1 (Gurlitt)

In this lesson we’ll learn to play the “Beginner Piece” Opus 117 No. 1 by Cornelius Gurlitt. It’s a nice simple piece that will get you used to playing with both hands at the same time.

Beginner Piece No. 2 (Gurlitt)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play the “Beginner Piece” Opus 117 No. 2 by Cornelius Gurlitt. Like No. 1, both hands are in treble clef, which makes it easier! 

 

Pieces Nos. 1 and 2 (Berens)

In this tutorial we’ll learn two short pieces by Hermann Berens. Both of these pieces are in the C position, so be sure you keep each hand over the notes C-D-E-F-G!

 
 

Pieces Nos. 3 and 4 (Berens)

In this tutorial we’ll learn two additional pieces by Hermann Berens. Both of these pieces are in the C position, so be sure you keep each hand over the notes C-D-E-F-G!

 

Exercise No. 18 (Kohler)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play a short piece by Louis Köhler, “Exercise No. 18.” Here too, both hands are in treble clef.

 

Beginner Piece No. 6 (Gurlitt)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn the Beginner Piece No. 6 by Cornelius Gurlitt. Watch out for the sharps and flats!

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