Piano notes for beginners on the staff - two little songs with just two notes each. For left hand, Middle C and B; for right hand, Middle C and D. These little songs are perfect right after your student has learned what the staff and Middle C look like.
When to introduce these 2-note songs?
But... it's only 2 notes!
You may think piano notes for beginners will not hold the interest of your young student. Well, it will, for at least one week, when these notes are new. After that, think about giving them Sharks.
How easy are little songs like these for beginners?
There are more skills involved in reading just two notes than you think. The last student I gave "C & B" to played it all week at home with the right hand instead of the left. And why wouldn't he? He is right-handed.
Everything is new to beginning students
The grand staff is a new thing to him, and he is not a reader. I can write "Left Hand" - LH - or even draw a little hand diagram above or below the staff (the best idea!) at every lesson, and he may not "see" them!
So more reinforcement is needed
When I saw that he had used the wrong hand at home, I quickly decided it was time to play the "Right-Left" game. Here's how it goes:
Big movements - a break from finger work
We push away from the piano a few inches so we don't whack our hands on the piano, and I try to fool the students as we each slap our right or left hand while I say, "Right! Left! Top! Bottom! High -- Low. Treble -- Bass.Up! Down!" All those directions are for either the right or the left hand.
Trying to trick them is fun for both of you
Then, I mix the directions up. Eventually, the student will slap the wrong hand, and they will smile. Then I elevate my two hands to the music, right hand above the left, and say, "Top", indicating treble clef, and "Bottom," indicating the bass clef.
A nice quick break in the lesson
This is a fun game to break up a piano lesson any time your young student has been sitting and focusing too long!
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