Piano Notes for Beginners
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.
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When to introduce these 2-note songs?
These easy little piano songs would be just right after completing Wormies, or to go along with Snakes.
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.
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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 yet 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. We may also run our fingers along the keys, "Up," or "Down."
Trying to trick them is fun for both of you
Then, I mix the directions up. Eventually, the student will slap - or even just lift - 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!
The links for the two-notes songs:
Download piano notes for beginners for left hand
Download 2-notes piano song for right hand
More songs especially for new beginners:
ABC & CDE - Two little 3-note songs focused on the Middle C area, one for left hand and one for right
Black Keys songs - a whole page of songs set to lyrics and poems, all on black keys!
C&B & C&D - Left hand, then right hand, play little songs with lyrics that make them fool-proof.
Dueling C's - a short song with 3 notes: B, Middle C, & D. The thumbs of each hand are "fighting" for the Middle C - but the music makes it plain which hand really owns it.
Fuzzy Wuzzy - this song is about a bear that WASN'T fuzzy. Quarter rests form part of the action! One-handed & two-handed arrangements.
Indian Dance - Though it sounds powerful (and even difficult with an added repetitive chord in left hand), it is very intuitive and repetitious, easily conquered in several lessons.
Jingle Bells - Is there a child who doesn't know this happy tune? Its repeated notes make up for the "tricky" skips in the melody - plus there are lettered notes in some of the arrangements!
Lavender's Blue - this pretty song forms part of the drama of Cinderella's rescue by the prince in the newest Cinderella movie with Lily James... little girls love to play this song!
Mary Had a Little Lamb on the white keys - even adults benefit from having this tune "in hand" - later they will learn much about using chords from simple little songs like this.
Music Alphabet Song - from A,B, & C in the left hand, through C, D, E, F, & G in the right hand, this song travels scale-wise through all the notes, to help a logical thinker conquer this concept.
Ode to Joy - like Mary Had a Little Lamb and Jingle Bells, this melody is well-known, and starts with finger 3 on E.
Peck! Peck! Peck! - a "shared-hands" melody, this cute song about chickens pecking on the ground to find their breakfast only moves by steps.
Pizza Please - Using just 3 notes, this song for left hand or right hand is actually Hot Cross Buns in disguise.
Sharks - Wait until kids have started working on the bass clef before you give them this dramatic 3-note song.
Snakes - the next step after students have conquered Wormies, this more intricate set of exercises is longer, with smaller note heads, but still moving just one step at a time in either direction
Snakes Go for a Walk (also called "Crickets Go Hopping") - More exercises like Wormies and Snakes, but with "skips" hiding amongst the steps in each line. Line 1 has one hidden skip; line 2 has 2 hidden skips - you get the idea!
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star - this song is so familiar that children will conquer it easily, especially because it moves by repeated steps. Excellent for memorizing and transposing.
When the Saints Go Marching In - just 5 notes, with no stretches or replacements, make up this familiar song!
Wormies - This little set of exercises asks beginners to choose ANY white key, and then decide whether to move up, down, or stay there, by looking at the next note. EASY.
"Skye Boat Song" from Scotland, with a lovely NEW finger-picking version for guitar, as well as the 2 original EASY arrangements!
"Just the Black Keys" is a new piano book for young beginners who need more time with simple music. Make that simple music FUN!
Free printable piano sheet music for solo or keyboard/ piano class Golden Wedding with a lovely minor melody. EASY duet & trio; harder solo!
Happy Birthday, with several NEW arrangements for piano solo & duet, and guitar tabs, some with a few lettered notes to make it easy for beginners.
Ode to Joy, now with advanced "BIG"-sounding arrangements, piano duets, "Joyful, joyful" lyrics, and multiple beginner and late beginner arrangements.
Just As I Am, without one plea, is an old beloved hymn. Check out two very easy arrangements for your piano students.
Education music resources: here is a list of my favorite materials, whether for piano, voice, guitar or violin student.
Viva la musica is a very old round for singing. Find it here for treble and bass voices and for guitar.
The Adventures of Tonsta
A perfect read aloud storybook
for little boys or girls.
The Adventures of Tonsta highlight the travels of a very young boy with a good heart, who goes about helping folk in trouble.
With a red cap on his head and a sack of tools slung over his shoulder, Tonsta seems to meet people in distress wherever he goes.
Lots of trolls in this book - including one who gives him a Christmas gift!
Available at Amazon
Cheri in Vancouver, BC:
I was looking for sheet music for She Moves Thru the Fair since I'm beginning both mandolin and uke. I got far more than I bargained for reading your notes on this one song. Very insightful.
AMAZING site! Helps me a lot as a music teacher too. I'm a violin and piano teacher, and I think this is an incredible site!
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