Piano sheet music for beginners "Wolken" (Dutch for "Clouds") is a dreamy primer piece suitable for students who have not yet played hands together.
One hand at a time
As Tabitha, the composer of this piece, says,
"I give this to students who have not yet played hands together, and who have just learned 3 beats per measure.
"Left hand plays EFGAB, right hand has the same two notes CE all the time.... [my students] find it really beautiful and not childish. Kind of 'real music'."
Here is this pretty little song... (scroll down the page for the download link):
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Lots of left hand notes
Though Tabitha calls this a Primer piece, the fact that the left hand uses such a range of notes means that "Clouds" will take a bit of time for your slowest note-readers to play without errors or hesitation.
...and 3 beats per measure!
Adding to the difficulty for little guys - and even older piano students - is the waltz feeling of 3 beats; you may find that young players stop at the end of each measure and wait one beat.
But this is good practice for them! They need to stretch themselves.
Try dancing to the music...
I have broken through one student's inability to "get" 3 beats by having her get up and waltz (she was not embarrassed as she had been in dance classes since she was tiny), saying "1-2-3, 1-2-3," as I played & sang her song.
and bringing out the melody
"They should maintain the melody in the left hand, while the right hand plays the accompaniment very lightly.
"I ask them to really phrase the LH part as indicated by the slurs, and to let the fermata sound long in the middle of the piece, and let it die away a little at the end."
Thank you, Tabitha, for writing such a pretty song for beginning players!
I have a young student, somewhat precocious, who so loves this piece, that at our last recital, she sat an extra moment at the piano bench after performing her scheduled piece, and then, after a dreamy look at the audience, began playing "Wolken" softly by heart!
An extra bonus piece, for the audience.
The link for the piano music:
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