Bach Minuet In G

Bach Minuet In G provides a fantastic piece for the mid-to-late elementary piano player to continue working on learning and memorize piano pieces.  For many of my piano students, this is the first of the standard "classical" piano repertoire they learn (having already learned many pieces not of that genre.)  Including this piece as a part of your piano journey will only add strength and confidence to your piano-playing foundation.  Plus, it's a fun piece to learn and to play.

As with most of Bach's Minuets, the music divides nicely into 2 and 4 measure links.  On the video, you will see me chop the music up into those links, which provides a good visual guide for practicing.  You should do the same with your music.  You will also see how to work 2 & 4 measures at a time to learn the whole piece. 

As you practice Bach Minuet in G, make sure you go slow.  Work with each 2 measure link until you have the right hand part memorized... then the left hand memorized... then both hands.  Play each link until you have done it at least 3 times, perfectly (3P).  If you find yourself with more than 10 attempts but no "perfects", you are either going too fast, or the piece is at a level that is too high for you at the moment.  (If this is the case, drop down and learn a few more pieces at lower levels, and then come back to the Minuet In G later.)

Once you have the entire piece learned and memorized, use the metronome to work up to higher tempos.  Start at a tempo that is easy, and work up from there.  On the video, I finish up with the tempo at 88bpm.  However, the piece sounds even better if you work it all the way up to 120.

If you want to keep developing this skill (learning & memorizing piano music), follow this Minuet with many other pieces (classical, or other) at the same level.  Gradually, over time, your abilities at the keys will grow and strengthen enough to take on pieces of higher and higher difficulty.  Regardless of what level the music is at, the process will always remain the same: 2 (or less) & 4 measures at a time, right hand, left hand, both 3P.  It's a very effective and efficient way  to learn music and build your skills.

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The Music:

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Bach Minuet In G Video Tutorial

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